Live ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to KC Rep


Posted by Bob Evans

 Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Announces Cast for
A Christmas Carol
Nov. 19 through Dec. 26, 2021, at Spencer Theatre

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2021-22 season with the beloved holiday classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott and directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director of KCRep/UMKC Partnership Jason Chanos. Performances run November 19 through December 26 at Spencer Theatre. Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition is back for its 41st season and promises an experience that is more magical than ever. Come share the joy of the holiday season, as our theatre transforms into a page right out of the classic tale by Charles Dickens.

Richly textured sets, ornate costumes and spectacular special effects will transport the entire family into the tale of the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, who requires the intervention of a few ghostly guides to find the true meaning of Christmas – and life itself. Lead financial support for A Christmas Carol is provided by US Bank and the Celebrating our Heritage Fund – Miller & Jeannette Nichols.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Carden stated, “It brings all of us at KCRep such joy to return to indoor live performance with our holiday tradition A Christmas Carol. For more than 40 years KCRep has brought our community together to experience Scrooge’s story of redemption and renewal and it is with deep gratitude, after nineteen months of our theatres being dark, that we welcome you back to the theatre and revive this joyous and meaningful tradition.”

Jason Chanos (Director/Associate Artistic Director of KCRep/UMKC Partnership) KCRep Directing: A Christmas Carol 2019, Of Mice and Men. KCRep Acting Credits: A Christmas Carol, The Invisible Hand, What Would Crazy Horse Do? and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. His connection to KCRep and the Kansas City theatre community began as a student of acting and directing at the UMKC’s professional MFA theatre training program. Around Kansas City, he has performed with The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The Unicorn and The Coterie. Chanos also teaches in the UMKC general education curriculum and is a proud founder of Theatre Alliance Kansas City. Prior to his time at the KCRep, he was a stage and TV actor in Los Angeles and served as the Head of Voice and Movement at Pepperdine University.

Gary Neal Johnson (Ebenezer Scrooge) KCRep (Associate Artist): Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Give ‘Em Hell, Harry (Harry Truman), Oleanna (John), M. Butterfly (Gallimard), Royal Hunt of the Sun (Pizarro), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), Bus Stop (Virgil), A Delicate Balance (Harry), Of Mice and Men (George), August: Osage County (Charlie), The Drawer Boy (Morgan), Nicholas Nickleby (Squeers), King Lear (Gloucester), Julius Caesar (Caesar), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), Last Days of Summer (Rabbi Lieberman), among others. Local: A Lie of the Mind, A Number, The Mousetrap, A Lesson from Aloes, Morning’s At Seven, among others (Kansas City Actors Theatre); King Lear (Lear), Merchant of Venice (Shylock), among others (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Wizard of Oz (Wizard), Annie (FDR, Starlight Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye, Spinning Tree Theatre); Hello, Dolly (Vandergelder, Musical Theatre Heritage); Regional: Goodman Theatre (Chicago), ACT (San Francisco), Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Awards: Dean Goodman Award for best supporting actor (San Francisco) 2006. AEA Member.

In addition to the return of Gary Neal Johnson as Ebenezer Scrooge, cast members include: Chioma Anyanwu (Mrs. Cratchit/Solicitor U/S/As Cast), LAUREN BRATON (Business 2/Mrs. Cratchit U/S/Mrs. Fezziwig U/S/As Cast), Walter Coppage (Storyteller/As Cast), Eileen Dixon (Belle/Dilber/Fred Party Guest/As Cast), Peggy Friesen (Harp/Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman/As Cast), Khalif J. Gillett (Fred/As Cast), Riley Lucas (Young Ebenezer/Ghost of Christmas Future/Fred Party Guest U/S/As Cast), Caleigh Michnowicz (Fred Party Guest/Belle U/S/Undertaker U/S/Dilber U/S/As Cast), Meredith Noël (Ghost of Christmas Past/Fred Party Guest/Business U/S/As Cast), Michael Oaks (Solicitor 2/Wilkins/Topper/Mr. Cratchit U/S/As Cast), Cody Proctor (Mr. Cratchit/Storyteller U/S/Fezziwig US/As Cast), Matthew Rapport (Ghost of Christmas Present/Solicitor 1/Marley U/S/ As Cast), John Rensenhouse (Marley/Mr. Fezziwig/Old Joe/As Cast), Mark Robbins (Undertaker/Scrooge U/S/As Cast), and Bri Woods (Mrs. Fred/Ghost of Christmas Present U/S/Old Joe U/S/As Cast). Tiny Tim will be played by Louisa Bartlett and Mimi Wood.

