Meet Elke Janssen, who plays the role of Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Elke Janssen
A Christmas Carol
Showing Dec 6 - 28.
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Meet Elke Janssen, who plays the role of Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
I was Belinda last year, and now I'm Martha Cratchit. I am really part of the family!

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Saint Nicholas day, a German tradition, where we place a shoe in the window the evening of December 5th with a carrot or apple for Saint Nicholas' horse, and the next morning it's filled with old time candy and a wooden toy! I also love going downtown and looking at all the Christmas windows, especially the SPCA puppies, then picking out an ornament at Macy's.

What's your favorite thing about the Bay Area during the holidays?
Everyone is smiling and I love the smell of the air....you know Christmas is coming.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
When Christmas Past appears, up in the air...oh yes, and when it snows.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
Beautiful Christmas Past.

What is your favorite holidary food/treat?
Marshall Fields' Frango Mints

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A Christmas Story, I crack up every time. It is so funny..

The cast of A Christmas Carol (during the finale) at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.

Meet Campbell Zeigler, who plays the roles of Pickpocket Cousin, Boy Scrooge, and Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Campbell Zeigler
A Christmas Carol
Showing Dec 6 - 28.
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Meet Campbell Zeigler, who plays the roles of Pickpocket Cousin, Boy Scrooge, and Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my first year and I love it already. I'm really, really excited to be a part of it.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
I like putting up the Christmas tree because it marks Christmastime to me. I have a few favorite ornaments like the German Pickle and this cool Spiderman ornament. I like waking up before anyone else and seeing my presents. And I LOVE hot chocolate.

What's your favorite thing about the Bay Area during the holidays?
I like going to see the Christmas tree here in Walnut Creek and the one in Union Square. And I really like seeing A Christmas Carol at ACT during the holidays! And now I'm in it!

Campbell playing Boy Scrooge
alongside James Carpenter (Scrooge).
What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
I have a lot of favorite moments in A Christmas Carol. My favorites are: when Jacob Marley comes out of the bed and scares Scrooge, when the Ghost of Christmas Future comes out and there are those really cool sound effects and I really like when Mrs. Dilber thinks Scrooge is going insane once he's all happy at the end. She always thinks he's a little crazy, but once he becomes happy she thinks he's hit a point of complete insanity. It's hilarious. As Boy Scrooge, my favorite part is the secret handshake with my best friend Dick. 

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
My favorite character is Jacob Marley because he is really creepy and he scares Scrooge. His costume is awesome, especially with the chains that are attached to him. I like it when he says, "Ebenezer Scrooge" in that rough, ghostly voice.

What is your favorite holidary food/treat?
I like candy canes, hot chocolate with whipped cream, English Toffee and any Christmas cookie you want to give me. But my all-time favorite is hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate. Did I mention hot chocolate?

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
My top three favorite Christmas movies are Elf, A Christmas Story and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Meet Blair Busbee, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Blair Busbee
A Christmas Carol
Showing Dec 6 - 28.
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Meet Blair Busbee, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my first Christmas Carol extravaganza!
 
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
I always get to open one present on Christmas Eve. And it's always pajamas.

What's your favorite thing about the Bay Area during the holidays?
I love to go to Macy's to watch the puppies and kittens that play in the display window on the corner of Stockton and O'Farrell. Then, I fantasize about adopting one of them. Then I cry, because I can't...and I go to the other side of Macy's where I oo and ah at the hundreds of reefs glowing in the windows.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
My favorite part of A Christmas Carol is the Ghost of Christmas Future sequence at the end. I especially love when the business men are hissing and laughing together. On a lighter note, my other favorite moment is when Little Fan gives Boy Scrooge their mother's ring. I'm a bit sentimental...but the mean business men still win.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
My favorite character is SCROOGE! I love to watch the little boy in him slowly shine through. I melt when I watch him during the Fezziwig dance, and by the end he's giggling and dancing in the streets!

