"Mankind should be our business Ebenezer, but how seldom do we attend to it?"

With this one line in Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," the ghost of Jacob Marley begins the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a miserable, old, penny-pinching skinflint, to the man he should be.

The Chetco Pelican Players will bring this classic production to the stage beginning Friday, Dec. 7, for a two-weekend run.

Howard Patterson plays the lead role of Scrooge. Theatergoers may remember Patterson as Fagin in the production of "Oliver" a couple of years back, and more recently in "39 Steps." He also appeared in "My Fair Lady" with Brookings Harbor Community Theater, as well as acting and directing roles with Lighthouse Repertory Theatre in Crescent City.

In "A Christmas Carol," Marley is played by Bruce Ellis, the Ghost of Christmas Past by Susan Brickley, Christmas present by Tom Jones, and Christmas future created by special effects.

Scrooge's life plays out before his eyes andndash; first as a boy, and then as a young man as he relives the joy of Christmas parties with jolly old Mr. and Mrs. Fezzywig, and his one and only lost love Isabel.

Then there's Bob Cratchit, played by Chris Eckersley, who works for Scrooge for 15 shillings a week and supports his struggling family, including Tiny Tim.

A total of 22 actors, ranging in age from 7 to 65, help to tell this Christmas story.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are available at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, and New Wave Video in Harbor. For reservations, call 541-469-1877.