A Christmas Carol
A Musical showing Nov 29 2013 - Dec 24 2013
Bah, humbug! In our annual retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale, visits from three ghosts help Scrooge to see the light and change his ways. This wonderful, optimistic Christmas message shows us that, the human spirit is capable of renewal and its hopeful message has earned a place of honor in the hearts of generations. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the lively carolers will put you in the perfect holiday mood! Glendale Centre Theatre’s traditional dramatization of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life-changing Christmas Eve is entertaining, captivating, and touching. Bring your family and enjoy the spirit of the holidays in our retelling of this classic story.
Directed by: Brenda & Tim Dietlein
Based on Story by: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Brenda Dietlein
Show Times: Varies (Check ticketing for show times)
Show Price: Tickets range from $25 - $30 depending on which performance you choose. (Prices scale closer to Christmas)
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Daniel Roebuck stumbled into GCT nearly 30 years ago and we can’t get rid of him. On stage here he debuted in NO TIME FOR SEARGENTS, performed a few years ago in HERE LIES JEREMY TROY and has happily popped up in any number of shows at GCT with only a few hours notice because his name is near the top of Tim Dieltine’s “sucker” list!
Roebuck has spent 3 decades building an impressive resume chuck full of blockbuster films (THE FUGITIVE), kids movies (AGENT CODY BANKS), horror movies (HALLOWEEN 2), video games (DEADRISING 3), plays (THE 39 STEPS) and television series (MATLOCK). He has portrayed many people, including famous ones like Jay Leno and Garry Marshall. Although he has fulfilled nearly every dream of his childhood—like appearing in MAD MAGAZINE, becoming a TOY and a HALLOWEEN MASK, having his mug on a few TRADING CARDS and appearing as THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER (in Rob Zombie’s latest film, THE LORDS OF SALEM) —Roebuck refuses to retire (despite countless threats) and continues to work as one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors!
He considers GCT his family and is proud to perform here, once more.
Please join www.facebook.com/thedanielroebuck for more information on Roebuck than we would let him write here!
By the way, this one is for Mario.
After a long hiatus raising two wonderful boys, Brenda returns to A Christmas Carol to reprise her role as Christmas Past. Brenda was last seen on our stage this past spring in the hit comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner. She is so proud of Travis, Jaymes and Tim, and loves being on stage together as a family. Brenda hopes you enjoy this production as much as she enjoyed writing it!
This is Jaymes’ sixth appearance in GCT’s A Christmas Carol. Look for Jaymes in these commercials: Royal Bank of Canada, Mattel Toys and Doritos. Jaymes would like to thank his agents at Clear Talent Group, Bonnie, Jody and Philip for working so hard for him. Merry Christmas and God Bless!
Tim is extremely excited to be in A Christmas Carol this year with his entire family. Over the years, Tim has played every male role in A Christmas Carol except Scrooge. (Someday maybe. Who knows!?) He hopes you all enjoy the show and the joy it brings. Merry Christmas to one and all!
Boy Scrooge/Boy in the Courtyard
Travis made his debut in A Christmas Carol at 3 months old. Travis has played Want and Tiny Tim in previous productions of A Christmas Carol. This year Travis is excited to play both Boy Scrooge and the Boy in the Courtyard. Travis loves astronomy and archaeology, but when he grows up he wants to be an artist and an inventor. Mom, Dad, and Jaymes are extremely proud of Travis.
Deanna Carolyn Bakker is from San Jose, California, but has relocated to the Los Angeles area to pursue her career on stage. She recently graduated from AMDA with her BFA in musical theatre, and is very excited to have had an opportunity to perform already!
Lexi is very excited to be in The Christmas Carol this holiday season. Besides acting, Lexi enjoys to sing, dance, and play sports. She would like to thank her family, friends, and Heather and Zach Pond for casting her in her first role as Annie, where she gained a true love for theater. Happy Holidays!
Once again, James returns to the GCT to celebrate Christmas with his Family, especially those in Tunnel 3. Merry Christmas, One and All.
