A Christmas Carol & Dickens Festival

The Merry Olde Streets of London Come to Life!

Christmas Carol the Musical: Brilliant Cast, Dynamic Live Orchestra, Astounding Costumes, and Starring treasured Tucson actors
Meet Charles Dickens Preshow: Upgrade for priority seating and intriguing author experience
Dickens Festival (FREE Admission): Holiday Amusement, Merry Vendors, Scrumptious food & treats, Jolly Musicians & Caroling

SEASON 2019-20

She Loves Me - Oct 11th – 20th

A Christmas Carol - Dec 6th – 15th

Carousel - Feb 28th – March 8th

The Monte Awards - May 9th

Let Freedom Sing - July 4th

DECEMBER 6th – 15th, 2019

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



(See Dickens Festival &

Pre-show Times Below)

Friday, Dec 6th  @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 7th @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 8th  @ 2:00 pm


(See Dickens Festival &

Pre-show Times Below)

Friday, Dec 13th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 14th @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 15th @ 2:00 pm

  • Join in the Merriment at the Dickens Festival (2 hours before each show)
  •  Meet Charles Dickens Pre-Show Performances and Pre-Seating (45 minutes before each show – $5/person additional)

Photos from Christmas Carol 2016-18


$24 General  •  $19 Senior (65+) /Military  •  $15 Students  •  $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.

Meet the Directors

Susan Stokes, Director

Versatile and multi-talented, Susan brings enthusiasm and expertise to her performing, teaching and directing careers. Susan has appeared in over 40 opera, operetta, musical theater and orchestral works across the US including Violeta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Boheme, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Susan directed the successful Opera on the Streetcar and has written, produced, and directed several children’s shows. She has appeared as Mrs. Fezziwig in Arts Express’ annual production of A Christmas Carol and is slated to direct the 2019 production.

Martin Gaines, Music Director

Martin I. Gaines is from Dell, Arkansas and is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree specializing in conducting at the University of Arizona. He has served as a graduate teaching assistant assisting with the University Bands and conducting courses while creating and conducting chamber ensemble programs which have collaborated with the UA Lunar and Planetary Labs and UA Dance. As a multiple woodwind artist in musical theater and jazz, Gaines also served as principal clarinetist for numerous ensembles, most notably the 151st Army Band. His conducting career spans scholastic to collegiate ensembles; his school bands and orchestras consistently received top honors, have performed at clinics and conferences across the United States, and in 2015, he was named Teacher of the Year for Oakleaf High School (Florida). Gaines received an M.M. in Conducting from Middle Tennessee State University and a B.M.Ed. from the historic VanderCook College of Music.

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


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The Annual Dickens Festival

In Conjunction with the 2019 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 •  Roaming Victorian Era Characters  •  A Christmas Carol the Musical