A Christmas Carol

November 26, 2014 - December 28, 2014

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By Charles Dickens • A new musical version Adapted and Directed by Dave Steakley • Musical Direction by Allen Robertson

For ages 5 and up
Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

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Show Info


Spectacular holiday carols and surprising time-bending classics whisk your family on a captivating ride with the three soulful, rockin’ ghosts in Scrooge’s transformative dream. This inspiring, original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic features a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, but with a musical score that spans genres and eras, from rousing gospel to rock-n-soul favorites, and from nostalgic harmony classics to contemporary hits. Just like the music in the films Moulin Rouge, Scrooged and The Great Gatsby, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol is infused with a playful, joyous and heartfelt celebration of the season.


Executive Producers

Dennis B. Karbach and Robert K. Brown


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Please Note: Ticket price is not refundable. Late-comers are seated at the discretion of the House Manager. Unclaimed seats at curtain time are subject to release to patrons on standby.



Photos by Kirk Tuck


Paul Sanchez Bob Cratchit
Harvey Guion Scrooge  (11/26-12/23)
Marco Perella Scrooge  (12/25-12/28)
Roderick Sanford Ghost of Marley/Mr. Dilbert/Undertaker/Spirit
Kenny Williams Ghost of Christmas Past/Charitable Gentleman/Spirit
Jacqui Cross Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Dilbert (11/26-12/2) 
Amma Osei Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Dilbert  (12/3-12/28)
Joseph Urick Ghost of Christmas Future/Ollie McDaniel/Ensemble
Michael Valentine Fred
Sara Burke Belle/Spirit/Ensemble
Rick Roemer Mr. Fezziwig/Charitable Gentleman/Old Joe/Ensemble
Laura Benedict Mrs. Fezziwig/Hazel Hilburn/Laundress/Ensemble
Alejandra Murga Mrs. Cratchit/Ensemble
Gustavo Gomez Pedro Cratchit/Ensemble
Marianel Marquez Marta Cratchit/Ensemble
William May Tiny Tim
Elisa Regulski  Ensemble
Tyler Jones Young Scrooge/Topper/Stockbroker/Ensemble
Joel Mercado-See Piano Player/Ensemble
Kelly Petlin Gwendolyn/Spirit/Ensemble
Jacque Clydesdale Spirit/Ensemble
Russel Taylor Lead Caroler/Ernest Parker/Stockbroker/Ensemble
Nicolas Garza Caroler/Ensemble
Luke Linstead Richard Wilkins/Stockbroker/Ensemble
Celeste Castillo Ensemble
Mercy Bovik, Kendal White, and Jeremiah Downing The Dilbert Children
Caroline Hooten Fan/Ensemble
Quinn Erickson Robert/Turkey Boy/Ensemble
Diego Rodriguez Geoffrey/Caroler/Ensemble
Madeline Rodriguez Belinda Cratchit/Ensemble
Madisyn Moreno Caroler/Ensemble
Blakeney Mahlstedt Caroler/Fezziwig Child/Ensemble
Ella Devany Fezziwig Child/Ensemble
Anderson Zoll Caroler/Will/Ignorance/Ensemble
Theo Richard Young Scrooge/Ensemble
Ella Rutman Caroler/Fezziwig Child/Want/Ensemble
Dave Steakley Director
Allen Robertson Musical Director
Christa Oliver Choreographer
Bob Lavellee Scenic Designer
Susan Branch Towne Costume Designer
Sarah Maines Lighting Designer
Joel Britt Associate Lighting Designer
Craig Brock Sound Designer
Stephanie Busing Video Design
Scott Groh  Properties Designer 
Serret Jenson Hair & Makeup Designer 
Catherine Anne Tucker Stage Manager
Sadie Alisa Hollifield Assistant Stage Manager
Megan Smith Assistant Stage Manager
Steve Williams Child Guardian/Acting Coach
Katie Anderson Child Guardian/Acting Coach
Director's Notes

About ten years ago I got the idea to develop a musical version of A Christmas Carol, inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film Moulin Rouge.  In that film, which is set in 1900 in Paris, music by rock artists like Sting, Labelle, Elton John, Nirvana, and Madonna was rearranged to tell the romantic story of a struggling writer and a Parisian courtesan — it felt fun, fresh and invigorating.  I liked the anachronistic blend of a turn-of-the century story told through music from multiple genres and eras because it helped me hear familiar pop and rock songs in a new light, and its youthful energy made me connect to the story in a way which made it vital and aesthetically exciting.

If you’ve been a ZACH fan, it’s no secret that I gravitate toward producing a lot of pop and rock musicals and have directed many of these for our stages, including shows like RENT, Next To Normal, a bi-lingual reinvention of Jesus Christ Superstar, and a show I wrote called Rockin’ Christmas Party, which was an annual ZACH holiday tradition we produced at the Paramount theatre for ten years, and on our Kleberg Stage for another eight years.  I’m confident I have listened to more Christmas music over the past 20 years than just about anyone in Austin, because each season I changed out a portion of the musical selections that were performed in Rockin’ Christmas and in The Santaland Diaries.

The universal and timeless appeal of A Christmas Carol makes it the most produced play in the world. Over the years, I recorded ideas and research images, I notated possible songs and song lyrics that might work for the various characters in A Christmas Carol, and last December I visited Charles Dickens’ home and archives in London.  My wish in embarking on this journey was to create an inclusive version of this beautiful story specifically for Austin families that reflected our community and our values, and to infuse it with a playful, fun, party sensibility you have come to expect at ZACH.  It has been my great joy to see this dream come to fruition, and create this play for you with some of our favorite ZACH musical artists, talented newcomers to our stage, our extraordinary student performers from ZACH’s Pre-Professional academy, and my long-time musical collaborator Allen Robertson, who has orchestrated delightful musical arrangements for this production.

The parable of Scrooge is a good reminder for all of us to spend our time wisely, to be good and generous stewards of our community, to celebrate the love in our family or family of choice, and rejoice in second chances to begin anew with the conviction of our heart leading the way.  May this holiday be a joyous and loving time for you and your loved ones.  I hope this new Austin tradition we have created as our gift to you will lift you up and get you in the spirit.

God bless us every one!


Dave Steakley, Producing Artistic Director

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