Scrooge! 2018


A Musical Christmas Classic

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Adapted from the novella "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens


An FRT tradition rings in the holiday season! The Dickens classic is brought to life once again by NMU students and faculty along with locals from the Marquette community. A musical retelling of “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge! shows us the journey of a bitter old miser's discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, courtesy of good folks and strange ghosts. Join the FRT in celebrating one of our traditional shows!


Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 13th at 7:30 PM

Friday, December 14th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 15th at 4:00 PM

Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 16th at 1:00 PM


Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.



"A Christmas Carol" - Company

"Christmas Children" - Bob Cratchit, Kathy, and Tiny Tim

"I Hate People" - Scrooge

"Father Christmas" - Urchins and Scrooge

"A Christmas Carol Reprise" - Children

"December the 25th" - Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Ensemble

"I Like Life" - Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge

"Good Times" - Mrs. Cratchit, Bob Cratchit, and the Cratchit Children

"The Beautiful Day" - Tiny Tim

"Thank You Very Much" - Tom Jenkins, Scrooge, Ensemble

"I'll Begin Again" - Scrooge

"Father Christmas Reprise" - Urchins

"Thank You Very Much Reprise" - Bob Cratchit, Scrooge, Tom Jenkins, Ensemble

"A Christmas Carol Reprise" - Company


Cast List


Ebenezer Scrooge Monica Nordeen
Jacob Marley Nathaniel Langlie 
The Ghost of Christmas Past Kate Joy Karling
The Ghost of Christmas Present Faye Elder
Phantoms/The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Jill Vermeulen , Katie Spengler, Zoe Zimmer
Tom Jenkins Jason Parks
Nephew Fred Paul Leow
Nephew's Wife Katie Spengler
Solicitors Tanner Parish, Jeremiah Ogawa
Urchin 1 Abigail Harma
Urchin 2 Avonlea Kuhlman
Urchin 3 Nate Wood
Urchin 4 Winston Leonard
Additional Urchins Christian Leonard, Grant Ottaway
Bob Cratchit Seth Bowen
Ethel Cratchit Taylor Koski
Tiny Tim Ezekiel Miller
Peter Cratchit Aden Dahlstrom
Kathy Cratchit Aria Espinoza
Belinda Cratchit Noelle Espinoza
Martha Cratchit Ashley Dunneback
Ebby Winston Leonard
Fan Avonlea Kuhlman
Fezziwig Griffin Candey
Mrs. Fezziwig Laura Thompson 
Isabel Katie Lavris
Young Ebenezer Thomas Robinson
Dick Wilkins Bruno Amilcar
Father Christmas Bruno Amilcar
Woman 1 April Koski
Woman 2 Carey Espinoza
Beggar Woman w/ Child Shanon Ottaway
Dawkins the Toy Shop Owner Thomas Robinson
Apple Seller Amanda AlAziz
Turkey Boy Grant Ottaway
Butcher Faye Elder
Butcher's Apprentice Payton Bullock
Baker Griffin Candey
Carolers Griffin Candey, Carey Espinoza, Abigail Harma, Paul Leow, Jason Parks, Laura Thompson , Jill Vermeulen 
Adult Ensemble Amanda AlAziz, Bruno Amilcar, Payton Bullock, Carey Espinoza, April Koski, Jeremiah Ogawa, Shanon Ottaway, Dorothy Paad, Tanner Parish, Thomas Robinson, Katie Spengler, Laura Thompson , Jill Vermeulen , Zoe Zimmer
Youth Ensemble Joseph Espinoza, Abigail Harma, Avonlea Kuhlman, Christian Leonard, Grant Ottaway, Nate Wood


Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Susan Candey
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designers Hannah Cormier, Regan McKay, Nick Salin, Jacob Stipe, Alec Vanhorn, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Projection Designer Daric Christian
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Assistant Technical Director Emily Baker
Production Stage Manager Nat Ehrig

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Morgan Kangas
Light Board Operator  Nat Ehrig
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Audio 2 Taylor Venegas
Fly Rail Rory Tricker

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Erin Culp†, Megan Leach, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson , Joel Shinavier, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Keegan Downey, Emily Kendall, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Kendra Anderson, Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Regan McKay, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam
Photographers NMU Marketing
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios

Monica Nordeen (Ebenezer Scrooge) is elated to be playing the title role of Scrooge in this year’s production. Her roles in previous productions of the show include Mrs. Cratchit, Ghost of Christmas Past, and Jacob Marley. Monica is active in the local theatre scene, and has recently performed with Lake Superior Theatre, Wolf’s Head Theatre Company, Vertigo Theatre Company, U.P. Shakespeare Festival, NMU, and the Historic Vista Theater. Monica is grateful to her family, friends, mentors, and teachers who continue to encourage her to learn and grow, and graciously support her exploration of the performing arts.

