A Christmas Carol - 2015
36th Annual Production
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
SEGERSTROM STAGE
November 27, 2015 - December 27, 2015

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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).

Previews: November 27 – December 3, 2015
Regular Performances: December 4-27, 2015

RecommendationAges 6 and up. No children under age six will be admitted to A Christmas Carol. Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket, sit in a seat and be able to sit quietly through the performance.

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 South Coast Repertory from 1967-2005 and has recently returned to serve as literary consultant. 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, served as artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. As a professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, CSU 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 artistic development consultant for 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 for his 13th consecutive year. His other SCR appearances include An Italian Straw Hat (Garland Award: Best Actor), Major Barbara (Robby Award: Best Supporting Actor), 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 was recently in Impro Theatre’s Sondheim Unscripted at The Falcon Theatre. His other L.A. credits include Chekhov Unscripted, Western Unscripted and Shakespeare Unscripted (as a guest artist with Impro Theatre), 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 and L.A.’s Antaeus Theatre Company, Impro Theatre’s Lab and a LATS member at Impro Space. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Gregg Daniel (Jacob Marley’s Ghost/Gentleman) returns to SCR for his sixth season of A Christmas Carol. His other SCR appearances include Death of a Salesman, August Wilson’s Jitney and Fences and Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. His regional credits include 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. His television credits include HBO’s “True Blood” as series regular Reverend Daniels; guest starring roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “True Detective,” “The Grinder,” “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 an SCR Founding Artist, appearing in more than 200 productions and benefit programs over 50 years. He also is a 31-year veteran of A Christmas Carol. He is proud of his long history in the SCR family, from his earliest days in Volpone and Candida, thru his recent role in Rest to comedy turns in The Fantasticks and James and the Giant Peach. He also manages a film, television and voice acting career that included a long-running role as Mr. Gaines on “Cheers”; dozens of animated series, ranging from Hanna Barbera’s “Sky Commanders” to the The Cartoon Network’s “Ben Ten”; a new animated series for the Disney Animated channel coming in 2016; a career in the interactive game industry including Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid and Adm. Mathews in Republique; and he is in a new indie short film, Worth the Wait. If you purchased a Toyota Camry this year, you may have been prompted by his narrative voice in a Super Bowl ad. His current five-year association with the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts “Pageant of The Masters” as the live show narrator adds to his long list of work in and for the Orange County performing arts community. He is a recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award. Doyle’s favorite voiceover phrase, (familiar to SCR theatre goers), has always been “Enjoy the Show.”

John-David Keller
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 36-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 also has acted in more than 100 productions at SCR including One Man, Two Guvnors earlier this season. 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 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) is delighted to return to A Christmas Carol. His SCR credits include Orpheus in Eurydice (directed by Marc Masterson), And Right Now (NewSCRipts) and The Things You Don’t Know (where he played Hal Landon Jr.’s son). His recent stage credits include Pygmalion at Pasadena Playhouse, Macbeth and The Malcontent at The Antaeus Company, Twelfth Night at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Richard II at Yale Repertory Theatre, The Last Days of Mary Stuart, God of Abraham and WOMEN (a mashup of Little Women and HBO’s “Girls”) at various tiny theatres in Hollywood. He has performed his one-man show, No Static At All, in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles, where it was awarded Best Solo Performance at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. If you need a refresher on Newton’s First Law, check out his educational web series, “Science Talks with Alex Knox” on YouTube. Knox holds degrees from UC Santa Barbara and the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Lake Forest with his wife, Kristin, and their triceratops, Spike.

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). 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 the upcoming HBO film, All the Way.

Ann Marie Lee (Toy Lady/Sally/Scavenger) returns to SCR for her ninth 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 “Code Black,” “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 book narrator for Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Dreamscape, 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
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 also has 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
Jennifer Parsons (Mrs. Cratchit/Rich Woman) returns to SCR for her 12th 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 television credits, she has most recently guest-starred on “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Stalker,” “Longmire,” “Bones” and “Criminal Minds.” She also stars in the indie film, Hard Times, and is featured in the 10-minute short, Worth the Wait.

