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Tommy Beck* (
Undertaker/Ebenezer as a Young Man
is excited to be making his SCR debut. His recent credits include The Explorers Club, All My Sons (Jewel Theatre Company); Marjorie Prime, Shakespeare in Love, Miss Bennet (Marin Theatre Company); A Streetcar Named Desire (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Colossal (San Francisco Playhouse); The Real Thing, The Monster Builder, Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Aurora Theatre Company); A Few Good Men (Hillbarn Theatre); Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion (Livermore Shakespeare Festival); Sleuth, Dracula (Center REPertory Company); Sense & Sensibility (TheatreWorks); Much Ado About Nothing (Cal Shakes); Cymbeline (Marin Shakespeare Company); Hamlet, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Three Musketeers (City Lights Theater Company). Beck has worked extensively in performance capture, most notably with 2K Games, Hangar 13, Firaxis, Pixar, Epic Games, and Industrial Light & Magic. He received his BA from New York University and is a proud member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA.
Daniel Blinkoff* (Bob Cratchit)
returns for his 18th consecutive year as Bob Cratchit. 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, as well as many 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, BAM, McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as many others. His film and television credits include Rockabye, With Honors, Crossing the Bridge, Kuuipo, The Umami of Gumbo, “Close to Home” (recurring), “Charmed,” “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order.” Blinkoff received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He and his wife Tamlyn Tomita are also building Outside In Theatre in Highland Park, LA that will open in 2023. To learn more, you can visit http://outsideintheatre.org
Kelsey Bray (Elizabeth Shelley/Pursued Maiden/Fan)
(she/her) is so grateful to be back performing at South Coast Repertory where she was a student in the Education Conservatory for over 11 years and performed as Belinda Cratchit in the 2010 production of A Christmas Carol. Her regional credits include Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman Smells (Junie B., Oklahoma Children’s Theatre), Clean Slate (Gina, world premiere, Ignition Arts) and Illuminate (world premiere, original company member, Ignition Arts). She earned her BFA in acting and directing from Oklahoma City University. Endless gratitude to her amazing family, friends and mentors. Happy Holidays! kelseybrayactor.com IG: @Kelsey.bray98
Melody Butiu* (Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig)
is excited to return to A Christmas Carol, where she played Sally in 2018-19. SCR credits include M. Butterfly, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, and more. In April 2022, you can catch her as Tita Yvonne in the Amblin/Rideback film, Easter Sunday, starring comedian Jo Koy. New York credits include Doctor Zhivago (Broadway) and David Byrne’s Here Lies Love (The Public Theater). Regional theatre credits include Vietgone (Geva Theatre Center/Denver Center) Right to Be Forgotten (Arena Stage), South Pacific (Rev Theatre Company), Here Lies Love (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre Company), 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), and Dogeaters (La Jolla Playhouse). Film and TV credits include Untold: This is My Story, Swearing, The Patients, “Mom,” “Call Me Kat,” “This is Us,” “The Kominsky Method,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: LA,” “Kingdom,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Gotham,” “Major Crimes” and “Modern Family.” More at melodybutiu.com, Instagram: @themelodybutiu
Sol Castillo* (Fred/Gentleman)
is excited to return to live theater in A Christmas Carol. He was last seen as Mino in the return of American Mariachi at Outside SCR. His previous SCR credits include Mino in the 2019 production of American Mariachi, A Christmas Carol, The Night Fairy and The Hollow Lands. You may also remember him as Refugio/Buzzard from his eight-season run in Octavio Solis’ La Posada Mágica. He also appeared in Arizona Theatre Company’s production of American Mariachi. Other credits include Solis’ world premier of 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; Zoot Suit at San Diego Repertory Theatre; and in the national tour of Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor. He dedicates his performance to his family, who inspire him to keep playing. Follow him at Instagram and Twitter @elsolcastillo.