What is your favorite holiday food/treat?
My momma's chicken and dumplings! And, am I allowed to say hot toddies?

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
It's a Wonderful Life. Get's me every time. "George Bailey, I'll love you till the day I die." ...or Home Alone, because haven't we all slapped ourselves in the face and screamed because we wanted to be like Kevin when he puts on aftershave for the first time??? Right?...Right. 

Blair Busbee playing Ghost of Christmas Present (on swing) during A Christmas Carol.

Meet Cindy Goldfield, who plays the role of Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cindy Goldfield
A Christmas Carol
Showing Dec 6 - 28.
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Meet Cindy Goldfield, who plays the roles of Charitable 1, Ruth, Produce Seller, and Ghost of Christmas Future in 
A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
This is my 10th year!!! I originally was cast as Mrs. Fezziwig opposite Brian Keith Russell, in the previous version of CAROL, with direction by Craig Slaight
 
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Every year for the last 20, I have hosted a caroling party in my neighborhood. It's usually a party of about 20-40 people, gathering for a fantastic potluck dinner and then walking through my Glen Park neighborhood singing with candles in the dark. Kids, dogs, friends, laughing. It's a good tradition.

What's your favorite thing about the Bay Area during the holidays?
A Christmas Carol, obviously. And when I was a kid, the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker was a big favorite. The Dickens' Faire is also a huge tradition and a place I worked many times. My son, Calum, (who played Tiny Tim in the 2010 CAROL here at ACT) is currently working at the Dickens' Faire as Oliver Twist... I guess we have a family tradition of working over the holidays!

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
My favorite moment in A Christmas Carol, changes year to year with the different MFA classes and the different Young Company. But I do have a few perennial favorites: first read-through when we are all together again for another year, warm-ups with the Young Company on The Geary Stage and in the show, the moment that Scrooge turns out the house and includes the audience in saying, "...and may that truly be said of us. Of all of us." It's a magical moment when the fourth wall is broken and the message Charles Dickens intended is passed from the actors on stage, across the footlights and into the hearts and minds of the theatre goers.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
In this version of A Christmas Carol, I would have to say Mrs. Dilber is my fav. Sharon Lockwood is a goddess.  But a close second is Ken Ruta's Marley. I am honored to share a stage with him!

What is your favorite holidary food/treat?
Pumpkin pie, eaten straight out of my hand, cold from the fridge wins hands down.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
"It's a Wonderful Life" makes me cry every time.  I try to watch it every Christmas Eve.  "Love, Actually" is also another good one.   And of course, "A Christmas Story" is a favorite of all the family.


Flying scenery for the Ghost of Christmas Future hanging in A.C.T.'s Scene Shop.

Meet Rafael Karpa-Wilson, who plays Ned Cratchet in A.C.T.'s A Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rafael Karpa-Wilson
A Christmas Carol
Showing Dec 6 - 28.
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Meet Rafael Karpa-Wilson, who plays Ned Cratchet and understudies for the role of Ian DeVaynes in A Christmas Carol.

How many times have you been in A Christmas Carol?
I have never before acted in A Christmas Carol. I am really enjoying my first time being a part of it.
 
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Every year for Christmas we go to my aunt's house for 3 days, which I enjoy extremely. I always look forward to that.

What's your favorite thing about the Bay Area during the holidays?
I love all the Christmas lights at night - they look so beautiful.

What is your favorite moment in A Christmas Carol?
My favorite moment, or scene, is when Scrooge first comes home and Mrs. Dilber is there. I think both of Mrs. Dilber's scenes are hilarious.

Who is your favorite character in A Christmas Carol?
Mrs Dilber, of course. She is completely hilarious.

What is your favorite holidary food/treat?
Apple pie. Every year a family friend who comes to Christmas bakes great apple pie.”

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
One of my aunts, uncles, and dad's favorites: an old movie called "A Christmas Story".

The cast of A Christmas Carol in rehearsal (with Rafael) during Cratchet Family Dinner.
 
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