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Larry Bates* (Jacob Marley’s Ghost/Gentleman)
is happy to be back at SCR. Some SCR favorite roles are Martin Luther King Jr. in All the Way, Ralph D. in The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Happy in Death of a Salesman, Booth in Topdog/Underdog, Cactus in Mr. Marmalade and Youngblood in the SCR/Pasadena Playhouse production of Jitney, for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor. His other favorite theatre credits include Ah Wilderness! (Goodman Theatre) and Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Matrix Theatre, San Diego Repertory, Hattiloo Theatre). His film and television credits include Miss Virginia, Lions for Lambs, “The Romanoffs,” “Seal Team,” “Sunnyside,” “NCIS” and Stu in “Big Little Lies.” Bates is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and a graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University.
Daniel Blinkoff* (Bob Cratchit)
returns for his 17th consecutive year. His other SCR appearances include An Italian Straw Hat (Garland Award, Best Actor), Major Barbara (Robby Award, Best Supporting Actor), The School for Wives, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Nostalgia and Nothing Sacred, and Theatre for Young Audiences productions and Pacific Playwrights Festival readings. His LA credits include The Children (Boston Court Pasadena, StageSceneLA Award, Best Featured Actor), Macbeth (The Antaeus Company, StageSceneLA Award, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Performance by an Actor), Opus (Fountain Theatre, Ovation Award), American Tales (The Antaeus Company), A Distant Shore (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Pera Palas (Boston Court Pasadena) and Lunch Poet (Yale Cabaret Blue). Regionally, he has appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre and many others. His film and television credits include Rockabye, With Honors, Crossing the Bridge, “Close to Home” (recurring) and “Law & Order.” He is a member of The Actor’s Center (NYC) and Antaeus Theatre Company (LA). He’s an MFA alumnus of the Yale School of Drama. “My thanks to the entire cast of A Christmas Carol (past and present) for the pleasure and honor of working with all of them; to Hal Landon and J-D Keller—for the best Christmases of my life; and to all of the Cratchit kids over the years, I have been blessed by your work and your hearts. It has been an honor. And, mostly, I want to thank my love, Tamlyn: I never could have imagined this wonderful life with you. You inspire me. I love you. Merry Christmas.”
Melody Butiu* (Toy Lady/Sally/Scavenger)
joyfully returns to SCR where her credits include M. Butterfly, Sheepdog (featured voiceover), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, A Christmas Carol (2018), Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Ivy + Bean: The Musical and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells. Her New York credits include Doctor Zhivago (Broadway) and David Byrne’s Here Lies Love (off-Broadway, The Public Theater). Her regional theatre credits include the world premiere of Right to Be Forgotten (Arena Stage), Vietgone (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Here Lies Love (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre), Monstress (American Conservatory Theatre), Stage Kiss and Shipwrecked! (Geffen Playhouse), Helen (Getty Villa), A Perfect Wedding (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Long Story Short (San Diego Repertory Theatre), A Little Night Music and Golden Child (East West Players), 36 Views (Portland Center Stage), Hair (Reprise Theatre Company) and Dogeaters and Boy (La Jolla Playhouse). Her film and television credits include The Patients, A Mother’s Greatest Fear, Untold, “The Kominsky Method,” “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA,” “Kingdom,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Gotham,” “Major Crimes” and “Modern Family.” She received her MFA from UC-San Diego. melodybutiu.com, Instagram: @mellowdeebee
Sol Castillo* (Fred/Gentleman)
returns to SCR where he was last seen as Mino in American Mariachi. He is proud to make his return as Fred in A Christmas Carol. His other SCR credits include The Night Fairy, The Hollow Lands, the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival, and his eight-season run as Refugio/Buzzard in Octavio Solis’ La Posada Mágica. He most recently appeared in Arizona Theatre Company’s production of American Mariachi. His other credits include Octavio Solis’ Quixote Nuevo at California Shakespeare Theater; Lord Chaac Ha in The Realm of the Maya at Plaza de La Raza; the Denver Center for the Performing Arts debut of Sunsets and Margaritas; Of Mice and Men at Pasadena Playhouse; and Zoot Suit at San Diego Repertory Theatre. He is proud of his portrayal of Medal of Honor recipient Eugene A. Obregon in the national tour of Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @elsolcastillo.
