A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play

A Holiday Tradition Returns LIVE!
December 10 – 19

Join us LIVE ON STAGE as we take you to the studios of WOTC radio for Charles Dickens’ classic tale of miserly curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.  An OTC original adaptation – this year with MUSIC!  Great fun for the whole family!

This year’s cast includes: Bob Himlin, Ed Howell, John McCoy, Olivia Pence, Grandison Phelps III, Robin Thompson, Audrey Ward, and Catalina Zelles.
Music Direction and Accompanist: Leigh Anne Sutherlin

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Bob Himlin Bob is happy to rejoin the OTC family for this warm Christmas tradition. Other OTC credits: Sweet Charity (Herman), Man of La Mancha (Padre), Foxfire (Prince Carpenter). Elsewhere: San Diego regional premieres of Spamalot (King Arthur) and The Producers (Roger DeBris) at the Welk Resort Theatre, All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl) at Moonlight and Side Show (Boss) at Vista’s AVO Playhouse. Other local favorites: Baskerville at Scripps Ranch Theatre; Catch Me If You Can (Frank Sr.), Children of Eden (Father), South Pacific (Emile), and Into the Woods (Baker) at Oceanside’s Star Theatre. Love to Cathy! @EnginActor

Edward Howell  Ed is thrilled to be back again as Scrooge, joining this year’s talented cast and crew for their production of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.   Ed has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and studied in the MFA program at the University of Louisville.  Ed has appeared in community, collegiate and professional theatre productions, as well as commercials and independent films.  He has also taught children’s and collegiate theatre classes and directed shows.

John McCoy is delighted to be back again on the Brooks Stage with a great cast for an OTC Holiday production. John has appeared in OTC’s productions of Miracle On 34th Street (twice), Best Christmas Pageant Ever and multiple MiraCosta College productions including Tonton Julian in Once On This Island, Judge Carnes in Oklahoma, Pa Joad in Grapes Of Wrath, H. Fatt in Waiting For Lefty, and The Apothecary in Romeo & Juliet. Much thanks to John’s wife Michele and all of the OTC Family of volunteers, patrons and donors for their enduring support of live theatre at the Brooks.

Olivia Pence Olivia is thrilled to return to the Brooks Theatre this Christmas! Olivia was last seen in OTC’s production of Sweet Charity as Nickie, as well as The Curtain Rises Again! performance held in October. Recent performances have included Around the World in 80 Days (New Village Arts), The Little Mermaid and Bernarda Alba (Cal State Fullerton). Olivia graduated from CSU Fullerton with her BFA in Musical Theatre and currently works for the Servant Leadership Institute in Carlsbad. Olivia would like to thank her family and friends for their never ending support and encouragement.

Grandison M. Phelps, III (Narrator) is thrilled to be making his debute with OTC bringing in the Christmas spirit. He is an award-winning actor having shared the stage with various companies in numerous productions: most recently with CCA Theatricals in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; earlier, The Barn Stage Company in Carousel in Concert and Camelot in Concert; Cygnet Theatre for the outstanding repertory run of Seven Guitars and King Hedley II and also Fences, Piano Lesson and Gem Of The Ocean. Grandison’s other credits include To Kill A Mockingbird and a reoccurring role in An American Christmas (Lamb’s Players); Bulrusher and As You Like It (New Village Arts); Sweet Bird of Youth (La Jolla Playhouse); I’m Not Rappaport (Patio Playhouse); The Gospel At Colonus and God’s Trombones (Ira Aldridge Players) and the title role in Othello (Octad Productions) to name a few. Grandison is happy to be a part of this production and looks forward to a continuing relationship with Oceanside Theatre Company. He also wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support. Especially the love and support of his wife without whom doing what he loves would not be possible.

Robin Thompson is grateful to be back on stage and returning to OTC for A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play. He has often played at the nearby Star Theatre in roles such as Paul in Barefoot in the Park, Freddie in Noises Off, Sam in A Few Good Men, and more. Other favorite credits include Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace (Welk Resort Theatre), Gillette in The Game’s Afoot, which he also directed, and Rochester in Jane Eyre (both at Escondido’s Grand Tea Room). Many thanks to his wife and children for their inspiration and support.

