A Christmas Carol - 2014
35th Annual Production
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
SEGERSTROM STAGE
November 28, 2014 - December 27, 2014

A Christmas Carol

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot). Come experience the joy during our 35th annual production!

Previews: November 28 – December 4, 2014
Regular Performances: December 5-27, 2014

Recommendation: Ages 6 and up.

Running Time: Approximately two hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Charles Dickens (author) was born in Portsmouth and spent most of his childhood in London and Kent. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers (1836-37), was published in monthly serial installments and became an instant hit. In 1843, he published A Christmas Carol, one of the most popular Christmas stories of all time. Dickens was a prolific writer, and critics regard his later works as his finest. Some of these include Bleak House (1852-53), Great Expectations (1860-61), Oliver Twist (1837-39), and A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Dickens is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Jerry Patch (playwright) was affiliated with SCR from 1967-2005.  He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays seen and developed at SCR, including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit.  His dramatic writing has been produced at SCR and other theatres, and on television.  He was project director of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from its inception in 1998 through 2005, and for seven years was artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute.  As professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UCI, UC San Diego, California State University, Long Beach and other institutions.  He was consulting dramaturg for Roundabout Theatre Company of New York for nearly a decade, and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego.  He is now director of artistic development at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.

Cast
Daniel Blinkoff (Bob Cratchit) returns as Bob Cratchit for his 12th consecutive year. Other SCR appearances include An Italian Straw Hat (Garland Award: Best Actor), Major Barbara (Robby Award), The School for Wives, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Nostalgia and Nothing Sacred, as well as many Theatre for Young Audiences productions and Pacific Playwrights Festival readings. He has most recently been seen in Impro Theatre’s Shakespeare Unscripted at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Western Unscripted at The Falcon Theatre. Other Los Angeles credits include The Children (Theatre@Boston Court, StageSceneLA Award: Best Featured Actor), Macbeth (The Antaeus Company, StageSceneLA Award: Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Performance By An Actor), Opus (Fountain Theatre, Ovation Award), American Tales (The Antaeus Company), A Distant Shore (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Pera Palas (Theatre@Boston Court) and Lunch Poet (Yale Cabaret Blue). Regionally he has appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and many others. His film and television credits include Rockabye, With Honors, Crossing the Bridge, “Close to Home” (recurring), “Charmed,” “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order.” He is a member of The Actor’s Center in New York, Antaeus Theatre Company, and Impro Theatre’s Lab in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Gregg Daniel (Jacob Marley’s Ghost/Gentleman) returns to SCR after appearing in Death of a Salesman. His other SCR appearances include August Wilson’s Jitney and Fences. His regional credits include the Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Mark Taper Forum); Jitney (Pasadena Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Santa Barbara); Cyrano de Bergerac (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Center L.A.); “Master Harold”... and the boys (Cape May Stage and Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peer Gynt (Hartford Stage Co.); and Mother Courage and Her Children (CenterStage). His film credits include Hancock, Spiderman 3, Evan Almighty and Hollywood Homicide. Television credits include HBO’s “True Blood” as series regular Reverend Daniels; guest starring roles on “Harry’s Law,” “Castle,” “Parenthood,” “Weeds,” “The Sarah Silverman Show”; and Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie,” “Austin & Ally” and “Kickin It.” He is a founding member and Artistic Director of Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, LowerDepthTheatreEnsemble.org

Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle (Solicitor/The Spirit of Christmas Past/Gentleman) is a founding artist in his 51st year with SCR and his 31st appearance in A Christmas Carol, playing a variety of roles. Last season he appeared as Gerald in Rest and Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach. He was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC award) for his role as Reverend Hale in The Crucible and for multiple roles in Intimate Exchanges, and he received the LADCC Award for his portrayal of Gant in Holy Days. He has made many appearances on television and film, including his memorable role as the snooty Walter Gains on “Cheers.” As a voice actor, he is currently featured on the web game series “Republique” and has portrayed numerous villains and military characters in game franchises. Since his early career beginnings at Hanna-Barbera, he has been heard on national television advertising campaigns as well as documentary narrations for film, television and the arts. He is currently live narrator of The Laguna Art Festival’s presentation of The Pageant of The Masters. Doyle is an honored recipient of The Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award.

