​Multimedia: 201​7-1​8 Season

Here's a convenient round-up of information about each production in a season​—including stories, dramaturgical notes, programs, videos, podcasts and more. In addition, read in-depth stories from our Theatre Conservatory and about supporters of SCR's programs.

2016-17  •  2015-16  •  2014-15  •  2013-14

201​​​7-1​​​8 SEASON

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook

Junie B. Jones Study Guide
PDF: Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook Study Guide

The world’s funniest grade-school know-it-all is back! Get insights into ​Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook in this study guide.

Junie B. Jones is not a Crook Cast
STORY: Meet the Cast: Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
Most of the Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook actors are making their SCR debut with this show. In this article, they spill the beans on their own time in kindergarten and more.
An Excerpt from Junie B. Jones
STORY: Read an Excerpt from Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
Let your heart get captured by Junie B.’s spunk in this excerpt from Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook. In it, Junie B. goes to the Principal’s office to look for her furry mittens in the Lost and Found.
Director Beth Lopes
STORY: Meet Beth Lopes, Director of Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
The world’s funniest grade school know-it-all is back in a play based on the popular book series by Barbara Park. Beth Lopes makes her SCR directing debut when she brings this hilarious and spirited character to life.

S​hakespeare in Love

Meet the Cast of Shakespeare in Love
STORY: Meet the Cast of Shakespeare in Love
New and returning faces are featured in Shakespeare in Love—including actors wan alumnus from “The Walking Dead” and a heart-melting dog.
A Love Letter to Theatre
STORY: A Love Letter to the Theatre
Sweeping passion drives the story for Shakespeare in Love. But this witty, hilarious play is more than just a romance. Find out why from Dramaturg Kat Zukaitis.
Audiences Love Shakespeare in Love
VIDEO: Audiences Love Shakespeare in Love
Audiences are falling in love with the funny and witty Shakespeare in Love. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast a “joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph).
Shakespeare in Love Podcast
PODCAST: Interview with Shakespeare in Love Director Marc Masterson

Artistic Director Marc Masterson helms Shakespeare in Love. In this Podcast, he talks about why he’s drawn to the play, casting 23 humans and a dog and why this play rocks his world.

Shakespeare in Love
VIDEO: Shakespeare in Love comes to SCR
Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two producers a new comedy. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing to be in his play.
Shakespeare in Love from film to stage
STORY: From Award-Winning Film to the Most-Produced Play of the Season
How did a popular movie released 20 years ago become the most-produced play in the U.S. during the 2017-18 season? ​Learn more about Shakespeare in Love’s journey from film to stage.
Everyone Loves Shakespeare in Love
STORY: What’s Not to Love About Shakespeare in Love?
Not much in Shakespeare in Love is true, writes Julia Reinhard Lupton, an English professor at UCI. But it is true to facts when it shows Shakespeare’s own creative approach to the past.

Sugar Plum Fairy

Excerpts From Sugar Plum Fairy
VIDEO: Sandra Tsing Loh's Laugh-Out-Loud Sugar Plum Fairy
Watch excerpts from Sugar Plum Fairy, where angst, sibling rivalry and laugh-out-loud recollections all come together in this new holiday "classic."
Sugar Plum Fairy Party Play
STORY: Party Play: Sugar Plum Fairy
Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy captivated the First Night audience as they relived Loh's desire to land a role in The Nutcracker. With ​her trademark wit, this tale received generous laughter and left the audience with the holiday spirit.
Sandra Tsing Loh and Bart DeLorenzo
STORY: Perfect Ingredients for Hilarious Theatre: Loh + DeLorenzo
Dramaturg Jerry Patch nominates Sandra Tsing Loh for a Renaissance Woman of Theatre Award. Find out ​why he’d nominate the Sugar Plum Fairy playwright.
Sandra Tsing Loh on Sugar Plum Fairy
VIDEO: Sandra Tsing Loh is Tutu Much in Sugar Plum Fairy
We caught up with Sandra Tsing Loh in rehearsal for her play, Sugar Plum Fairy. She’s so exited—know what she told us?
Sugar Plum Cast
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of Sugar Plum Fairy
While there are only three actors in Sugar Plum Fairy…the many characters they portray fill up the stage with very big comedy. Meet the cast.
Sugar Plum Fairy Program
PDF: Sugar Plum Fairy Program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​Sugar Plum Fairy.
Sugar Plum Fairy
STORY: A Holiday Concoction of Preteen Angst, Sibling Rivalry and Ballerina Dreams
Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy is a hilarious tale of ballet auditions gone awry. In this alternate take on the holidays, The Nutcracker will never be the same!
Tales of the Season
STORY: Tales of the Season–Favorite Holiday Films & TV Specials
A favorite holiday tradition for many is curling-up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and viewing seasonal movies and TV specials. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite holiday gems!

