Press Release: ​​​A Christmas Carol

SCR’s “A Christmas Carol” — A Family Affair
40th Annual Production Includes 16 Theatre Conservatory Students

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​​Nov. ​​​​​7, 201​9)—Sixteen students, ranging in age from 9-17, auditioned for and won coveted roles in South Coast Repertory’s 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2019,Segerstrom Stage). On the second day of rehearsals, they donned colorful holiday hats and scarves for festive group photos and then dove back into their work on the script. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are on sale now at

The 16 young people represent 11 Orange County cities and take classes in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory. They were chosen through a rigorous audition process that is open to all third-year students and above, as well as second-year students recommended by their instructors. The role of Tiny Tim is cast separately, with a few first-year students who have shown exceptional focus and maturity in class and fit the role physically being offered the opportunity for an audition. More than 70 auditioned for the roles.

The 16 young people are divided into two teams of eight each, known as the Red Team and Green Team, and alternate performances to allow them time to spend at home with their families during the holidays. They perform alongside the cast of professional actors, many of whom have been with the show for decades.

For the show’s longtime director, John-David Keller, the young actors are vital to the show’s success. 

“Many scenes are anchored by the children and some of the most important moments involve them,” he said. One of the most iconic phrases is spoken with quiet power by Tiny Tim: “God bless us. Everyone.”

Student Cast (alphabetical, with roles)

  • Dane Bergman:Ebenezer as a Boy, Oliver Shelly, Ignorance
  • Nicholas Brown: Peter Cratchit
  • Yunah Choi: Tiny Tim
  • Presley Coogan: Belinda Cratchit
  • Natalie Dien: Young Girl About Town, Want
  • Lauren Dong: Martha Cratchit
  • Grady Farman: Turkey Boy
  • Sarah Frazin: Teen Girl About Town
  • Quinn Garcia: Belinda Cratchit
  • PJ Giglia: Peter Cratchit
  • Maximilian Lalli;Ebenezer as a Boy, Oliver Shelly, Ignorance
  • Katie Lee: Young Girl About Town, Want
  • Halia Lindauer: Teen About Town
  • Lexie Morita:Tiny Tim
  • Sebastian Ramirez: Turkey Boy
  • Ella Webb: Martha Cratchit

Student Cast By Character Names

  • Ebenezer as a Boy, Oliver Shelly, Ignorance
    Dane Bergman, Maximilian Lalli
  • Cratchit Family

    Belinda Cratchit: Presley Coogan, Quinn Garcia
    Martha Cratchit: Lauren Dong, Ella Webb
    Peter Cratchit: Nicholas Brown, PJ Giglia
    Tiny Tim: Yunah Choi, Lexie Morita

  • Girl About Town, Want

    Natalie Dien, Katie Lee

  • Teen Girl About Town

    Sarah Frazin, Halia Lindauer

  • Turkey Boy
    Grady Farman, Sebastian Ramirez

Student Cast by Cities

  • Aliso Viejo: Quinn Garcia
  • Irvine: Nicholas Brown, Lauren Dong, PJ Giglia, Maximilian Lalli, Katie Lee
  • Foothill Ranch: Lexie Morita
  • Fountain Valley: Natalie Dien, Sarah Frazin
  • Huntington Beach: Grady Farman
  • Ladera Ranch: Yunah Choi
  • Newport Coast: Dane Bergman
  • Placentia: Presley Coogan
  • San Clemente: Ella Webb
  • Santa Ana: Sebastian Ramirez
  • Tustin: Halia Lindauer

A Christmas Carol runs on the Segerstrom Stage Nov. 30–Dec. 24. For tickets or more information, visit

Current and Upcoming Family Friendly Productions: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and composer Shelly Markham (through Nov. 24, Theatre for Young Audiences); Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Min Kahng, based on the book by Grace Lin (Feb. 7-23, 2020, Theatre for Young Audiences); and Dory Fantasmagory adapted by John Glore from the book by Abby Hanlon (May 22-June 7, 2020, Theatre for Young Audiences, world premiere). Complete details online at

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.