BISMARCK, ND — Almost 175 years has past since Charles Dickens penned “A Christmas Carol,” the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. The piece of fiction is still popular today because of its powerful message of transformation, redemption and the spirit of the Christmas season.

Dickens’ charities throughout life and concern for impoverished children who turn to crime in order to survive, impacted his ideas. Dickens’ 19th century masterpiece is a reflection of his own desire for a better society, told through the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy, selfish person, who eventually sees life in a new way after a ghostly encounter.

Daniel Bielinski

Actor, award-winning filmmaker and University of Mary’s Theater Director, Dan Bielinski, says it’s Dickens’ way of telling us to be aware of the lives around us — a daunting, and in this case, an even haunting challenge to portray on stage.

“This is my first production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and I’m excited to bring the humor, joy and terror of Charles Dickens’ class to the stage at the University of Mary,” said Bielinksi. “I’m hoping the production will just be a big Christmas party. Dominick Goettle, a recent alumnus of the University of Mary, is music director for the show. He’s worked closely with the singers in the show to seamlessly weave musical accompaniment in to the performance.”

Performances are Thursday, Dec. 7, Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., in Arno Gustin Hall on campus.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Arno Gustin box office before the performances. University of Mary student, faculty and staff will receive one complimentary ticket.