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      Ebenezer Scrooge play back at Kaufman Auditorium

      A heartfelt Christmas story of redemption has made its way back onto the stage in Marquette.

      Ebenezer Scrooge, a longstanding Christmastime tradition at Kaufman Auditorium from 1983 until 2008, has been on a hiatus for the past five years, but it's back thanks to a local theatre group, The Kaufman Players.

      Like the original Christmas classic, this stage play will pull on the heartstrings of audiences.

      Director Marty Martello hopes the play gets across the spirit of Christmas and the idea that anyone can be redeemed.

      "I really believe that there is good in everybody; it's just a question of finding it and getting it out," says Martello.

      Actor Rusty Bowers has been a part of this play several times in the past, and while his personality is a far cry from that of the cold-hearted Scrooge, he says he enjoys transforming for the role.

      "It's kind of fun to play the nasty, mean because at the end, then I could just be me," says Bowers.

      Audiences can welcome the stage play back to Marquette by heading out to see Ebenezer Scrooge at the Kaufman Auditorium. Performances will be held December 19-21 with e vening shows at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at all NMU EZ Tickets outlets or by calling the NMU box office.