Richard Doyle* (Solicitor/The Spirit of Christmas Past/Gentleman)
is an SCR Founding Artist and a 36-year veteran of A Christmas Carol. He has appeared in more than 200 stage events and productions here, 25 of which were new plays or SCR premieres. Some of the shows he remembers fondly include Candida and Volpone in SCR’s old Second Step theatre; Holy Days, Playland, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Intimate Exchanges on SCR’s Second Stage; The Weir on the Argyros Stage; and She Stoops to Folly, The Crucible, Arms and the Man, Of Mice and Men, The Beard of Avon and A View from the Bridge on the Segerstrom Stage. Over the years, he has been busy as a film and television actor including being a regular on the live comedy show “Cheers” as Mr. Gaines and as soldiers and airmen on the Korean War series, “M*A*S*H.” He has appeared in feature films like Coma and Air Force One, as well as indie features like Abduction of Angie and the shorts Worth the Wait and Ready or Not. A busy voiceover career put his voice in animated TV series “Ben Ten” and ”Sky Commanders,” as Big Boss in the video game MGS 3, and current Podcasts “Exeter” and “Solve.” His voice is also heard as a storyteller at the Pageant of the Masters, as the live show narrator. His grandsons, James and Burnham, also enjoy a story from Papa from time to time. The story you hear at this performance is originally by Charles Dickens, but it will be told by many gifted storytellers. Please do “Enjoy The Show.”
Veralyn Jones* (Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig/Scavenger)
returns to SCR where she appeared previously in My Wandering Boy and Ben and the Magic Paintbrush. Her other theatre credits include Gem of the Ocean, Argonautika, Madwoman of Chaillot (A Noise Within); Immediate Family (understudy, Mark Taper Forum); A Selfish Sacrifice (Denver Center); Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, You Can’t Take It with You (Antaeus Theatre Company); A Perfect Wedding (Kirk Douglas Theater:); The Old Settler (International City Theater); The Father (La Scala Theater, Stockholm, Sweden); Three Sisters After Chekhov (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble); The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company); and Othello (Boston Court Pasadena). Her film and television credits include Nana, “S.W.A.T,” Locked Away, No One To Blame, “The Unit,” “Southland,” “Brooklyn South,” “Threat Matrix,” “Parenthood,” “City of Angels” (recurring), “The Young and the Restless” (recurring), “Strong Medicine,” “The District” and “Seinfeld” (recurring). She is a two-time LA Weekly Theatre Award winner, Stage Raw and StageSceneLA awards winner and received a NAACP Theater Award nomination. She is the artistic associate/producer at Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble and a member of Antaeus Theatre Company. Love always to G & K.
Alex Knox* (Undertaker/Ebenezer as a Young Man)
is delighted to return to SCR for his sixth season as Young Eb. As a child, he performed in the 1995 production of A Christmas Carol as Peter Cratchit. That same year, he played Hal Landon Jr.’s son in The Things You Don’t Know on the Second Stage. It is an honor to join Hal again for this momentous anniversary. He is especially grateful to director John-David Keller for believing in him and welcoming him into the show’s family—the best Christmas gift ever. Knox is a company member of the Antaeus Theatre Company, where he performed earlier this year in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His solo show, No Static At All (about finding enlightenment in the music of Steely Dan), has toured to New York, Seattle and Los Angeles, where it was awarded Best Solo Performance at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He earned degrees from UC-Santa Barbara and the Yale School of Drama. He is the proud husband to Kristin and dog daddy to Cosmo.
