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Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": James Carpenter

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Meet James Carpenter, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
I’ve been in A Christmas Carol nine times, including understudying the Dennis Powers and Laird Williamson version A.C.T. produced from 1976 to 2005. I’ve played Scrooge during all nine runs.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
The street life.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Sharing of food. I drink a lot.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
My wife (received).

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
The final moments.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
Um . . . Scrooge? Do I really have to explain? Mrs. Dilber and Mr. Fezziwig are tied for second place.

What do you want for the holidays this year?
A new car would be really nice . . .


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Monday, December 17, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Caro…

Meet the Cast of “A Christmas Carol”: Sasha Steiner

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Meet Sasha Steiner, who plays Little Fan and Miner Child in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
I've done this twice—last time I was Miner Child/Precious.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
Union Square, because of the lights and the ice skating rink.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
"Jingle Bell Rock."

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
1. Getting a Christmas tree and opening presents on Christmas Day! 2. Performing a Christmas song in front of my friends and family.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
Given to a kid: big Pillow Pet. Received from someone: a big fat sphere sheep with a tutu.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
The song we sing when the Ghost of Christmas Present appears, our new carol when the world comes out.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
Young Scrooge! First, because he is my character's brother this year,…

What Kids Can Do: A Christmas Carol Tale

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A Letter from Audience Member Derek McCulloch to Artistic Director Carey Perloff

Hi Ms. Perloff—

I really want you to know about something remarkable that happened as a result of my family seeing your most recent production of A Christmas Carol. Two weekends ago, my wife, Tara, and I took our daughter, Pearl, to a matinee of A Christmas Carol. It was her first grown-up theater experience and she enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

On the way out of the theater, Pearl saw a man with a cup out for spare change and she asked me if she could give him something. I handed her some quarters and she put them in the cup, getting a warm smile and a "Merry Christmas" in return. As we walked along Geary Street on our way to dinner, we past more panhandlers and, at one point, a man sleeping on the bare sidewalk without so much as a piece of cardboard to lie on. I could see Pearl taking this all in, and as we turned on Powell we started talking about it. She said it was really sad that a per…

Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Louis Kehoe

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Meet Louis Kehoe, who plays Boy Scrooge and other roles in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my first year in the show.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
The big Christmas tree in Union Square.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
“Silent Night.”

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Christmas shopping and decorating.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
The bracelet I gave my sister with her hubby’s name on it.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
Scrooge’s return.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
Tiny Tim, because he is a very powerful and deep character.

What do you want for the holidays this year?
A penny skateboard.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Meet the Cast of “A Christmas Carol”: Omozé Idehenre

Monday, December 17, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Evelyn Ongpin

Monday, December 12, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A…

Santa’s Workshop: The Props of "A Christmas Carol"

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Posted by Selena Chau, A.C.T. Web Development Fellow

Every season there are special upgrades and enhancements made to the familiar Christmas Carol props to keep the show fresh and new. While the actors rehearsed lines, staging, carols, and dances in the William Ball Rehearsal Studio (on the 8th floor of A.C.T.’s 30 Grant Avenue complex), the A.C.T. production staff worked their backstage magic in the A.C.T. Prop and Scene Shop, a 20,000-square-foot warehouse that has been located in the Mission district since A.C.T.’s move out west from Pittsburgh in 1967. Over the years, the shop has built and stored props and scenery from productions that have played at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater and other stages.

From the outside, the building is indistinguishable from neighboring warehouses on the block, but stepping inside reveals fantastic and unexpected tools, machinery, and props. As you enter, you see the replica of the Tosca Cafe bar sign (a keepsake from our 2010 dance-theater production The Tos…

Meet the Cast of “A Christmas Carol”: Nicholas Pelczar

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Meet Nicholas Pelczar, who plays Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my third time in Carol. I’ve played Bob Cratchit once before and when I was an M.F.A. Program student here I played Fred.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
This is a little hokey, but I really love the puppies in the windows at Macy’s—is there anything cuter?

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
It’s gotta be “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”—I sang a choral version of it in a show once and it was such a pleasure to get to that part of the show every night.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
They really center around food—we celebrate our Polish heritage in my family by having pierogies and potato soup on Christmas Eve. Then we have an amazing brunch the next morning after opening presents. Finally, for Christmas Day dinner we have a fairly traditional English pot roast to celebrate our family’s other heritage.