A Christmas Carol

Conservatory Students Shine
STORY: Conservatory Students Shine in A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol includes eight roles that are double-cast, so 16 kids appear in​ the show. We spoke with some of ​them about their acting studies, their inspiration and what they enjoy most about the holidays.
Was Ever a Scarf so Red
STORY: "Was Ever A Scarf So Red?"
A 12-foot-long red scarf marks a transformative moment for Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Find out what it means.
Meet the Cast
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Returning Cast of A Christmas Carol
The new and long-time cast members for A Christmas Carol agree that the play is like family to them. Find out more about the returning cast members for this iconic show.
Meet Sarah McGuire
STORY: Alumna of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program makes her debut in A Christmas Carol
Sarah McGuire, a local acting teacher and SCR Acting Intensive Program alumna, makes her debut ​in A Christmas Carol. ​Learn more about this multi-talented artist.
Tales of the Season
STORY: Tales of the Season–Favorite Holiday Films & TV Specials
A favorite holiday tradition for many is curling-up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and viewing seasonal movies and TV specials. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite holiday gems!
Reflections on the Season
STORY: Politicians, Poets, Playwrights, Pundits: Other Voices at Christmas
​The winter season may be a time of reflection—closing one chapter and starting a new one. We’ve gathered a collection of thoughts from a variety of artists, politicians and others.
A Christmas Carol Program
PDF: A Christmas Carol Program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for ​A Christmas Carol.
The Food of A Christmas Carol
STORY: Eat, 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 low-down on everything from kidney pie to punch to trifle.
The Spirits of A Christmas Carol
STORY: Bringing the Spirits of Christmas to Life
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.
Kids Audition for A Christmas Carol
STORY: Kids Learn the Audition Process for Coveted Roles in A Christmas Carol
SCR’s annual production of A Christmas Carol offers eight roles for children that are double cast, so 16 kids have an opportunity to perform in this holiday classic. ​Learn more about their audition process.
A Christmas Carol: Page to Stage
STORY: Taking 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.

Ella Enchanted: the ​Musical

Ella Enchanted Slideshow
SLIDESHOW: Ella Enchanted: The Musical is Magical
See photos ​from Ella Enchanted, a wonderfully modern Cinderella story, in this slideshow. 
Ella and the Giants
STORY: Five Questions for Sean Cawelti, Ella Enchanted’s Puppeteer
Puppeteer and director Sean Cawelti is the creative mind behind the puppets used in Ella Enchanted: The Musical. ​Learn more about Cawelti, one of the country’s leading large-form puppet designers.
Ella Enchanted Book Excerpt
STORY: Spellbound Ella Makes the Most Out of Quirky, Literal “Gift”
Ella is enchanted; spellbound, she must obey orders. From the book, Ella Enchanted, Ella explains how she works around this “gift.”  
Ella Enchanted Program
PDF: Ella Enchanted Program
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Ella Enchanted: The Musical.
Not Just a Cinderella Story
STORY: Not Just a Cinderella Story: The Magic of Ella Enchanted
There’s magic and empowerment in Ella Enchanted. Find out how this musical fills in some gaps in the original Cinderella story and is winning new fans.
Zacarías Gives Young People a Voice in Ella Enchanted
STORY: Playwright Gives Young People a Voice in Ella Enchanted
Playwright Karen Zacarías brings a modern Cinderella story to life in Ella Enchanted: The Musical, while empowering young people to have a voice. Learn more about this prolific, award-winning playwright.
Ella Enchanted Study Guide
PDF: Ella Enchanted Study Guide

A wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story with delightful music and plenty of girl power. Get insights into ​Ella Enchanted in this study guide.

Gem of the Ocean

Gem of the Ocean Party Play
STORY: Party Play: Gem of the Ocean
Opening night theatregoers leapt to a standing ovation the moment August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean concluded—and the enthusiasm and conversations continued at the cast party.
Role Call: Gem of the Ocean
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of Gem of the Ocean
The seven-member cast of Gem of the Ocean is as powerful as the play itself. Meet the cast.
Living Memory in Gem of the Ocean
STORY: Living Memory in Gem of the Ocean
Aunt Ester is a cleanser of souls who may be the only hope for a man named Citizen Barlow. Find out more about Ester’s gift its importance in Gem of the Ocean.
Gem of the Ocean Program
PDF: Peek into the program for Gem of the Ocean
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Gem of the Ocean.
August Wilson's Century Cycle
STORY: An Extraordinary Legacy Rooted in Pittsburgh’s Hill District
Playwright August Wilson left behind an incredible legacy with his American Century Cycle, a series of 10 plays that chronicles the black experience in the 20th century.

