Local School Kids Take Stage in Holiday Classic, A Christmas Carol
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2017) — Rehearsals have started for South Coast Repertory’s 38th annual production of A Christmas Carol (Nov. 24–Dec. 24, Segerstrom Stage). The first cast members into the rehearsal hall last week were 16 young actors from SCR’s Theatre Conservatory and when the remaining adult cast members join in, the full complement of actors for this beloved Orange County tradition will number 33. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.
“I can’t emphasize enough how important these young people are to A Christmas Carol,” said John-David Keller, who has directed the show since its premiere in 1980. “Many scenes are anchored by the children in the cast and some of the most important moments in the show involve them. Each year, the kids bring a freshness and enthusiasm to the show and once we start rehearsals with them, our ‘family’ is complete.”
For the 37 performances during the 5-week run, the young people are divided into two teams of eight—known as the Red Team and Green Team. The teams perform on alternate days to allow the young cast members time to spend at home with their families during the holidays.
The young actors, who represent 13 Orange County cities, were chosen through auditions open to all SCR Theatre Conservatory third-year students and above, as well as second-year students recommended by their instructors. The role of “Tiny” Tim Cratchit is cast separately with a few first-year students who have shown exceptional focus and maturity in class and who physically fit the role.
The young actors portray multiple characters, with the main roles noted here: Lauren Dong/Olivia Drury (Martha Cratchit); Tayler Peterson/Julia Mead (Belinda Cratchit); Sebastian Naranjo/Sean Kato (Peter Cratchit); Celine Ngo/Maeve Callahan (“Tiny” Tim Cratchit); Tara Thompson/Emme O’Toole (Fan/Teen Girl About Town); Josina Montes/Chloe Ashbach (Young Girl About Town); Maxfield Ney/Dane Bergman (Ebenezer as a Boy/Oliver Shelley); and Micah Clemons/Remington Walker (Turkey Boy).
Student Cast Members by Hometown and School
- Celine Ngo ("Tiny" Tim Cratchit)
- Tara Thompson (Fan/Teen Girl About Town
- Sebastian Naranjo (Peter Cratchit)
- Chloe Ashbach (Young Girl About Town)
- Josina Montes (Young Girl About Town)
- Sean Kato (Peter Cratchit)
- Lauren Dong (Martha Cratchit)
- Emme O'Toole (Fan/Teen Girl About Town)
- Olivia Drury (Martha Cratchit)
- Tayler Peterson (Belinda Cratchit)
- Maeve Callahan (“Tiny” Tim Cratchit)
- Dane Bergman (Ebenezer as a Boy/Oliver Shelly)
Rancho Santa Margarita
- Remington Walker (Turkey Boy)
- Julia Meads (Belinda Cratchit)
- Micah Clemons (Turkey Boy)
- Maxfield Ney (Ebenezer as a Boy/Oliver Shelly)
Brigham Young University Online High School: Tara Thompson
Canyon Vista Elementary School: Celine Ngo
Chapman Hills Elementary School: Maxfield Ney
Cielo Vista Elementary School: Julia Meads
Connections Academy: Josina Montes
Dana Hills High School: Chloe Ashbach, Olivia Drury
Huntington High School: Sebastian Naranjo
Mesa View Middle School: Sean Kato
Orange County School of the Arts: Lauren Dong, Emme O’Toole
Our Lady Queen of Angels: Maeve Callahan
Pegasus School: Dane Bergman
Serrano Elementary School: Remington Walker
Spirit Christian Academy: Tayler Peterson
Trabuco Elementary School: Micah Clemons
The remaining and returning cast members include Daniel Blinkoff, Gregg Daniel, Richard Doyle, Oliver Keane, John-David Keller, Alex Knox, Art Koustik, Timothy Landfield, Hal Landon Jr., Ann Marie Lee, Jeremiah Lussier, Sarah McGuire, William Francis McGuire, Jennifer Parsons, Erika Schindele, Sean Thomas Simmons and Amelia White.
A Christmas Carol is generously supported by Honorary Producers Julianne and George Argyros and the Argyros Family Foundation. The media sponsor is the Orange County Register.
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. 24–Dec. 24. Tickets start at $24 for children under the age of 12 and $29 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 24–30. No children under the age of six will be admitted to see the show.
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.
Current and Upcoming Family Friendly Productions: Ella Enchanted: The Musical by Karen Zacarías and Deborah Wicks La Puma, through Nov. 12 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Junie B. Jones by Allison Gregory, Jan. 26–Feb. 11, 2018 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Amos & Boris by Sofia Alvarez, music and additional lyrics by Daniel Roland Tierney, adapted from the classic children’s book by William Steig, May 18–June 3, 2018 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Further information is available at scr.org.
Theatre Conservatory Classes: Open enrollment for winter acting classes begins Dec. 5. Classes for kids and teens run Jan. 9–March 17, 2018. Adult acting and playwriting classes run Jan. 22–March 26, 2018. Find out more about classes and registration online: https://www.scr.org/classes.
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. www.scr.org