A Christmas Carol - 2017
3​​8th Annual Production
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
November 24, 2017 - December 24, 2017

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​-30, 201​​7
Regular Performances: December ​​​1-2​4, 201​​7

Advisory: Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol. This show contains smoke and fog 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.

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 of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from its 1998 inception through 2005; 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, and acts as a literary consultant for 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 15th 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 other LA credits include Chekhov Unscripted, Western Unscripted and Shakespeare Unscripted (guest artist with 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.

​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 LA); Master Harold... and the boys (Cape May Stage and Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peer Gynt (Hartford Stage Company); and Mother Courage and Her Children (Center Stage). 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 “Insecure,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “True Detective,” “The Grinder,” “Harry’s Law,” “Castle,” “Parenthood,” “Weeds” and “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 over more than 50 years and through 32 years of A Christmas Carol. He is proud of his long history in the SCR family, from his earliest days in Volpone and Candida through Holy Days and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and recent roles in The Weir and Rest, with comedy turns in The Fantasticks and James and the Giant Peach. In 2016, he read Noah Haidle’s Perfect Circle at SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. 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; the forthcoming indie feature, The Abduction of Angie; as well as his first producer/principle actor experience as Will Wilson in the short film, Ready or Not. For the past seven years, Doyle has been the live show narrator for the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts “Pageant of The Masters” and narrates the arts documentary series, “Design for Modern Living.” He is very grateful for his long and varied career in the theatre, voice recording, TV and film. He is a recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award. Doyle wishes to leave you with his favorite voice-over phrase that is familiar to SCR theatregoers: “Enjoy the Show.” Happy holidays to his new grandson, Burnham Doyle Chetty, and all the wonderful SCR theatregoers.

John-David Keller
John-David Keller* (Mr. Fezziwig) 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 38-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 has acted in more than 100 productions at SCR including, most recently, Amadeus and One Man, Two Guvnors. 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 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.

Alex Knox
Alex Knox* (Undertaker/Ebenezer as a Young Man) is delighted to return to A Christmas Carol for his fourth season as Ebenezer as a Young Man. His SCR credits include Orpheus in Eurydice (directed by Marc Masterson), And Right Now (NewSCRipts) and The Things You Don’t Know (playing 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 and Richard II at Yale Repertory Theatre. His one-man show, No Static At All (about finding 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. If you need a refresher on Newton’s First Law, check out the 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 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 many others, including 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 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) 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 38 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, the Netflix film Pee Wee’s Big Holiday and the HBO film All the Way.

Ann Marie Lee* (Toy Lady/Sally/Scavenger) returns to SCR for her 11th season of A Christmas Carol; she previously appeared in A Little Night Music and Pinocchio. She recently appeared in her eighth show with Main Street Theatre Company, Mirette. A long-time resident artist at A Noise Within, her credits there include Man and Superman, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie, Great Expectations and Hay Fever. Her 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. Her film and television credits include “Code Black,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “The Nine” (recurring), “Nip/Tuck,” “7th Heaven,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “ER,” “Providence,” HBO’s Breastmen, “Any Day Now,” “Picket Fences” and “LA Law” (recurring). Her 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 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) returns to SCR for her 14th year in A Christmas Carol (15th if you include playing Belle way back when!) She performed recently in Silent Sky and Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike at International City Theatre. She also has appeared in other SCR productions including The Heiress, Cyrano de Bergerac, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Our Town, She Stoops to Folly, The Importance of Being Earnest, Buried Child, Flora & Ulysses, James and the Giant Peach, Anastasia Krupnik, The Borrowers, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, Brand New Kid, 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 is featured in two short films, Ready or Not and Worth the Wait.

Schindele, Erika
Erika Schindele* (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger) appeared at SCR previously in A Christmas Carol, An Italian Straw Hat, Ella Enchanted, 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. Schindele recently performed at The Jewel Theatre as 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 (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; The Sound of Music with Limon/Carr Productions; Out of this World with Musical Theatre Guild; and The Wild Party (Los Angeles premiere). Her television appearances include “Criminal Minds” and “American Dreams.” For my loving husband, Brent, “Not a Day Goes By…”

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 (where she is a 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.
Oliver Keane (Thomas Shelley) is a dual citizen of Denmark and the United States. He is exhilarated to be making his debut at South Coast Repertory. He has appeared as Oedipus in Oedipus Rex (Irvine Valley College) and as Valère in Molière’s Tartuffe (Irvine Valley College), as well as David Quinn from The Voice of the Prairie (Irvine Valley College). Keane would like to thank SCR and the Acting Intensive Program for this opportunity and for all of the amazing training and advice they have given.