Richard Doyle* (Ebenezer Scrooge)
is an SCR Founding Member, most recently heard in the solo audio performance of SCR’s A Christmas Carol, a story he is quite familiar with, having been in SCR’s stage version for 36 seasons. He was last seen at SCR in Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley (2020) and previously in Kings, Rest, The Weir and more than 200 other productions. His other SCR favorites include Holy Days; The Beard of Avon; You, Nero; Men’s Singles; Unsuitable for Adults (U.S. premiere); Playland; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Crucible; Intimate Exchanges; Cyrano; A View from the Bridge; Of Mice and Men; and, from SCR’s Third Step Theatre, The Tavern by George M. Cohan. Live stage is Doyle’s first love, but he has also kept busy with film and television including a regular role as Mr. Gaines on “Cheers”; several roles on “M*A*S*H”; his first feature, the Micheal Crichton film Coma; Wolfgang Peterson’s Air Force One; and Mass Appeal, with his favorite actors Jack Lemmon and Milo O’Shea. He has also appeared in many independent features, including Abduction of Angie. Voice acting brought him face to face with the genesis of his love for live performance: storytelling. His work as an animation voiceover actor ranges from “Sky Commanders” “The Chimp Channel,” “Batman,” “Ben Ten” and “Spiderman” to video and motion capture performances in dozens of video games like “MGS 3” as Big Boss, to podcasts like “Exeter” and “Solve.” A decade ago, Doyle was noticed by The Pageant of the Masters and was tapped to be the live show narrator for this unique event, where he welcomes folks and encourages them to “enjoy stories surrounding this Arts themed show.” Here at SCR, he likewise hopes that you “Enjoy the Show!”
Kelsey Kato (Puppet Show/Mr. Topper)
is honored to be returning to A Christmas Carol at SCR, after performing as Peter Cratchit back in 2010! He has performed in many productions with SCR Theatre Conservatory’s Teen Players and Summer Players, including David Copperfield (David Copperfield), Into The Woods (Baker), Mary Poppins (George Banks), Beauty and the Beast (Beast) and Seussical (Horton). He most recently performed as a puppeteer in Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse. His other credits include Posthumus Leonatus (understudy) in Cymbeline (Porters of Hellsgate) and Claudio in Measure for Measure (Method and Madness). He received his BA from UCLA. Instagram: @kel_c_kato
Art Koustik* (Joe/Ensemble)
is an SCR Founding Member 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 40 years of A Christmas Carol (he’s the last actor that remains from the original 1980 production). 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.”
Michael Manuel* (Jacob Marley's Ghost/Gentleman)
is happy to be returning to SCR, where he last appeared as Boris in Amos and Boris, and before that Madame Pernelle in Tartuffe, Big Stone in Eurydice, Francis Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in numerous readings and workshops since 1994. He has worked in regional theatres across the country including The Alley Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Group Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and Theatre For a New Audience. Manuel spent 2019 at A Noise Within playing Iago in Othello, The Creature in Frankenstein (Ovation, LADCC, LA Theatre Bites and Stage Scene LA Awards) and Tilden in Buried Child. Other theatres in LA include Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Cornerstone Theater Company, Shakespeare Festival LA, Geffen Playhouse, Interact Theatre Company, Upright Citizens Brigade, Main Street Players, About Productions, Parson’s Nose and Impro Theatre where he is a Main Company member. He has appeared in numerous television programs and films. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Rosney Mauger* (Constable/Jacob Marley as a Young Man/The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come/Poulterer)
is honored and ecstatic to return to theatre once again and to be returning for his fourth 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 included Othello and Hedley in Seven Guitars. Originally from central Florida, he appeared in the August Wilson productions of The Piano Lesson as Lymon directed by American Theater Hall Of Fame Director Woodie King Jr. And also King Hedley II at Seminole State College in Lake Mary. He wishes everyone a warm welcome back to the theatre!
William Francis McGuire* (Solicitor/Mr. Fezziwig/Gentleman)
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 Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College and a graduate of Yale School of Drama.
Jennifer Parsons* (The Spirit of Christmas Past/Scavenger)
returns to SCR for her 19th year in A Christmas Carol —17 as Mrs. Cratchit and one as Belle (back in the long ago). She has also appeared in the SCR productions of 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. Her other recent SoCal performances include 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. Her most current television credits include recurring guest star roles on “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Proven Innocent.” Other guest star credits include roles on “All Rise,” “The Romanoffs,” “Longmire,” “Bones,” “Criminal Minds” and “Stalker.” She is happily married to Scrooge, Richard Doyle.