Bella is thrilled to be returning to GCT for her second year in Christmas Carol! Favorite roles include: Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Gertrude (Seussical), Annie (Annie), Dodger (Oliver), and many more! Thanks to family, friends, teachers, and mentors for their training, particularly PAC, MET2 and everyone at GCT for a great experience!
Jacob Marley/Old Joe
Shawn is excited to back on the GCT stage after his last performances in Hairspray and South Pacific. Other shows he has done at GCT are Kiss Me Kate, Big River, Peter Pan, Christmas Carol, Beau Jest, and the Man with the Pointed Toes. Have a wonderful holiday.
Kelly began performing at the age of 9 and vows to continue until he gets it right. He has appeared in many shows at GCT, but one of his favourite productions is Beau Jest. He was on MURDER, SHE WROTE for 10 years and is still trying to live down an appearance on THE BRADY BUNCH.
With Youth Leadership Project, Seth played lead roles in four Shakespeare productions. He went on to intern at A Noise Within where he joined the casts of The Beaux’ Stratagem and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. An avid roller skater, he has competed on national and world stages.
This is his fourth consecutive time performing as Peter at GCT. His voice can be heard as Cody on Transformers Rescue Bots. Past GCT roles have been Pinocchio in Pinocchio and as Will Rogers Jr. in The Will Rogers Follies. He thanks his parents and the Dietleins for this opportunity.
Camille is thrilled to be part of A Christmas Carol for the eighth time. She has played Little Fan and various Cratchit children in the past. Thank you to Tim and Brenda. In loving memory of Mario. Enjoy the show.
This is Elise’s eighth consecutive year doing A Christmas Carol and her second year as Martha. In the past, she has been Little Fan and all of the Cratchit daughters. Thank you to the Dietleins for another joyous year in London! To Mario; we know you’re watching. Merry Christmas to all!
Christa is delighted to return to GCT! She was last seen here as Lou Ann in Hairspray. Other GCT credits: Crazy For You (Patsy), Annie (Lily St. Regis), Fiddler on the Roof (Grandma Tzeitel), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Big River, The Will Roger’s Follies, Footloose and 4 previous seasons of A Christmas Carol. Many thanks to the wonderful friends and family who support her life upon the wicked stage.
Greg is excited to be back again this year performing in A Christmas Carol. At the GCT, Greg has also been seen in King and I, Pirates of Penzance, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, and Crazy For You. Other favorite productions include: Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, Oliver, Sound of Music, Singin’ in the Rain, and West Side Story. Off stage, Greg teaches a lively bunch of third graders, and relishes in his summer globetrotting. Greg wishes to dedicate this show to his dear friend Mario, who always held the story of Scrooge near and dear to his heart: Merry Christmas Papa!
Lyndell is the director of Stretch Dance Company, named Next Generation Choreographer (World Dance Awards-2012), a graduate from UCI, and was last seen in Downey Civic Light Opera’s Crazy for You. She would like to thank the cast, crew, and production team for their hard work and her family, friends, and husband for their love and support.
Jacob Krech is thrilled to be back at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Jacob would like to thank God, his family, friends and teachers for their guidance and support over the years. He feels blessed to be working in this production with such awesome and talented group of people.
Dynell is happy to be back for her second Christmas Carol! Previous GCT credits: Ruth/Pirates of Penzance, Duchess/Me & My Girl, Mrs. Potts/Beauty & The Beast, Mother Superior/Nunsense!, Widow/Aunt Sally/Big River, Aunt Mary/The Happiest Millionaire, Miss Hannigan/Annie, Laundress/A Christmas Carol, Lottie Child/Crazy For You. Thanks to friends & family for their continued support, and (as always) to Michael, for everything. This one is for you, Mario! xoxo
Michael is grateful to be returning to the GCT stage in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol. Michael was previously seen here in the recent past as Corny Collins in Hairspray! While theatre has always been Michael’s first acting love, he is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and a student in The Second City’s Conservatory program. As always, very special thanks go out to his family and friends for their constant support and love.
