Press Release - A Christmas Carol


"Humbug” at 35: Anniversary Year for SCR’s A Christmas Carol

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2014) –“Bah! Humbug!”

For 35 years, actor Hal Landon Jr. has echoed Ebenezer Scrooge’s classic words of distaste for Christmas—until Scrooge has a change of heart, thanks to the work of three ghosts who visit him. Last year, Landon’s run in the show caught the attention of The New York Times, which noted him as one of the country’s longest-running Scrooges.

South Coast Repertory’s holiday production of A Christmas Carol is a grand and glorious tradition for Orange County. Audience members delight year after year, decade after decade, in the surprising appearances of the ghosts, the vibrant sets and costumes, endearing characters—and a cast that includes 16 local school children who audition for the roles after training in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory.

The show runs Nov. 28-Dec. 27, with matinee and evening performances to fit busy schedules. Tickets for this anniversary production start at $21 for children and $26 for adults and may be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR Box Office.

“For many people, SCR’s A Christmas Carol is their first theatrical experience. They come as children and it becomes an important part of family holiday traditions,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “There are so many important messages in this play: how to live your life with a generous spirit and the cost of living life selfishly. This is an enduring holiday classic, and we are proud to present the 35th anniversary production.”

Ticket sales are brisk with the holiday season approaching and as families begin to make entertainment plans. Some shows already are sold out.

“Audiences still look forward to it every year and we still have the same devotion to it now as we did back in 1980,” said John-David Keller, who has directed the production for each of its 35 years.

The cast, in addition to Landon, includes Daniel Blinkoff as Bob Cratchit; Gregg Daniel as Jacob Marley’s Ghost and a Gentleman; Richard Doyle as a Solicitor, and the Spirit of Christmas Past and a Gentleman; Karen Hensel as a Solicitor, Mrs. Fezziwig and a Scavenger; John-David Keller as Mr. Fezziwig; Alex Knox as the Undertaker and Young Ebenezer; Art Koustik as Joe and an ensemble member; Timothy Landfield as a Wreath Seller and the Spirit of Christmas Present; Ann Marie Lee as a Toy Lady, Sally and a Scavenger; William Francis McGuire as Fred and a Gentleman; Jennifer Parsons as Mrs. Cratchit and a Rich Woman; and Erika Schindele as a Laundress, Belle and a Scavenger.

Child actors include Bella Browne, Alexis Cueva, Olivia Drury, Maximos Harris, Zoe Hebbard, Mitchell Huntley, William Lynam, Emily McDaniel, Aoife McEvoy, Joshua Myran, Katherine Parrish, Karoline Ribak, Benjamin Susskind, Sophia Utria, Jacqueline Vellandi and London Walston

“Christmas for these lucky youngsters is one they’ll never forget,” Keller said. “I watch their faces during rehearsal and I can see them grow with every passing day. It’s an intense learning process and they have more fun than anybody. Well, maybe not more fun than me.”

The acting ensemble includes Emily Lappi as Elizabeth Shelley and Pursued Maiden; Jonathan Melim-Honore as Constable, Young Jacob Marley and a Poulterer; Austin Springer as the Puppet Show, Mr. Topper and the Spirit of Christmas to Come; and Jon Tosetti as Thomas Shelley.

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; Talia Krispel, 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. The media partner is The Orange County Register.

Tickets range from $21-68. Discounts are available for children and groups of 10 or more.  For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for A Christmas Carol

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Nov. 28-Dec.27. Tickets start at $21 for children and $26 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 28-Dec. 4. 

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews
    • Friday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular performances
    • Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays, Dec. 13, 20 and 27, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 24, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Thursdays-Fridays, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Currently SOLD-OUT:
    • Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30
    • Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Dec. 20, 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 David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

Upcoming ProductionsThe Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, Jan. 4-25, 2015; Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, Jan. 23-Feb. 22; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Dwayne Hartford; tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, March 8-29; Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross, March 27-April 26; Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph; Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, May 8-June 7; and OZ 2.5 by Catherine Trieschmann, May 22-June 7. The Pacific Playwrights Festival is April 24-26. More information is available at www.scr.org.

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. Of SCR’s 521 productions, one-quarter 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. www.scr.org