A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Adaptation and Lyrics by Sean Murray
Score by Billy Thompson
Based on the novella by Charles Dickens

Directed by Sean Murray

Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2017

Low-priced Previews Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2017

Cygnet Theatre invites you to start your own family tradition with one of ours. This season welcomes the return of the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens' timeless tale of hope and redemption. Featuring original music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family!

"Critics Pick" in 2014 & 2015 - San Diego Union-Tribune

Cast

Charles Evans, Jr.
(Young Scrooge, Grocer, Peter Cratchit, Young Man, Business Man, Caroler)
Charles is so grateful to return to the wonderful world of A Christmas Carol for a third year! He was most recently seen on the Cygnet stage as Nicky Lancaster and Simon Bliss in Cygnet's dual productions of The Vortex and Hay Fever. Other Cygnet productions include Dogfight, My Fair Lady, and Spring Awakening. Recent San Diego credits include The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof, The Miracle Worker, Twelfth Night (Lamb's Players); Much Ado About Nothing (Intrepid Theatre); Grey Gardens (ion Theatre); Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts). Charles has spent five seasons as a resident actor with the Okoboji Summer Theatre, holds a BFA degree from Stephens College for Women, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. His continual thanks to Sean Murray, and Ms. Caitie Grady.
Melissa Fernandes
(Solictor, Mrs. Dilbur, Xmas Past, Grocer, Mrs. Cratchit)
Cygnet: Gypsy, The Whale, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors (nominee - San Diego Critics Circle), Cabaret (nominee - SDCC), A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; San Diego Theatre (select): ion Theatre: Sunday in the Park with George; New Village Arts: God of Carnage, Big River, Same Time, Next Year, Into the Woods (nominee - SDCC), The Seven Year Itch, The Full Monty. Moonlight Theatre: Sondheim on Sondheim (nominee - SDCC); Moxie Theatre: Eternally Bad, Mud Blue Sky; Diversionary: Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show; North Coast Rep: Dancing at Lughnasa. Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Sierra Rep); Harmony, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse). Education: MFA- Musical Theatre, SDSU.
Melinda Gilb
(Solicitor, Past, Mrs. Fezziwig, Shopper, Belinda Cratchit, Laundress, Turkey Boy)
Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, The Receptionist (Cygnet Theatre); Singin' in the Rain (Original Broadway cast); Back to Bacharach and David (Original Off-Broadway cast); Suds (Original cast and co-author); The Pirates of Penzance (1st National tour); Original Mama Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Sense and Sensibility, Cake Off, Suds, The Robber Bridegroom (Old Globe); Walter Cronkite is Dead, Violet, Miss Witherspoon, Always Patsy Cline (San Diego Rep); Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award-Best Actress), Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Miss Hannigan in Annie, (Starlight Theatre); The Smell of the Kill, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Rep); She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3-D (Diversionary Theatre); The Melinda and Steve Show (with Steve Gunderson in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego). Directed: Always Patsy Cline (On Stage Playhouse); Television: Featured on The Full Wax and Ruby Takes a Trip (BBC-1); Guest star on Becker (CBS).
