A Christmas Carol Returns to GTC!  (click any image to buy tickets now!)

A Production Charles Dickens would heartily approve — heartwarming, fastpaced, entertaining and using only his original words from the 1843 classic!

Experience A Christmas Carol  like you never have before when three amazing actors, using only the original words of Charles Dickens, give this classic story a vibrant new life. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley’s Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future all make their appearance as the three actors guide us through the story – sometimes as narrators, sometimes as storytellers, and sometimes as characters.

“I wanted to get back to ‘A Christmas Carol’s’  storytelling roots,” says GTC Artistic Director Kevin Cochran who adapted the tale. “To give people a sense of what it must have been like to hear Charles Dickens present the story to an audience as he did many times; yet, also keep the excitement of Scrooge’s interactions with Marley’s Ghost and the Christmas Spirits.

The play is presented as a special program of Grove Theater Center’s New Play Initiative. Previous New Play Initiative projects include “Eternal Equinox”  (which played Off-Broadway at 59e59 Theaters), “Blake…da Musical!”  (LA Ovation Award for Best New Musical), “Straight Up with a Twist”  (Ovation nomination for Best Solo Performance & 5 month run in NYC at The Players Theater),  “R.R.R.E.D.” (four LA Weekly nominations and a special event at the New York Musical Theater Workshop), “Bobby & Matt” (part of the 15th annual International Fringe Festival of New York City) and “Film Chinois” (Ovation Award for Best New Play).

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Our Amazing Company

Jenna Augen just won the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Supporting Performance! Previous winners of UK Theatre Awards include Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Kevin Spacey – so Jenna is in very good company! In January, she returns to London to open the play on The West End (where she’ll join another GTC alum, Sweet Karma’s Jon Jon Briones who has received rave reviews for his performance as The Engineer in the 25th Anniversary production of Miss Saigon).

David Allen Jones is a Broadway veteran and Ovation Award nominee. His frequent appearances at GTC include The Adding Machine (Best Production, OC Weekly Awards) and Noises Off! (Top Ten of the Year, LA Times).

Frank Simons starred with Art Carney in Disney’s Time Flyer and played the American Prophet Edgar Cayce in Ancient Prophesies for NBC. He’s played many roles at  GTC  including the Belgian Ambassador in the world premiere of Film Chinois (Ovation Award, Best New Play).

David Darwin was just nominated for the Ovation Award for Best Lighting Design (for GTC’s A Christmas Carol)! Before that he spent 18 months programming the stunning concert lighting for ABC’s Nashville.

Leonard Ogden has received three Ovation nominations for his work at GTC including Film Chinois (set/costumes) and Eternal Equinox (set). He also designed the Off-Broadway production of Eternal Equinox.

Kevin Cochran has directed shows for GTC that have received the Ovation Award for Best New Play & Best New Musical, and multiple Ovation and LA Weekly Award nominations for Best Director, Best Production, Best New Musical, Best Solo Show, and multiple performance and design nods.




The Burbank Leader

“The three actors bring the eerie, comical, winter classic to an exuberant existence”

Stage Raw

“The great British novelist would undoubtedly approve”

British Weekly

“Jones is a pitch-perfect Scrooge”

La Canada Valley Sun

“Simons ignites the fire within each of his characters, and lets their passions consume the stage.”

Stage Raw

“Rich, thought-provoking and resonant”

Glendale News-Press

“Each design element had to be spot-on, too, and that is the case here, from Cochran’s dynamic use of the small stage to Hunter Stephenson’s pristine and atmospheric sound design, David Darwin’s expressive lighting — haunting shadows, sunlight and firelight — and the starkness of Ogden’s set design:…Ogden also conceived the deceptively simple costume design.”

The Burbank Leader