A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott

Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott

December 5 - December 23, 2015

Wonder, winter, and wit are here; all hail Dickens’ Christmas cheer!

“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PLAY IN LOS ANGELES!” – Time Out Los Angeles

“Enchantment. GO.” – LA Weekly

“Wondrous…an absolutely sumptuous production. Magnificent.” – South Pasadena Review

“Ingenuous.” – Examiner

“A beautifully appointed, droll, and heartfelt take on a timeless holiday staple.” – Backstage

“One of the best events you, and your family, can attend during the holiday season!” – Examiner

Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes without an intermission.

Recommended for ages 6 & up.

On a frigid Christmas Eve, a miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting house, keeping an eye on his clerk, Bob Cratchit. The stingy Scrooge refuses to spend money on heating coals, so poor Cratchit shivers in the dim room. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, drops by and wishes him a Merry Christmas, though Scrooge replies with a bitter “Bah! Humbug!” Later, two gentlemen enter his office and ask him to donate money for a fund that will feed the hungry. Scrooge feels no pity for the plight of those less fortunate and promptly dismisses the gentlemen. At closing time, Scrooge reluctantly gives Cratchit the day off for Christmas.

Scrooge returns home, where he lives in a house that belonged to his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Late at night, the sound of dragging, metal chains announces the arrival of The Ghost of Jacob Marley. Marley has a grave message for Scrooge. Because Marley lived a greedy and selfish life, his ghost now wanders the Earth in heavy chains as punishment. He hopes he can help Scrooge avoid the same fate. He tells Scrooge that three spirits will visit him, with the first arriving when the bell tolls one.

As promised, the Ghost of Christmas Past arrives, leading Scrooge on a journey to the Christmases of his childhood. He sees himself as a lonely child, an apprentice to Fezziwig the merchant, and as a young man who loses his sweetheart Belle’s love to his greed. Tortured, Scrooge begs the ghost to take him home.

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge through London to unveil the Christmas holiday as it will unfold that year. Scrooge watches the large and bustling Cratchit family prepare a miniature feast in their meager home. He discovers Bob Cratchit’s crippled son, Tiny Tim, a courageous boy whose kindness and humility warms Scrooge’s heart. The specter then whisks Scrooge to his nephew Fred’s house to witness their Christmas party. Scrooge finds the jovial gathering delightful and pleads with the spirit to stay until the very end of the festivities. As the day progresses, the spirit ages, and we see a noticeably older ghost. Prior to his departure, the ghost reveals to Scrooge two starved children, Ignorance and Want, living under his coat. He vanishes instantly as Scrooge notices a dark and hooded figure approaching.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, the spirit Scrooge fears most of all, leads Scrooge through a sequence of mysterious scenes relating to an unnamed man’s recent death. Scrooge sees businessmen discussing the dead man’s riches and some thieves pawning his personal effects for cash. Scrooge, anxious to learn the lesson of his latest visitor, begs to know the name of the dead man. After pleading with the ghost, Scrooge finds himself in a churchyard, the spirit pointing to a grave. Scrooge looks at the headstone and is shocked to read his own name. He desperately implores the spirit to alter his fate, promising to renounce his insensitive, avaricious ways and to honor the Christmas spirit. He suddenly finds himself safely tucked in his bed.

Overwhelmed with joy at the chance to redeem himself, and grateful that he has been returned to Christmas Day, Scrooge rushes out onto the street hoping to share his newfound Christmas spirit. He sends a giant Christmas turkey to the Cratchit house and attends Fred’s party, to the stifled surprise of the other guests. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honors Christmas with all his heart: he treats Tiny Tim as if he were his own child, provides gifts to the poor, and treats his fellow human beings with kindness, generosity, and warmth.

