Add Harold Yarborough's name to a list that includes George C. Scott, Alastair Sim, Patrick Stewart, Reginald Owen, Michael Caine, Albert Finney and Mr. Magoo.

They're all actors who have sought to breathe life into the detestable yet redeemable Ebenezer Scrooge.

Yarborough will take his turn in the role when the Columbus Civic Theater revives a holiday tradition of producing a stage version of the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," first published six days before Christmas in 1843.

Performances are scheduled Thursday, Dec. 7, through Dec. 23. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets range from $17.50 to $20.

They are available at, by phone at 614-447-7529 or at the box office prior to performances.

Columbus Civic Theater is at 3837 Indianola Ave.

The troupe is now in its ninth year, with "A Christmas Carol" serving as its 75th production.

The nonprofit theater group's version lasts 84 minutes and includes a cast of 12 actors playing nearly 40 roles, said founder and artistic director Richard Albert.

Actress Kerry Shanklin of Delaware, who has performed in the troupe's previous shows, makes her directing debut for the company with "A Christmas Carol."

"I wanted to capture what Dickens wanted to say," Shanklin said.

That includes a focus on how poor people were treated in the author's day -- a period when Christmas was far less important than it is now, she said.

"I want people to laugh, but I wouldn't mind if they cried a little bit," Shanklin said.

Portraying an iconic character such as Scrooge is a real challenge for an actor, said Yarborough, who lives in Groveport.

"It's the ultimate redemption story," he said. "You go from being really grumpy to being happy. You get to do the whole range for this role."

"It's a lot of fun," said Tracey Tupman of west Columbus, who plays Marley's Ghost, Fezziwig and a businessman, and also narrates part of the play.

Staging "A Christmas Carol" has become a holiday tradition for Columbus Civic Theater and audience members, said Britt Kline of Clintonville, wife of founder Albert and a performer in the show with three roles, including Mrs. Fezziwig.

"Patrons come over and over again," Kline said. "They see it every year."

Having Shanklin as director brings a new perspective to the familiar material, Kline said.

"I'm trying to do the sound effects live, which is something they've never done," Shanklin said. "I think I have more music in it than normal."

"I think they'll love it the same," Kline said.