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By TOM TITUS | November 25, 2005
As the song goes, there's no place like home for the holidays, and South Coast Repertory's veteran actors will be surrounded by friends and family on the Segerstrom Stage for the 26th consecutive year next month. Once again, Hal Landon Jr. will don the flowing white locks and assume the miserly "Bah, humbug" attitude as he steps into the familiar character of Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual production of "A Christmas Carol." The show opens tonight and runs through Christmas Eve. And, once again, John-David Keller will be doing double duty as director and performer (as a charity solicitor)
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December 3, 2004
Tom Titus The more things change, they say, the more they stay the same. Case in point: Back in 1980, South Coast Repertory was preparing to mount a new production of "A Christmas Carol" with John-David Keller directing and Hal Landon Jr. taking the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Well, 25 years later, Keller and Landon still are doing their respective things, as they've done for the past quarter century, and Charles Dickens' classic tale, adapted for the stage by South Coast Repertory's Jerry Patch, continues to entertain local audiences.
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December 12, 2003
Tom Titus The only certainties in life may be death and taxes. But in Costa Mesa, there's a third -- the re-emergence of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" on the stage of South Coast Repertory with the arrival of December. For the 24th year, this holiday classic is bringing the spirit -- and spirits -- of Christmas to local audiences, with the same coterie of performers that started the whole tradition back in 1980. What began as a one-shot production has blossomed into an annual event that may outlive us all. And even though such early regulars as John Ellington, who created the role of Bob Cratchit, and Ron Michaelson, the original Spirit of Christmas -- who played those parts for many years -- have long since departed, the nucleus of the "Christmas Carol" company remains intact.
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By TOM TITUS | December 8, 2006
The holiday season is upon us, which at South Coast Repertory means that it's time once again to thrust the spotlight on a crusty old miser who's having a Dickens of a time getting a good night's sleep. Yes, "A Christmas Carol" is back, Jerry Patch's stage adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story with the usual complement of familiar faces. This rendition — the 27th annual — offers the same Scrooge, the same director and several of the same actors who have traversed the stage in this holiday treat since the early 1980s.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2008
Fourteen-year-old Newport Harbor High School freshman Jasmine O’Hea has spent weekends and evenings for the past month in endless rehearsals for South Coast Repertory’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” “They go by very fast — but I was probably having so much fun I didn’t notice,” Jasmine said. The Newport Beach teen juggles several small parts in the production. Each year, South Coast Repertory’s annual staging of “A Christmas Carol” recruits area kids from its children and teen acting classes to become a part of the cast.
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By PETER BUFFA | December 11, 2005
"It's the most wonderful time ..." Come on, everybody! "It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you, 'Be of good ... " Wait, wait, stop. That was awful. Forget the singing. But one thing we should never ever forget is our holiday traditions. Where would we be without them? In the middle of March, that's where. Two of the longest-running winter-solstice- slash-yuletide traditions in this corner of the universe -- the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" -- are upon us. Wednesday marks the 97th iteration of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, albeit with a tweaked name this year.
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November 10, 2000
South Coast Repertory's 16th NewSCRipts season of staged play readings continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday with a new play by Steven Drukman titled "The Bullet Round." The commissioned work follows a gun as it changes hands among troubled characters. Drukman is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Nation, The International Herald Tribune and other publications. Neel Keller, associate artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse, will direct the piece.
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December 5, 2003
Tom Titus My son Tim used to tell me he never really felt it was the Christmas season until he'd seen South Coast Repertory's annual production of "A Christmas Carol." He felt even more strongly about it after appearing in the show 19 years ago at the age of 11. Yes, it's that time of the year again, SCR's 24th annual visit to 18th-century London and Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from "Bah, humbug" to "Happy holidays." The show opens tonight and plays through Dec. 27 on the Segerstrom Stage.
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December 24, 1999
1. THE BIG TIPPER Peet's Coffee & Tea will be holding a "Christmas Eve Tips" event to benefit local nonprofit organizations. The store will provide free brewed coffee to all customers who visit the store today, and will give all gratuities that are received over the course of the day to the Kids Cancer Connection. The store is at 894 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar. For more information, call (949) 640-6377. 2. BACK TO BASICS Our Lady Queen of Angels will hold Mass at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Christmas Day. The parish is at 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.
