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Press Photos by Linda Sailer Drooge (Pat Barnhart) responds to Bob Sackett's request to have Christmas Day off. Todd Selle plays Sacket in a rehearsal scene on Tuesday for "Charley's Ghost Story."

A classic Christmas message having a Badlands twist in ' Charley's Ghost Story'


Although an old play familiar to southwestern North Dakota, a newcomer from the Upper Pennisula of Michigan appreciates the western adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Marian Bauer has several roles, including the Ghost of Christmas Past and Fred's wife.

"I've been in the original play before -- they've really kept true to it and tweaked it to give that Badlands flavor," she said.

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