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By Gabriel Escalera

Seasoned Scrooge: An Iconic Role in Familiar Hands

December 8th, 2023

In the heart of rural Nebraska, Cork Ramer’s acting journey ignited at a small school, where he took on the role of “Joe” the newspaper boy in “Our Town” at the tender age of 12. That pivotal moment set Ramer on a lifelong trajectory within the world of theater, sparking an unwavering passion for the performing arts.

His distinctive raspy voice might ring a bell for some, thanks to his portrayal of a notorious antagonist this season. Ramer, known for his Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” commanded the role across the Midwest and East Coast for more than three decades, leaving an indelible mark on stage and screen.

With numerous theater productions and film credits under his belt, Ramer’s journey took a turn in 2006 when he made the tough decision to step away from playing Scrooge. Despite his love for acting, the demanding travel schedule took its toll. Now retired from acting, he made a recent comeback last year as an underwriter for the same role he once brought to life.

As Jelly Lounge wrapped its final Scrooge production at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Ramer found himself in line for the next big role, answering the call for this season’s rendition. Embracing the new and unexpected, Ramer brings fresh energy to the stage, although he admits that after embodying Scrooge for so long, he occasionally finds a hint of the character within himself.

The timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Ramer as the latest Scrooge, continues its run until December 23 at the Main Stage of the Omaha Community Playhouse. For more details, visit