CAST

Geoff Elliott

Ebenezer Scrooge

Geoff Elliott

Ebenezer Scrooge

Geoff Elliott (Ebenezer Scrooge/Adaptor/Co-Director) ANW Producing Artistic Director. With ANW: Director: All My Son;, Julius Caesar; The Threepenny Opera; The Dance of Death; The Tempest; Endgame; Come Back, Little Sheba; A Christmas Carol; Eurydice; The Playboy of the Western World; The Tempest; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; The Chairs; Great Expectations; Measure for Measure; Noises Off; Henry IV, Part 1; The Winter’s Tale; Loot; The Master Builder; Othello; Mourning Becomes Electra; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl and at ANW and more. Actor: Joe Keller in All My Sons, Victor Emmanuel Chandebise/Poche in A Flea in Her Ear, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Edgar in The Dance of Death, Caliban in The Tempest, Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba, Orgon in Tartuffe, Hamm in Endgame, Father in Eurydice, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Sir Colenso Ridgeon in The Doctor’s Dilemma, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Old Man in The Chairs; Jaggers/Joe Gargery in Great Expectations; Angelo in Measure for Measure; Old Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World; Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, Hero in The Rehearsal, Bill Sikes/Ensemble in Oliver Twist; Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1; Rev. Shannon in The Night of the Iguana; Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and more Other Theatres: South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, California Repertory Education/Training: MFA, American Conservatory Theatre

Freddy Douglas

Narrator

Freddy Douglas

Narrator

Freddy Douglas (Narrator) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Cassius in Julius Caesar; Tartuffe in Tartuffe; Narrator in A Christmas Carol (2014); Nandor in The Guardsman; Aimwell in The Beaux’ Stratagem; Cutler Walpole in The Doctor’s Dilemma; Adraste in The Illusion; Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part One; Richmond in Richard III and Hamlet in Hamlet Other Theatres: Elyot in Private Lives at ICT. With ISC: Jaques in As You Like it, Oberon/Thesius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bollingbrook in Richard II and Crab the Dog in Two Gentlemen of Verona. London Theatre includes Jean in Miss Julie, Lord Byron in Bloody Poetry, Konstantin in The Seagull, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Perreli in Sweeney Todd Film/TV: The Odyssey, Keen Eddie, Romeo and Juliet, Queen of the East, Trail of Tears, The Chief, The Bill, The Geeks, The Delivery, Alive and Kicking, Evil Ground, Dreaming of Joseph Lees, El Cartel Education/Training: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Stephen Rockwell

Mr. Cratchit/Ensemble

Stephen Rockwell

Mr. Cratchit/Ensemble

Stephen Rockwell (Mr. Cratchit/Ensemble) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Alonso in The Tempest; Cléante in Tartuffe; Helicanus/Ensemble in Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Musician/Ensemble in The Grapes of Wrath; Peter in Desire Under the Elms; Lucio in Measure for Measure; Frederick Fellowes in Noises Off; Don John in Much Ado About Nothing; Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale; George F. Babbitt in Babbitt; Captain MacNure in Ubu Roi; Roderigo in Othello; Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl; Orestes in Electra; Swallow in A Wilde Holiday; Deramo in The King Stag; Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie and more Other Theatres: Theatricum Botanicum, Fremont Centre Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; LATC, ACT Film/TV: Chasing Life, We are Men, The Soul Man, The Mikes (Pilot), In Justice, Rodney, The Comeback, Hawaii, Malcolm In the Middle, Good Morning Miami, Miss Match, ER, Roswell, M.Y.O.B., The Drew Carey Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun Education/Training: BA in Drama, Vassar College; MFA, ACT

Rafael Goldstein

Fred/Ensemble

Rafael Goldstein

Fred/Ensemble

Rafael Goldstein (Fred/Ensemble) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Guard in Antigone, Chris Keller in All My Sons, Camille in A Flea in Her Ear, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Sebastian in The Tempest, Valère in Tartuffe, Fred/ Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Redpenny/Mr. Danby in The Doctor’s Dilemma, Eros in Antony and Cleopatra, Oberon’s Faerie in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl, Ensemble in Coriolanus, Ensemble in Macbeth Other Theatres: Hamlet in Hamlet (LA Drama Critics Circle Award Nominee/LA Weekly Theatre Award Winner— Lead Male Performance) and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, Twinkles in Clown Bar at the Pasadena Playhouse/RedWhite&Bluezz, Roy Baty in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? at Sacred Fools Theater Company, Chorus#3 in The Curse of Oedipus at the Antaeus Company, Abram in Our Class at the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre Juror 5 in Twelve Angry Men, Berenger in Rhinoceros with The Mechanicals Theater, Miser Stevens in The Devil You Know at La MaMa E.T.C., Frankenstein’s Monster in Monster by Neal Bell, Caligula in Camus’ Caligula, etc Film/TV: The Absence (Winner of Best Independent Film at Comic-Con 2012) Education/Training: BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater Company—NYC

