Auditions set Sept. 1-3 for McCook’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

Auditions set for McCook's 'A Christmas Carol'
Monday, August 15, 2022

McCook Community College Theater and Southwest Nebraska Community Theater Association (SWNCTA) announce auditions for a live production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 

Auditions will be Thursday, Sept. 1 and Friday, Sept. 2 between 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 3 from 2-4 p.m. at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on the MCC campus

Children and families are encouraged to audition on Saturday for the Cratchit family.

Performances will be held at the Fox Theatre in McCook December 6-11 with both night and matinee performances on the weekend.

College students and community members are encouraged to audition.

The production will feature ensemble casting with actors playing multiple roles as well as ghosts throughout the performance. Families are encouraged to participate as well.

Returning to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be Don Harpst. All other roles are open.

This is a collaborative production with MCC and SWNCTA. The last time a version of “Christmas Carol'' was staged it was performed online in 2020, during the pandemic.

“It is so satisfying to be able to bring this live performance to McCook,” said MCC Theater Instructor Mark Hardiman. “The tradition of performing this tale is a touchstone for the community and a fantastic opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas.”

The production will be directed by Hardiman, who adapted this version of Dickens’ original for the stage. He has taught theater for nearly two decades and has 15 years’ experience running a professional theater in Chicagoland.

Hardiman has developed, produced and directed multiple works for performance including last spring’s “Swashbuckling Scallywags and Scoundrels” the first theatrical production produced in the new Norris Alley. This year, he will be joined by Rachel Witt as assistant director with the set design team of Chuck and Diane Trail and Jim Pleinis and Sheryl Havens for costumes from SWNCTA.

“It is fantastic to work with such a talented team,” says Hardiman. “They bring a wealth of skill and creativity to the project.”

If you have questions or need to schedule an alternate time to audition, please contact Mark Hardiman at or call 308-345-8173.