Jeremiah Lussier (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come) is thrilled to be making his SCR debut after completing SCR’s Acting Intensive Program this past summer. He most recently appeared as Matt in Theatre Palisades’ production of The Fantasticks. His favorite roles include Jamie in Winter Games by Rachel Bonds (SCR’s Acting Intensive Showcase), The Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress (McKinney Theatre) and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi (Opera Chapman). He is a graduate of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University with a BMus in vocal performance.

Sarah McGuire (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden) is thrilled to be making her SCR debut. She is a recent graduate of the South Coast Repertory Acting Intensive Program. Her recent productions include Romeo and Juliet, Man of la Mancha, Into the Woods and Evita. When she is not onstage, she is a faculty member at the Orange County School of the Arts. McGuire received her BA in theatre from UC Irvine. Follow her on Instragram @sarahmcginger. sarahhealymcguire.com

Sean Thomas Simmons (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/Poulterer/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come) is from Thousand Oaks, Calif. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he received the award for Best Vocal Clarity for Voice and Speech. This past summer, he attended SCR’s Acting Intensive Program. Recently he guest-starred as Mantis in the web series, “Life as a Mermaid” (Episode 10, Season 3). Simmons has performed in more than 20 different plays throughout Los Angeles. He was Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park. He is excited about performing in A Christmas Carol with one of his old teachers, Tim Landfield, and he hopes you enjoy the show!

Chloe Ashbach, Dane Bergman, Maeve Callahan, Micah Clemons, Lauren Dong, Olivia Drury, Sean Kato, Julia Meads, Josina Montes, Sebastian Naranjo, Maxfield Ney, Celine Ngo, Emme O'Toole, Tayler Peterson, Tara Thompson, Remington Walker

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

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 Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Kennedy Center, 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. 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 38th year of designing A Christmas Carol and 45 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. 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 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), The Laramie Project and Fuddy Meers with The Colony Theatre Company, and Wicked Lit! 2012, 2013 (Ovation Award nomination), 2014 (Ovation Award), 2015 and 2016 for Unbound Productions. He owns Diablo Sound, Inc., whose recent projects include Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N in Paris, Las Vegas and Singapore.

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 Sister Act, The Producers, Spamalot (both with Gary Beach), Mary Poppins, Hair, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, The Music Man (with Shirley Jones) and Funny Girl. His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Guys and Dolls (McCoy Rigby Entertainment); and In the Heights, South Pacific, 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.

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 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 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 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. Her SCR credits include Amadeus, Pinocchio, Abundance and the 2014, 2015 and 2016 productions of A Christmas Carol. She received her MA degree from the Educational Theatre Program at New York University, Steinhardt (2012). Her other credits include Peter Pan, West Side Story, Sister Act, Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Clay Aiken and Tony Award 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.

Julie Ann Renfro* (Assistant Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be returning for A Christmas Carol. 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 LA Opera, Geffen Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Sydney Independent Theatre Company, Long Beach Shakespeare Company, American Rose Theatre and American Coast Theatre Company. She has 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.

The cast of South Coast Repertory's 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.
James MacEwan, Richard Doyle, Hal Landon Jr., Gregg Daniel and Timothy Landfield in the 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.
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.
James MacEwan, Hal Landon Jr., Timothy Landfield, Richard Doyle and Gregg Daniel in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox
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The ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner, Jacob Marley, sets off a spooky and transforming series of nighttime visits for the miser of A Christmas Carol. Find who’s haunting Scrooge. read more
Audition Process for A Christmas CarolKids Learn the Audition Process for Coveted Roles in A Christmas Carol
SCR’s annual production of A Christmas Carol offers eight roles that are double cast, so 16 lucky kids have an opportunity to perform in this holiday classic. ​Learn more about their audition process. read more
A Christmas Carol: Page to StageTaking 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. read more

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