Charles Dickens'

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Thomas Haas

November 19 - December 24

OneAmerica Main Stage

Indy’s holiday tradition

Banish your bah humbugs, and celebrate the season at the IRT! Scrooge’s visits to the past, the present, and the future bring us hope in the dark of winter, when we need it most. A Christmas Carol celebrates the power of kindness, family, and love in this treasured tale filled with laughter, tears, and redemption.

Know Before You Go

  • APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 2 hours and 5 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.
  • A Christmas Carol contains mild profanity and depictions of ghosts and other imagery and effects that might frighten young children.
  • Recommended for patrons 4th grade and above.
  • Due to content and length, OneAmerica Mainstage and Upperstage productions are not suitable for children under 4 years of age, and it is the IRT’s policy that children under 4 are not permitted in these Theatres.

Special Programming

Cast Members

Ryan Artzberger
Bob Cratchit, Marley, Topper & Ensemble
Ryan Artzberger
Bob Cratchit, Marley, Topper & Ensemble
Ryan’s IRT credits include Clue, Oedipus, A Christmas Carol, Cyrano, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Diary of Anne Frank, Noises Off, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, God of Carnage, Rabbit HoleIron Kisses, and Death of a Salesman. Ryan is executive artistic director of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company. Regional credits include the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, the Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, the Lookingglass, and Great Lakes. Ryan graduated from Ohio University and Juilliard. “Love to Marita, Will, and Clara.”
Sean Blake
Fezziwig, Christmas Present, Pawnbroker, and Ensemble
Sean Blake
Fezziwig, Christmas Present, Pawnbroker, and Ensemble

Sean has appeared in the IRT’s A Christmas Carol for the past two seasons. Broadway/National Tour: Hal Prince and Susan Strohman’s Show Boat. Regional credits: the Goodman Theatre, the Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, Asolo Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, and many more. Sean can be heard on the original cast recording of Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce. Television credits: Empire (FOX), Chicago P.D. (NBC), and Mixtape (Netflix). Sean is a proud member of AEA and SAG, and is represented by Gray Talent. “Enjoy.”

Weezie Chavers
Child Scrooge, Tiny Time, Ensemble
Weezie Chavers
Child Scrooge, Tiny Time, Ensemble
Caroline Chu
Felicity, Belle, Laundress, and Ensemble
Caroline Chu
Felicity, Belle, Laundress, and Ensemble
Jennifer Johansen
Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Cratchit, Prudence, and Ensemble
Jennifer Johansen
Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Cratchit, Prudence, and Ensemble
Among Jen’s IRT appearances are The House That Jack Built, The Game’s Afoot, and The Syringa Tree. Phoenix Theatre favorites include Wild HorsesThe Pill, Hir, and The Christians. With the Human Race Theatre, favorites include Gloria: A Life and God of Carnage. Jen is a member of Indianapolis Shakespeare Company where she most recently performed in Love’s Labor’s Lost. Jen proudly serves on the boards of American Lives Theatre and Summer Stock Stage. Proud spouse of Rob Johansen. Jen is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. “Dedicated to Bob-O, and to our Puds.”  
Rob Johansen
Scrooge
Rob Johansen
Scrooge
This is Rob’s 16th Carol and his 52nd show at the IRT. Among his other IRT favorites are three one-person shows—This Wonderful Life, Underneath the Lintel, and After Paul McCartney—as well as The Grapes of Wrath, The Game’s Afoot, The 39 Steps, Cyrano (2002), and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Rob is a passionate worker at the Humane Society of Indianapolis, and asks people to consider getting their fur babies there. Shelter pups make the best pets! “This one’s for Puds.”
Elliot Sagay
Fred, Young Scrooge, Christmas Future, Ensemble
Elliot Sagay
Fred, Young Scrooge, Christmas Future, Ensemble
Maria Argentina Souza
Christmas Past, Penelope, Charwoman & Ensemble
Maria Argentina Souza
Christmas Past, Penelope, Charwoman & Ensemble
This is Maria’s third IRT Carol. In addition to IRT, Maria’s Indiana credits include work with Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Summit Performance Indianapolis, and others. She also appeared Off-Broadway and with other Regional Theatres around the country. Maria received her M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School. “Thank you for supporting the arts. May your holiday season be filled with things that bring you joy!"  
Belle Taylor-Moore
Child Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Ensemble
Belle Taylor-Moore
Child Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Ensemble