A true Japanese national, Hisato has appeared in the acclaimed production in The Producers as Carmen Ghia, and Happy Days: The Musical as Arnold in Fontana. In Japan, he has appeared as Mary Sunshine in the Japan Broadway national tour production of Chicago, following his success in Tommy and Kopit’s Phantom. His other credits include tours of Pacific Overtures with Mako, Mame with Juliet Prowse, and 42nd Street with Mariette Hartley. An operatic countertenor, his talents have taken him back to Japan for numerous solo concert dates. For web series watchers, he is also a regular on Funny Or Die Production’s GORBURGER SHOW. Thanks to Lings, Ocean, Knob & Brian.
A native Brit, Tosca returns for her sixth Christmas Carol after performing in A Party to Murder this Autumn and writing and directing the children’s musical The Frog & the Princess this spring. This is her third show of 2013 with Shea Taylor, and she is very proud to be the Patsy to his Edina. This year’s Carol is performed in loving memory of Mario DiGregorio.
Alescia Penn began studying classical voice in grade school, and has been a featured soloist in both Asia and Europe. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Music and Vocal Performance and is currently working to complete her Masters Degree. Her passion and experience include opera, musical theater, and studio work. Alescia is thrilled to make her debut here at Glendale Center Theater.
This is Bridget’s 6th Christmas Carol at GCT! She graduated in 2008 from CSU Long Beach with her BA in Theatre. Recent theatrical credits: Hairspray, Annie, & Diary of Ann Frank. Bridget is a dancer who has worked for Disneyland Parades/Shows & various R&B groups. She enjoys working out, DIY projects & lots of coffee. In loving memory of Mario Di Gregorio. Phil 4:6
Paul “Radar” Reese
Paul is pleased to be returning to GTC and A Christmas Carol (his 2nd favorite Christmas story after Diehard). Most recently Paul appeared as Tiresias in the Unknown Artists’ production of Lysistrata: A Reimagining. He wishes to thank his incredible wife for her love and support. “You will always be the bread and the knife… and–somehow–the wine.”
Ryan is thrilled to appear in his GCT debut with such a wonderful cast and crew! He earned his BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. Some roles include: Thenardier (Les Misérables) and Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice). Love to his family and friends! He hopes you have a merry time!
Summer is thrilled to make her Glendale Centre Theatre debut in A Christmas Carol. She has been studying acting, singing and dance since age 2. Favorite credits include A Velveteen Rabbit at VHC in La Canada, Sound of Music at the La Canada Junior Theatre and featured as Annie in the Colburn School of Performing Arts Showcase last spring. Summer is currently studying at the Colburn School and with Lea Floden. A busy 4th grader, she loves violin, girl scouts and playing with her siblings. She wants to give a special thanks to her friends and family – especially Lea, Denise and Mei.
Kymberly is happy to make a second appearance at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Singing, acting, and teaching children the wonders if music are her passions. She is grateful to be a part of the GCT family.
Tiara is happy to be performing at the Glendale Centre Theatre for the very first time. In addition to acting, Tiara enjoys singing, playing drums, guitar, writing stories, and making short films. She is looking forward to doing many more shows in the future.
Timothy is a happy 6-year-old who enjoys drawing, playing drums, and making up songs on the piano. A Christmas Carol is his debut performance.
Shea Taylor is delighted to be participating in “A Christmas Carol” for the first time this holiday season! This is his second show here at GCT. His favorite roles have been in such shows as “A Chorus Line”, “The Music Man”, “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play” and “The Rocky Horror Show”. There have been several roles in films that no one will ever see, hopefully. Shea also knows how to read, is a singer/songwriter, choreographer, insomniac, director and Capricorn. He adores this Absolutely Fabulous cast and is honored to be sharing the stage with such talented friends! This one is for S.I.B., who loves Christmas as I do. “So may I suggest, the secret of Christmas is not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through.”
Carter is very excited to be returning to a Christmas Carol! Selected credits: To Kill a Mockingbird (Dill/Glendale Centre Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Jeremy Potts/Artist Repertory Theatre of Simi Valley), Oliver! (Oliver/Steppingstone Players), Caroline or Change (Noah Gellman/PCPA). Carter would like to thank Tim and Brenda for letting him be part of such wonderful production! A Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!
After earning her MFA from New York University & BA from the University of Chicago, she’s worked in most of the 50 states & abroad in film, television, commercials, voice-overs and on stage, and she’s loved every minute of it. She wishes you a very happy holiday season.