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October 4, 2002
Trilogy Playhouse's 'Carol' audition date changed to Oct. 15 Trilogy Playhouse has announced its "Inspecting Carol" auditions will now be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15. "Carol" is a comedy about a struggling theater company performing Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Performances will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. Auditions, previously announced for Oct. 7, will be for three women and one man between the ages of 30 and 40, one woman and one man between 40 and 60, three men between 40 and 50, two boys between 11 and 16 and one African-American man between 30 and 40. Actors should prepare a short comedic monologue and bring a picture and resume.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 18, 2013
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa will present its annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" until Dec. 26. Jerry Path's adaptation of one man's redemption and new lease on life stars Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge for the 34th consecutive year. The 33-person cast, including 16 local child and teen actors, will regale audiences with a traditional holiday story while dressed in period costumes and framed by dazzling sets. "A Christmas Carol" will be hosted in the Folino Theater Center at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
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By Michael Miller | December 12, 2013
Ask any random group of patrons of the Orange County theater world, and they can probably tell you that Hal Landon Jr. has played Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" for the last 34 years. What they may not know is that Landon isn't the only person who's stayed with the annual holiday production since 1980. While the actor has traced Scrooge's metamorphosis from gruff curmudgeon to bringer of cheer, the same director, John-David Keller, has guided him from the wings each time.
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By B.W. Cook | December 27, 2012
The 2012 Christmas Carol Ball benefiting Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian was exceptionally festive this season. The event has always had a warm, community-based feeling as citizen donors come together with hospital staff, nurses and physicians for a collective year-end hug. After all, what is more vital to any community than health? Chaired by Terry and Bob Callahan , the evening at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort also marked the Callahans' 20th anniversary of their first date, which coincidentally also took place at the Christmas Carol Ball in 1992.
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By Tom Titus | November 26, 2012
After watching South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" usher in the holiday season for the past 32 years, it was singularly gratifying to see my (almost) 6-year-old granddaughter enraptured by her first visit to the local tradition. Little Riley Mills was literally on the edge of her seat during SCR's 33rd annual rendition of the beloved Charles Dickens story, adapted for the stage back in 1980 by former SCR member Jerry Patch for what originally was intended as a one-shot production.
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By Steve Smith | December 20, 2011
In a foreboding first message as your new school board president, David Brooks did his best Ebenezer Scrooge "Bah! Humbug!" impersonation by saying, "We don't need critics" who are "bad-mouthing schools. " So to the many educators and others who have emailed me privately with your outrage, and to those who appear before the board to complain, Brooks would like you to put that coal back in the scuttle and get back to work. Teachers, you'll get back to work on Jan. 2, while the rest of the country observes a federal holiday.
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By Tom Titus | December 8, 2011
After staging the same production for more than three decades, a theater company might be expected to "phone it in," to go through the well-established motions that have worked for longer than most of their actors have been on this planet. Not South Coast Repertory. Its 32nd annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is, if anything, stronger and more immediate, even more visceral than those which have gone before. The faces (except for Scrooge's) change over time, but the overall effect grows exponentially.
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By Imran Vittachi | December 1, 2011
Hal Landon Jr.'s yearly portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge has become as constant and cozy a yuletide apparition in Orange County as re-runs of "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV. For the 32nd time since 1980, the veteran actor is incarnating the lead role in South Coast Repertory Theatre's annual holiday season run of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Regular performances open at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continue through Christmas Eve. Landon needs not worry anymore about having to audition for the part.
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By B.W. Cook | December 16, 2009
As guests arrived at Hoag Hospital’s 43rd annual Christmas Carol Ball at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Laguna Niguel, they were greeted by young girls ice skating on a rink in the Ritz Courtyard surrounded by palm trees. It was pure Christmas in California, sublime contrasts and fabulous winter décor to put revelers in the mood on a balmy 65-degree December evening by the Pacific Ocean. As the glamorous contingent arrived at the Ritz Carlton and paraded down the grand stairwell to the lower level ballroom, the gloved wait staff stood at the ready with silver trays brimming with Christmas canapés.
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By Candice Baker | December 10, 2009
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” — Ebenezer Scrooge “A Christmas Carol” With the weather dropping below freezing this December, thoughts have turned to all things holiday. Here are some Charles Dickens-inspired choices for a splendid season: Irish Dickens Dinner, Muldoon’s Irish Pub and Country Kitchen Muldoon’s in Newport Beach has become well-known for its annual Irish Dickens Dinner, which takes the Victorian theme to the hilt, from bodices to bangers and mash.
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By Tom Titus | December 3, 2009
For local theatergoers, it’s time to trim the tree and break out the holly. Their Christmas season officially starts this weekend. That’s when three Costa Mesa theater groups bring up the lights on their holiday shows, highlighted by the 30th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory. Two collegiate theater programs join the merriment as Orange Coast College stages its annual “Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social” and Vanguard University mounts the comedic “Inspecting Carol.
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