A Christmas Carol-2018
3​​​9th Annual Production
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
November 24, 2018 - December 24, 2018

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).

Low-Priced Previews: November 2​​​​4​-​29, 201​​​8
Regular Performances: ​November ​30 - December 24, 201​​​8

Advisory: Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol. This show contains smoke, haze and ​strobe effects.

Recommendation: Ages 6 and up. No children under age six will be admitted to A Christmas Carol. Everyone—regardless of age—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.

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Charles Dickens (Author) was born in Portsmouth, England, 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 (Adaptor) was affiliated with SCR from 1967-2005 and returned in 2014 as literary consultant. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays developed and seen at SCR including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. He was project director for the Pacific Playwrights Festival from its 1998 inception through 2005; and, for seven years, he 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 New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company for nearly a decade and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is an artistic consultant, following seven seasons as director of artistic development, for Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, for MTC and South Coast Repertory.

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

​Daniel Blinkoff* (Bob Cratchit) returns for his 16th 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 in Impro Theatre’s Sondheim Unscripted at The Falcon Theatre. His LA credits include Chekhov Unscripted, Western Unscripted and Shakespeare Unscripted (guest artist, Impro Theatre), The Children (The 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 (The 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 LA’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.

​Melody Butiu* (Toy Lady/Sally/Scavenger) is delighted to return to SCR, where she originated roles in the world premieres of Shipwrecked! and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, frolicked in the family productions of Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells and Ivy + Bean and, most recently, participated in the NewSCRipts reading of Eureka Day. She appeared on Broadway in Doctor Zhivago and off-Broadway in David Byrne’s Here Lies Love at The Public Theater (Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical). Her other theatre work includes Vietgone (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Here Lies Love (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre), Monstress (American Conservatory Theatre), Stage Kiss (Geffen Playhouse), Helen (Getty Villa), Shipwrecked! (Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Perfect Wedding (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Long Story Short (San Diego Repertory), A Little Night Music and Golden Child (East West Players), 36 Views (Portland Center Stage) and Dogeaters and Boy (La Jolla Playhouse). Her film and television credits include A Mother’s Greatest Fear, Untold, “The Kominsky Method,” “NCIS: LA,” “Kingdom,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Gotham,” “NCIS” and “Modern Family.” She earned her MFA at UC-San Diego. melodybutiu.com, Instagram: @mellowdeebee

​​Sol Castillo* (Fred/Gentleman) returns to SCR where he previously appeared in The Night Fairy, The Hollow Lands, Charlotte’s Web and Sideway Stories from Wayside School. You may have also seen him here as Refugio/Buzzard in his eight-season run in Octavio Solis’ La Posada Mágica. He most recently appeared in Quixote Nuevo at CalShakes in Orinda, Calif. His other credits include Lord Chaac Ha in The Realm of the Maya at Plaza de La Raza; the Denver Center for the Performing Arts debut of Sunsets and Margaritas; Of Mice and Men at Pasadena Playhouse; and the San Diego Repertory production of Zoot Suit. He was also seen as Medal of Honor recipient Eugene A. Obregon in the national tour of Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor. Follow him at Instagram and Twitter at @elsolcastillo.

​Gregg Daniel* (Jacob Marley's Ghost/Gentleman) returns to SCR after multiple seasons as Jacob Marley’s Ghost in A Christmas Carol. His other SCR appearances include All The Way, 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, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles); Master Harold... and the Boys (Cape May Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peer Gynt (Hartford Stage Company); and Mother Courage and Her Children (Center Stage). His film credits include Truth or Dare, Hancock, Spiderman 3, Evan Almighty and Hollywood Homicide. His television credits include “True Blood” (HBO) as series regular Reverend Daniels; “Alexa & Katie” (Netflix); guest-starring roles on “Insecure,” “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 (lower-depth.com). He is married to actress Veralyn Jones.

Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle* (Solicitor/The Spirit of Christmas Past/Gentleman) is an SCR Founding Artist, who has appeared in more than 200 productions during 55 years and in 32 years of A Christmas Carol. He is proud of his long SCR history, from his earliest days in Volpone and Candida through Holy Days and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune to recent roles in Kings, The Weir and Rest, to comedy turns in The Fantasticks and James and the Giant Peach. His film, television and voice acting career includes a long-running role as Mr. Gaines on “Cheers”; dozens of animated series; interactive games (MGS Big Boss); an indie short film, Worth the Wait; an indie feature, The Abduction of Angie; voices on the podcast “Passenger;” as well as his first producer/principal actor experience as Will Wilson in the short film, Ready or Not. For the past eight years, Doyle has been the live show narrator for the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts’ “Pageant of The Masters” and he narrates the arts documentary series, “Design for Modern Living.” He is a recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award. His second grandson, Burnham, is now 15 months and walking/running and first grandson, James, is a teen walking tall at 6’3” He wishes to leave you with his favorite voice-over phrase that is familiar to SCR theatregoers: “Enjoy the Show.”

Alex Knox
Alex Knox* (Undertaker/Ebenezer as a Young Man) is delighted to return to A Christmas Carol for his fifth season as Young Eb. His SCR credits include Eurydice, And Right Now (New-SCRipts) and The Things You Don’t Know. He is a company member of Antaeus Theatre Company, where his credits include Macbeth, The Nina Variations and The Malcontent. His solo show No Static At All (about seeking enlightenment through the music of Steely Dan) has toured to New York, Seattle and Los Angeles, where it was awarded Best Solo Performance at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. His audiobook narration work includes Stoneheart, Missing Persons and Judy K. Walker’s Dead Hollow Trilogy. He appeared in the web series, “Kat Loves LA,” “Language Academy” and “Science Talks with Alex Knox.” Knox holds degrees from UC-Santa Barbara and the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Koreatown, Los Angeles, with Kristin and Cosmo.

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 most 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 on television programs such as La Bamba, “Valerie,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “The Golden Girls,” “Dallas” and “The Young and the Restless” and productions of Guys and Dolls, Chapter 2, Brigadoon and Anything Goes. 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/Scrooge Understudy) 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 also 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 Gem of the Ocean, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Rest, The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Nothing Sacred, Man from Nebraska, Born Yesterday, A View from the Bridge, Habeas Corpus, 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 each of its 39 years. He appeared in Leander Stillwell (Mark Taper Forum), Henry V (The Old Globe) and as Polonius in Hamlet (Shakespeare Orange County). 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, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday (Netflix) and All the Way (HBO).

William Francis McGuire
William Francis McGuire* (Gentleman/Mr. Fezziwig) appeared at SCR previously in Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, 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 Theater 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. 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) has appeared at International City Theatre in Talley’s Folly; Vanya, Sonya, Masha & Spike; and, most recently, Silent Sky. She has worked in many productions at South Coast Repertory—14 years as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol—including Flora & Ulysses, James and the Giant Peach, 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, The Only Child and Bunnicula. Her other southern California appearances include Lost in Yonkers (La Mirada Theatre) and How I Learned to Drive (San Diego Repertory Theatre). She has performed on and off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country and is a company member at Theatre 40. Among her numerous film and television credits, she has most recently guest starred on “The Romanoffs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Stalker,” “Longmire,” “Bones” and “Criminal Minds.”

Schindele, Erika
Erika Schindele* (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger) appeared at SCR previously in A Christmas Carol, An Italian Straw Hat, as well as numerous Theater for Young Audience productions, most recently this season with Nate the Great. Last spring, Schindele returned to Jewel Theatre Company to reprise her role of Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Couple. A career highlight has been an opportunity to play Stella Kowalski, alongside her real-life husband, in the iconic A Streetcar Named Desire. 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 Theatre (Desert Theatre League nominee, best actress); 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; and Out of This World with Musical Theatre Guild. She recently shot a lead role in Emerald and The What If. Her television appearances include “Criminal Minds” and “American Dreams.” For my loving husband, Brent, “Not a Day Goes By…” erikaschindele.com.