Nathaniel Langlie (Jacob Marley) is thrilled to once again be a part of the beautiful story that is Scrooge! Nathaniel is a junior theatre major at Northern. Over the course of his time at Northern, Nathaniel has appeared in Noises Off as Tim, Scrooge! as Bob Cratchit, Tarzan as an Ape/Father, and Antigone as an Official. Other local credits include Beacon on the Rock as Evert Anderson and Godspell as the "All Good Gifts" soloist. Nathaniel hopes that you enjoy the show, and “may God bless us, everyone.”

Kate Joy Karling (The Ghost of Christmas Past) hails from Bessemer, Michigan. She was born and raised in the beautiful Upper Peninsula, and has been dancing ballet and other styles of dance for seventeen years, with performances at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. She is relatively new to theatre, but has found a true passion there. She has performed in several plays at Theatre North in Ironwood, Michigan since she became involved in theatre in 2016. An English major and theatre minor, she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Forest Roberts Theatre’s 2018 season.

Faye Elder (The Ghost of Christmas Present/Butcher) enjoyed a 25-year career in southern California in professional entertainment. As an actress, vocalist, comedian, and stunt person, she performed with the industry’s finest. Known regionally for her “Mrs. Consumer” radio and television commercials, she also continues as the annual host of the wildly successful “Dancing With Our Stars” local fundraiser. Faye also continues to lend her expertise and talents to many media projects. She loves her hometown of Marquette and always knew she would go into semi-retirement here. Faye also serves on the Board of NMU’s First Nighters Club.

Jill Vermulean (The Ghost of Yet to Come/Phantom/Caroler/Ensemble) holds degrees in theatre and communication studies from Northern Michigan University (‘18 BS). Some of her favorite roles include Noises Off (Belinda), The Addams Family (Morticia), Proof (Claire), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), Scrooge! (Mrs. Cratchit), She Kills Monsters (Kaliope) and Chicago (Hunyak) at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and The Producers (Ulla) at Lake Superior Theatre. She has also directed High School Musical, Jr., The Wizard of Oz, and Narnia, choreographed James and the Giant Peach, Jr., and assistant choreographed Mary Poppins with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. She works at UP General Contracting. Jill would like to thank her boyfriend Tom and her family for their endless love and support.

Katie Spengler (The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Phantom/Nephew's Wife/Ensemble) is a sophomore from Lake Orion, Michigan and this is her second year performing in Scrooge!. Katie was also in NMU’s Tarzan last year and was involved in many shows during high school. At NMU, she is studying environmental studies and sustainability, and in her free time loves exploring Marquette and painting. She is very excited to continue to participate in theater in college and hopes you enjoy the show!

Zoe Zimmer (The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Ensemble) is a freshman who comes from Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Zoe’s performing experience includes four years of musical participation, three years of one act play performance, and six years of solo serious acting for Forensics. She has had multiple lead roles such as Nala from The Lion King and Elizabeth Willow from They Dance Real Slow Down in Jackson, where she won an Individual Outstanding Acting Award. Zoe has already been involved in this years Fringe Fest and is excited to get more involved with performances at Northern!

Jeremiah Ogawa (Solicitor/Ensemble) is a senior at MSHS. He has been in many NMU productions like Les Misérables, The Addams Family, and the past two productions of Scrooge. He has been in many Superior Arts Youth Theatre productions as well as Lake Superior Theatre productions. He enjoys eating hot sauce and watching Netflix.

Payton Bullock (Butcher’s Apprentice/Ensemble) is a sixth grader who enjoys skiing, playing the ukulele, playing basketball, and performing in local theater programs! This is her third performance in Scrooge and she’s been in multiple SAYT performances; the most recent have been Alice in Wonderland, High School Musical, Charlottes Web, Peter Pan, and Shrek! She loves singing, dancing and performing!

Abigail Harma (Urchin 1/Caroler/Ensemble) has performed in James and the Giant Peach, The Lion King Jr., Cinderella, Kids Sing Broadway, School House Rock Jr., Shrek Jr., Peter Pan, Scrooge (Cathy, 2017), High School Musical (Sharpay) and Alice in Wonderland Jr. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, from working the spotlights in tech crew to  making props for shows. She has taken lessons in tap, ballet, hip hop, dance, gymnastics, acrobatics, sewing, voice, and violin. Abigail was also Assistant Director of SAYT’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night Dream. She is very excited to perform in this years production of Scrooge!

Avonlea Kuhlman (Fan/Urchin 2/Ensemble) is a local youth performer who loves the arts. She has appeared in a variety of productions with the Superior Arts Youth Theater and the Lake Superior Theater. Notable performance credits include Beacon on the Rock (Anya Petroff), Charlotte’s Web (Fern Arable) and Shrek Jr. (Pig 2, of the Three Little Pigs). She is also currently in production for Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Dormouse) and was recently cast as Chip in NMU’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast (April 2019). Offstage, Avonlea can be found reading, singing, and making slime!

