Press Release - A Christmas Carol - 2013

The Best Holiday Tradition: SCR’s A Christmas Carol

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2013) – Thirty-four years and going strong: South Coast Repertory’s traditional holiday production of A Christmas Carol, complete with ghosts, vibrant costumes, dancing, endearing characters and a cast that includes 16 local school children and Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The show runs at SCR Nov. 29-Dec. 26, with matinee and evening performances to fit busy schedules. Tickets start at $21 for children and $26 for adults and may be purchased online at or at (714) 708-5555.

Orange County families have included SCR’s A Christmas Carol in their winter holiday plans for more than three decades. Landon’s 34 years with the production are matched by director John-David Keller.

“It’s comforting to know that Hal Landon Jr. will stride across the stage as Ebenezer Scrooge, and that in the end he’ll turn a somersault, come up with top hat in place, and be as loveable as he was once curmudgeonly,” said Keller.

Ticket sales have been brisk since being opened to the general public over the summer.

The cast, in addition to Landon, includes Christian Barillas as Ebenezer as a Young Man; Daniel Blinkoff, Bob Cratchit; Jennifer Parsons, Mrs. Cratchit; Gregg Daniel, Jacob Marley’s Ghost; Richard Doyle, the Spirit of Christmas Past; Art Koustik, Joe; Timothy Landfield, the Spirit of Christmas Present; Ann Marie Lee, Toy Lady; Erika Schindele as Belle; John-David Keller, Mr. Fezziwig; Karen Hensel, Mrs. Fezziwig; William Francis McGuire, Fred; and Nika Natalie Aydin and Erika Maggipinto sharing the role of “Tiny” Tim Cratchit.

Other young actors from SCR’s Theatre Conservatory include Grace O’Brien/Clark Audrey Schwartz, Martha Cratchit; Liam McHugh/Noel Arthur Renfrow, Peter Cratchit; Jillian Tabone/Tasha Zentil, Belinda Cratchit; Lindsay E. Frazin/Shane Iverson, Fan/Teen Girl; Caitlyn Roum/Madison Nickless, Girl About Town; Dominic Brack/Jaden Fogel, Young Ebenezer/Oliver Shelley; and Christopher Delfino/Thomas McCarthy, Turkey Boy.

The ensemble includes James MacEwan, Puppet Show/Mr. Topper/Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come; Nick Slimmer, Thomas Shelley; Xavier J. Watson, Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man, Poulterer; and Kirby Wilson, Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden.

The creative team includes Thomas Buderwitz, scenic design; Dwight Richard Odle, costume design; Donna and Tom Ruzika, lighting design; Dennis McCarthy, music arrangement and composer; Drew Dalzell, sound design; Dennis Castellano, vocal director; Sylvia C. Turner, choreographer; Hisa Takakuwa, assistant director; Jamie A. Tucker, stage manager; and Sue Karutz, assistant stage manager.

A Christmas Carol is generously supported by Honorary Producers Julianne and George Argyros and the Argyros Family Foundation.

Tickets range from $21-65. Discounts are available for children and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for A Christmas Carol

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Nov. 29-Dec.26. Tickets start at $21 for children and $26 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

Performance Dates, Times
NOTE: Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Tuesday, Dec. 10 are school matinees, not open to the general public.

  • Previews
    • Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2:30
    • Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Regular performances
    • Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, matinees at 2:30 p.m. and evenings at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays-Fridays, Dec. 11-13, and Dec. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 24, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Currently sold-out:
    • Friday, Nov.29, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30

ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 p.m.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Folino Theater Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

Upcoming Productions: Trudy and Max in Love or that Forever Feeling by Zoe Kazan, Jan. 5-26; The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, Jan. 24-Feb. 23; James and the Giant Peach, a young audiences play adapted by David Wood, Feb. 7-23; Reunion by Gregory S Moss, March 9-30; Rest by Samuel D. Hunter, March 28-April 27; World Premiere/TBA, April 13-May 4; Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 25-27; Tartuffe by Molière, May 9-June 8; and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales adapted by John Glore, May 23-June 8.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.