BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has invited an old friend, Ebenezer Scrooge, home for their 30th holiday season. BTE will present its 15th production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" from Nov. 29 through Dec. 28.

The annual "Food Preview," when admission is a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food bank, will be Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Reduced-price sneak previews are set for Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Special school matinees at 10 a.m. have been scheduled as well.

Students are invited to "Meet the Cast" following the performance. Be advised that matinees fill quickly.

BTE first performed the Dickens classic on Dec. 14, 1979, in Carver Hall, now the Gross Auditorium, at Bloomsburg University. Last seen at the Alvina Krause Theatre in 2003, this year's production is adapted by Gerard Stropnicky and directed by Laurie McCants.

The familiar story follows Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of the holiday by visiting his past, his present, and his ultimate fate, led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

In addition to familiar faces from the ensemble, various community actors will be seen as urchins, Cratchit children and Tiny Tim.

Guest artists from New York City include set designer Art Roch and lighting designer A.C. Hickox. Costume designer Ramona Broomer returns from her position at Lock Haven University. Interns Kyle Yackoski and Abby Hohman will be seen as Fred and Belle.

Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" are on sale now at the BTE Box Office, 226 Center St. and by phone at 784-8181 or (800) 282-0283. Information about show times and ticket prices is available online at www.bte.org.

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