Audrey Ward Audrey is thrilled to be back with her OTC family! She was last seen on the Brooks stage as Helene in Sweet Charity. Past credits include: Around the World in 80 Days (Passepartout), Sister Act (Nun), A Chorus Line (Val), Avenue Q (Lucy), Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), H2$ (Hedy), Reefer Madness (Sally). She would like to thank her family, husband and the entire OTC team for all their love and support and is wishing everyone a very happy holiday!

Catalina Zelles  is thrilled to return to the Brooks Theatre for OTC’s 4th annual production of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play as Christmas Past/Tiny Tim. She previously performed here in Miracle on 34th Street (Susan Walker) 2016/17. Other favorite productions include North Coast Repertory Theatre’s West Coast Premiere of Gabriel (Estelle, Craig Noel Award), Patio Playhouse’s Wait Until Dark (Gloria); Moonlight Amphitheatre’s Newsies (Newsie); TS@NCRT’s Secret Garden (Colin Craven, NYA Award); SDMT’s Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl); Welk Resort Theatre’s The Music Man (Amaryllis) and Fiddler On The Roof (Bielke); OTC’sEurydice (Little Stone); Cygnet Theatre’s Gypsy (Baby June); Saville Theatre’s To Kill A Mockingbird (Scout) and The Old Globe’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Little Who Ensemble).  She thanks Mr. Leib for this joyful opportunity and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

Production Team

Ted Leib (Director)  San Diego directing credits include Sweet CharityMan of La ManchaFoxfireSame Time Next YearPicnicBoeing Boeing, A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, and The Musical of Musicals for Oceanside Theatre Company, and She Loves MeThe Fantasticks, Foxfire, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs for Scripps Ranch Theatre. In Orange County: Pirates of Penzance (STAGES theatre); Bug (Hunger Artists); Bus Stop (Vanguard); Forever Plaid and The 12 Plays of Christmas (Orange County Pavilion).  Ted serves currently as artistic director for Oceanside Theatre Company.

Leigh Anne Sutherlin (Music Director / Accompanist) began her professional music direction career during her classical piano, voice, and jazz training at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has performed extensively in resorts, clubs, theaters, and performance venues in the US, and has enjoyed decades of teaching piano and voice in her private music studio. She has written many choral arrangements, originals, and worship music (televised December 2006). Her jazz CDs, “Sandbar,” and “Jazzy Carols” are available for streaming online. After her art premier, she launched her website to share her music, art, and photography.  She was recently awarded the Denis Diderot [A-i-R] grant at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in France in 2023. Her work will be on display as a part of the chateau’s permanent collection.

Nathan Waits (Co-Stage Manager)

Morgan Zwonitzer (Co-Stage Manager)

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play (2021)
Production photos

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Ed Howell (Ebenezer Scrooge), Catalina Zelles (Ghost of Christmas Past)

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Grandison Phelps III (Narrator)

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Christmas Carol Carolers (from left): Audrey Ward, Olivia Pence, Robin Thompson, Bob Himlin

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Leigh Anne Sutherlin (Music Director & Accompanist)

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Robin Thompson (Jacob Marley)

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Audrey Ward (Mrs. Cratchit), Catalina Zelles (Martha Cratchit)

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Robin Thompson (Scrooge as a Young Man), Olivia Pence (Belle)

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John McCoy (Fezziwig)

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Bob Himlin (Nephew Fred), Ed Howell (Ebenezer Scrooge)

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Robin Thompson (Bob Cratchit), Ed Howell (Ebenezer Scrooge)

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John McCoy (Solicitor For The Poor), Ed Howell (Ebenezer Scrooge)

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Curtain Call for the Cast of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play

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Bob Himlin (Debtor), Olivia Pence (Debtor’s Wife)

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Robin Thompson (Scrooge as a Young Man), Audrey Ward (Fan)

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CC Carolers (from Left): Leigh Anne Sutherlin (Music Director & Accompanist), Audrey Ward, Olivia Pence, Robin Thompson, Bob Himlin

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CC Carolers (from Left): Audrey Ward, Olivia Pence, Robin Thompson, Bob Himlin