Creative Team

Janet Allen
Director
Janet Allen
Director
Russell Metheny
Scenic Director
Russell Metheny
Scenic Director
Russell has designed 75 IRT productions, including A Christmas Carol, The House That Jack Built, Cyrano, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Game’s Afoot, Who Am I This Time?, A Little Night Music, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, God of Carnage, The Heavens Are Hung in Black, Iron Kisses, The Gentleman from Indiana, Arcadia, and Ah, Wilderness. He has also designed for the Studio Theatre, the Great Lakes and Idaho Shakespeare festivals, Asolo Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, the Old Globe Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Missouri Rep, the Goodman Theatre, and Goodspeed Musicals.
Linda Pisano
Costume Designer
Linda Pisano
Costume Designer
This is Linda’s 19th design collaboration with IRT. Her work has been selected twice for the Quadrennial World Design Expo in Prague and twice for the World Stage Design exhibition. She is a three-time winner at the National Stage Expo, and a four-time recipient of the Peggy Ezekiel Award. Her work was featured in a world design exhibition with the Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow and the China Institute of Stage Design in Beijing. She serves as Chair of the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she is professor of costume design.  
Michael Lincoln
Lighting Designer
Michael Lincoln
Lighting Designer
Michael has designed 57 productions at the IRT, including Finding Home, You Can’t Take It with You, Noises Off, Who Am I This Time?, A Little Night Music, and The 39 Steps. Highlights of his career include the Broadway productions of Copenhagen and Skylight and off-Broadway designs including Mr. Goldwyn, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Defying Gravity, Bunny Bunny, and Swingtime Canteen. Michael has had long associations with the Alley Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Studio Theatre DC, Santa Fe Opera, and Los Angeles Ballet. He is artistic director of Tantrum Theater, the professional theatre of Ohio University. www.michaellincoln.net
Bently Heydt
Associate Lighting Designer
Bently Heydt
Associate Lighting Designer
This is Bentley’s third year with the Carol. He is an NYC-based Korean American lighting designer. Off-Broadway/NYC: A Number, The Seventeenth Chapel, She Talks to Beethoven, and Girlfriend the Musical (A.R.T./NY—Drama League); I Dream of Hornets (Boundless Theatre); Gen Z on Fire (Royal Family Productions); Normal? A New Musical (The King’s College NYC); Cubic and Quartet (Born Dancing); The Weak and the Strong, Uzume, and Resistance (Planet Connections Theatre/14th Street Y). Resident Lighting Designer for Hollins University. Assist/Assoc: Mr. Holland’s Opus (Ogunquit Playhouse World Premiere); Rent 25th Anniversary National Tour (Work Light Productions); Nutcracker (Connecticut Ballet). M.F.A., Ohio University. www.bentleyheydt.com  
Michael Keck
Composer
Michael Keck
Composer
At the IRT, Michael has composed for Sense and Sensibility; Cyrano; Murder on the Orient Express; Looking Over the President’s Shoulder;  April 4, 1968 (in which he also acted); and many others. His music has accompanied productions at Syracuse Stage, Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, The Alliance, Rep St. Louis, Mark Taper Forum, and many others. His international credits include the Market Theatre Johannesburg South Africa, the Barbican Theatre Center, and Bristol Old Vic. He is a member of AEA, SAG–AFTRA, and ASCAP.
Nicholas A. Owens
Choreographer
Nicholas A. Owens
Choreographer
Nicholas is co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Kenyettá Dance Company. Credits include Excerpts of Dreams, Signs of the Times, Speaking without Words, Groundwork Suites, Black Dance Matters, Black Box Theory, Sincerely Love, and Summer Solstice for Kenyettá Dance Company; The Color Purple and Ragtime at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre; and America the Modern, Love Is, Mad for Musicals, Super Soul, and Ray & Ella for Dance Kaleidoscope; A Christmas Carol (2022) and The Reclamation if Madison Hemings at IRT. This is his sixth year teaching at Shortridge High School as the Director of the MYP/CP/DP Dance Program.
Richard J Roberts
Dramaturg
Richard J Roberts
Dramaturg
This is Richard’s 34th season with the IRT, and his 26th as resident dramaturg. He has also been a dramaturg for the New Harmony Project, Write Now, and the Hotchner Playwriting Festival. He has directed IRT productions of A Christmas Carol, The Cay, Bridge & Tunnel, The Night Watcher, Neat, Pretty Fire, The Giver, The Power of One, and Twelfth Night. Other directing credits include Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Phoenix, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Edyvean. Richard studied music at DePauw and theatre at IU and was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Erin Robson-Smith
Stage Manager
Erin Robson-Smith
Stage Manager
Becky Roeber
Assistant Stage Manager
Becky Roeber
Assistant Stage Manager
Matt Shives
Assistant Stage Manager
Matt Shives
Assistant Stage Manager
Isaiah Moore
Second Assistant Stage Manager
Isaiah Moore
Second Assistant Stage Manager

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