Erika Schindele* (Laundress/Belle/Scavenger)
is honored to continue to be a part of this beloved Christmas tradition. She appeared at SCR in the world premiere of An Italian Straw Hat, as well as numerous Theatre for Young Audience productions. Recently, she returned to the stage as Georgie Burns in Simon Stephens Heisenberg at Jewel Theatre Company and before the world shut down, she was Mrs. Weston in a musical production of Emma at the Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara. She played Stella Kowalski in the iconic A Streetcar Named Desire (Jewel Theatre Company) and 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. 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 Jack, always. erikaschindele.com.
Nick Slimmer (Thomas Shelley/Ensemble)
is thrilled to be making his return to A Christmas Carol for the fifth time. He is a graduate of the SCR’s Acting Intensive Program and American Academy of Dramatic Arts. 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, director Hisa Takakuwa for giving him the opportunity, and his girlfriend, Emily, for her love.
Richard Soto* (Wreath Seller/The Spirit of Christmas Present)
who is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity, is overjoyed to be back with the tradition of A Christmas Carol, where he was last seen as Young Ebeneezer. His other SCR credits include Vecino in A Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy, SCR’s Dialogue/Diálogos project in Santa Ana. He also appeared in Coriolanus, The School for Scandal, and Romeo & Juliet at The Old Globe. Other credits include The Misanthrope and Major Barbara at A Noise Within. He is a faculty instructor with SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, adjunct professor at Vanguard University, and a teacher at the Orange County School of the Arts. As a writer, his written work includes the Latinx superhero comic book, The Legend of El Lobo, his plays, The Black Book, and Los Invisibles/The Invisible Ones, which address the inhumane treatment of immigrants, for Protest Plays Project’s #TheatreActionImmigration Initiative, and plays Freedom To Speak, I Leave You Hope, It Ain’t Perfect, and Something Worth Pursuing, for the We The People Theatre Action Program at Sacred Fools Theater. He is currently working on projects involving his passions of people, history, education, and comic books. Follow him at Instagram @therichardsoto
Tamlyn Tomita* (Rich Woman/Mrs. Cratchit) is a native Los Angeleno, UCLA Bruin, AAPI from the (818). Her stage work includes A Distant Shore (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Question 27, Question 28 (East West Players/Japanese American National Museum); The Square (Mark Taper Forum’s Taper, Too!), The Summer Moon (A Contemporary Theatre and South Coast Repertory); Day Standing on its Head (Manhattan Theatre Club); Nagasaki Dust (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Don Juan: A Meditation (Mark Taper Forum’s Taper, Too!) and Winter Crane (Fountain Theatre). Her television credits include “Cobra Kai,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Good Doctor,” “Teen Wolf,” “Berlin Station,” “Chasing Life,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “True Blood,” “Glee,” “Heroes,” “Eureka,” “Criminal Minds,” “24” and “JAG” among others. Her film credits include The Karate Kid II, The Joy Luck Club, The Day After Tomorrow, Picture Bride, Robot Stories, Kuuipo, the Umami of Gumbo and Come See the Paradise among others. She is proud to be Mrs. to “Mr. Cratchit.”
