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Updated January 7, 2021

Estella Scrooge Extended!

PCPA Presents A Brand-New Holiday Musical
Estella Scrooge
A Christmas Carol with a Twist

PCPA brings audiences a magical musical created with new cutting-edge technology, the world premiere Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist!

Available to stream now through January 31, 2021 at a 45% discount!

Estella Scrooge is a modern-day Wall Street tycoon with a penchant for foreclosing. Planning to lower the boom on a defaulter she is suddenly forced to take refuge from a freak snowstorm. That night, just as it happened to her ancestor, Ebenezer, she is haunted by three visitations.

The production features a cast of 24 award-winning Broadway notables and is the creation of John Caird (Les Misérables & Nicholas Nickleby) and Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre & Pride and Prejudice). Estella Scrooge is the first digital theatre piece filmed entirely during the pandemic. The production is a dazzling cinematic musical theatre adventure. It was filmed using tracked green screen techniques, with 3-D surreal digital environments created in post-production and merged with the actual footage of the actors in a brand-new way.

“I’m so happy to bring this new musical to life in the midst of these mad and maddening times. The creative team nimbly learned new techniques to bring the actors and their characters together,” said director/co-writer John Caird. Co-writer/composer Paul Gordon added, “This piece was a joy to create, from the first beat of the idea to the culmination of the film. …now it’s more important than ever to escape for a few hours with a message of love and hope.”

PCPA is thrilled that alum and Tony-nominated (Hadestown) actor, Patrick Page, can be seen in the role of Mr. Merdle. Patrick’s award-winning career includes early training and professional experience as a part of PCPA’s class of 1982!
Other PCPA connections: John Caird and Paul Gordon created Daddy Long Legs which PCPA produced in 2012 and worked in association with producer Michael Jackcowitz on My Fairytale in 2011.

Use promo code DICKENS45 and get a 45% discount. This makes rental pricing as low as $16.50 and the VIP package (unlimited viewings, a download of the CD and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage) for only $24.75.

Visit www.pcpa.org/EstellaScrooge for tickets, trailers, cast, photos, and more.

“…breathes new life into charles dickens’ classic tale…charming and captivating… the message of caring about and for other people -- especially those from more vulnerable communities is vital today.” - Los Angeles Times
“Song are lyrical or witty, lovely or lively – and delivered by a cast of pros.”
- New York Theater
“A Broadway experience…Estella Scrooge is everything you could want from a musical, and more.”
- comicon.com
“…a full-out Broadway-style musical with superb acting and Hollywood-worthy visuals using cutting-edge technology. This clever, updated take on dickens’ classic. Catchy music and lyrics will set you humming. The script gleefully bubbles over with Dickensian references. The traditional tale unfolds in a witty contemporary setting, and we’re hooked from the very first scene. In this new musical, past and present, old and new dissolve, and creatively, comically, sentimentally unite –perfect!”
- ithaca.com
“Wittily incorporates characters and plot lines from dickens’ great novels into a delightful collage...an innovative approach that combines the best aspects of live theatre and film with cutting edge technology...a fresh new view of the best and worst of times.”
Los Cerritos News
“Wonderful! this gorgeously filmed treat will help you start the new year with hope for the human race, something we could all use. lush visuals and stirring vocals.”
- East Bay Times
“Truly dazzling special effects - a visual treat…a broadway-caliber cast stuffed with tony nominees…endearingly offbeat. Caird, who also directs, transports us to a variety of magical settings via the imaginative visuals.”
- Cultural Weekly


January 2021

PCPA Offers New Educational Workshops This Spring

PCPA has developed new educational offerings for the fall: PCPA@School, a series of over 20 interactive workshops for K-12 classrooms taught by PCPA’s award-winning theatre professionals.

PCPA@School includes classes structured for elementary, middle, and high schools in acting, movement (including African dance), playwriting, lighting effects, fun with paper mâché, design theory, and more.

The 45-minute virtual classes are just $100 each.

For more information visit
August 2020

PCPA To Delay Opening of Season 57

As the outlook for the resumption of public gatherings remains poor, based on the resurgence of the COVID virus and the unpredictability of the pandemic getting under control, PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre will delay the opening of its Season 57 to June 2021, with plans to resume live performances in Santa Maria and the Solvang Festival Theater.

Typically, PCPA’s season begins with its holiday show in the fall. The planned postponement of production will sadly also imply no Spring 2021 performances in Santa Maria’s Marian and Severson Theatres, and the suspension of the 2-year Conservatory training programs for Acting and Technical theatre until August of 2021.

Artistic Director Mark Booher said, “In spite of our detailed plan for the resumption of on-site work and instruction, as we prioritize the health and safety of each company member, the hypothetical risks of a COVID exposure - its potential health impacts, quarantine requirements, and the impact on production and instruction time - creates too much risk and uncertainty. We are planning to shift our focus and conserve our resources to try to have ourselves in the strongest position possible for production in Summer ‘21. Our plan will be to produce four summer shows, primarily performing in Solvang.”

While consistent with the impacts the pandemic is having on arts institutions across the nation, this difficult decision has no precedent at PCPA, and has a myriad of deep ramifications. Still, the health and safety of PCPA’s staff, students and patrons naturally takes precedence, for the well-being of the whole community.

Booher remarked, “We remain passionate in our desire to return to our studios and stages! We are using this time to improve our internal working practices and culture, so that as we continue the rich legacy of artistry and excellence for which PCPA is known, we will be a healthier, more equitable, creatively robust contributor to community life and the future of the American Theatre.”

Although the stages may be ‘dark,’ PCPA has been very active in creating programming with PCPA’s company of artists. The theatre’s Fall and Spring plans will focus even more intently on virtual artistic, enrichment and educational experiences for the community. This includes the return, via Zoom, of PCPA’s play reading series InterPlay, planned for September and October. More information on InterPlay will be forthcoming, with announcements about Summer 2021 to follow.

For more information about all that is happening at PCPA, including virtual programming offerings, visit www.PCPA.org.

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