Karen Hensel (Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig/Scavenger) has been associated with SCR since her debut in Spokesong in 1979. Her performances at SCR have included The Heiress, Cold Sweat, Hotel Paradiso, Bosoms and Neglect, Unsuitable for Adults and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a production that was also presented at the Singapore Theatre Festival. She also appeared in Cloud Nine, Our Country’s Good, Hay Fever and, memorably, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, which was also presented by SCR at the Westwood Playhouse and for which she was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. She has performed at Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse and American Conservatory Theater. A member of the Broadway cast of Zoot Suit, she might be recognized by television viewers as Doris on “The Young and the Restless” (18 years), or for her many guest spots on nighttime dramas. She was the head of the Acting Intensive Program for 30 years.

John-David Keller (Mr. Fezziwig) is a member of SCR’s resident acting company. He has been with the company since 1973 as both an actor and director. He has directed A Christmas Carol for its entire 35-year history. Among his other SCR directing credits are Godspell, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, In Fashion, The Real Inspector Hound (SCR’s first Equity show), Peg O’ My Heart and Tomfoolery. He has also acted in more than 100 productions at SCR. He recently appeared in the production of Anton Chekov’s Ivanov at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the The Antaeus Company. Keller is the concert host for the Orange County Philharmonic Society’s fifth grade concerts. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and The Antaeus Company.

Alex Knox
Alex Knox (Undertaker/Ebenezer as a Young Man) returns to A Christmas Carol after a 19-year hiatus, having played Peter Cratchit at SCR in 1995, at age 12. His other SCR credits include Eurydice, And Right Now (NewSCRipts Reading), and The Things You Don’t Know (in which he played Hal Landon Jr.’s son). Other stage credits include Macbeth and The Malcontent at The Antaeus Company, Twelfth Night at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Richard II at Yale Repertory, The Last Days of Mary Stuart (with Tilted Field), God of Abraham (with The Theatricians), and WOMEN (a mashup of “Little Women” and HBO’s Girls) in Hollywood. He’s performed his one-man show, No Static at All, in New York City, Seattle, and Los Angeles, where it was awarded Best Solo Performance. He can be seen starring in the music video for Green Day’s “Stray Heart.” He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and the Yale School of Drama.

Art Koustik
Art Koustik (Joe/Ensemble) is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in scores of productions, including Much Ado about Nothing, The Hollow Lands, Of Mice and Men, Tartuffe and Ah, Wilderness! He also appeared in BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, She Stoops to Folly, The Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, A Streetcar Named Desire, Twelfth Night, Hard Times, The Crucible, Prelude to a Kiss, Glengarry Glen Ross, Galileo, The Foreigner, Rum and Coke, The Show-Off, Saint Joan, Playboy of the Western World, Coming Attractions, American Buffalo, The Elephant Man, Time Was and many others, including most annual productions of A Christmas Carol. He originated the role of Mr. Fezziwig and played the role for 24 seasons. Outside of SCR, he has been in film and television programs such as La Bamba, “Valerie,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “The Golden Girls,” “Dallas” and “The Young and the Restless.” He says: “With my wife Peggy, I am at last a happy man. As the years go by, I am more aware how important faith, family and friends are. God bless us, everyone.”