Art Koustik* (Joe/Ensemble)
is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in scores of productions including Much Ado About Nothing, The Hollow Lands, Of Mice and Men, Tartuffe and Ah, Wilderness! He also appeared in BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, She Stoops to Folly, The Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, A Streetcar Named Desire, Twelfth Night, Hard Times, The Crucible, Prelude to a Kiss, Glengarry Glen Ross, Galileo, The Foreigner, Rum and Coke, The Show-Off, Saint Joan, Playboy of the Western World, Coming Attractions, American Buffalo, The Elephant Man, Time Was and 39 years of A Christmas Carol. He originated the role of Joe the Cider Man and Mr. Fezziwig and played the latter role for 24 seasons. Outside of SCR, he has been in film and on television programs such as La Bamba, “Valerie,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “The Golden Girls,” “Dallas” and “The Young and the Restless” and productions of Guys and Dolls, Chapter 2, Brigadoon and Anything Goes. He says: “With my wife, Peggy, I am at last a happy man. As the years go by, I am more aware how important faith, family and friends are. God bless us, everyone.”
Timothy Landfield* (Wreath Seller/The Spirit of Christmas Present)
has appeared in the SCR productions of Eurydice, Noises Off, Bach at Leipzig, Pinocchio, The Clean House, The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden and Hay Fever. His Broadway credits include Company, The Sound of Music, Rumors, Arsenic and Old Lace, Wild Honey, The Crucifer of Blood and Tartuffe. Off-Broadway, he was in the original production of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Actor’s Nightmare. He has played major roles in regional theatres across the country including Phileas Fogg in 80 Days at La Jolla Playhouse. His television and film credits include “The Politician” (Netflix), “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Bones,” “Numb3rs,” “Six Feet Under,” “Without a Trace,” “Monk,” “Frasier,” “CSI,” “Law & Order” and “The Cooler” with William H. Macy. He is on the faculty at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he also directs. He is proud to be a part of SCR’s family.
Hal Landon Jr.* (Ebenezer Scrooge)
is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in Gem of the Ocean, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Rest, The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Nothing Sacred, Man from Nebraska, Born Yesterday, A View from the Bridge, Habeas Corpus, Antigone, The Drawer Boy (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination), Major Barbara and Tartuffe. His other credits include Arcadia, Our Town, Sidney Bechet Killed a Man, BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, An Ideal Husband, A Mess of Plays by Chris Durang, Faith Healer, Green Icebergs, The Miser, Our Country’s Good and Waiting for Godot. He created the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in SCR’s A Christmas Carol and has performed it in each of its 40 years. He appeared in Leander Stillwell (Mark Taper Forum), Henry V (The Old Globe) and as Polonius in Hamlet (Shakespeare Orange County). Among his television and film credits are “The Closer,” “My Name is Earl,” “CSI: NY,” “Mad Men,” The Artist, Trespass, Pacific Heights, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday (Netflix) and All the Way (HBO). He also appeared in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and, coming next summer, Bill and Ted Face the Music.
Rosney Mauger* (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come/Poulterer<)
is honored and ecstatic to be returning for his third stint in A Christmas Carol. He previously appeared at SCR in All the Way as Rev. Ralph Abernathy. His other credits include Bobo in Raisin in the Sun at A Noise Within. He completed SCR’s Acting Intensive Program in 2016 and is also a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His highlighted roles at The Academy have been Othello and Hedley in Seven Guitars. Originally from central Florida, he appeared in the August Wilson productions of The Piano Lesson and King Hedley II at Seminole State College in Lake Mary.
William Francis McGuire* (Gentleman/Mr. Fezziwig)
appeared at SCR previously in Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Wrinkle in Time, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, A Christmas Carol and Tartuffe. He also has worked at the Guthrie Theater (The Rover, Naga Mandala, The Seagull, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, The Good Hope, Peer Gynt and Billy and Dago, among others), The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Henry V and Macbeth), Bay Street Theater Fest (Tropeano Paints), American Repertory Theatre (Boys Next Door), Yale Repertory Theatre (Search and Destroy) and many others. His film credits include The Day After Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible III. His television credits include “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd” (series regular), “CSI,” “Castle,” “Justified,” “Eagleheart,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “The Mentalist,” “Saving Grace,” “Weeds,” “Numb3rs,” “NCIS,” “Without a Trace,” as well as a number of Movies of the Week. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Jennifer Parsons* (Mrs. Cratchit/Rich Woman)
returns to SCR for her 17th year in A Christmas Carol (18th if you include playing Belle way back when!) She also appeared in other SCR productions such as The Heiress, Cyrano de Bergerac, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Our Town, She Stoops to Folly, The Importance of Being Earnest, Buried Child, Flora & Ulysses, James and the Giant Peach, Anastasia Krupnik, The Borrowers, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, Brand New Kid, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), The Only Child and Bunnicula. She performed recently in The Glass Menagerie, Silent Sky and Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike at International City Theatre. She has performed on and off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country and is a company member at Theatre 40. This year, she has had recurring guest star roles on “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Proven Innocent.” Other recent guest star credits include roles on “All Rise,” “The Romanoffs,” “Longmire,” “Bones,” “Criminal Minds” and “Stalker.” She is happily married to the Ghost of Christmas Past, Richard Doyle.