Taleen Shrikian

Fred's Wife/Ensemble

Taleen Shrikian

Fred's Wife/Ensemble

Taleen Shrikian (Fred’s Wife/Ensemble) ANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Amanuensis in  Antigone Other Theatres: Boston College Theatre Department (Emilia and Lady Capulet in Honor, Shame, and Violence: A Shakespeare Anthology Project, Chorus in The Trojan Women, Ensemble in The Drowsy Chaperone, Matilde in The Clean House, Judge Littlefield in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, Featured Dancer/Assorted Roles in The Arabian Nights, Old Women’s Chorus in Lysistrata, Female Netizen in Dark Play or Stories for BoysEducation/Training: BA in Theatre, Boston College

Jill Hill

Mrs. Cratchit/Ensemble

Jill Hill

Mrs. Cratchit/Ensemble

Jill Hill (Mrs. Cratchit/Ensemble) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Lucienne Homénidès De Histangua in A Flea in Her Ear, Portia/Plebian in Julius Caesar, Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Coffman in Come Back, Little Sheba, Lychorida/Ensemble in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Nell in Endgame, Granma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra, Valentine in Twelfth Night, Mrs. Winewiller in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Marianna/Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure, Mrs. Joe/Biddy in Great Expectations, Widow Quin in The Playboy of the Western World, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Hortensia in The Rehearsal, Nancy/Ensemble in Oliver Twist among others Other Theatres: American Conservatory Theatre, Nassau Repertory, Kenyon Festival Theatre, The Westbank (NYC), and The Matrix Theatre (LA) Film/TV: Various television guest star roles. Audio Books: Gapcreek and The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan, produced by John Runnette Education/Training: English Speaking Theatre, Copenhagen; BFA, Denison University; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, tutorials with Michael MacGowan; graduate and company member of the American Conservatory Theatre

Mitchell Edmonds

Marley/Ensemble

Mitchell Edmonds

Marley/Ensemble

Mitchell Edmonds (Marley/Ensemble) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Baptiste in A Flea in Her Ear, Ed Anderson/Mailman in Come Back, Little Sheba, Nagg in Endgame, Marley/Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Pandolfe in The Bungler, Captain/Priest in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, Reverend Winemiller in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Mr. Pumblechook/Sarah Pocket/Bentley Drummle in Great Expectations, Escalus in Measure for Measure, Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, William, Lord Hastings and Sheriff in Richard III, Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew, Damiens in The Rehearsal H.C. in The Rainmaker among others Other Theatres: George Tenet in Stuff Happens, Chorus in The Body of Bourne at the Mark Taper Forum; Goltschall (standby) in God’s Man in Texas at The Geffen; Old Globe Theatre in San Diego: Old Max in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Thor in Mornings at Seven, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Gibbs in Our Town; San Diego Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company Alaska Repertory, ACT (Seattle), two appearances in New York City at the Cort Theatre among others Film/TV: Modern Family, Weeds, Monk, Back To You, True Blood, NUMB3RS, The West Wing, Threshold, HBO movie 61* directed by Billy Crystal, and Torchwood

Deborah Strang

Ghost of Christmas' Past/Ensemble

Deborah Strang

Ghost of Christmas' Past/Ensemble

Deborah Strang (Ghost of Christmas Past/Ensemble) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Kate Keller, All My Sons; Casca/Plebian, Julius Caesar; Mrs. Peachum, The Threepenny Opera; Prospero, The Tempest; Dorine, Tartuffe; Lola, Come Back, Little Sheba (Ovation Award Winner, Best Actress); Gower, Pericles; Prince of Tyre; Lady Bountiful, The Beaux’ Stratagem; Ma Joad, The Grapes of Wrath; Emmy in The Doctor’s Dilemma; Alcandre, The Illusion; Maria, Twelfth Night; Old Woman,The Chairs; Miss Havisham, Great Expectations; Bessie, Awake and Sing!; and also in Richard III, Noises Off, Ghosts, Hamlet, The Night of the Iguana, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Touch of the Poet, Ubu Roi, Picnic, Mourning Becomes Electra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl, The Matchmaker, The Price, O Pioneers!, The Cherry Orchard, Bus Stop, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Misanthrope, The Taming of the Shrew, Heartbreak House, The Little Foxes, Another Part of The Forest, The Glass Menagerie Film/TV: House of Lies, Body of Proof, The Newsroom, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Eagle Eye, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Cold Case, Close to Home, Numb3rs, Kiss the Girls, Things to Do in Denver, The X-Files, Deep Space 9

