Westerville North High School's thespians will bring Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol" to the stage beginning Thursday, Dec. 6, at the high school, 950 County Line Road.

"This is a wonderful story for the whole family to experience together," said Kimberly Mollohan, director. "I chose to do another December show because last year's holiday production was so well received. We had so many people tell us that the performance filled their hearts with Christmas joy, we couldn't help but consider doing it again."

"A Christmas Carol" recounts the story of a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.

"We hope the entire community will take a little break from shopping and wrapping and baking and decorating to sit down in our auditorium and enjoy the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge," Mollohan said. "We hope this production fills your heart with joy and reminds you of holidays of your past, present and ones yet to come."

She said there are 61 students in the cast and about another 15 on crew.

The cast is made up of 48 Westerville North High School students and 13 elementary and middle school students.

Most all the younger children appeared in last year's production of "Miracle on 34th Street," according to Mollohan.

Sophomore Daniel Hager, who plays Scrooge, said his character has a dark past and that made him a very evil old man.

"A lot of why he does these cruel things is because of how horrible his past was, so I like to bring that for inspiration sometimes when I'm playing him," Hager said.

"In the end, he turns out to be a kind-hearted old man. I think seeing that transition will be nice (for audiences), so they should come see the play."

Senior Casey Campbell, who plays Marley, said he has had a lot of fun in his role.

"I've always liked the character since I was a little kid," he said. "It has been really fun being this big, intimidating ghost that just haunts Scrooge and tells him, 'Hey, if you don't do this, you're really going to mess up and you're going to end up like me so do these nice things.' "

Campbell said audience will enjoy the back-and-forth from Scrooge's past, present and future, as well as seeing his journey.

Senior Trevor Vestal said his role as the Ghost of Christmas Present is loud and energetic.

"It's very fun to play, but it's exhausting," he said. "That's one drawback. The costume is heavy and the motions are big and like large. I have huge shoes just to make me taller than I already am.

"It's a very energetic show, even though it's not like a musical or something," Vestal said. "It's still packed with energy and fun to watch. It's great at Christmas time."

Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 8; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Audience members are invited to meet the cast and crew after the performances.

All seats are reserved and tickets cost $10. They can be purchased in advance at www.Ticketleap.com or at the Westerville North High School main office, or at the door.