Erika Schindele* (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger)
is honored to continue to be a part of this Christmas Carol family and help celebrate its 40th year. Previously, she appeared at SCR in the world premiere of An Italian Straw Hat, as well as numerous Theatre for Young Audience productions. Recently, at Laguna Playhouse, she was in the West Coast premiere of I’m Still Getting My Act Together (starring Gretchen Cryer), as well as The Odd Couple and Love, Loss and What I Wore. She played Stella Kowalski in the iconic A Streetcar Named Desire (Jewel Theatre Company) and will return there this spring as Georgie in their production of Heisenberg. Her other theatre credits include Collected Stories at Coachella Valley Repertory (Desert Theatre League Award nominee, best actress); Merrily We Roll Along and 1776 at Actors Co-op Theatre Company; Hello Dolly! at Welk Resort Theatre; and A Christmas Carol at Sierra Madre Playhouse and Glendale Center Theatre. She recently starred in the films Emerald and The What If; and her television appearances include “Criminal Minds” and “American Dreams.” For Brent and our new baby, Jack. Thank you, Hal. It has been a joy to share the stage and this story and with you. erikaschindele.com.
Aaron McGee (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper)
is excited to be a part of the magic that is A Christmas Carol for a third time at SCR. He first appeared in Christmas Carol—after completing SCR’s Acting Intensive Program in 2016—playing the role of the disheveled Thomas Shelley as well as Party Guests. McGee is so grateful to be returning this year for the 40th anniversary production in a role he always thought he was raised to be: a puppeteer. His other SCR credits include multiple roles in Shakespeare in Love and being a reader for the Pacific Playwrights Festival in Sheepdog (2018) and Unlikeable Heroine (2019). One of his all-time favorite roles was getting to play Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead while playing the same role in Hamlet in repertory at American Coast Theatre Company. He would like to thank all those who helped him along the way, whether it was with advice or inspiration or encouragement, which enabled him to continue pursuing his passion for acting.
Monika Peña (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden/Fan)
is grateful to be returning to SCR and A Christmas Carol! She recently had a blast performing in SCR’s TYA production of Alexander... Very Bad Day. Her favorite roles include the titular roles in Lizzie, the Musical (Ovation Recommended, OC Weekly Editor’s Choice—Best Musical) and Violet (LA Times Critics Choice, Ovation Recommended, Chance Theater), Princess Fish in Claudio Quest (West Coast Premiere, Chance Theater), Maria in West Side Story (Chance Theater), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Dancer) and In the Heights (Ovation Recommended, Chance Theater). Her other credits include Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Rhonda, 2016-18, Chance Theater), Bright Star (Candlelight Pavilion), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), Spring Awakening (Ilse) and Anything Goes (Angel Virtue). MonikaPena.com IG: @_mo_nika_
Nick Slimmer (Thomas Shelley)
is thrilled to be making his return to A Christmas Carol for the fourth time. He is a graduate of the SCR’s Acting Intensive Program and American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a company member of the Modjeska Unscripted Theater in Lake Forest. He is also a series regular on the popular web series “Life as a Mermaid.” His favorite roles include Boy in Peter and the Starcatcher, Johnny Appleseed in the world premiere of American Tall Tales and Matt in Dog Sees God. Slimmer would like to thank his parents for their support, Joanne DeNaut for giving him opportunities, and his girlfriend, Emily, for her love.
