It has been my pleasure to perform in two different versions of Charles Dickens classic tale. From 2011 through 2015, I performed in Kevin Cochran's (Artistic Director, Grove Theater Center), 3 person version at GTC in Burbank, California. This unique adaption utilizes only the originial text of Dickens's story, and minimal props. I perform nearly all the male characters (except Scrooge) and half the narration: Marley, Cratchit, Fezzywig, Ghost of Christmas Present, Christmas Future, and many others. Here are some pictures from this special production, and one of our many outstanding reviews. Also, farther down this page, you'll find information about my first involvement with "A Christmas Carol." In 2006, I played Scrooge (Equity guest artist contract), in International City Theater's production at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.
Ghost of Christmas Present
"Sometimes seeming to jump out of his skin, Frank Simons narrates the story while quintupling as Scrooge's clerk Bob Cratchit, Marley's ghost, and the Spirits of Christmas Present and Future. Simons ignites the fire within each of his characters, and lets their passions consume the stage." Stage Raw - RECOMMENDED - by Devin Weil.
In addition to the GTC production, in 2006, I played Scrooge, in International City Theater's production at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. This was under an Equity Guest Artist contract. Here's a couple of candid shots of me, one in my dressing room, as well as a couple of the excellent reviews.
In my dressing room
"Simons is the haired...stage manager...forced to take on the role of Scrooge. Simons is wonderfully grumpy and still appealing and his fringe of white hair which gets more messed up as he gets more frightened is amazing." - John Farrell, Long Beach Press-Telegram.
"Frank Simons grounds the production with a Scrooge that looks like Lionel Barrymore and segues vividly from his early framing role as the Stage Manager through the suffering miser years to his joyful epiphany on Christmas morning." - Laura Hitchcock, CurtainUp.com