Timothy Landfield
Timothy Landfield (Wreath Seller/The Spirit of Christmas Present) has appeared in the SCR productions of Eurydice, Noises Off, Bach at Leipzig, Pinocchio, The Clean House, The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden and Hay Fever. His Broadway credits include Company, The Sound of Music, Rumors, Arsenic and Old Lace, Wild Honey, The Crucifer of Blood and Tartuffe. Off-Broadway, he was in the original production of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Actor’s Nightmare. He has played major roles in regional theatres across the country, including Phileas Fogg in 80 Days at La Jolla Playhouse. His television and film credits include “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Bones,” “Numb3rs,” “Six Feet Under,” “Without a Trace,” “Monk,” “Frasier,” “CSI,” “Law & Order” and “The Cooler” with William H. Macy. He is on the faculty at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he teaches and directs. He is proud to be a part of SCR’s family.

Hal Landon
Hal Landon Jr. (Ebenezer Scrooge) is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in Rest, The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Nothing Sacred, Man from Nebraska, Born Yesterday, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A View from the Bridge, Habeas Corpus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Antigone, The Drawer Boy (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination), Major Barbara and Tartuffe. His other credits include Arcadia, Our Town, Sidney Bechet Killed a Man, BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, An Ideal Husband, A Mess of Plays by Chris Durang, Faith Healer, Green Icebergs, The Miser, Our Country’s Good and Waiting for Godot. He created the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in SCR’s A Christmas Carol, and has performed it in all 35 productions. He appeared in Leander Stillwell (Mark Taper Forum) and in Henry V (The Old Globe in San Diego). Among his television and film credits are “The Closer,” “My Name is Earl,” “CSI: NY,” “Mad Men,” The Artist, Trespass, Pacific Heights, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Playing by Heart.

Ann Marie Lee (Toy Lady/Sally/Scavenger) returns to SCR for her seventh season of A Christmas Carol, and previously appeared in A Little Night Music and Pinocchio. She recently appeared in her seventh show with Main Street Theatre Company. As a long-time resident artist at A Noise Within, some of her credits include Man and Superman, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie, Great Expectations and Hay Fever. National tours include Peter Pan and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes... Her off-Broadway and regional credits include “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall,” A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The Constant Wife at Pasadena Playhouse and And The Winner Is... at Laguna Playhouse, among others. Her film and television credits include “Brothers and Sisters,” “The Nine” (recurring), “Nip/Tuck,” “7th Heaven,” “Law and Order: CI,” “ER,” “Providence,” HBO’s Breastmen, “Any Day Now,” “Picket Fences” and “LA Law” (recurring). Radio plays include Hollywood Theatre of the Ear and NPR’s “Beyond 2000.” She is an audio books narrator for Books On Tape, Blackstone and Tantor. She earned a BA in drama from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.; and received a performance and teaching Fulbright Fellowship in American Drama to Poland.

William Francis McGuire (Fred/Gentleman) appeared at SCR previously in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Wrinkle in Time, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, A Christmas Carol and Tartuffe. He has also worked at the Guthrie Theater (The Rover, Naga Mandala, The Seagull, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, The Good Hope, Peer Gynt and Billy and Dago, among others), The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Henry V and Macbeth), Bay Street Theatre Fest (Tropeano Paints), American Repertory Theatre (Boys Next Door), Yale Repertory Theatre (Search and Destroy) and many others. His film credits include The Day After Tomorrow and Mission Impossible III, among others. His television credits include “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd” (series regular), “CSI,” “Castle,” “Justified,” “Eagleheart,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “The Mentalist,” “Saving Grace,” “Weeds,” “Numb3rs,” “NCIS,” “Without a Trace,” as well as a number of Movies of the Week. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Jennifer Parsons (Mrs. Cratchit/Rich Woman) returns to SCR for her 11th year in A Christmas Carol after recently appearing in James and the Giant Peach. She also appeared in such other SCR productions as The Heiress, Cyrano de Bergerac, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Our Town, She Stoops to Folly, The Importance of Being Earnest, Buried Child, Anastasia Krupnik, The Borrowers, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), The Only Child and Bunnicula. She has performed on and off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country and is a company member at Theatre 40. Among her numerous films and television credits, she has most recently guest starred on “Stalker,” “Longmire,” “Bones” and “Criminal Minds” and stars in the short film Hard Times.

