Press Release: ​​​A Christmas Carol

The 40th Year for A Christmas Carol, Final for Hal Landon Jr. as Scrooge

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​Dec. ​​​​15, 201​9)—A Christmas Carol returns to South Coast Repertory for its 40th consecutive year, an Orange County holiday tradition. This beloved show, adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, runs Nov. 30-Dec. 24 on the Segerstrom Stage. It is the 40th and final time for Hal Landon Jr. to portray Ebenezer Scrooge. The show is directed by John-David Keller, who will also retire after 40 years at the helm. Tickets are now on sale at scr.org.

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.

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 to take his final bow at the end of this run.

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. Patch 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. 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.”

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. They range in age from 9 to 17 and hail from 11 Orange County cities.

In addition to Landon, the cast includes Larry Bates, Daniel Blinkoff, Melody Butiu, Sol Castillo, Richard Doyle, Veralyn Jones, Alex Knox, Art Koustik, Timothy Landfield, Rosney Mauger, William Francis McGuire and Jennifer Parsons.

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; Holly Ahlborn, production manager; Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting; and Talia Krispel, stage manager.

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


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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. 30-Dec.24. Tickets start at $38. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 30-Dec. 5. No children under the age of six will be admitted to see the show.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews
    • Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Dec. 1, at noon and 4 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular Performances
    • Saturdays, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, 14 and 21
    • Sundays, at noon and 4 p.m., Dec. 8, 15 and 22
    • Tuesdays-Fridays, at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Dec. 10-13; Dec. 17-20;
    • Tuesday, Dec. 24, at noon and 4 p.m.
    • Weekday Matinee: Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Special
    • Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance
    • Thursday, Dec. 12, approximately 9:30 p.m., post-show Artistic Director Conversation with David Ivers.

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.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory was founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson. Led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei, SCR 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 531 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