Dane Bergman, Nicholas Brown, Yunah Choi, Presley Coogan, Natalie Dien, Lauren Dong, Grady Farman, Sarah Frazin, Quinn Garcia, PJ Giglia, Maximilian Lalli, Katie Lee, Halia Lindauer, Lexie Morita, Sebastian Ramirez, Ella Webb
Jerry Patch (Adaptor)
was affiliated with SCR from 1967-2005 and returned in 2014 as literary consultant. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays developed and seen at SCR including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. He was project director for the Pacific Playwrights Festival from its 1998 inception through 2005. For seven years, he served as artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. As a professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UC-Irvine, UC-San Diego, CSU-Long Beach and other institutions. He was consulting dramaturg for New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company for nearly a decade and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is an artistic consultant, following seven seasons as director of artistic development, for Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and South Coast Repertory.
John-David Keller (Director)
has been a member of SCR’s resident acting company since 1973, as both an actor and director. He has directed A Christmas Carol for its entire 40-year history. Among his other SCR directing credits are Godspell, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, In Fashion, The Real Inspector Hound (SCR’s first Equity show), Peg O’ My Heart and Tomfoolery. From 1975 through 2007, he directed all of SCR’s Educational Touring Productions, which were presented in elementary schools throughout Orange County. He also acted in more than 100 productions at SCR including, most recently, Amadeus and One Man, Two Guvnors. He appeared in the production of Anton Chekov’s Ivanov at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Antaeus Theatre Company. Keller recently celebrated his 26th year as the concert host for the Orange County Philharmonic Society’s fifth-grade concerts. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Antaeus Theatre Company.
Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design)
previously designed The Monster Builder, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe (co-design with Dominique Serrand), The Whale, The Prince of Atlantis, The Trip to Bountiful, Three Days of Rain, The Weir, Crimes of the Heart, Collected Stories, The Heiress, Doubt, Pig Farm, Bach at Leipzig, Proof, A Delicate Balance, A Christmas Carol (15 previous seasons), But Not for Me and the 2007-16 Galas for SCR. He has designed for other theatres including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Boston Court Pasadena, A Noise Within, Antaeus Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Buderwitz has received six Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation awards and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards. His television designs include specials and series for every major broadcast and cable network. He has been honored with three Emmy Award nominations and an Art Directors Guild Award nomination. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts. tombuderwitz.com
Donna & Tom Ruzika (Lighting Design)
celebrate their 40th year of designing for A Christmas Carol and 47 years of marriage. They have enjoyed collaborating on productions at SCR, the Hollywood Bowl and other regional theatres. Ms. Ruzika has designed 20 seasons for the Utah Shakespeare Festival and 30 seasons for Fullerton Civic Light Opera. She has also designed at Kansas City Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and Long Beach’s International City Theatre. Her work has also been seen in Cairo, Egypt, Bogotá, Colombia, and Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Ruzika’s designs have been seen on Broadway, in national tours, at major regional theatres and with many national and international dance and opera companies. His entertainment lighting can be seen at theme parks in six countries and his architectural lighting can be seen in prestigious hotels, casinos, restaurants, retail centers and performing arts centers across the nation and in Europe and Asia. The Ruzikas have received numerous awards for their contributions to the art and craft of lighting design.
Dennis McCarthy (Musical Arrangement/Composer)
returns to SCR, where he previously composed music for An Italian Straw Hat, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, Ben and the Magic Paintbrush, The Beard of Avon, Much Ado about Nothing and Of Mice and Men. During his career, he has written music for more than 2,000 films, television movies and series episodes including “V,” “MacGyver,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “Star Trek,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Dynasty.” He won two Emmy Awards during his 18 years of music for “Star Trek” and composed the music for the series’ feature film, Generations. He was honored with ASCAP’s Golden Note Award. He teaches film scoring at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, is a Southern California native, a father of three and proud grandfather of nine beautiful grandchildren.