Erika Schindele (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger) appeared at SCR previously in A Christmas Carol, An Italian Straw Hat, The Stinky Cheeseman, Jane of the Jungle, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Brand New Kid, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Her theatre credits include Collected Stories at Coachella Valley Repertory (Desert Theater League nominee best actress); Fat Pig (understudy, LA Revival); Merrily We Roll Along and 1776 at Actors Co-op; Hello Dolly! at Welk Resort Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Sierra Madre Playhouse and Glendale Center Theatre; The Sound of Music with Limon/Carr Productions; Out of this World with Musical Theatre Guild and The Wild Party (Los Angeles premiere); and Carousel, Mame and Camelot at Cabrillo Music Theatre. Television appearances include “Criminal Minds.” For Brent, “Not a Day Goes By…”
Ensemble
Emily Lappi
Emily Lappi (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden) is a recent graduate of South Coast Repertory’s Acting Intensive Program. Past productions include The Young Artist Project (La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts), Lend Me A Tenor (Maggie, Covina Center for the Performing Arts), A View From the Bridge (Catherine), Big Love (Lydia), Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues (Rachel) and Proof (Claire). When she’s not on stage, she is an acting coach at Tesoro High School. www.emilylappi.com

Jonathan Melim-Honore
Jonathan Melim-Honore (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/Poulterer) is making his SCR debut. He recently completed SCR’s Acting Intensive Program where he appeared with his graduating class in their summer showcase as Jeff in Lobby Hero. Melim-Honore began acting at Long Beach City College, where he appeared in several shows, including Slipping Him the Tongue, Check Please and The Diviners, all directed by Hal Landon Jr. Other performances include A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters, Almost, Maine and W.A.S.P. Further training includes The Actor’s Gang, founded by Tim Robbins.

Austin Springer
Austin Springer (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come) is making his professional debut here at SCR. This past spring he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he is currently a company member. This summer he immersed himself in the SCR Acting Intensive Program and fell in love with it. He has appeared on stage recently in As You Like It, Rumors and Magic Time. Springer is honored to take part in such a wonderful show!

Jon Tosetti
Jon Tosetti (Thomas Shelley) is a graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program, and is making his debut on the Segerstrom Stage. A native of Pasadena, Calif., Tosetti graduated from Georgetown University before returning to California to pursue a career in film. He most recently graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Jehlinger Award for acting achievement. He currently can be seen as a member of the 2013-14 Academy Company, as well as the Loft Ensemble, a theatre company based in downtown Los Angeles. http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/JonTosetti

CHILDREN
Bella Browne, Alexis Cueva, Olivia Drury, Maximos Harris, Zoe Hebbard, Mitchell Huntley, William Lynam, Emily McDaniel, Aoife McEvoy, Joshua Myran, Katherine Parrish, Karoline Ribak, Benjamin Susskind, Sophia Utria, Jacqueline Vellandi and London Walston

Creative Team
John-David Keller (Director) see bio above.

Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design) designed The Whale, Tartuffe (co-design w/ Dominique Serrand), The Prince of Atlantis, The Trip to Bountiful, Three Days of Rain, The Weir, Crimes of the Heart, Collected Stories, The Heiress, Doubt, Pig Farm, Bach at Leipzig, Proof, A Delicate Balance, A Christmas Carol (12 seasons), But Not for Me and the 2007-14 Galas for SCR. He has designed for other theatres including Goodman Theatre, C.T.G.’s Kirk Douglas Theater, Intiman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Pioneer Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within, Antaeus Company, PCPA Theaterfest, San Diego Repertory, RogueMachine, DeafWest and many others. Tom has received four Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (26 Nominations) and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. His television designs include specials and series for every major broadcast and cable network. He has been honored with three Emmy Award nominations and an Art Directors Guild Award nomination. tombuderwitz.com

