To Dec. 8: ‘Scrooge in Rouge’ plays at The Empire

sr-squareThe Empire Theatre Company will kick off the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend with the hilarious musical comedy, Scrooge in Rouge.

In this raucous holiday treat, a troupe of 23 players embark on a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol when 20 of them come down with food poisoning, leaving only three to put on the entire show! The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Fast paced and funny, this bawdy musical, set in a British Music Hall at the turn-of-the-century, abounds in bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres, and witty songs. Scrooge in Rouge is sponsored by Manstrom Photography.

When: Nov. 23-24, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, and Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave Grand Forks, ND 58201
Tickets: $16 for children 10 & under, $20 for students/military, $24 for general admission. Purchase tickets weekdays at 701-746-5500 or anytime at

The creative team for Scrooge in Rouge includes: Walter Criswell, director; Sara Larson, stage manager; Amy Sanner, costumer; Tyler Smith, sound designer. This production features regional actors Justin Dela Cruz, Tyler Folkedahl, Alex Kleven, and Misti Koop.

Scrooge in Rouge is supported in part by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau. This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region. Scrooge in Rouge is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Empire Theatre Company is a program of the Empire Arts Center. The Empire Theatre Company’s mission is to produce contemporary plays and musicals that are well-crafted and bold.  Scrooge in Rouge is the Empire Theatre Company’s second show of the season, which also includes Next to Normal and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Empire Arts Center is dedicated to promoting the arts in the greater Grand Forks community. The Empire provides a welcoming venue for other local arts organizations, as well as developing our own artistic programming such as the Empire Theatre Company, The 1919 Lounge, and the Backstage Project. The Empire is also home to the UND Art Collections Gallery; exhibits from this collection have displayed works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.