Mr. Scrooge At The South Coast Repertory Theater
COSTA MESA, Calif. (October 26, 2006) — Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Orange County’s beloved holiday family tradition, returns to South Coast Repertory for its 27th incarnation. Adapted for the stage by Jerry Patch and directed by John-David Keller, Dickens’ classic tale runs on the Segerstrom Stage from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Low-priced previews begin Nov. 25. Opening night is Dec. 1. Press night is Dec. 2 at 7:30. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting www.scr.org.
Hal Landon Jr. has entertained audiences for over a quarter of a century with his memorable embodiment of “Ebenezer Scrooge.” A South Coast Repertory Founding Artist, Landon originated the role of the world’s most celebrated miser. The production also features fellow Founding Artists and long-time cast members Richard Doyle (The Spirit of Christmas Past), Art Koustik (Joe), Martha McFarland (Mrs. Fezziwig) and Don Took (The Spirt of Christmas Yet-to-Come). Director Keller also appears as “Mr. Fezziwig” with original cast member Howard Shangraw as “Fred” and Timothy Landfield as “The Spirit of Christmas Present.” Returning in the roles of “Bob Cratchit” and “Mrs. Cratchit” are Daniel Blinkoff and Jennifer Parsons. New to the cast are Christian Barillas (Ebenezer as a Young Man), Jennifer Chu (Belle) and Ann Marie Lee (Sally).
Joining the cast of A Christmas Carol are four graduates of South Coast Repertory’s Professional Intensive Program: Courtney DeCosky (Fan), Andy Garza (Thomas Shelley), Isaac Nippert (Mr. Topper) and Dillon Tucker (Young Jacob Marley). The cast also includes16 local students selected from South Coast Repertory’s Youth and Teen programs. This year’s group of Cratchit kids and street urchins consists of (by hometown): Corona del Mar – Christopher Rybus; Coto de Caza – Elizabeth Wilson; Huntington Beach – Alex Paul; Irvine – Brendan Kreditor, Matthew Pancoe, Sanaz Toossi; Lake Forest – Courtney Kato; Manhattan Beach – Covi Brannan; Newport Beach – Megan Lambert; North Tustin – Phillip Jarrell; Rancho Santa Margarita – Christi Muncey; Santa Ana – Ryan Gates, Omead Moini; Westminster – Hannah Sullivan; and Yorba Linda – Mason Acevedo, Demie Santone.
A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 as a novella and quickly became a perennial holiday favorite. The story of love and redemption remains one of Charles Dickens’ most widely recognized and popular creations. On Christmas Eve, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge is his usual miserly self, chasing off solicitors for the poor, chastising his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, for wanting to take off Christmas Day and insulting his nephew Fred for celebrating a holiday that “has never put a penny in anyone’s pocket.” But that night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, who portends the arrival of three spirits who will show him the desolate path he has chosen and offer him a chance to correct his ways.