Press Release: ​​​A Christmas Carol

​Merry Holidays—Annual Favorite, A Christmas Carol, Returns to South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2018)—A Christmas Carol returns to South Coast Repertory for its 39th consecutive year, an Orange County holiday tradition. This beloved show, adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, runs Nov. 24-Dec. 24 on the Segerstrom Stage. Hal Landon Jr. returns as Scrooge and John-David Keller directs. Tickets are now on sale at scr.org.

Nineteenth-century London comes with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

SCR’s A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jerry Patch, debuted at SCR in December 1980 and the warm and unique qualities that he brought to the play have kept the production timeless. He concentrated on how the major themes of the story could effectively be translated on the stage.  

“The surprising thing is how powerful this piece is,” said Jerry Patch. “The idea of redemption—that you can start over—whatever you’ve failed to accomplish you can make up for. This is a real American quality and I think holds very much appeal to our audiences in Orange County. When I was writing this, I didn’t realize how powerful it would be and how much it would command an audience’s attention in over a period of time.”

Director John-David Keller said, “I think it’s what Hal Landon, who plays Scrooge, said to me, ‘We are no longer a play—we are a tradition.’ And I think because of that, it’s the hardest job as the director. There is a tremendous passion in the play from the performers who have been here a long time. I don’t think Hal has an easy job, either, but the whole process is a joyful time. We are a tradition and I love being a part of it.”

Sixteen students from SCR's Theatre Conservatory, chosen through audition, are featured in roles that range from the Cratchit family (including Tiny Tim) to children at an elegant evening ball. The students form two teams of eight that alternate being onstage during the show’s run.

The creative team includes Thomas Buderwitz, scenic design; Dwight Richard Odle, original 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; Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting; Holly Ahlborn, production manager; and Talia Krispel, stage manager.

Landon is one of the longest-tenured Scrooges in the nation and has been recognized for his performances and longevity by The New York Times.

In addition to Landon, the cast includes Daniel Blinkoff, Melody Butiu, Sol Castillo, Gregg Daniel, Richard Doyle, Alex Knox, Art Koustik, Timothy Landfield, Aaron McGee, William Francis McGuire, Jennifer Parsons, Monika Peña, Erika Schindele, Kimberly Scott, Nick Slimmer and Austin Springer.

A Christmas Carol is generously supported by Honorary Producers Julianne and George Argyros. The media sponsor is the Orange County Register.


Related Information for A Christmas Carol

Tickets: May be purchased online at 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 $30. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 24-29. No children under the age of six will be admitted to see the show.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews
    • Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 25, at noon and 4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular Performances
    • Saturdays, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22
    • Sundays, at noon and 4 p.m., Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23
    • Tuesdays-Fridays, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30; Dec. 5-7; Dec. 11-14; Dec. 18-21.
    • Monday, Dec. 24, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Special
    • Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance

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 Productions: Nate the Great based on the books of Marjorie Sharmat, adapted for the stage by John Maclay with music and lyrics by Brett Ryback, Nov. 2-18 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Culture Clash (Still) In AmeriCCa written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, Jan. 19-Feb.16, 2019; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience by Mo Willems, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, Feb. 1-17 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, March 3-24; Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen, March 30-April 27;  Sheepdog by Kevin Artigue, April 14-May 5; Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 26-28; M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, May 11-June 8; and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, May 24-June 9 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Complete information is available at www.scr.org.

Written by Danielle Bliss


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 more than 500 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