​Kimberly Scott* (Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig/Scavenger) last appeared at SCR in the 2016 production of A Christmas Carol and previously in the Pacific Playwright Festival reading of Rachel Bonds’ play, Curve of Departure. She also appeared in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty on the Julianne Argyros Stage and in Our Town on the Segerstrom Stage. Her theatre credits include Sweat by Lynn Nottage (Arena Stage), Head of Passes by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and the world premiere of Familiar by Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theater). She spent eight seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival with roles in Henry V, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Ruined, As You Like It, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and The Pirates of Penzance and created the roles of Dembi in The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, Amira in Party People by UNIVERSES, Viola Pettus in American Night by Culture Clash, as well as Cynthia in Sweat—all world premieres. Scott also created the role of Molly in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson. In that role on Broadway, she was nominated for the Tony and Drama Desk awards. Scott’s screen credits include the films Love and Other Drugs, World Trade Center and The Abyss, as well as many television appearances.
Nick Slimmer (Thomas Shelley) is thrilled to be making his return to A Christmas Carol for the third time. He is a graduate of the SCR’s Acting Intensive Program and American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a company member of the Modjeska Unscripted Theater in Lake Forest. He is also a series regular on the popular web series “Life as a Mermaid.” His favorite roles include Boy in Peter and the Star Catcher, Johnny Appleseed in the world premiere of American Tall Tales and Matt in Dog Sees God. Slimmer would like to thank his parents for their support, Joanne DeNaut for giving him opportunities, and his girlfriend, Emily, for her love.

Aaron McGee (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper) is happy to return to the Segerstrom Stage for the magic of A Christmas Carol. He first appeared in Christmas Carol—after completeing SCR’s Acting Intensive Program—two years ago playing the role of the disheveled Thomas Shelley as well as Party Guests. He then found his way into the production of Shakespeare in Love last season, playing multiple roles including an Elizabethan actor. His other credits include Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web and Captain Swain and other characters in By the Great Horn Spoon at Laguna Playhouse for its touring company.

Monkia Peña (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden/Fan) is making her SCR debut. She is a Chance Theatre resident artist where she appeared in the titular role in Violet; as the butt-kicking, Princess Fish in Claudio Quest (West Coast premiere); Josephine in Big Fish; The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Dancer); Fancy Nancy: the Musical (Rhonda; 2016-18); A Chorus Line (LA Times Critic’s Choice); Dogfight (LA/OC premieres), Hairspray and In the Heights (Ovation Recommended, regional premiere). She is a Cal Poly Pomona zoology alumna.

Austin Springer (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/Poulterer/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come) is delighted to return to A Christmas Carol. He recently appeared in A Soldier’s Play at Sacred Fools, and Key Exchange at Playhouse West. Also, this past year he flew to China to star in the film Laoban, which will be making its international premiere this Spring. His previous credits include Orlando from As You Like It and Ken from Rumors. Before coming to SCR, Springer graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in A Christmas Carol twice before and is a graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program.

Taren Azizi, Dane Bergman, Liliana Bertoldi, Nicholas Brown, Presley Coogan, Olivia Drury, Grady Farman, Sarah Frazin, Grace Galipeau, Dylan Gorham, Sara Hardyman, Leah Kaplan, Lauren Lee, Emme O'Toole, Sebastian Ramirez, ​Nichole Wheeler

Creative Team
John-David Keller (Director) has been a member of SCR’s resident acting company since 1973 as both an actor and director. He has directed A Christmas Carol for its entire 39-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. From 1975 through 2007, he directed all of SCR’s Educational Touring Productions, which were presented in elementary schools throughout Orange County. He also acted in more than 100 productions at SCR including, most recently, Amadeus and One Man, Two Guvnors. He appeared in the production of Anton Chekov’s Ivanov at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Antaeus Theatre Company. Keller recently celebrated his 26th year as 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 Antaeus Theatre Company.

Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design) previously designed The Monster Builder, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe (co-design with Dominique Serrand), 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 (15 previous seasons), But Not for Me and the 2007-16 Galas for SCR. He has designed for other theatres including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, The Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within, Antaeus Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Buderwitz has received six 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. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts. tombuderwitz.com

Dwight Richard Odle (Costume Design) has dressed SCR’s A Christmas Carol for all of its 38-year run, while also designing more than 90 other productions here in both scenery and costumes. As the Laguna Playhouse resident designer for 15 seasons, he created some 160 productions, including eight world premieres, again handling both scenery and costumes for its adult and youth theatre presentations. 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 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 39th year of designing for A Christmas Carol and 46 years of marriage. They have enjoyed collaborating on productions at SCR, the Hollywood Bowl and other regional theatres. Ms. Ruzika has designed productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, The Colony Theatre, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, 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. The Ruzikas have received numerous awards for their contributions to the art and craft of lighting design.

