CAST’s ‘Scrooge the Musical’ ushers in Christmas spirit and traditions

Rich LaFetra performs as Ebenezer Scrooge in "Scrooge the Musical."
Rich LaFetra performs as Ebenezer Scrooge in “Scrooge the Musical.”

While Fallbrook might not have a white Christmas this year, there are a few ways that families around the community can get into the holiday spirit. One such way is by creating traditions that are enjoyed year after year by the whole family.

The annual CAST Christmas production has become one of Fallbrook’s favorite Christmas traditions. After 25 years of holiday productions at Mission Theatre, CAST and Mission Theatre have allowed Fallbrook families to bring their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren to local performances every December, effectively putting everyone in the Christmas spirit.

This year’s rendition of “Scrooge the Musical” is exactly what’s needed to thaw even the coldest of hearts. The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is not unfamiliar to many in the area, as it’s one of the CAST’s most popular plays. As a matter of fact, many of the actors in the play have repeated roles from previous years’ productions, as being a part of “Scrooge” is just as big of a tradition as watching the performance.

Many of the cast have grown up being CAST members, so performing in the Christmas play is a rite of passage that they repeat year after year. For some, this is their debut into theater, and are just developing their passion for acting. Regardless, the entire team works tirelessly for months to prepare. For some, the entire family is a part of the production, whether it be as actors, dancers, or behind-the-scenes workers on the show.

Rich LaFetra embodies Ebenezer Scrooge, and is perfectly rude to his clerk Bob Cratchit, played by Chad Sinclair. As the audience watches Scrooge learn about the true meaning of Christmas, he meets endearing Tiny Tim, played by seven-year-old Austin Martin, along with a wide array of cast members. The comedic timing of the actors and emotional displays pull along the audience and leave everyone cheering at the end. It’d take a heart of stone not to feel happy by the end of the performance.

The fact “Scrooge” showcases that such a wide display of talent is one of its appeals. The play doesn’t require just actors; it’s clear by looking at the rotating set that a talented production staff, led Oscar Escobedo, worked hard to transform the old theater’s stage into 19th Century London. Among the actors, talented singers are able to dazzle the audience, and ballet dancers twirl and spin with ease.

Director Jennifer Craw has done a fantastic job incorporating the various elements of theater needed to put together such a fun show. As families come into the community and look for ways to incorporate the community into their holiday traditions, recommend that they come see CAST’s “Scrooge.”

“Scrooge the Musical” will run at the Mission Theatre from December 9 to December 23. For more information on the performances or to buy tickets, go to

One Response to "CAST’s ‘Scrooge the Musical’ ushers in Christmas spirit and traditions"

  1. Jim   December 18, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Falbrookians are blessed to have live theater right in the heart of our “friendly village.”
    As I walked toward the exit after last Sunday afternoon’s performance I met a man who drove here from Carlsbad to see what has become a tradition for his wife and himself.

    Each time I attend the performance of Scrooge here at our historic Mission theater the performance and the quality of the production gets even better.
    The sound system has been improved and the main actors and actresses wear nearly invisible wireless microphones that catch every word so that the audience doesn’t miss a thing.

    Thom De Roest gave a sterling performance as the ghost of Christmas Present. His one man show here at the Mission Theater six years ago portraying Saint John in Exile made an indelible impression on me. What talent!
    Thom is the brother of two very well known and respected members of our community; Patty Hornsfeld, Mission Theater, and Joe De Roest, owner of Joe’s Hardware.
    If you have yet to avail yourself of this annual treat you are missing out of some of the best of Fallbrook.

    Thanks Andrea for sharing your article with our community.


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