Press Release - ​David Copperfield

South Coast Repertory’s Theatre Conservatory Presents The Teen Players In Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield

COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 16, 2015) – South Coast Repertory’s Teen Players ensemble will present Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, adapted by Thomas Hischak and directed by Hisa Takakuwa, in the Nicholas Studio, May 16-17 and 22-24.

The Dickens novel first appeared as a serial in monthly installments.  It was published in a bound edition in 1850 and today is considered a classic of English literature.  This adaptation of David Copperfield for stage opens just as Dickens opens his novel, with David pondering whether or not he will be the hero of his own life.

David’s childhood is happy.  His mother and nurse are his teachers, and the whole world is his classroom. But in the journey through life, he faces dramatic twists and turns, encounters people who are both caring and conniving and experiences great loss on his way to becoming a writer—and a mature adult.  In the end, David may not consider himself a hero, but he is blessed with a home and family and has learned to give—and receive—love.

The Teen Players (grades 9-12) are chosen through audition after at least two years in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory.  Thirteen of the 17 cast members have been with the program for several years and have appeared in other Players productions.  According to Takakuwa, “It’s always encouraging to see longtime students step easily into roles, using everything they’ve learned in class—and to be welcoming and helpful to fellow students going onstage for the first time.”

Hischak’s stage adaptation has more than 30 characters—fewer than the novel but enough to require many students to double in their roles.  “Portraying more than one character isn’t new to them,”  Takakuwa said, “but I purposefully doubled for variety.  When one role is gentle and the other stern, even vengeful, the range of work is more challenging.  And with these seasoned students, I’m constantly looking for new ways to challenge them!”

Takakuwa is director of SCR’s Theatre Conservatory and a was a longtime member of the classical theatre company A Noise Within.  She performed for 14 years with SCR’s Educational Touring Production and as Sally in A Christmas Carol.

Directed by Hisa Takakuwa
Scenic design: Angela Balogh Calin
Costume design: Kate Poppen
Lighting design: Brady Jay King
Sound design: Mark Johnson
Stage Manager: Amanda Short
An orphaned boy’s journey through the twists and turns of life in search of love and family.

(Recommended for 10 years of age and above.)

Dates: Saturday May 16 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday May 17 at 1:30 and 5 p.m. Friday May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday May 24 at 1:30 and 5 p.m.

Tickets: $10 (through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 or online at


Lauren Cocroft - Clara Peggotty

Mia Conolly - Mr. Mell, Mr. Micawber
Lindsay Frazin - Miss Jane Murdstone, Mrs. Steerforth

Karoline Ribak - Aunt Betsey Trotwood, School Boy Salem House

Kelsey Kato - David Copperfield

Brooke Boukather - Tungay, Dora Spenlow
Rachel Charny - Bucket (School Boy Salem House), Agnes Wickfield     
Henry Ficcadenti - Mr. Edward Murdstone, Ham

Jamie Ostmann - Clara Copperfield, Rosa Dartle

Katherine Parrish - Tom Traddles, Janet

Guy McEleney - School Boy Salem House, Dan Peggotty, Uriah Heep

Christopher Huntley  - James Steerforth, Mr. Wickfield

Kaylee Wan  - Socks (School Boy SalemHouse), Mrs. Micawber, Martha Endwell

Grace O’Brien - Little Emily, School Boy Salem House

Simone Isner - Mr. Creakle, Mr. Dick

Milan Learned-Swart - Davy Copperfield

Kelsey Bray  ​ - Mrs. Gummidge, Bartle (School Boy Salem House

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 525 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.