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Holiday hauntings with musical flair

'Scrooge! The Musical' opens next weekend
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“Scrooge! The Musical” opens next weekend No holiday season is complete without a retelling of Dickens’ beloved “A Christmas Carol.” The tale focuses on Ebenezer Scrooge, who lives a miserly existence with only the sterile pleasure of his gold for companionship. Then he is haunted by the ghosts of his late partner, Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come, who take him on a fantastic trip through the times of his life giving him a glimpse of the tragic future that awaits if he does not mend his ways. In the end, a transformed Scrooge realizes that “mankind should be my business” and that one little boy is of greater weight than all the gold in his strongbox. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Finnish Temperance Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road. Admission is $12 general and $10 for seniors (age 60 and over), youth (age 18 and under) and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BrownPa perTickets.com or at the box office one hour before curtain. A dinner and show special is available at Rubino’s Ristorante, 5015 Pacific Street. Cost is $30 per person, which includes show ticket and dinner entree, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip. For more information, call the Rocklin Community Theatre at (916) 740-6229. ~ Staff report