News Release

A Christmas Carol Runs December 2-10 at SCC

(Orange, CA)—Santiago Canyon College (SCC) invites the community to its production of A Christmas Carol. Doris Baizley’s creative telling of the classic Dickens ghost story, A Christmas Carol, is a unique recreation of the ever-popular Christmas tale. Originally developed by the Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Performing Arts Department at SCC is excited to bring this creative interpretation to life in its Black Box Theatre.

Baizley has created a fast-paced world complete with the beloved Dickens characters and plot line, but told as a play-within-a-play. A small Commedia dell’arte troupe of English actors is touring small-town America, performing their unique production of A Christmas Carol. Make time to enjoy this hilarious, yet heart-warming production that remains true to Dickens, including the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from curmudgeon to enlightenment.

This production will run from Saturday, December 2 until Sunday, December 10 at Santiago Canyon College, D-121, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869. Show times are: December 2 at 7:30 p.m., December 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., December 8 at 7:30 p.m., and December 9 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the SCC Bookstore and online at General admission is $15 and children ages 5-12 are $10. Students, Rancho Santiago Community College District staff, and seniors may purchase tickets on campus prior to November 22 for $12; after November 22, the cost will be $15. No children under five years of age may attend. All children must be in a purchased seat. Disabled seating is available. Seating is limited.

Cast and Hometowns:
Name                                 Role                                                      City
Robert Amador                  Leading Man/Bob Cratchit                     Silverado Canyon
Julian Acevedo                  Prop Boy/Tiny Tim                                 Santa Ana
Penelope Atkinson            Character Woman                                  Rancho Santa Margarita
Andrew “Drew” Clawson   Clown 1                                                  Orange
Justin Forsythe                  Director/Marley’s Ghost                         Orange
Joshua Franco                  Pre-show - Jamie]/Ensemble                 Orange
Aurea Gandarilla               Pre-show - Sally/Ensemble                    Garden Grove
Kayleen Kellogg                Young Leading Lady/Belle/Mrs. Fred     Placentia
Henry Landero                  Old Clown                                               Santa Ana
Jenna Landero                  Pre-show – Gertie/Ensemble                 Santa Ana
Chris McKay                     Clown 3                                                   Corona
Meagan McNeff                Pre-show – Charlotte/Ensemble/            Anaheim
                                         Clown 2
Shannon Rector               Leading Lady/Spirit of Christmas            Orange
                                         Past/Mrs. Cratchit 
Emma Smith                    Pre-show – Charlotte/Ensemble/            Orange
                                        Clown 2
Brad Stone                      Stage Manager/Ebenezer Scrooge         Balboa Island
Wesley Strickland            Pre-show – Malcolm/Ensemble              Yorba Linda
Tyler Winn                       Young Leading Man/Fred                       Anaheim

Directed by SCC Professor of Theatre Arts, Sheryl Donchey, the talented cast and crew are ready to share this delightful play.

For online tickets, visit For additional information, contact the SCC Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Division Office at (714) 628-4822.

About Sheryl Donchey
Well known throughout the Southland as an educator, director, choreographer, and actress, Sheryl Donchey is equally at home with classics, modern work, or musicals. With over 75 directorial credits to her resume, and another 60 as a performer, Donchey is a veteran of stage, screen, and television. She has trained and performed in the U.S. and abroad for most of her adult life, working with many name artists. A former student of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Actor’s Studio (West), Uta Hagan, the American Conservatory Theatre, and an M.A. [Acting] graduate of California State University, Long Beach, she has been consumed with the world of performance since her first dance lesson at age three. She has directed, choreographed, and acted with many California Civic Light Opera Associations, Shakespeare Festivals, Equity Waiver theatres, and summer stock companies In addition, her work has taken her to New York, London, Paris, Berlin, and Osaka, Japan. A professor of Theatre Arts at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College for many years, she is the recipient of numerous awards for her work both in directing and acting.

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked #13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult—and senior—in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503