Eric Curtis Johnson

Ghost of Christmas Present/Ensemble

Eric Curtis Johnson

Ghost of Christmas Present/Ensemble

Eric Curtis Johnson (Ghost of Christmas Present/Ensemble) With ANW: Creon in Antigone, Decius in Julius Caesar, Kurt in The Dance of Death Other Theatres: The Poe Show at Hollywood Fringe; Company Member of Sacred Fools Theatre: Mycroft in Watson, Deckard in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the dads in Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3, many installments of Magnum Opus Theatre and Serial Killers. Noises Off (Garry) at Rubicon Theater. Kong, 4 Murders, and The End of Civilization at SkyPilot Theatre Company. The Sleeper, and Tickled Pink with Rita Rudner at Laguna Playhouse, The Duel at Steppenwolf Theater, Lebensraum (Joseph Jefferson award for best supporting actor), The Pitchfork Disney (Joseph Jefferson award nominee for best actor) at Trap Door Theater in Chicago. General Admissions at Open Fist, Aguecheek in Twelfth Night at Lodestone Theater, Orestes 2.0, and Twelfth Night at Williamstown Theater Festival Film/TV: Borderline; A Teacher’s Obsession; Victorious; Awkward
www.ecurtisjohnson.com

Alison Elliott

Belle/Ensemble

Alison Elliott

Belle/Ensemble

Alison Elliott (Belle/Ensemble) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Antoinette in A Flea in Her Ear, Calpurnia/Plebian in Julius Caesar, Dolly in The Threepenny Opera, Miranda in The Tempest, Mariane in Tartuffe, Cherry in The Beaux’ Stratagem, Belle/Laundress in A Christmas Carol, Curio in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, Edith in Blithe Spirit, Perdita in The Winter’s Tale, and also in A Doll’s House, Skin of Our Teeth, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Man of La Mancha, O Pioneers!, The Threepenny Opera, Oedipus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl. Assistant Director: A Christmas Carol (2014) Other Theatres: The Hollywood Fringe Festival: Two Girls One Bard. The Illyrian Players: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. The Lyric Hyperion Theater: The Vagina Monologues. UCLA Theater Department: Eurydice in Eurydice, Marie in Woyzeck Education/Training: BA in Theater, UCLA

Stephanie Amico

Martha Cratchit/Ensemble

Stephanie Amico

Martha Cratchit/Ensemble

Stephanie Amico (Martha Cratchit/EnsembleANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Jess in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Cecilia in Widows, Edward in Cloud Nine, and Tess in Six Degrees of Separation at Florida Atlantic University and Bridezilla at The Murder Mystery Co. Film/TV: The Yellow Diet and Last Chance Education/Training: BFA in Theatre Performance, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida

Jack Elliott

Peter Cratchit/Ensemble

Jack Elliott

Peter Cratchit/Ensemble

Jack Elliott (Peter Cratchit/Ensemble) With ANW: Jimmy in The Threepenny Opera; Messenger Boy in Come Back, Little Sheba; Young Cratchit and Turkey Boy in A Christmas Carol (2012-2014); The Changeling Child in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Other Theatres: Barnacle in Honk Jr. with the La Cañada Players

Vega Pierce-English

Cratchit Child/Ensemble

Vega Pierce-English

Cratchit Child/Ensemble

Vega Pierce-English (Cratchit Child/Ensemble) With ANW: Bert, All My Sons Other Theatres: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse (Munchkin, Wizard of Oz), Theatre 360 (Pierre, The Boyfriend), (Michael, Peter Pan), Pasadena Playhouse (lead vocalist, Mayor Bogaard’s 2014 State of the State Address Theatre 360 performance) Education/Training: Summer with Shakespeare (ANW), Pasadena Dance Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division (ballet and contemporary), Theatre 360 (tap, voice, acting), The Colburn School (music theory, piano, voice)

