Jerry Patch (Adaptor): I remember getting up at 4:30 a.m. in Huntington Beach during the summer of 1980 to write the adaptation SCR first presented that Christmas. The sun was up early, blazing across my desk, while I tried to put myself in London in December. It wasn’t that hard—Dickens overpowered life at the beach almost every morning.
|John-David Keller and Martha McFarland.|
|Howard Shangraw and Hisa Takakuwa.|
Hisa Takakuwa (Assistant Director, Former Actress: Sally/Toy Lady/Scavenger): One year the actress who played Mrs. Cratchit (who shall remain nameless) missed her first entrance with the Cratchit children. I was sitting next to her in the dressing room when she heard the entrance music and the voices of the Cratchit kids and realized she’d missed her entrance.
Let’s say she spouted some very colorful and un-Mrs. Cratchit like phrases and ran to get on stage. The kids had to start the scene alone by improvising and did a fine and very professional job. I doubt anyone in the audience even knew. Later, the girl playing Belinda said, “No problem. I loved saving the scene!”
|Daniel Blinkoff, the Cratchit children and (far right) Jennifer Parsons and |
Hal Landon Jr.
This was a kid with a lot of initial anxiety, but through the course of the production he really fell in love with the show and became a real actor. I went out on stage with the kids and we were all in tears. It was one of the most magical moments I’d ever felt as an actor, with these kids who just gave their heart and souls to this scene. The moment was amazing, with a sense of the fleeting, but what makes the job of an actor so special.