Dwight Richard Odle (Costume Design) has dressed SCR’s A Christmas Carol all 35 years while also designing more than 90 other productions here in both scenery and costumes. As the Laguna Playhouse resident designer, he created some 150 productions including, most recently, Pinkalicious!, a children’s musical. Odle’s designs have graced the Fullerton Music Theatre, Mainstreet Theatre Company, McCoy-Rigby Entertainment, Westwood and Pasadena Playhouses, Universal Studios, Disney, SeaWorld, Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort and theme parks in Seoul and Barcelona. He served as art director for the late Pope John-Paul’s 1987 Mass in Dodger Stadium. With an MFA degree from the Yale School of Drama, Odle has been a theatre professor at CSU Fullerton, Stanford and UC Irvine and has been honored for Lifetime Achievement by Arts Orange County and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. He recently made a gift of his 19,000-piece costume collection to the Dodge College of Film and Media Studies at Chapman University as an educational resource for its advanced filmmakers.

Donna and Tom Ruzika (Lighting Design) celebrate their 35th year of designing A Christmas Carol and 42 years of marriage. They have also enjoyed collaborating on productions at SCR, the Hollywood Bowl, and other regional theatres. Ms. Ruzika has designed productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, The Colony Theatre, FCLO, Pasadena Playhouse and Long Beach’s International City Theatre. Her work has also been seen in Cairo, Egypt, Bogotá, Colombia, and Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Ruzika’s designs have been seen on Broadway, in national tours, at major regional theatres, and with many national and international dance and opera companies. His entertainment lighting can be seen at theme parks in six countries, and his architectural lighting can be seen in prestigious hotels, casinos, restaurants, retail centers and performing arts centers across the nation and in Europe and Asia. Mr. Ruzika has received numerous awards for his contributions to the art and craft of lighting design.

Dennis McCarthy (Music Arrangement and Composer) returns to SCR, where he previously composed music for An Italian Straw Hat, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Ben and the Magic Paintbrush, The Beard of Avon, Much Ado about Nothing and Of Mice and Men. During his career, he has written music for more than 2,000 films, television movies and series episodes, including “V,” “MacGyver,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “Star Trek,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Dynasty.” He won two Emmy Awards during his 18 years of music for “Star Trek” and composed the music for the series’ first feature, Generations. He was honored recently with ASCAP’s “Golden Note” award. He is teaching film scoring at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, is a Southern California native, a father of three and proud grandfather of nine beautiful grandchildren.

Drew Dalzell (Sound Design) is happy to be back at SCR, where he previously designed Cloudlands, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Putting It Together, An Italian Straw Hat, Imagine, A Little Night Music, A Christmas Carol, Bunnicula, The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Intimate Exchanges and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. His other design work includes Toy Story: The Musical for Disney Cruise Lines; The Laramie Project at Laguna Playhouse; Fen (Garland Award) and As I Lay Dying (Ovation Award nomination) at Open Fist; A Time for Love, Songs for a New World (Ovation Award) and Tick, Tick...Boom at Rubicon Theatre; and Side Show (Ovation Award nomination), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Ovation Award nomination) and The Laramie Project and Fuddy Meers with The Colony Theatre Company. He is the managing artistic director for The Echo Theatre Company. He owns Diablo Sound, whose recent projects include the Nickelodeon Cruises for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Halloween Horror Nights for Universal Studios Hollywood.

Dennis Castellano (Vocal Director) has musically directed the SCR productions of The Light in the Piazza, The Fantasticks, Cloudlands, Ordinary Days, Putting It Together, An Italian Straw Hat, A Little Night Music, Happy End, Sunday in the Park with George and A Chorus of Disapproval. His other recent credits include The Producers, Monty Python’s Spamalot (both with Gary Beach), Mary Poppins, Sugar, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, The Music Man (with Shirley Jones), Crazy for You and Funny Girl (Sacramento Music Circus); Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The King and I (Musical Theatre West); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls (McCoy Rigby Entertainment); and Me and My Girl and A Chorus Line (The Music Theatre of Wichita). Castellano serves as the head of the music theatre program at the University of California, Irvine, and is very proud of his many students performing on musical theatre stages around the country.