Marty Coha

Cratchit Child/Ensemble

Marty Coha

Cratchit Child/Ensemble

Marty Coha (Cratchit Child/Ensemble) With ANW: Cratchit Child/Ensemble in A Christmas Carol (2014) Other Theatres: Showboat Youtheatre: Grimsby in Under the Sea, Randolph in Bye Bye Birdie, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma, Papa in Beauty & The Beast, Bundles and FDR in Little Orphan Annie, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Kurt in Do Re Mi, Boq in A Tale of Two Witches, Kristoff in The Snow Queen

Rigel Blue Pierce-English

Tiny Tim/Ensemble

Rigel Blue Pierce-English

Tiny Tim/Ensemble

Rigel Blue Pierce-English (Tiny Tim/Ensemble) With ANW: Debut Film/TV: Modern Family, Blake Shelton’s No-So-Family Christmas Special Education/Training: Theatre 360

Abubakr Ali

Ensemble

Abubakr Ali

Ensemble

Abubakr Ali (EnsembleWith ANW: Soothsayer/Lucius/Plebian, Julius Caesar; Crook-Fingered Jack, The Threepenny Opera; Ross, Macbeth Other Theatres: Stefan in The Rock of Abandon (Fierce Backbone); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Macbeth in Macbeth (NYU-Tisch); Julian in No. 4 (Company of Angels); Isiah in God Help Us (Fierce Backbone); Handjobs The Musical (Off Broadway); Thurio in The Two Gentlemen of VeronaDon’t Talk to Me About Muhammad (One Man Show); Moloch in Paradise Lost, Penis Chronicles (Dir. Randal Kleiser) Film/TV: DoradusValour, Nike Soccer, Redbull, Diadora, White Blush, Spike TV among others. Appearing in Dig this spring on USA Network Education/Training: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. BFA, Classical Studio under Louis Scheeder, Atlantic Acting School.
abubakrali.com

Erin Coté

Ensemble

Erin Coté

Ensemble

Erin Coté (Ensemble) ANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: member of Scared Scriptless LA Improv, Daniel “Dani” Singer in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, China Dog in The Velveteen Rabbit, Angry/Hair in The Vagina Monologues, Frizzle in Idle Hours, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire among others Film/ Tv: Heads Up, Cosplay: Game of Thrones among others Education/Training: BFA in Acting, The University of Montana; Intermediate student, The Groundlings

E.K. Dagenfield

Ensemble

E.K. Dagenfield

Ensemble

E.K. Dagenfield (Ensemble) With ANW: Frank Lubey in All My Sons, Rugby in A Flea in Her Ear, Cinna the Poet/Metellus/Plebian in Julius Caesar, Filch/Weeping Willow Walt in The Threepenny Opera Other Theatres: LA Theatre: The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Actors' Co-op, Fools at LA New Court. Regional/Academic: Man of La Mancha; Annie; Into the Woods; Sweeney Todd; The Winter's Tale; The Government Inspector; Almost, Maine; Cloud 9; Our Town; Dancing at Lughnasa Film/TV: The Fur Is Gone; FunnyorDie.com Education: BFA, Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, Missouri

Megan Farber

Ensemble

Megan Farber

Ensemble

Megan Farber (Ensemble) With ANW: Ensemble in A Christmas Carol (2012) Other Theatres: Culver City Public Theater: Venus in The Golden Bird & the Dancing Princesses; Mobtown Players: Ghost of Don Andrea in The Spanish Tragedy, Morgan in Emancipatory Politics; Fells Point Corner Theater: Wanda, Nina in Durang Durang, Shannon in Going Offline; Cockpit in Court: Julia in A Murder is Announced; Spotlighters Theater: Ensemble in Equus; Occidental’s Keck Theater: Nanny in A Doll House, Jamie in Freeze Education/Training: ANW Acting Intern; BA in Theater, Occidental College

Megan Lennon

Ensemble

Megan Lennon

Ensemble

Megan Lennon (Ensemble) ANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Ensemble, A Flea in Her Ear Other Theatres: Chorus in Agamemnon and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Muhlenberg College Education/Training: BA in Theatre, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania

