Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has been interpreted and reinterpreted for the stage countless times.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has been interpreted and reinterpreted for the stage countless times.

Ujima Theatre Company is putting a modern, African-American spin on the age-old classic with its production of "One Mo' Christmas."

The musical will be presented Dec. 3-6 at the newly renovated Lincoln Theatre at 769 E. Long St. on the Near East Side of Columbus.

"One Mo' Christmas" combines the familiar story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from a "humbug" to a kind spirit with the well-known songs of Motown.

Set in modern times, "One Mo' Christmas" recasts Scrooge as a slumlord who treats his tenants like chattel and overworks his devoted employee and only friend, Cratchit.

"One Mo' Christmas" director Ron Pitts said "One Mo' Christmas" is to "A Christmas Carol" what "The Wiz" is to "The Wizard of Oz."

"We've completely turned it around," Pitts said. "I like the 'Christmas Carol' story, but this play brings another dimension to it. It has flavor."

Scrooge's story of redemption crosses cultural boundaries, said actor Keith Carter, who portrays the curmudgeon-turned-philanthropist in "One Mo' Christmas."

Scrooge's popularity has endured because of the change the character undergoes, Carter said.

"People like to see the good in other people."

For tickets and more information about "One Mo' Christmas," visit www.ujimatheatre.com.