Dennis McCarthy (Music Arrangement and Composer) 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 with ASCAP’s “Golden Note” award. He teaches 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), and The Laramie Project with The Colony Theatre Company; and Wicked Lit! 2012, 2013 (Ovation Award nomination), 2014 (Ovation Award), 2015 (Ovation Award), 2016 (Ovation Award Nomination), 2017, and 2018 for Unbound Productions. He owns Diablo Sound Inc., whose themed entertainment projects are found around the world.

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 six-show summer season at Broadway Sacramento, where he conducted their productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, The Producers, Mary Poppins, Hair, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd and Funny Girl. His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle); Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Guys and Dolls (McCoy/Rigby Entertainment); and Nice Work If You Can Get It, In the Heights, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The King and I (Musical Theatre West). Castellano is a past head of the music theatre program at UC-Irvine.

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 in 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 SCR Theatre Conservatory Players productions including Metamorphoses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Copperfield, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins. Her other productions include Twelfth Night and Henry V at Actors Co-op (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 Indiana Repertory Theatre. 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 where her credits include A Christmas Carol (since 2014), Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Abundance, Amadeus and Pinocchio. Her other credits include Shrek The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Peter Pan (5-Star Theatricals); Inherit the Wind, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a workshop of Legally Blonde (Broadway); The Little Mermaid (Sound Stage LIVE!); Mamma Mia! (ACT of Connecticut); Man of La Mancha (A Noise Within); West Side Story and Sister Act (Theatre By The Sea); Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music (Ocean State Theatre Company); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ogunquit Playhouse); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat (North Shore Music Theatre); Miracle Worker (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Old Globe); Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall) Little Shop of Horrors, The School for Scandal, The Crucible, Yikes! and seven original works (New York University, Department PSM). For Mychal Adair-Lynch and Dad. taliakrispel.com

Julie Ann Renfro* (Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to back for her seventh year of A Christmas Carol after recently touring with A Night With Janis Joplin. She has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for nine seasons, on more than 25 productions. Some of her favorites include The Parisian Woman, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Light Princess. Her other credits include Geffen Playhouse, LA Opera, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Sydney Independent Theatre Company, Long Beach Shakespeare Company and American Coast Theatre Company. She holds a BA in theatre arts from Vanguard University. Renfro is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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.
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.
The cast of South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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.
James MacEwan, Hal Landon Jr., Timothy Landfield, Richard Doyle and Gregg Daniel in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox
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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Hal Ladon Jr. and Presley Coogan in A Christmas CarolFamily Affair: A Grandfather and Granddaughter Share the Stage

A grandfather and granddaughter share the stage in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol. ​Learn more about actor Hal Landon, Jr. and his granddaughter, Presley Coogan.

Christine and Rachel StosselFrom Audience Member to Acting Student

A first-time experience at A Christmas Carol inspires a girl to take acting classes at SCR. Meet Rachel Stossel and her mom.

Meet the Cast of A Christmas CarolRole Call: Meet the Cast of A Christmas Carol
​Cast members for A Christmas Carol agree that the play is like family to them. Find out more ​about them.
Hal Landon Jr. in 1980From Humbug to Hope
Hal Landon Jr. has spent nearly 40 years portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and he’s logged more than a thousand performances in this holiday classic. ​Learn more about his thoughts regarding this iconic role.
Christmas Carol cast at dinner tableEat, Drink and Be Merry—Holiday Food For Thought
Charles Dickens celebrated Victorian cuisine in his writing including in the pages of A Christmas Carol. Get the lowdown on everything from kidney pie to punch to trifle
All of the spirts of A Christmas CarolGhostly Encounters and a Life Transformed
Boo-humbug! Meet the four spirits who haunt Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
Cast of A Christmas CarolTaking A Christmas Carol From Page to Stage

Nearly 40 years ago, Jerry Patch spent his summer near the beach writing about Victorian England. SCR’s then-resident dramaturg was adapting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the stage.

Audition Process for A Christmas CarolKids Learn the Audition Process for Coveted Roles in A Christmas Carol

SCR’s production of A Christmas Carol offers eight roles for children that are double cast, so 16 lucky kids have an opportunity to perform in this beloved holiday classic. ​

Julianne ​& George Argyros

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Events for ​A Christmas Carol