Georgia Miller

Ensemble

Georgia Miller

Ensemble

Georgia Miller (Ensemble) With ANW: Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (2012-2013) Other Theatres: Ensemble in A Christmas Carol at Sierra Madre Playhouse Film/TV: Teenage Alison in Alison and Jeremy Education/Training: Summer with Shakespeare and Young Actor's Workshop at ANW and currently a student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Seven Pierce-English

Ensemble

Seven Pierce-English

Ensemble

Seven Pierce-English (Ensemble) With ANW: Fleance, Macbeth; Ensemble, A Christmas Carol (2013-14) Education/Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film, Summer with Shakespeare at ANW

DESIGN TEAM

ADAPTOR/CO-DIRECTOR | Geoff Elliott

ADAPTOR/CO-DIRECTOR | Geoff Elliott

Geoff Elliott (Ebenezer Scrooge/Adaptor/Co-Director) ANW Producing Artistic Director. With ANW: Director: All My Son;, Julius Caesar; The Threepenny Opera; The Dance of Death; The Tempest; Endgame; Come Back, Little Sheba; A Christmas Carol; Eurydice; The Playboy of the Western World; The Tempest; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; The Chairs; Great Expectations; Measure for Measure; Noises Off; Henry IV, Part 1; The Winter’s Tale; Loot; The Master Builder; Othello; Mourning Becomes Electra; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl and at ANW and more. Actor: Joe Keller in All My Sons, Victor Emmanuel Chandebise/Poche in A Flea in Her Ear, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Edgar in The Dance of Death, Caliban in The Tempest, Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba, Orgon in Tartuffe, Hamm in Endgame, Father in Eurydice, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Sir Colenso Ridgeon in The Doctor’s Dilemma, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Old Man in The Chairs; Jaggers/Joe Gargery in Great Expectations; Angelo in Measure for Measure; Old Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World; Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, Hero in The Rehearsal, Bill Sikes/Ensemble in Oliver Twist; Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1; Rev. Shannon in The Night of the Iguana; Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and more Other Theatres: South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, California Repertory Education/Training: MFA, American Conservatory Theatre

CO-DIRECTOR | Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

CO-DIRECTOR | Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott (Director) ANW Producing Artistic Director. With ANW: Under her leadership, ANW has produced 169 works and she has directed 47 productions including A Flea in Her Ear, Julius Caesar; The Threepenny Opera; The Tempest; The Dance of Death; Come Back, Little Sheba; Tartuffe; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; The Beaux’ Stratagem; A Christmas Carol; The Bungler; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night; The Chairs; Great Expectations; Measure for Measure; Much Ado About Nothing (choreographer); Noises Off; The Rehearsal; Oliver Twist; Henry IV, Part 1; Dear Brutus; The Winter’s Tale; Loot; Ubu Roi; The Master Builder; Othello; Mourning Becomes Electra; A Flea In Her Ear; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl and at ANW Education/Training: MFA, American Conservatory Theatre. Ms. Rodriguez-Elliott received the 2005 National Latina Business Women’s Association’s Latinas in Business Award in the Arts & Entertainment category, the 2006 Women in Business award from the California State Senate and Assembly, and the 2010 Fifty Fabulous Women of Influence in the San Gabriel Valley Award.

SCENIC DESIGN | Jeanine Ringer

SCENIC DESIGN | Jeanine Ringer

Jeanine A. Ringer (Scenic Design) With ANW: Figaro, The Importance of Being Earnest; Endgame; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Eurydice; A Christmas Carol Other Theatres: The Pliant Girls with Fugitive Kind, The Fire Room at Hollywood Fringe 2013, Machinal at Chapman University, Stagedoor at Chapman University Film/TV: Assistant Art Director for The Fosters (ABC Family) Production Designer for Tegan and Sara music video, I was a fool, Production Designer for The Wanted music video, Lightning Decorator for Side Effects web series. Education/Training: MFA from University of California, Irvine; BA from Western Michigan University. Member of Local 800 (ADG)
www.jringerdesigns.com

