Everyone is fa-

miliar with Charles Dickens' classic novella, "A Christmas Carol." In this well-loved holiday tale, the miserly money-hungry Scrooge owns a 1950s diner. She berates and abuses her employees, including Mrs. Cratchit while trying to generate sales from the local populace ....

Wait, does some of this not sound quite so familiar?

New York City Ballet's Tom Gold and the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet have taken the story and given it a new twist.

"It's like the original, but with a 1950s twist," said Sophia Hamed-Ramos, who plays Scrooge -- in this story, a young businesswoman.

The new ballet will be staged Dec. 15 at noon and 3 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls High School, 2300 Fourth St. Tickets are $10 general admission. For details, visit www.cvyb.org.

Even with the transportation of "A Christmas Carol" from 1840s Dickensian England to 1950s America, there are still many familiar elements and characters in the ballet. The audiences will see the beleagured Roberta Cratchit (played by Kirsten Linnen of Cuyahoga Falls) and her daughter Tiny Tina (played by Emma Oplinger). Scrooge is visited by the ghost of her former business partner Marley (played by Julia Mitchell), as well as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (played by Ella Davidson, Annie Carroll of Hudson and Annie Unk respectively). In addition, the Spirit of Christmas (played by Megan Klamery) watches over all, as Scrooge's stoney heart is melted.

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