Erika Schindele
Erika Schindele (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger) appeared at SCR previously in A Christmas Carol, An Italian Straw Hat, The Stinky Cheese Man, Jane of the Jungle, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, A Year with Frog and Toad (2009 and 2015!), The Brand New Kid, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Her other theatre credits include the West Coast premiere of I’m Still Getting My Act Together (starring Gretchen Cryer) at Laguna Playhouse, as well as The Odd Couple and Love, Loss and What I Wore, Collected Stories at Coachella Valley Repertory (Desert Theatre League nominee, best actress); Fat Pig (understudy, L.A. 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, The Wild Party (Los Angeles premiere); and Carousel, Mame and Camelot at Cabrillo Music Theatre. Her television appearances include “Criminal Minds” and “American Dreams.” For my loving husband Brent, “Not a Day Goes By…”

Amelia White
Amelia White (Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig/Scavenger) appeared at SCR in Silent Sky, Misalliance, The Heiress and The Importance of Being Earnest. On Broadway, she appeared in Crazy for You and The Heiress and off-Broadway in The Butter and Egg Man at Atlantic Theater Company and The Accrington Pals at Hudson Guild Theatre Company. Her Los Angeles appearances include Peace in Our Time at The Antaeus Company (company member), Bold Girls at The Matrix Theatre Company, Ernest in Love at Fremont Centre Theatre, Heathen Valley at Stella Adler Theatre and Mirror, Mirror at Cast Theatre. Her career has taken her all across the U.S., working in many wonderful regional theatres, including Hartford Stage, The Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vt. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Ensemble
Rosney Mauger
Rosney Mauger (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/Poulterer) is appearing in his first production at South Coast Repertory after recently completed SCR’s Acting Intensive Program. He also is a recent graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he is currently a member of the school’s third-year company. His highlight roles at The Academy have been Othello and Hedley in Seven Guitars. Originally from Central Florida, he has appeared in The Piano Lesson and King Hedley II at Seminole State College in Lake Mary, Fl.

Travis McLean
​Travis McLean (Thomas Shelley) is a graduate of the 2015 Acting Intensive Program (AIP) at South Coast Repertory. He is honored to be a part of this year’s A Christmas Carol. Some favorite roles have been Mark Renton in Trainspotting with Darkroom Productions, Chicklet in Psycho Beach Party with Lambda Players and Dandini in Sacramento Theatre Company’s Cinderella. He would like to thank his wife, family and the faculty of the AIP.

Austin Springer
Austin Springer (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come) returns to SCR for his second season of A Christmas Carol. This year, he appeared in Sci-Fest LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival and the film, A Quarter Past Two. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was a member of the school’s third-year company. He also is a graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program. His past theatre credits include Rumors, As You Like It and Season’s Greetings.

Camille Thornton-Alson
Camille Thornton-Alson (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden)

is a recent graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program. She received her MFA in acting from The University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, where she performed in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, The American Century, Blithe Spirit, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Twelfth Night. In London, she performed in Pericles at the Oval House and in Paris, Antigone at Studio Marguerite. She wrote and produced “Act-Anon,” a webseries invited to screen and premiere at the Holly Shorts Film Festival.


CHILDREN
Rachel Bailey, J.T. Casey, Rachel Charny, Carissa Diller, Kennedy Haynes, Kiana Kamm, Sean Kato, Lauren Lyons, Jack Matthews, Aoife McEvoy, Catherine Mitchell, Jamie Ostmann, Colin Root, Hudson Mattingly Stefanello, Louis Alvarez Tonkavich, Nick Trafton

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

Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design) designed The Whipping Man in 2015 and co-designed Tartuffe with Dominique Serrand in 2014. He previously designed The Whale, 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 (14 seasons), But Not for Me and the 2007-15 Galas for SCR. He has designed for other theatres including the Shakespeare Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theater Group, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Artists Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within, Antaeus Company, PCPA Theaterfest and San Diego Repertory, among many others. Buderwitz has received four Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards 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 36 years, while also designing more than 90 other productions in both scenery and costumes. As the Laguna Playhouse resident designer, he created some 150 productions including, most recently, for the Playhouse Youth Theatre, Romeo and Juliet. 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 36th year of designing A Christmas Carol and 43 years of marriage. They also have 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’ feature film, 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 Company; and Side Show (Ovation Award nomination), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Ovation Award nomination), 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. He is the music supervisor for the Sacramento Music Circus, where he has conducted The Producers, Monty Python’s Spamalot (both with Gary Beach), Mary Poppins, Hair, Sugar, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, The Music Man (with Shirley Jones), Crazy for You and Funny Girl. His other credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls (McCoy Rigby Entertainment); and Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The King and I (Musical Theatre West). 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 now is 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. Her 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, Bliss, David Copperfield, Into the Woods, Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. 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 excited to be back at SCR. Her SCR credits include Abundance and the 35th annual production of A Christmas Carol. She received her MA degree from the Educational Theatre Program at New York University, Steinhardt, in May 2012. Her other 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). Krispel is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. This performance is dedicated to Mychal Adair-Lynch and Dad. taliakrispel.com.

Sue Karutz (Assistant Stage Manager) has been part of the stage management team at SCR on more than 15 productions, her favorite being the recent One Man, Two Guvnors. 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, Laguna Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Alpine Theatre Project and The National Theatre of the Deaf. When not at SCR, she is often running “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland.
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