Former company member John Feltch, returning to the Alley Theatre for the first time in 12 years to play Jacob Marley's ghost (and Mrs. Dilber) in the Alley's production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas promises to scare the bejesus out of the kids in the audience as he comes up through the floor clanking his chains. He also says that, of course, there will be no question about whether they'll be doing the perennial favorite in British or American accents. ''British. I mean, this ain't the Dickens from Marfa.
'' Under the direction of James Black, he'll be joined by Jeffrey Bean reprising his role as the miserly, bad-tempered curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge, intent on ruining the holidays for everyone around him. Elizabeth Bunch plays the Spirit of Christmas Past and David Rainey is the Spirit of Christmas Present, with more than 20 child actors from the area. Why do audiences keep coming back for more? ''It's a great, great story. It reminds us all in such a compact, potent way that we need to keep our priorities straight and that forgiveness and redemption are always possible. Love matters most,'' Feltch says.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 16. Continues through Dec. 23, 2012