The Youth Cast Includes Emma Andrews (Belinda/fan), Alice Feldmiller (Want/young Scrooge), Kieran Ford (Peter/wilkins U/s), Cameron James (Peter/wilkins U/s), Eliza King (Belinda/fan), Topher Rauth (Turkey/teen Scrooge/ignorance), Lauren Rothaas (Martha), Drew Squire (Turkey/teen Scrooge/ignorance), Criston Starks (Martha), and Garrett Stephens (Want/Young

The Design and Production Team for a Christmas Carol Includes Rachael Cady (Lighting Design), Rachel M. Dyer (Assistant Stage Manager), Anthony T. Edwards (Music Director/piano Conductor), Sarah Espinoza (Sound Design Associate), John Ezell (Scenic Design), Gene Friedman (Scene Design Associate), Joshua Horvath (Sound Design), Tobin James (Movement Coordinator), Caleigh Michnowicz (Assistant Director), Jonathan Schriock (Asst. Music Director), and Emily Whitewinter (Production Stage Manager).

A Christmas Carol Nov. 19 – Dec. 26 | Spencer Theatre, UMKC Campus, 4646 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110 Directed by Associate Artistic Director of KCRep/UMKC Partnership Jason Chanos. Recommended for audiences ages five and older, Tickets start at $39.

For over 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year and create memories that will last for many Christmases to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. You’ll meet the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, and the irresistible Fezziwigs, and hear the haunting and joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at A Christmas Carol.
Fri., Nov. 19 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 20 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 21 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 24 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 26 2 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 27 2 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 28 1 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. *
Wed., Dec.1 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 2 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 3 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4 2 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 5 1 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8 7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 9 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 10 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11 2 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 12 1 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 15 7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 16 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 17 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 18 2 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 19 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 21 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 22 7 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 23 7 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 24 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 26 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
* press night

Ticket Information
For more information about the 2021-2022 season, call Ticketing Services, 816-235-2700, or visit Tickets for the rest of the productions will go on sale October 18, 2021. For group ticket sales, call 816-235-6122.

KCRep’s 2021-2022 season is underwritten by the Hall Family Foundation, Hallmark Corporate
Foundation, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, McDonnell Foundation, Shubert foundation, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Inc., the Missouri Arts Council (a state agency, whose gift is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts), and University of Missouri Kansas City.

COVID Protocols
KCRep is ready to welcome patrons safely back to the theatre and will continue to follow local, national and union(s) COVID-19 guidelines. There will be more information on safety protocol closer to performance dates. Please visit for the latest information.
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About Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected regional theaters and our mission is to inspire, entertain, and open minds by creating transformative theatre experiences for all. A catalyst for a culturally vibrant, equitable, and thriving Kansas City, KCRep connects artists and audiences in a welcoming environment that fosters wonder, curiosity, and understanding. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Variety and The Toronto Sun, KCRep primarily performs at Spencer Theatre, where it serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Copaken Stage located in downtown Kansas City, but it can also be found on the grounds and in Kansas City Repertory Theatre Kicks off Holiday Season with A Christmas Carol Nov. 19 – Dec. 16 the spaces of some of Kansas City’s most exciting cultural and public spaces. KCRep employs more than 250 professional artists, technicians, and administrators, and serves more than 100,000 patrons and
12,000 school children annually. To receive updates and news, like KCRep on Facebook (@KCRep), follow on Twitter (@KCRep) or Instagram (@KCRepTheatre).

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