Paige Lindsey White* (Toy Lady/Sally/Scavenger)
appeared at SCR previously in Abundance and Kings. Her other favorite credits include Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse); Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities (Arizona Theatre Company and Indiana Repertory Theatre); Ann in At Home at the Zoo (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts); Titania/Hippolyta in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer (Disney Concert Hall); Georgie in Heisenberg (Mark Taper Forum, understudy); Fallen Angels and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara); Rapture Blister Burn (San Diego Repertory); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet, and R II (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Trying and Ghost-Writer (International City Theatre); The Children, RII, and With Love and a Major Organ (Boston Court Pasadena); Walking the Tightrope (24th Street Theatre); and A View from the Bridge (Ahmanson Theatre and Kennedy Center, understudy). She also toured internationally in Trial of the Catonsville Nine (The Actors’ Gang). On television, she appeared in “Shameless,” “American Woman,” “Corporate,” “Days of Our Lives” and “TV Funhouse.” She is the winner of a LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Lead Performance. paigelindseywhite.com
Tessany Azizi, Natalie Bright, Nicholas Brown, Maddie Chung, Presley Coogan, Tess Fox, Dylan Gorham, Arman Hamidi, Zoe Hebbard, Maximilian Lalli, Cooper Latham, Halia Lindauer, Sofia Mendez, ChloeLux Phan, Justine Roussel and Colin Savage
Jerry Patch (Adapter)
served as dramaturg on over 150 new plays, including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain, Ruined and Wit. He was the founding project director for South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival and artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. A professor of theatre and film, he was consulting dramaturg for Roundabout Theatre Company (New York) for nearly a decade and resident artistic director at The Old Globe in San Diego. He is now artistic consultant for Manhattan Theatre Club, where he served more than a decade as Director of Artistic Development, and is resident dramaturg at SCR.
Hisa Takakuwa (Director)
helms SCR’s Theatre Conservatory and education programs. She previously served as assistant director on A Christmas Carol for 14 season and was an actor in the show 14 years. She has directed numerous Theatre Conservatory Players productions including adaptations of Dickens’ Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Hard Times. 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. Other directing credits include Twelfth Night and Henry V at Actors Co-op Theatre Company (Hollywood). In 2019, 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.
Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design)
previously designed Outside Mullingar, 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, Putting It Together, Collected Stories, The Heiress, Doubt, Pig Farm, Bach at Leipzig, Proof, A Delicate Balance, A Christmas Carol (18 previous seasons), But Not for Me and 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 Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 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.
Donna & Tom Ruzika (Lighting Design)
celebrate their 41st year of designing for A Christmas Carol and 49 years of marriage. They have enjoyed collaborating on productions at SCR, the Hollywood Bowl and other regional theatres. Ms. Ruzika has designed 21 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., which provides themed entertainment projects 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 in addition to 26 years of A Christmas Carol. 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).
Kelly Todd (Choreography), a UCLA theater alumna, is so happy to be back at SCR for the holidays and for SCR’s next Theater for Young Audiences project, Last Stop on Market Street. For 12 years, she was a resident artist at the Chance Theater, where some of her favorite projects have been Lysistrata Jones, for which she received a 2014 Ovation Award for Best Choreography; West Side Story, for which she received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 2012 Special Award for Fight Choreography; and Triassic Parq (2013) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (2011), both of which won the Ovation Award for Best Musical in an Intimate Theatre and garnered Ovation Award nominations for Best Choreography. She was named Southern California’s Choreographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by StageSceneLA. Other credits include SCR’s Sweeney Todd, Once, The Light in the Piazza, Ivy + Bean: The Musical, Absurd Person Singular and Seussical and The Who’s Tommy at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She is currently a professor in the Theatre Department at Pepperdine University where she runs the musical theater emphasis. Thank you to Hisa for giving her the opportunity to work with this festive cast and team.
Talia Krispel* (Stage Manager)
is excited to be back at SCR, where her credits include A Christmas Carol (since 2014), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Abundance, Amadeus and Pinocchio. Her other credits include The Music Man starring Adam Pascal, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Matilda the Musical, Shrek the Musical, Beauty and the Beast starring Susan Egan, 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 and the Amazing 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
Julie Ann Renfro* (Assistant Stage Manager)
is so happy to return to SCR for A Christmas Carol! Other SCR favorites include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Parisian Woman, Of Good Stock, The Light Princess, and most recently You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Additional credits include LA Opera, Geffen Playhouse, La Mirada Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Sydney Independent Theatre Company, Long Beach Shakespeare Company, and the 2018 North American Tour of A Night with Janis Joplin. Renfro is from Costa Mesa, CA., where she received her BA in theatre arts from Vanguard University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. LYBNC!
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.