A Christmas Carol (Zach Theatre)
by Zach Theatre

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, 2016

Jaston Williams as Scrooge, 2017(photo by Kirk R. Tuck)Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition is back by popular demand for the third year in a row. A Christmas Carol plays on stage in the Topfer Theatre November 23 – December 31, 2016 and stars JASTON WILLIAMS of Greater Tuna fame, in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. ZACH Theatre's A Christmas Carol combines new hit songs and reimagined carols with traditional Victorian setting and costumes.


Returning to the cast of are MICHAEL VALENTINE (The Who’s Tommy) in the role of Fred; KENNY WILLIAMS (Sophisticated Ladies, The Gospel at Colonus) as The Ghost of Christmas Past; CHANEL HAYNES-SCHWARTZ (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sophisticated Ladies) as the Ghost of Christmas Present; RODERICK SANFORD (The Gospel at Colonus) as Jacob Marley and Mr. Fezziwig; PAUL SANCHEZ (The Who’s Tommy) as Bob Cratchit; SARA BURKE(Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Winnie the Pooh) as Belle; TYLER JONES (One Man, Two Guvnors) as Young Scrooge; MARIANEL MARQUEZ as Marta Cratchit; KELLY PETLIN as Gwendolyn; and MEGAN RICHARDS WRIGHT as Mrs. Cratchit. LESLIE ANN LEAL, CELESTE CASTILLO, and NICOLAS GARZA return to A Christmas Carol in the ensemble. New to this year’s production are KIM STACY (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, James and the Giant Peach) in the role of Mrs. Fezziwig; VINCENT HOOPER (The Gospel at Colonus) as a Charitable Gentleman; BOYCE TEMPLIN (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as the Ghost of Christmas Future; AIDEN WEN and RYAN GU in the role of Tiny Tim; and D’MARIEL JONES in the ensemble.




A Christmas Carol is Adapted and Directed by ZACH Theatre Producing Artistic Director DAVE STEAKLEY with Musical Direction by ALLEN ROBERTSON. CHRISTA OLIVER is the Choreographer with BOB LAVALEY as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer and SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer. SARAH MAINES is the Lighting Designer with CRAIG BROCK as the Sound Designer, STEVE BAGLIO as the Properties Designer and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as the Stage Manager.

Special events in celebration of A Christmas Carol include:

  • Wednesday Post-Show Talkback – November 30, 2016
  • Sign Interpreted and Open Captioned Performance: November 30, 2016
  • Champagne Opening Night: Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Sign Interpreted Performance: December 18 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Z Lounge: Musical entertainment in the Topfer Theatre’s Main Lounge.

Recommendation: Six and up.

Run Time: Approximate two hours and 20 minutes including one intermission.

Heritage Title Company is Presenting Sponsor of A Christmas Carol with Silicon Labs as a Leading Sponsor, Jeff and Marcy Carpenter, Pamela and Scott Reichardt as Executive Producers, and Michael and Sarah Heidler as Producers.


(2015 photo by Kirk R. Tuck)



Jaston Williams - Scrooge

Michael Valentine - Fred

Kenny Williams - Ghost of Christmas Past

Chanel Haynes - Schwartz - Ghost of Christmas Present

Boyce Templin - Ghost of Christmas Future

Roderick Sanford – Jacob Marley / Mr. Fezziwig

Paul Sanchez - Bob Cratchit

Megan Richards Wright - Mrs. Cratchit

Marianel Marquez - Marta Cratchit

Kelly Petlin - Gwendolyn

Vincent Hooper - Charitable Gentleman

Kim Stacy - Mrs. Fezziwig / Laundress

Tyler Jones - Young Scrooge

Sara Burke - Belle

Leslie Ann Leal - Ensemble

Celeste Castillo - Ensemble

Nicolas Garza - Ensemble

Alaina Vi Maderal - Ensemble

D'Mariel Jones - Ensemble

Aiden Wen - Tiny Tim

Ryan Gu - Tiny Tim

Devon Bell - Fan

Scarlet Craig - Fan

Javier Garcia - Young Scrooge

Mercy Bovik - Children’s Ensemble

Eric Gu - Children’s Ensemble

Lilah Guaragna - Children’s Ensemble

Elli Grace Hodges - Children’s Ensemble

Christian Hooten - S Children’s Ensemble

Helena Lang - Children’s Ensemble

Carolyn O'Brien - Belinda / Children’s Ensemble

Georgia Orchid - Children’s Ensemble

Bridgette Peterson – Children’s Ensemble

Diego Rodriguez - Turkey Boy / Children’s Ensemble

Charlie Welland - Children’s Ensemble

Claire Wilcox - Children’s Ensemble

Anderson Zoll - Turkey Boy / Children’s Ensemble



Dave Steakley - Director

Allen Robertson - Music Director

Christa Oliver - Choreographer

Bob Lavaley - Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne - Costume Designer

Serret Jensen - Hair and Makeup Designer

Sarah Maines - Lighting Designer

Craig Brock - Sound Designer

Steve Baglio - Properties Designer

Catherine Anne Tucker* - Stage Manager


About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 300 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 115,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes. ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932 and in its 84nd season, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.


ZACH Theatre’s 2016-17 Season is sponsored in part, by AT&T, Austin Catering, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, H-E-B, Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake, Kirk Tuck Photography, Marquee Event Group, OnRamp Access, and Schlotzsky’s; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, the Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department.


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A Christmas Carol (Zach Theatre)
by Dave Steakley, adapting Charles DIckens
Zach Theatre

November 23 - December 31, 2016
Zach Theatre
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX, 78704

Click to view a feature at www.SoulCiti.com, December 5, 2016


Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541 ext. 1, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.) Monday through Saturday12 noon – 5 p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Student Rush Tickets are $18 one hour before show time (with valid ID). Wednesdayevenings and Saturday matinees feature arts industry professional pricing.


(2015 photo by Kirk R. Tuck_