COSTUME DESIGN | Angela Balogh Calin

COSTUME DESIGN | Angela Balogh Calin

Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Set Design: The Dance of Death, Ghosts, The School For Wives, Julius Caesar, The Seagull, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac (1995), The Country Wife. Costume Design: A Flea in Her Ear, Julius Caesar, Figaro, The Threepenny Opera, The Dance of Death, The Tempest, Tartuffe, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Beaux’ Stratagem, A Christmas Carol, Cymbeline, The Bungler, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, The Comedy of Errors, The Chairs, Great Expectations, Waiting for Godot, Loot, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl and at ANW among others Other Theatres: South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, The Old Globe, Laguna Playhouse, West Coast Ensemble, Milwalkee Rep., Georgia Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre Co., Antaeus Theatre, among others Film/TV: 16 productions with I.R.S.Media, PBS, Full Moon Productions, Moviestore Entertainment, Romanian Films Education/Training: MFA in Set and Costume Design at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. Member of the Costume Designers Guild in the USA and Romania

LIGHTING DESIGN | Brandon Hawkinson

LIGHTING DESIGN | Brandon Hawkinson

Brandon Hawkinson (Lighting Design) ANW Master Electrician. With ANW: Lighting Coordinator, A Christmas Carol (2014). Lighting intern in 2012 for Eurydice Other Theatres: Master Electrician for Musical Theatre West. Master Electrician and Programmer for the Agoura and Calabasas Performing Arts Education Centers (Agora and Calabasas) and The Wallis Annenberg (Beverly Hills). Electrician for the Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center (Long Beach) Education/Training: BA in Theatre Arts: Design and Production, University of California: Santa Cruz

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION | Ego Plum

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION | Ego Plum

Ego Plum (Music & Songs) With ANW: A Christmas Carol Other Theatres: Ego Plum has recorded, performed, and collaborated with artists such as David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Frank Black (Pixies), Steve Bartek & Johnny Vatos (Oingo Boingo), Gidget Gein (Marilyn Manson), and Genesis P. Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV). As a live performer, Ego Plum is known for his work as the musical director of the circus-inspired “Ebola Music Orchestra” and his “Raymond Scott Electronic Ensemble” which debuted in 2012 at the REDCAT/Disney Hall in Los Angeles to a sold out audience. In 2011, he was presented with an Ovation Honor by the Los Angeles Stage Alliance for his Russian-inspired, mechanical musical score & original songs for the Gogol Project. Currently, Ego Plum is composing music for Carl Greenblatt’s (Chowder, SpongeBob Squarepants) Harvey Beaks at Nickelodeon. Harvey Beaks is first cartoon series in the studio's history to utilize a 60-piece symphony orchestra for its musical score.

MUSIC DIRECTION | DeReau K. Farrar

MUSIC DIRECTION | DeReau K. Farrar

DeReau K. Farrar (Music Direction) With ANW: Music Director/Conductor, The Threepenny Opera; Music Director, A Christmas Carol (2014-13) Other Theatres: Music Director: The Wiz, RENT, Ragtime, Songs for a New World, The Old Maid and the Thief, JUNK (world premiere), We Have to Go Back (world premiere). Chorusmaster: Guys and Dolls, The First Lady (world premiere). Consultant: In the Heights, Avenue Q, The Laramie Project, Dog Sees God, The Spoon River Anthology, Master Mistress Muse (world premiere) Other: Director of Music, Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica; Choir Director, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles; Chorusmaster/Contractor, MUSE/IQUE Symphony Orchestra; Artistic Director, Selah Gospel Choir; Vocal Music Instructor, New Roads School.
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HAIR, WIG, AND MAKEUP STYLIST | Saundra Montijo

HAIR, WIG, AND MAKEUP STYLIST | Saundra Montijo

Saundra Montijo (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Stylist) With ANW: Ensemble, Tartuffe Other Productions: As an actor: Emilia/Mopsa/Ensemble in The Winter's Tale (currently running at Mine is Yours Theatre Company), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Saskia in At This Evening’s Performance, Louise in Murder on the Nile, Ensemble in An American Tragedy, Fred’s Wife/Belle in A Christmas Carol, 2nd Witch in Macbeth, Rosa in The Rose Tattoo, CB’s Sister in Dog Sees God, Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile Education/Training: BFA Theatre Performance, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Hedgerow Theatre Acting Fellowship (Rose Valley, PA); A Noise Within Professional Acting Internship