Drew Dalzell (Sound Design)
is happy to be back at SCR, where he previously designed Cloudlands, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Putting It Together, An Italian Straw Hat, Imagine, A Little Night Music, A Christmas Carol, Bunnicula, The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Intimate Exchanges and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. His other design work includes Toy Story: The Musical for Disney Cruise Lines; The Laramie Project at Laguna Playhouse; Fen (Garland Award) and As I Lay Dying (Ovation Award nomination) at Open Fist Theatre Company; A Time for Love, Songs for a New World (Ovation Award) and Tick, Tick...Boom at Rubicon Theatre Company; and Side Show (Ovation Award nomination), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Ovation Award nomination), and The Laramie Project with the Colony Theatre Company; and Wicked Lit! 2012, 2013 (Ovation Award nomination), 2014 (Ovation Award), 2015 (Ovation Award), 2016 (Ovation Award nomination), 2017, and 2018 for Unbound Productions. He owns Diablo Sound Inc., whose themed entertainment projects are found around the world.
Dennis Castellano (Vocal Director)
has musically directed the SCR productions of The Light in the Piazza, The Fantasticks, Cloudlands, Ordinary Days, Putting It Together, An Italian Straw Hat, A Little Night Music, Happy End, Sunday in the Park with George and A Chorus of Disapproval. He is the music supervisor for the six-show summer season at Broadway Sacramento, where he conducted their productions of Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone, In the Heights, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, The Producers, Mary Poppins, Hair, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd and Funny Girl. His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle); Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Guys and Dolls (McCoy/Rigby Entertainment); Bright Star, Elf, Something Rotten, Catch Me If You Can, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The King and I (Musical Theatre West); and Li’l Abner and The Goodbye Girl (Musical Theatre Guild). Castellano recently retired as head of music theatre from UC-Irvine.
Hisa Takakuwa (Assistant Director)
acted in A Christmas Carol for 14 seasons and has been assistant director for 14 years. After completing her professional training as an actor, Takakuwa appeared at SCR in The Man Who Came to Dinner and in 13 Educational Touring productions. Her other acting credits include work as a resident artist at A Noise Within, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Sundance Institute’s Children’s Theatre, Playwright’s Lab and Grove Shakespeare Festival. She has directed many SCR Theatre Conservatory Players productions including Oliver Twist, The Secret in the Wings, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Seussical and The Wizard of Oz. Her other productions include Twelfth Night and Henry V at Actors Co-op Theatre Company (Hollywood). She was assistant director to Art Manke on SCR’s production of The Wind in the Willows and to Libby Appel on A Raisin in the Sun at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Takakuwa is SCR’s Theatre Conservatory and educational programs director. This year, she received an honorable mention from the Tony Awards Excellence in Theatre Education Award and, with Erin McNally, the California Educational Theatre Association’s Professional Artist Award. She received her BA from Smith College and MFA from CalArts.
Talia Krispel (Stage Manager)
is excited to be back at SCR where her credits include A Christmas Carol (since 2014), Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Abundance, Amadeus and Pinocchio. Her other credits include The Music Man starring Adam Pascal, West Side Story, Matilda the Musical, Shrek the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Peter Pan (5-Star Theatricals); Inherit the Wind, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a workshop of Legally Blonde (Broadway); The Secret Garden (3-D Theatricals); The Little Mermaid (Sound Stage LIVE!); Mamma Mia! (ACT of Connecticut); Man of La Mancha (A Noise Within); West Side Story and Sister Act (Theatre By The Sea); Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music (Ocean State Theatre Company); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ogunquit Playhouse); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat (North Shore Music Theatre); Miracle Worker (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Times They Are A-Changin’ (The Old Globe); and Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall). She earned a master’s degree in educational theatre in colleges and communities from New York University. For Mychal Adair-Lynch and Dad. taliakrispel.com
Marissa Putnick (Assistant Stage Manager)
is thrilled to be back with the Christmas Carol family where she started as a stage management intern. Her other SCR credits include Destiny of Desire, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience and Nate the Great. Her other credits include A Night with Janis Joplin (both national tour and regional sit-down); Constellations (Geffen Playhouse); The Graduate starring Melanie Griffith, King of the Road, 12 Angry Men (Laguna Playhouse), Judgment at Nuremberg (L.A. Theatre Works) and numerous other productions in Northern California at theatres such as California Shakespeare Theater and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She has also worked at a variety of smaller venues throughout Southern California. She currently works as a stage manager at Knott’s Berry Farm. She earned her master’s degree in theatre management from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.