David McBean
(Marley, Dick Wilkins, Present, Business Man, Undertaker, Fellow)
David McBean was last seen at Cygnet Theatre in A Christmas Carol. Most recently he appeared as Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless at Moxie Theater. Other Cygnet credits include: Fully Committed, Pageant, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, The Book of Liz, and Burn This.
Patrick McBride
(Bob Cratchit, Fezziwig, Father, Grocer, Business Man, Old Joe)
Patrick is thrilled to working again with the amazing artists and staff at Cygnet. Recent credits include staged readings of The Good Doctor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Maricela de la Luz Lights the World (Luminary Arts); Lost in Yonkers (Carlsbad Playreaders); Happy, Twelve Angry Men, Macbeth (Intrepid); Other People's Children (Premiere - Playwrights Project), Inventing Van Gogh, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (La Jolla Theatre Ensemble). Recent San Diego acting credits include Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing (Intrepid); Bishop How/Ensemble in The Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance/Oceanside Theatre Company); and Bob Cratchit (and many others) in A Christmas Carol at Cygnet. Favorite acting roles include Touchstone in As You Like It and Bullshot Crummund in Bullshot Crummund (PCPA Theaterfest), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Laurence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, James Joyce in Travesties, and Jack in The Boys Next Door. He is a Teaching Artist and Founding Member of Luminary Arts www.luminaryarts.org.
Katie Sapper
(Child, Xmas Past, Boy Scrooge, Belle, Shopper, Egbert Cratchit, Martha Cratchit, Young Woman, Urchin)
Katie is thrilled to be back at CygnetPast Credits: Bad Jews, The Rocky Horror Show - female swing (Cygnet), Titanic - Kate McGowan, Lion in Winter - Alais (Moonlight Stage Productions), Kingdom City - Crystal (La Jolla Playhouse *world premiere), Knuffle Bunny - Trixie (North Coast Theatre for Families), Oz:A Wonderous New Musical - Glinda (world premiere - Lamb’s Players), Violet - Violet/Young Vi u.s. (San Diego Rep), A New Brain - Nancy, bare: a Pop Opera - Ivy (Diversionary). B.A. in Musical Theatre - Saint Mary’s University MN. Favorites there: Urinetown - Hope, Spitfire Grill - Percy, Necessary Targets - Azra, Playboy of the Western World - Pegeen Mike, 25th...Spelling Bee - Schwartzy. Katie has also been a storyteller at Cygnet and a teaching artist at North Coast Rep, San Diego Junior Theatre, Canyon Crest Academy, and The Old Globe. Love to Sean, Robby, family, friends, Ringo, and my love. katiesapper.com.
Tom Stephenson
(Ebenezer Scrooge)
A veteran of over 70 professional productions, Tom trained in Great Britain at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and in Michigan at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. At Cygnet Theatre Company, he has been seen as Hector in The History Boys, Ben Hubbard in The Little Foxes, and for the last three years, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Other credits include, Ben Franklin in 1776 (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical), Renfield in Dracula (Patté Award), George Frederick Handel in Joyful Noise, Lamb’s Players Theatre and off-Broadway; Billy in Heathen Valley, and Saturninus in Titus Andronicus, San Diego Rep; Bill in The Quality of Life, Intrepid Theatre Company; Finbar in The Weir, New Village Arts. Tom was named Actor of the Year for 2014 by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.

