Press Release - ​​​​A Christmas Carol


South Coast Repertory's A Christmas Carol Returns to Ring in the Holiday Season

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 19, 2015. A Christmas Carol makes its annual return to South Coast Repertory’s stages to help usher in the holiday season. Hal Landon Jr. has delighted Orange County’s audiences as Ebenezer Scrooge in more than 1,000 performances over 35 years in SCR’s holiday productionThe beloved show, adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, is back on SCR’s Segerstrom Stage, Nov. 27-Dec. 27. Tickets are online atwww.scr.org.

The play has resonated with families decade after decade with an easy-to-understand appeal.

“There are so many important messages in this play: how to live your life with a generous spirit and what the true cost is of living life selfishly,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “A Christmas Carol has become an important part of Orange County’s holiday traditions.”

Landon originated the role of Scrooge with SCR’s first production of A Christmas Carol in the 1980 and has played it every year since. The 2015 cast includes returning and new actors, some of whom have been with the show for decades, and 16 local school children who auditioned after training in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory.

“Audiences still look forward to A Christmas Carol every year and we still have the same devotion to it now as we did back in 1980s,” said John-David Keller, who has directed the production since the start.

The cast, in addition to Landon, includes Daniel Blinkoff as Bob Cratchit; Gregg Daniel as Jacob Marley’s Ghost and a Gentleman; Richard Doyle as a Solicitor and the Spirit of Christmas Past and a Gentleman; John-David Keller as Mr. Fezziwig; Alex Knox as the Undertaker and Ebenezer as a Young Man; Art Koustik as Joe and an ensemble member; Timothy Landfield as a Wreath Seller and the Spirit of Christmas Present; Ann Marie Lee as a Toy Lady, Sally and a Scavenger; William Francis McGuire as Fred and a Gentleman; Jennifer Parsons as Mrs. Cratchit and a Rich Woman; Erika Schindele as a Laundress, Belle and a Scavenger; and Amelia White as a Solicitor, Mrs. Fezziwig and a Scavenger.

Ensemble members include Camille Thorton-Alson as Elizabeth Shelley and Pursued Maiden; Rosney Mauger as Constable, Young Jacob Marley and a Poulterer; Austin Springer as the Puppet Show, Mr. Topper and the Spirit of Christmas to Come; and Travis McLean as Thomas Shelley.

Child actors include Rachel Bailey, J.T. Casey, Kennedy Haynes, Sean Kato, Colin Root, Rachel Charny, Kiana Kamm, Catherine Mitchell, Hudson Mattingly Stefanello, Carissa Diller, Nick Trafton, Jamie Ostmann, Lauren Lyons, Aoife McEvoy, Jack Matthews and Louis Alvarez Tonkavich.

“Christmas for these lucky youngsters is one they’ll never forget,” Keller said. “I watch their faces during rehearsal and I can see them grow with every passing day. It’s an intense learning process and they have more fun than anybody. Well, maybe not more fun than me.”

The creative team includes Thomas Buderwitz, scenic design; Dwight Richard Odle, costume design; Donna and Tom Ruzika, lighting design; Dennis McCarthy, music arrangement and composer; Drew Dalzell, sound design; Dennis Castellano, vocal director; Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting; Sylvia C. Turner, choreographer; Hisa Takakuwa, assistant director; and Talia Krispel, stage manager.

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

Ticket sales are brisk, with some shows already sold out.

Tickets range from $22-71. Tickets start at $21 for children and $27 for adults. Discounts are available for children and groups of 10 or more.  For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for A Christmas Carol

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.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. 27-Dec.27. Tickets start at $22 for children and $27 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 27-Dec. 3.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews
    • Friday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov. 28, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 29, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular performances
    • Fridays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12, at 2:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Dec. 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays, Dec. 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 24, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Currently SOLD-OUT:
    • Saturdays, Dec. 5 and 12, at 7:30 p.m.

ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2:30 p.m.

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.

2016 ProductionsThe Madwoman in the Volvo by Sandra Tsing Loh (Jan. 3-24, 2016, Julianne Argyros Stage); Red by John Logan (Jan. 22-Feb. 21, 2016, Segerstrom Stage); Pinocchio  by Greg Banks (Feb. 5-21, 2016, Theatre for Young Audiences, Julianne Argyros Stage); Going to a Place where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter (March 6-27, 2016, Julianne Argyros Stage); Future Thinking (March 25-April 24, 2016, Segerstrom Stage); Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (May 6-June 5, 2016, Segerstrom Stage); and The Light Princess by Mike Pettry and Lila Rose Kaplan (May 20-June 5, 2016). The 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival runs April 22-24, 2016. More information is available at www.scr.org.


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. www.scr.org