'A Monster Carol' finds holiday cheer in the spookiest of places

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
November 21, 2007

(L to R) Judd Farias, Bridget Farias and Roze Fromsalt star as  Halloween-themed ghouls in the Texas State production of Dwight Markus' "A Monster Carol."

Spooks clash with Christmas cheer as the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University-San Marcos presents the delightful holiday children’s play A Monster Carol Dec. 5-13.

Written and directed by Dwight Markus, performances will be Dec. 5-13 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee performances Dec. 8 and 9 on the main stage of the Theatre Center on campus.

The show, featuring a fusion of Halloween and Christmas themes, takes place on Christmas Eve at Vincent’s House of Wax. Once the doors are locked at night, the wax figures come to life inside, and on this night, Jake--the ghost of Jacob Marley--comes calling to pull a “Scrooge” on one of the monsters.  Having lost the Three Spirits of Christmas, Jake enlists the aid of Veronica the Vampire, Franklin the Monster and Louise, the curator of the museum to help him reenact the past of Wolfgang the Werewolf.  Plans go awry, however, and mayhem ensues as Jake’s true intentions are revealed and Wolfgang’s past brings some unexpected revelations.

Children and their parents are invited to stay after the show for the Monster Picture Party, where the performers will be available to pose for photographs.

Admission is $5 for everyone. For ticket reservations, contact the Texas State Box Office at (512) 245-2204. For additional information, call (512) 245-2147.