A Christmas Carol & Dickens Festival

Experience the timeless classic that captivates audiences each year: Arts Express’ annual production of A Christmas Carol, the musical. The show stars Tucson legend Christopher Younggren as Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as Michael and Kimberly Chaffin, and many more! Adapted from the Dickens classic, this musical features a brilliant score by Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island, Seussical). After premiering at the Paramount Theatre at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1994, A Christmas Carol the musical made its television debut starring Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge. 

SEASON 2018-19

Peter and the Starcatcher - Oct 5th – 7th

A Christmas Carol - Dec 7th – 16th

The Secret Garden - March 22nd - 31st

Tucson Starlight Awards - May 12th

Summer Show - Coming Soon!

Let Freedom Sing - July 4th

DECEMBER 7th – 16th, 2018

Berger Performing Arts Center - 1200 W Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745


(See Dickens Festival &

Pre-show Times Below)

Friday, Dec 7th

12/7/2018  @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 8th

12/8/2018  @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 9th

12/9/2018  @ 2:00 pm


(See Dickens Festival &

Pre-show Times Below)

Friday, Dec 14th

12/14/2018  @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 15th

12/15/2018  @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 16th

12/16/2018  @ 2:00 pm


$20 General  •  $15 Senior (65+)/ Students /Military  •  $10 Children (12 & under)

*Ticket Prices Increase by $5 at the Door

Or call (520) 319-0400

SYNOPSIS: Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Photos from Christmas Carol 2016-17

Meet the Directors

Chris Will, Director

Chris Will has been directing, teaching and performing musicals all around the world for the past 19 years, including two Off-Broadway shows (Time Being and The Jungle Queen Debutante). He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming in Theatre & Dance and continued his education in the United Kingdom, earning his Masters of Performance in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and received an MFA in directing form the University of Idaho. Chris Will is excited to start working full time as the theater professor at Pima Community College.

Tim Warren, Music Director

Tim Warren has been a part of the Tucson theatre scene for 11 years. He has enjoyed working as a director, music director, conductor and teacher with many theatre companies and in Tucson including Arts Express, Arizona Onstage, Arizona Rose, CYT, and Arizona Theatre Company. He was an administrator and director of music for the BASIS schools for 5 years and he is an adjudicator for the Tucson Talent Workshop and Showcase, the Tucson Cinderella Scholarship Pageant, and the Tucson Starlight Awards. Before moving to Tucson, Tim was an active performer and educator throughout the Northeast. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master of Music degree from The New England Conservatory of Music and has studied education and performance at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and the University of Arizona. As a conductor, he led wind ensembles and orchestras throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia. Tim currently teaches music and theatre at the Legacy Traditional School in Las Vegas and provides music lessons in Tucson and Las Vegas.

Simone Jolivet-Manuel - Choreographer

Simone Jolivet-Manuel, a member of that rare breed of Tucsonans actually born in Tucson. She received her BA from Northern Arizona University and her M.Ed in Elementary Education. Simone began dancing at the age of 7, she continued training over the years with workshops and conventions across the country with high-end choreographers - Savion Glover, Mandy Moore, Paula Abdul, JT Hornstein, Denise Leitner and many others. Currently Simone is in her 13th year at Salpointe Catholic High School and 2nd year choreographing for Arts Express. Simone’s professional achievements include work with Salpointe Pomline, Dance Force-1 Productions, Gaslight Theater and Danswest Productions and the 2001, 2005 and 2009 Link Cotillions. She thanks her husband Scot, children Lincoln and Maxine and her mother, for their support and love.

Meet the Cast

Christopher Younggren, Ebenezer Scrooge

A Tucson native, Christopher has been involved in theatre from Los Angeles to New York City for over forty years, before finally returning home. Locally, has been seen in The Scoundrel & Scamp’s Salomé, Invisible Theatre's Indoor/Outdoor, Live Theatre Workshop‘s The Voice of the Prairie (2017 Best Actor Mac Award)  and Move Over Mrs. Markham (2015 Best Actor Mac Award nominee), Arizona Rose's The Odd Couple and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and several villainous roles at The Gaslight Theatre, from Lord Vader to Lord Voldemort. In the fall of 2018, he will be performing in the one-man show, Dogs of Rwanda with The Tucson Labyrinth Project. He is also a 3rd-grade GATE teacher at Lineweaver Elementary. He’ll sleep in the next life.

Coming Soon!
Coming Soon!

The Annual Dickens Festival

In Conjunction with the 2018 production of A Christmas Carol

Join us as the streets of Olde London come to life!

• Holiday Amusement  •  Merry Merchandise Vendors  •  Jolly Musicians & Caroling • Scrumptious Treats • Meet Charles Dickens • Photos with Father Christmas •  Roaming Victorian Era Characters  •  A Christmas Carol the Musical


Schedule Coming Soon!