Curve of Departure

Scenes from Curve of Departure
VIDEO: Excerpts from Curve of Departure
Watch excerpts from Curve of Departure, a surprisingly funny family drama about the complexities of the heart.
Curve of Departure First Night
STORY: Party Play, Curve of Departure
From the opening scene, Curve of Departure grabbed hold of the First Night audience's attention and never let up, delivering an emotional evening of powerful drama and moving performances.
Curve of Departure Podcast
PODCAST: Curve of Departure
Playwright Rachel Bonds talks about inspiration points and her writing process for Curve of Departure.
Playwright Rachel Bonds and Director Mike Donahue
STORY: Playwright Rachel Bonds and Director Mike Donahue Discuss Their Successful Artistic Collaboration
Bonds and Donahue are enjoying their third artistic collaboration on Curve of Departure. ​Learn more about their successful working relationship.
Curve of Departure
STORY: When Little Moments Become Momentous
Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure finds four characters on the verge of big changes. Bonds is interested in the small moments that help us understand how each of them is facing the big decisions.
Curve of Departure Cast
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of Curve of Departure
The tight-knit cast members of Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure all have SCR connections—as veterans of productions here or with the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Bonds’ play.
Curve of Departure Program
PDF: Peek into the program for Curve of Departure
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Curve of Departure.
How SCR Chooses Playwrights and Plays
STORY: How SCR Identifies New Plays and Playwrights
What exactly does SCR look for when identifying new plays and playwrights? It’s a question that often gets asked. Read on to learn more as we de-mystify the process.
Curve of Departure Receives an Edgerton Award
STORY: Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure Receives 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
What exactly are the Edgerton Awards and what do they mean for a playwright and a new work?.

Once

Once Audience Reactions
VIDEO: Audiences are falling in love with Once
The charming story of an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who connect through their songwriting and the power of music.
Conservatory Students in Once
STORY: SCR Conservatory Students Share Role in Once
SCR Conservatory students Aoife McEvoy and Jacqueline Vellandi share a role in Once. Learn more about these talented students and what they’re enjoying about being part of the cast.
Once Podcast
PODCAST: Kent Nicholson ​on Once
Once director Kent Nicholson has tracked ​its progress since its early days in development. And after all these years, he still loves the show. He talks about his feelings for Once and how the production may be the best yet.
Once First Night
STORY: Party Play - Once
From the very first note, Once captured the First Night audience’s attention and never let up, delivering two-plus hours of heartfelt music and inspiring performances
The Cast of Once
STORY: Role Call: Meet the Cast of Once
Among the 14 cast members for Once are a handful with connections to the show’s Broadway run and national tour. Meet the cast.
Once More with Feeling
STORY: Once More with Feeling
South Coast Repertory’s production of Once captures the unique bond the musical creates. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the romance of Once.
Making a Band
STORY: Striking Up the Band for Once: Meet Music Director Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor is animated as he talks about Once. For this multi-award-winning musical, he balances two roles: music director and the Bank Manager, a role he originated on Broadway.
Once Program
PDF: Peek into the program for Once
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team by downloading ​the program for Once.
Once The Journey
STORY: Once – The Journey from Acclaimed Indie Film to Multi-Award-Winning Musical
The trajectory of Once from a charming, acclaimed indie film to a smash-hit musical.
Making a Musical
STORY: Making a Musical
We’re gearing up for the multi-award-winning musical Once to launch our 2017-18 season, but what exactly does it take to stage a musical? Read on to learn more about the many elements of a musical.

Adult Acting and Playwriting Classes

Meet Sarah McGuire
STORY: Alumna of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program makes her debut in A Christmas Carol
Sarah McGuire, a local acting teacher and SCR Acting Intensive Program alumna, makes her debut ​in A Christmas Carol. ​Learn more about this multi-talented artist.
Hisa Takakuwa
STORY: Her Love for Language and Education Finds a Home in Theatre
We caught-up with Conservatory and Educational Programs Director Hisa Takakuwa to learn about her work at SCR, including her Shakespeare class. ​Learn more about this director and teacher.
Improv Classes
STORY: Acting Instructor Greg Atkins on the Importance of Improv and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
SCR’s Adult Conservatory classes start next week, including improvisation. We chatted with instructor Greg Atkins, who has been teaching improv for more than 30 years.
Acting Intensive Program
STORY: How an "Accidental" Enrollment Led to a Changed Life
John Turmes, a South Coast Repertory audience member, donor and alumnus of the Theatre Conservatory’s Acting Intensive Program, shares the impact that acting classes at SCR have had on his life.

​Kids and Teen Acting Classes

Conservatory Students in Once
STORY: SCR Conservatory Students Share Role in Once
SCR Conservatory students Aoife McEvoy and Jacqueline Vellandi share a role in Once. Learn more about these talented students and what they’re enjoying about being part of the cast.
Kids Audition for A Christmas Carol
STORY: Kids Learn the Audition Process for Coveted Roles in A Christmas Carol
SCR’s annual production of A Christmas Carol offers eight roles for children that are double cast, so 16 kids have an opportunity to perform in this holiday classic. ​Learn more about their audition process.
Hisa Takakuwa
STORY: Her Love for Language and Education Finds a Home in Theatre
We caught-up with Conservatory and Educational Programs Director Hisa Takakuwa to learn about her longtime work at SCR. ​Learn more about this classically trained actor, director and teacher.

Top photo: Virginia Vale and Arye Gross in the 2016 world premiere of  Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Photo by Debora Robinson.