 

Creative Team

Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Animal Crackers, On the 20th Century, Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Show, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Fool for Love, True West, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa ‘09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa ‘04 (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic’s Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle.
Patrick Marion (Music Director)
Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair LadyA Christmas Carol, Spring Awakening, Company, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret. Elsewhere: Oz, West Side StoryLes Miserables, miXtape, The Music Man, An American Christmas ('09 through '12), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers,Lamb's Players Theatre (Associate Artist); The Humbug Holiday Spectacular, North Coast Repertory Theatre; Smokey Joe's Café, San Diego Musical Theatre; Chicago the Musical, The Wild Party,Coronado Playhouse; You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Once on This Island, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Always Patsy Cline,Francis Parker School.
Billy Thompson (Composer)
Billy has been a composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, accompanist, and performer for stage productions throughout the country, including Ars Nova in New York, The Walnut in Philadelphia, The Old Globe in San Diego, Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, MT, and here at home with Cygnet. His first full length musical, Invasion! garnered the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction. Since 2012, he has toured with it gets better, a musical performance and outreach campaign for bullying awareness and suicide prevention, with special emphasis toward the LGBTQ community. Billy holds a BM in Composition from USC and an MFA in Musical Theatre from SDSU. A Christmas Carol is his fifth collaboration with Cygnet Theatre, having previously directed music for Parade, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and It’s A Wonderful Life.
Katie Whalley Banville (Choreographer)
Katie is delighted to be returning to Cygnet Theatre. Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Cabaret, Parade, Man of La Mancha (Antonia/Dance Captain), Company (April/Assistant Choreographer), Spring Awakening (Assistant Choreographer), A Christmas Carol (Choreographer), My Fair Lady. Regional credits: The Old Globe: A Doll’s House (Helene, Movement Coordinator); ion theatre company: Gypsy (Louise - Craig Noel Award recipient), Passion (Clara), Valentine to Sondheim; Moonlight Amphitheatre: Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can, Shrek the Musical (Gingy), Big Fish (Jenny Hill); San Diego Musical Theatre: Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain; Lamb’s Players Theatre: miXtape; Starlight Theatre: Hello Dolly!; Janesville Armory: A Wonderful Life. She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. www.katiewhalley.com.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for The Effect of Gamma Rays..., Animal Crackers, Shockheaded Peter, On the 20th Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Stupid F**king Bird, The Rocky Horror Show, When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera and Disneyland. Peter currently teaches wig and makeup at SDSU.
Andy Hull (Set Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Stupid F***ing Bird, The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol, The Motherf***er with the Hat, Gem of the Ocean, The Glass Menagerie, Private Lives, Bed and Sofa, The History Boys. Elsewhere: Hello Dolly (Arrowrock Lyceum Theatre); Hay Fever (Black Hills Playhouse); Into the Woods, The Good Person of Szechwan, Desire Under the Elms (San Diego State University); Night of the Iguana, The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Piece of My Heart (Webster University). Mr. Hull is currently working as a Set Designer in Los Angeles on the feature film Bright. He has worked on such productions as Nocturnal Animals, Straight Outta Compton, Mad Men, and Orange is the New Black.
Matt Lescault-Wood (Sound Designer)
Matt is excited to be back at Cygnet. Previous credits include: Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, A Behanding in Spokane, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool For Love, Sons of the Prophet, My Fair Lady, Hay Fever, The Vortex. Elsewhere: Eurydice [2010 San Diego Critic’s Circle Nominee], Dead Man's Cell Phone, Hickorydickory, ENRON, Eternally Bad, The Kid Thing (Moxie); Hamlet, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet, Woody Guthrie's American Song (Intrepid); The Break-Up/Break-Down, Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot); Seascape, Stage Kiss, Lord of the Flies, Big River (New Village Arts); Henry V [2014 San Diego Critic’s Circle Nominee] (New Fortune); MixTape (Lamb’s Players); Lizard Boy (Diversionary). Matt has a Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology from SDSU.
Kyle Montgomery (Lighting Designer)
Kyle recently graduated from SDSU with his BA in Design and Technology for Theatre. While attending SDSU he became involved with Cygnet Theatre assisting local San Diego Lighting Designers. As an Assistant Lighting Designer for the 2014 production of A Christmas Carol, Kyle is excited to be returning again this year as the lighting designer for the remount of the show. Previous credits at Cygnet include: Assistant Lighting Designer for Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, My Fair Lady and The Motherf**ker with the Hat.
Jeanne Reith (Costume Designer)
In her 25-year career as a Theatrical Costume Designer, Jeanne has dressed over 350 productions. She has served as Resident Designer for theatres in Los Angeles, Glendale and Santa Barbara, and at Lamb’s Players Theatre Coronado. As a Resident Artist for Cygnet Theatre some of her designs include: Gypsy, The Little Foxes, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Company, Man of La Mancha, Copenhagen. Costume designs awards she has received include: Craig Noel, Patté, LA Weekly, Backstage West, Dramalogue. Jeanne also teaches Fashion History, Draping, Patternmaking, and other fashion related classes at San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Continuing Education, West City.
Dean Remington (Stage Manager)
Dean is thrilled to return to the Cygnet. Previous shows include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Stupid F**king Bird, Shockheaded Peter, When the Rain Stops Falling. National Tours include The Lion King and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and in the United Kingdom he was delighted to work with Cameron Mackintosh on his musical, Hey, Mr. Producer! Other highlights include Outside Mullingar at San Diego REP as well as international productions of Grease, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Dean has also enjoyed working in Film and Television on numerous projects as a Production Coordinator.

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Family Day - Dec 3rd @ 1:00PM
Bring the Kids for some pre-show fun! Cygnet Theatre invites you to Family Day. Enjoy holiday coloring station, hot chocolate and a vist from Santa! Kids 12 and under are half price with paid adult.
Out Night @ Cygnet - Dec 6th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Theatre on Tap - Dec 8th @ 7:00PM
Join Cygnet for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's show is required to attend. Must be 21 to partake.
Wine Tasting Night - Dec 14th @ 6:30PM
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
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