What i…

Meet the Cast of “A Christmas Carol”: Omozé Idehenre

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Meet Omozé Idehenre, who plays Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
Three times: Ghost of Christmas Present/Pole Bearer/Fruit Seller/Charitables.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
The gargantuan Christmas tree in Union Square.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
The original one Dickens conceived from his wonderful mind and put to the page for all the world to share.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
I don't really have any holiday traditions . . . I just enjoy the communal aspect of it all. The coming together. But that can be done any day.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
Given: myself. Received: someone else being themselves with me.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
It’s not really a moment. It’s the fact that Jacob Marley comes all the way from the depths to help his friend escape the same fate. He did this after death! Now that&…

Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Evelyn Ongpin

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Meet Evelyn Ongpin, who plays a Child of Alan and Ruth/Precious Wilkins in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
I played a Child of Alan and Ruth and the Sled Girl in last season's Carol. That was my first time.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
“Jingle Bells”

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
I like decorating.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
A really pretty dress.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
I don’t have one. I just like having fun during all of it!

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol? Why?
Scrooge.

What do you want for the holidays this year?
Shoes.


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Monday, December 10, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Ken Ruta

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Seth Weinfield

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Carmen Steele


Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Raymond Castelán

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Meet Raymond Castelán, who plays Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my first time in A Christmas Carol and my first time on The Geary stage.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
Ice skating in Union Square with the tree and Macy’s windows all lit up.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
“Oh Holy Night”

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
On Christmas Eve everyone goes over to my parents’ house and we make tamales together. It’s an all-day process that begins with breakfast and Christmas carols on the radio all day and ends with opening presents at midnight.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
It’s become a tradition for my folks to get me and my siblings flannel p.j.’s for Christmas Eve each year—so comfy after a long day in those crisp Central Valley winters.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
I like watching the Boy Scrooge sequence. It is really nic…

Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Ken Ruta

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Meet Ken Ruta, who plays Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
I played Scrooge in A.C.T.’s original Dennis Powers and Laird Williamson production (1976–2005) for three years. I played Marley in the current Carey Perloff/Paul Walsh adaptation for three years. I also played the Narrator for ten years in Center REPertory Theatre’s production of Carol.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
How people still strive for generosity and goodness of spirit and heart.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
“Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”).

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
The Christmas tree.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
There are too many to remember.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
The dance of Mrs. Dilber and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol? Why?
The boy with the turkey?

What do you want for the holidays this year?
Peace in th…

Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Seth Weinfield

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Meet Seth Weinfield, who plays the Child of Alan and Ruth/Rory Wilkins in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my first time.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
The Christmas lights.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
"Jingle Bells"

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Opening presents, singing Hanukkah songs.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
My mom really liked a pair of earrings I gave her.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
I really like the fight scene with Ignorance and Want.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol? Why?
That probably would be Tiny Tim, because he thinks good thoughts.

What do you want for the holidays this year?
I’d really like a spy kit.


Related Posts

Monday, December 10, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Ken Ruta

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Carmen Steele


Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Carmen Steele

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Meet Carmen Steele, who plays Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my first time.

What's your favorite thing about San Francisco during the holidays?
All of the Christmas trees.

What is your favorite Christmas carol?
"Let it Snow."

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Dressing up as Santa or a helper.

What is the best gift you've ever given or received?
My favorite bathrobe.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
When it snows and I say "God bless us everyone!"

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol? Why?
Scrooge, because he is so funny.

What do you want for the holidays this year?
A Kindle Fire.


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Monday, December 10, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Ken Ruta

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Meet the Cast of "A Christmas Carol": Seth Weinfield

Creating the Ghost of Christmas Present

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This interview is adapted from the Christmas Carol edition of Words on Plays, A.C.T.’s behind-the-scenes theater guide. Purchase a copy to read the complete interview and learn more about Charles Dickens and the magical world of the show.

When costume designer Beaver Bauer undertook A.C.T.’s A Christmas Carol in 2005, she knew it would be a substantial endeavor. “I wouldn’t have considered doing a show this complex at another theater,” she confesses, “in part because A.C.T. is a unique place where you know you can make a bold creative choice in a rendering and then have a ghost of chance that what you are envisioning can actually be achieved. There is enough depth [of talent and experience] in the costume shop to paint fabric and create a hat from scratch and really take something all the way from the ground up—from just fabric.”

Nowhere was this experience put to better use than in creating the costume for the Ghost of Christmas Present, played this year by A.C.T. core acting company…