Sylvia C. Turner (Choreographer) is an award-winning choreographer and former dance professor who is active in theatre, concert dance and arts organizations. In addition to performing professionally, she has conducted dance research in Europe, West Africa and the Caribbean. Her work has been seen in many SCR productions, including Cloudlands, Safe in Hell, Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, The Birds (with Culture Clash), Arcadia, Dancing at Lughnasa, Pride and Prejudice and many educational touring productions. Her other credits include “The Lion King Parade and Street Show” at Disneyland; an animated film for the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas; Bridge to Angel Island for Ballet Pacifica; and a collaborative work, Bullwhip Days, based on slave narratives. Turner adjudicates choreography, serves as a panelist for arts granting agencies, and served as a board member of Arts Orange County. She is currently a trustee of Antioch College and is the former dean of fine and performing arts at Santa Ana College.

Hisa Takakuwa (Assistant Director) acted in A Christmas Carol for 14 seasons and is now assistant director. After completing her professional training as an actor, Takakuwa appeared at SCR in The Man Who Came to Dinner and 13 Educational Touring productions. Other acting credits include work as a resident artist at A Noise Within and at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Sundance Institute’s Children’s Theatre and Playwright’s Lab and Grove Shakespeare Festival. She has directed many Theatre Conservatory Players productions, including Metamorphoses, Hard Times, Mansfield Park, Into the Woods, Annie and Peter Pan. Other productions include Twelfth Night and Henry V at Actors Co-op in Hollywood. She was assistant director to Art Manke on SCR’s production of The Wind in the Willows and to Libby Appel on A Raisin in the Sun at IRT. Takakuwa is SCR’s Theatre Conservatory and Educational Programs director. She received her BA from Smith College and MFA from CalArts.

Talia Krispel (Stage Manager) is making her SCR debut. She received her MA degree in the program in educational theatre at New York University in May 2012. She became the program director in Educational Theatre’s production stage manager in the fall of 2011. In addition to her shows at NYU, her credits include Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Clay Aiken and Tony Nominee, Keala Settle), The Sound of Music, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular, Inherit the Wind (starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy), Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original Broadway company), the Broadway workshop of Legally Blonde and The Times They Are A-Changin’ (directed/choreographed by Twyla Tharp). She also works with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on its annual charity event, “Broadway Bares.” Krispel is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. This performance is dedicated to Mychal Adair-Lynch. www.taliakrispel.com

Sue Karutz (Assistant Stage Manager) has been part of the stage management team on more than a dozen productions at SCR. Elsewhere, she has toured with The Black Rider (London, San Francisco, Sydney, Los Angeles), Wicked (Chicago, L.A., San Francisco), Les Misérables (U.S., Canada, China and Korea) and Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo (Russia and Belgium). Off-Broadway, she earned her Equity card on Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly. Karutz has stage-managed for Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Deaf West, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Alpine Theatre Project and The National Theatre of the Deaf, and she also spends some of her time running the show Fantasmic! at Disneyland Resort.
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James MacEwan, Hal Landon Jr., Timothy Landfield, Richard Doyle and Gregg Daniel in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox
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Hal Landon Jr., Liam McHugh, Nika Natalie Aydin, Daniel Blinkoff, Jillian Tabone, Jennifer Parsons and Grace O'Brien in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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The cast of South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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James MacEwan, Richard Doyle, Hal Landon Jr., Gregg Daniel and Timothy Landfield in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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Jaden Fogel, Hal Landon Jr., Liam McHugh, Nika Natalie Aydin, Daniel Blinkoff, Jillian Tabone, Grace O'Brien and Jennifer Parsons in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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Liam McHugh, Daniel Blinkoff, Nika Natalie Aydin, Jennifer Parsons, Jillian Tabone and Grace O'Brien in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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