A Gift to the Community: Free Audio Performance of "A Christmas Carol"

Tania Thompson
 | Dec 07, 2020
A Christmas Carol

Part of SCR commUNITY

This audio performance is part of SCR commUNITY, the theatre’s new digital platform dedicated to amplifying the artists and narratives of our region by producing stories inspired by or about the rich diversity of people living in Southern California.

Featuring SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle

We’ve got the perfect cure for the holiday humbugs: A Christmas Carol, in a free new adaptation from Charles Dickens’ novella about a miserly man’s miraculous transformation.

Actor Richard Doyle, one of SCR’s founding members, stars in this free audio performance that includes a vibrant soundscape by composer and audio designer David R. Molina. The performance is directed by Hisa Takakuwa, who was to direct the stage version of A Christmas Carol this year, using a script adapted by John Glore, the theatre’s associate artistic director. The audio performance will be available on ​our website, Dec. 15-31.

A Christmas Carol has been a rich tradition for South Coast Repertory and Orange County for four decades,” says Artistic Director David Ivers. “In this year without live performances, we couldn’t let the holidays go by without celebrating it through Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformational story. 2020 was to be the year that Founding Member Richard Doyle stepped in to portray Scrooge in our stage production of A Christmas Carol. But with COVID-19, we will watch him take that step in 2021. This year’s audio performance is the perfect way to bridge our past to our future, celebrate Richard’s extraordinary talents and connect at this holiday time with the Orange County community.”

More than a dozen Orange County arts organizations will also share the audio performance with their constituents: Arts Orange County; Bowers Museum; Chance Theat​er; Festival of the Arts of Laguna Beach; Laguna Playhouse; Muckenthaler Cultural Center; OC Theatre Guild; Pacific Chorale; Pacific Symphony; Philharmonic Society of Orange County; Segerstrom Center for the Arts; Soka Performing Arts Center; and UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts​.

“We can’t wait to share this Christmas Carol with the entire Orange County community and are very grateful to the arts organizations who are partnering with us to spread the cheer,” says Managing Director Paula Tomei. 

For Hisa Takakuwa, who is directing the audio performance, there was only one person in her mind to cast. 

“We crafted this performance with Richard in mind,” she says. “As SCR audiences know, he is a masterful actor and storyteller.” 

A Christmas Carol has deep, personal connections for Doyle: it was the first “real” play he saw as a child and he has been a part of SCR’s holiday production of A Christmas Carol for 37 years, taking on a variety of roles. 

“I was so looking forward to stepping into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol this year,” says Doyle. “Although not ‘onstage,’ in this audio performance I am able to be the storyteller, Scrooge, and the voices of several other characters. I hope our audience enjoys hearing this production as much as I have enjoyed telling it. I look forward to seeing everyone next season onstage at SCR for the 2021 production of A Christmas Carol.” 

Meet the creative team behind this audio performance.