A Christmas Carol - 2013
34th Annual Production
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
November 29, 2013 - December 26, 2013

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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 29 – December 5, 2013
Regular Performances: December 6-26, 2013

Recommendation: Parents and youngsters of all ages will have a ball. (The "ghosts" could frighten some children under the age of 6.)

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.

Christian Barillas
Christian Barillas (Undertaker/Ebenezer as a Young Man) returns to A Christmas Carol after appearing in last season’s The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Earlier in 2013, he was cast as a series regular on CBS’s Jim Gaffigan pilot and made a guest appearance on “Modern Family,” alongside Nathan Lane. Recent theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet and Richard III (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Pride and Prejudice and Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Lydia (Yale Repertory Theatre and Denver Center Theatre). Other theatre includes Macbeth with The Antaeus Company, Sonia Flew at Laguna Playhouse, Center Theatre Group’s A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and Cornerstone Theater Company’s As You Like It at Pasadena Playhouse. Film and television credits include Seven Psychopaths, Best Night Ever (upcoming), Bosco’s Guitar and Sabotage, as well as the pilot for ABC Family’s “Bunheads,” “Without a Trace,” “Passions” and the pilot “I See You.” Barillas attended the University of North Carolina and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was the recipient of the George Burns Fellowship in Comedy.

Daniel Blinkoff (Bob Cratchit) returns as Bob Cratchit for his 11th 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. Los Angeles credits include The Children ([email protected] 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 ([email protected] Court) and Lunch Poet (Yale Cabaret Blue). Regionally he has appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre and many others. He received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for his work in Leander Stillwell as well as a Best Actor nomination for Flesh and Blood. 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 Antaeus Company and The Actor’s Center in New York. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Gregg Daniel (Jacob Marley’s Ghost/Gentleman) returns to SCR after appearing in the season opener, Death of a Salesman. Other SCR appearances include August Wilson’s Jitney and Fences. 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, 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). Film credits include Hancock, Spiderman 3, Evan Almighty and Hollywood Homicide. Television credits include a recurring role on the HBO series “True Blood” (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 (Solicitor/The Spirit of Christmas Past/Gentleman) is an SCR Founding Artist. From 1964 to the present, he has logged nearly 50 years as an SCR actor. He has appeared in some 200 productions, recently as Henry in The Fantasticks, Roy in The Trip to Bountiful, Jack in The Weir and Lord Summerhays in Misalliance. He appeared in Intimate Exchanges (2004), for which he earned a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) Award nomination. He won an LADCC Award for his role in Sally Nemeth’s Holy Days and was nominated for his role as Reverend Hale in The Crucible. He has made many film and television appearances, including the western Heathens and Thieves and the upcoming Villisca. He is a voice actor in animation, advertising, documentaries and interactive games. Doyle can be heard on the new interactive motion capture project “Fate.” He is a recipient of The Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award. Next summer, he will continue his role as the live show narrator of the Pageant of the Masters, an Orange County performing arts tradition.

Karen Hensel (Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig) 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 is currently the director of the Acting Intensive Program at SCR.

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 34-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.

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. 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 (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. Television and film credits include “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. Landfield recently directed outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing in Los Angeles. He is proud to be a part of SCR’s family.

Hal Landon Jr. (Ebenezer Scrooge) is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in 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. 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 33 past 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 sixth 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 Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, The Constant Wife at Pasadena Playhouse and And The Winner Is... at Laguna Playhouse, among others. 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,” “Navy 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) returns to SCR for a 10th year in A Christmas Carol after recently appearing in Anastasia Krupnik and The Borrowers. She also appeared in other SCR productions such as The Heiress, Cyrano de Bergerac, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Our Town, She Stoops to Folly, The Importance of Being Earnest, Buried Child, Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), James and the Giant Peach, 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. She has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.

Erika Schindele (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger) appeared at SCR previously in A Christmas Carol, Jane of the Jungle, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, An Italian Straw Hat, 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); 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.” In addition to being an SCR Acting Intensive Program graduate, she is a graduate of the UCLA Department of Theatre, Film and Television
James MacEwan (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come) was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is making his debut on American soil. He is a graduate of South Coast Repertory’s Acting Intensive Program and is thrilled to be involved in A Christmas Carol. Some highlights from his South African credits include Mamma Mia, The Rocky Horror Show, Grease, Don’t Drink the Water and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. He has appeared on international television in Wild at Heart and the HBO series “Generation Kill.” jamesmacewan.com

Nick Slimmer (Thomas Shelley) is a recent graduate of South Coast Repertory’s Acting Intensive Program and was a six-year student in the Theatre Conservatory Kids and Teen Programs, performing in numerous shows. He is delighted to be returning to the Christmas Carol family. Having previously portrayed the role of Peter Cratchit, he is now eager to embrace his new role of Thomas Shelly. In addition to his SCR credits, he has also appeared in multiple television programs, including “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Criminal Minds” and “Saving Grace.” Favorite past theatre credits include Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park) and Peter (Peter Pan) at SCR and Matt (Dog Sees God) at The Garage Theatre.