Nate Wood (Urchin 3/Ensemble) is ten years old and in 5th grade at North Star Montessori Academy. He started acting in 2017 with his first role as Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has been in the following SAYT productions: Schoolhouse Rock Jr., Shrek Jr., Peter Pan, High School Musical Jr., and Alice in Wonderland Jr. Nate is very happy to be in his second production of Scrooge at the FRT. Nate loves singing, dancing, and acting in all types of productions. When he's not on stage, Nate enjoys playing with his friends or hanging out with his dog and cat.

Winston Leonard's (Ebby/Urchin 4) favorite part of being in theater is finding out what part he will get. You may recognize him from last year’s production of Scrooge, School House Rock, The Lion King, Shrek, Cinderella, or many others. Winston loves to get into the mindset of different characters! When he’s not on stage, he enjoys being outdoors, playing the piano, singing, and playing soccer.

Christian Leonard's (Urchin/Ensemble) favorite part of being in theater is singing and being with friends.  He love to participate in plays because they entertain people. Amongst many others, he has previously performed in School House Rock, The Lion King, and Cinderella.  Other than acting, Christian can be found building with Legos, doing arts and crafts, or playing outside! 

Grant Ottaway (Turkey Boy/Urchin/Ensemble) began his involvement in theatre at the age of three. He has been in 14 youth theater productions, and his most recent performances include Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Doorknob/Caterpillar Body), High School Musical Jr. (Jack Scott), Charlotte's Web (Lurvy), and Peter Pan (Tootles). This is his first production with FRT. Grant loves sports, video games, and making people laugh.

Joseph Espinoza Jr. (Ensemble) is 3 years old and this is his first theatre experience! He has enjoyed learning about the stage alongside his 2 sisters who are also cast. He would like to say, "Thank You Very Much" to his mother for helping him. He likes pepperoni pizza, swimming, and his preschool. 

Taylor Koski (Ethel Cratchit) is a sophomore at NMU and is majoring in management and minoring in theatre and dance. She has grown up in Marquette and has been performing her entire life; her favorite onstage role was Sponge in James and the Giant Peach Jr. Although she loves performing, her favorite aspect of theatre is choreography, and she loves to work with the local youth at Superior Arts Youth Theater. In 2017, Taylor won the Marquette youth of the year award for her work. She would like to give a special shout-out to her mom, who will be taking the stage with her for the first time! She hopes everybody enjoys the show!

Aden Dahlstrom (Peter Cratchit) is a 7th grader at Negaunee Middle School. This is his first production with FRT and he is very excited for this experience. Aden has been involved in SAY Theater since 2014, when he was a Who in Seussical Jr. He also greatly enjoyed performing as Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Most recently, he enjoyed playing the part of Coach Bolton in High School Musical Jr. When he's not participating in theatre, he enjoys playing chess and video games, participating in NMS chorus, camping with his family, hanging out with his friends, and his church youth group. 

Ashley Dunneback (Martha Cratchit) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University, and this will be her first show. She is very excited to play Martha Crachit and to be working with such a wonderful cast! She is a biology major with a concentration in microbiology, and is also in the cast of Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support and her director for such a great experience at the Forest Roberts Theatre! 

Aria Espinoza (Kathy Cratchitt) is 11 years old, and has been in multiple previous productions including Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Lion King Jr., Kids Sing Broadway, James and the Giant Peach, Peter Pan, High School Musical, Shrek Jr., and Alice and Wonderland Jr. She enjoys playing the violin and piano, and has written numerous songs of her own. She has been dancing for over 7 years. She also has a passion for snakes and reptiles. She is thrilled to be part of the Cratchitt "family", acting alongside her little sister, brother and mother!

Noelle Espinoza (Belinda Cratchitt) is 4 years old and is thrilled to be part of the cast of Scrooge! She has also been a part of Shrek Jr. and Kids Sing Broadway, both through the Superior Arts Youth Theater. She loves to learn to read at preschool and takes dance classes on the weekend. 

Laura Thompson (Mrs. Fezziwig) is a Northern Michigan University alumni and has appeared in Les Misérables (Forest Roberts Theatre), Comedy of Errors (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Forest Roberts Theatre), Pippin (Lake Superior Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Forest Roberts Theatre), Scrooge! (Forest Roberts Theatre, 2016), and Proof (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre). She enjoys going for walks with her dogs, taking road trips, and spending time with family and friends. Laura is thrilled to be working alongside so many talented and friendly people in this production of Scrooge!



Creative Team Bios

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is the Program Director for the NMU dance minor, has a BS from NMU in secondary education with majors in English and French, an MA in dance education from NYU, and is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She was also the author of the dance blog for Fox's So You Think You Can Dance during seasons four through seven. Miss Grundstrom is the resident choreographer for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre, Lake Effect Show Choir, and NMU Theatre productions. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

Shelley Russell (Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!