PROPS MASTER | Dillon Nelson

PROPS MASTER | Dillon Nelson

Dillon Nelson (Props Master) With ANW: A Flea in Her Ear Other Theatres: Rogue Artist Ensemble: Associate Artist, Puppeteer/Carpenter for Zen Shorts, Prop Master for Wood Boy Dog Fish. Fountain Theatre: Prop Master for I & You and Citizen. Covina Theatre for Performing Arts: Set Design for On Golden Pond and The Wedding Singer. Aurora Theatre: Stage Management for Lombardi and Christmas Canteen. Rose of Athens Theatre: Associate Artist, Academy Instructor for 2010-2014, Resident Set Designer/Carpenter for 2010-2014 Education/Training: BA in Theatre, Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia.
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DIALECT COACH | Nike Doukas

DIALECT COACH | Nike Doukas

Nike Doukas (Dialect Coach) With ANW: As an accent coach: The Threepenny Opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, Come Back, Little Sheba, The Guardsman, The Beaux’ Stratagem, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Grapes of Wrath, and many others Other Theatres: As an accent coach: The Pasadena Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre, The Antaeus Company and Sacred Fools. As an actress: South Coast Repertory Theatre, PICT Classic Theatre, The Old Globe, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Festival LA, A Contemporary Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, The American Conservatory Theatre Film/TV: Modern Family, Desperate Housewives (recurring), and many others Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theatre

STAGE MANAGER | Ash Nichols

STAGE MANAGER | Ash Nichols

Ash Nichols (Stage Manager) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Ash Nichols has been working as a theatre artist over the past decade throughout California, specializing in new works and community-engaged projects. Production and stage management credits include Hopscotch at The Industry, work with American Conservatory Theatre, Z Space, The Jewish Theatre, Shotgun Players, Merola, Lamplighters Music Theater, Bootleg Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Cornerstone Theater Company. Ze is currently an Ensemble member with Cornerstone Theater Company.

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | Natalie Reiko

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | Natalie Reiko

Natalie Reiko (Assistant Stage Manager) With ANW: As an actor: Lydia Lubey in All My Sons, Ensemble in Julius Caesar Other Theatres: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Katherina in Taming of the Shrew, The Angel in Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika, Emily Brontë in We Are Three Sisters, Sorrel Bliss in Hayfever Education/Training: ANW Acting Intern. MA in Acting in the British Tradition, Birmingham School of Acting in Birmingham, England. BA in Theatre Arts, Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Actor Training Program, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA

A Christmas Carol About the Production: Scenic Design
A Christmas Carol About the Production: Costume Design
A Christmas Carol About the Production: Music

Reviews

backstage
A Noise Within’s New Adaptation of A Christmas Carol Leads the Pack…Kudos also go to co-director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott who keeps the narrative moving with cinematic thrust and some exquisitely judged choices in placement and effects…this is a beautifully appointed, droll, and heartfelt take on a timeless holiday staple. God bless them everyone.

AroundTownPasadena
…The play is just so lovely, so colorful, and so full of music that you will not be able to resist it…Elliott does a great job …Someone in your group will be singing “Glorious,” a most lovely song that is part of the play, all the way home. Promised!

EdgeMediaNetwork
What better way to ring in this festive season than with a live production of A Christmas Carol? Couple the timeless Dickens’ tale with acclaimed repertory theatre company A Noise Within’s beautiful interpretation and you have the perfect holiday pair…Elliott’s genius does not end there, the creator and co-director also takes on the lead role, playing Ebenezer Scrooge with vigor and passion that is a brilliant embodiment of the old miser. His theatrical grandeur radiates off the stage and captivates the audience who is taken on a roller coaster ride through the depths of Scrooge’s ultimate despair and regret, and then hoisted up by his glee and ecstatic self-redemption. His entire Christmas journey across the past, present and future is truly magical to watch…The entire cast is dazzling.

LA Weekly
Fantastical stagecraft is the indisputable star of co-director Geoff Elliott’s adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic. It’s magic appears as soon as the lights come up

PasadenaIndependent
Charles Dickens would most likely be enchanted if he could be transported to see his A Christmas Carol now at A Noise Within in Pasadena