Xavier J. Watson (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/Poulterer) is an Atlanta native making his SCR debut. His Atlanta stage credits include High School Musical 2: On Stage (world premiere), The Ancestors Live Here and Harvest Time. Watson is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and was awarded the Charles Jehlinger Award for Excellence in Acting, the institution’s highest honor. He is also a member of the 2013-14 AADA Company. His AADA performances include A Raisin in the Sun, Othello: The Moor of Venice, Ruined, Blue Window and Goodbye Freddy. He is a graduate of South Coast Repertory’s 2013 Acting Intensive Program.

Kirby Wilson (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden) is pleased to be making her professional debut performance on the South Coast Repertory stage. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she performed as Salima in Ruined. Kirby is a recipient of the 2013 Michael Thoma Award. She is also a graduate of the South Coast Repertory Acting Intensive program.

Nika Natalie Aydin, Dominic Brack, Christopher Delfino, Jaden Fogel, Lindsay Elizabeth Frazin, Shane Iverson, Erika Maggipinto, Thomas McCarthy, Liam McHugh, Maddy Nickless, Grace O'Brien, Noel Renfrow, Caitlyn Roum, Clarke Audrey Schwartz, Jillian Tabone, Tasha Zentil

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

Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design) 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, a parable, Pig Farm, Bach at Leipzig, Proof, A Delicate Balance, A Christmas Carol (11 seasons), But Not for Me and the 2007 through 2013 Galas for SCR. He has designed for numerous other theatres including Center Theater Group, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theater, Riverside Theater, Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within, The Antaeus Company, PCPA Theaterfest, and San Diego Repertory among many others. Buderwitz has received four Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (24 nominations) and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including the 2005 Career Achievement Award for scenic design. 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 for all of its 34 years. He has also designed more than 90 other productions here, working in both scenery and costumes. As resident designer for the Laguna Playhouse, he created some 150 productions including, most recently, the costumes for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Odle’s designs have also been seen at the Fullerton Music Theatre, Mainstreet Theatre Company, McCoy-Rigby Entertainment, Westwood and Pasadena Playhouses, Disney, Sea World San Diego and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort. He has worked for theme parks in Seoul and Barcelona and designed the late Pope John-Paul’s 1984 Mass in Dodger Stadium. He has been recognized for career achievement by Arts Orange County and also honored for lifetime achievement by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. His new business, The Collection Ltd. in Fullerton, is a costume rental resource for theatres in Orange County and beyond.

Donna and Tom Ruzika (Lighting Design) celebrate their 34th year of designing A Christmas Carol and 41 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 has 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 an associate 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 Fantasticks, Cloudlands, Ordinary Days, Putting It Together, An Italian Straw Hat, A Little Night Music, A Christmas Carol, Happy End, Sunday in the Park with George and A Chorus of Disapproval. Recent credits include The Producers, Monty Python’s Spamalot (both with Gary Beach), Funny Girl (with Vicki Lewis), Sweeney Todd, Evita, The Music Man and Crazy for You (Sacramento Music Circus); Hairspray, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The King and I (Musical Theatre West); Me and My Girl and A Chorus Line (The Music Theatre of Wichita); and My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (McCoy Rigby Entertainment). 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 educator 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. 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, in addition to her concert works. Turner adjudicates choreography, serves as a panelist for arts granting agencies, and is a former board member of Arts Orange County. She is currently the 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, Seussical and Annie. 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.

Jamie A. Tucker (Stage Manager) is excited to be in his 12th season at SCR. ucker completed his MFA in dance, specializing in stage management, at the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Since coming to SCR, he has stage-managed or assisted on 62 productions. Some of his favorites have been the world premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain, The Violet Hour and The Dazzle; Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; and Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade. Other favorites include Elemeno Pea, Jitney, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Anna in the Tropics, The Trip to Bountiful, A View from the Bridge, Chinglish, Death of a Salesman and Hamlet. He has had the pleasure of working seven seasons on La Posada Magica and this will make his sixth season at the helm of A Christmas Carol. If you can’t find him in the theatre, he is likely to be riding his bike through the canyons of South Orange County. Tucker is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Sue Karutz (Assistant Stage Manager) returns for her second year on A Christmas Carol and has stage managed on ten other productions at SCR. She has toured with The Black Rider (London, San Francisco, Sydney, L.A.), 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 is a graduate of El Camino College, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, 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 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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