Press Release - ​A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Marks 37th Season at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​Nov. 11, 2016)— Nothing says the holidays like South Coast Repertory’s production of A Christmas Carol, an Orange County family favorite since 1980. John-David Keller directs the Charles Dickens’ classic, adapted by Jerry Patch, with performances on the Segerstrom Stage Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Hal Landon Jr. is Ebenezer Scrooge, the “Bah! Humbug!” miser who has a yuletide change of heart. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.

“This play is a celebration of family, peace and unity,” said Patch. “It’s not just a British play, nor is it limited in scope to the 19th century. Scrooge’s story embodies the very tenets of American culture—you can change yourself, you can succeed beyond your means and, after undergoing metaphorical death, you can come back and live a better life. In other words, it’s never too late.”

Keller said the annual production holds a special place for Orange County residents.

A Christmas Carol is an important part of family holiday traditions,” said Keller. “This production has been the first place where many audience members experienced theatre and we want to make sure that everyone continues to have the best time.”

Sixteen​ students from SCR's Theatre Conservatory, chosen through auditions, are featured in roles that range from the Cratchit family (including Tiny Tim) to children at an elegant evening ball.

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; Hisa Takakuwa, assistant director; Jackie S. Hill, production manager; and Talia Krispel, stage manager.

Landon is one of the longest-playing Scrooges in the nation and has been recognized for his performances and longevity by The New York Times.

In addition to Landon, the cast includes Larry Bates, Daniel Blinkoff, Richard Doyle, John-David Keller, Alex Knox, Art Koustik, Timothy Landfield, Ann Marie Lee, Rosney Mauger, Aaron McGee, William Francis McGuire, Jennifer Parsons, Calvin Picou, Erika Schindele, Kimberly Scott and Chloe Wu.

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


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. 25-Dec.24. Tickets start at $23 for children under the age of 12 and $28 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 25-Dec. 

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews
    • Friday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 27, at noon and 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular Performances
    • Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 10 and 17
    • NOTE: Saturday, Dec. 24, at noon and 4 p.m. only
    • Sundays, at noon and 4 p.m., Dec. 4, 11 and 18
    • Tuesdays-Fridays, at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7-9; Dec. 13-16 (NOTE: There is no evening performance on Tuesday, Dec. 6).
    • NOTE: Friday, Dec. 23, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Special
    • Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

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.

Current and Upcoming Family Friendly Productions: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (through Nov. 20) by Robert Kauzlaric, adapted from the book by Richard and Florence Atwater; Flora & Ulysses (Feb. 3-19, 2017) by John Glore, adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo; and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (May 19-June 4, 2017) by Bruce Mason, adapted from the book by Judy Blume.

Further information is available at www.scr.org.

Written by Myrna Peña


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