All About Santa at The Santa Monica Playhouse

Good and Evil battle over the future of Christmas traditions.

In this new original holiday piece, it's time for Father Claus to retire. He looks to his son to fill his Santa boots and take over Christmas duties. The desperately nervous newly-appointed Santa tries to prove his worth to retired Father Claus, when who should appear on the scene, but Mr. Bottom from the bottom of the world.  Who is this mysterious stranger?  He's Santa's long lost twin brother, bringing with him a host of evil plans to destroy the love and sharing of the season.  The good North Pole folk in this heart-warming Victorian yuletide musical almost succumb to Mr. Bottom's sinister hijinks, but, with the help of the audience, brotherly love conquers all, leaving the way clear for still another happy holiday season, save the spirit of the holidays from the diabolical machinations of his evil twin, and find the nerve to win the heart of the future Mrs. Claus.

Santa's retiring and giving up the beard!

The antics of perky elves, zany inventors, toys that come alive and the coziness of a gorgeously detailed Victorian chamber set, which makes you feel like you are in a Christmas time capsule, add up to an afternoon of theatre magic in which audience participation and brotherly love pave the way for another happy yuletide season! 

This classic musical comedy, written and directed by the award-winning creative team of Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, and featuring the internationally acclaimed Actors' Repertory Theatre, shows young people the importance of family ties, how to develop a positive self-image, and the need for commitment, sharing and togetherness to fend off the temptations of an all-too commercial world. Personal attention, love and support for one another is key to the message delivered in All About Santa, as even the greediest of souls succumbs to the warmth of friendship and care. 'Never Give Up!' and 'Time Sure Does Fly When You're Having Fun' are but two of the colorful musical numbers that explore the value of loyalty, pride in one's work, and dedication to one's own principals and values.

Six more chances to see this delightful holiday show: Saturday and Sunday, December 17 & 18, at 12:30 and 3:00pm. Plus two special Winter Break performances, Tuesday and Thursday, December 20 & 22, at 2pm. Tickets are $10.50 for Kids (12 and under); $12.50 for adults. For tickets and birthday party information, please call 310-394-9779 ext 2.

Evelyn Rudie.

Written and directed by: Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo

Words and music by: Evelyn Rudie

Production stage manager: George J. Vennes III
Costumes by: Ashley Hayes
Set Design by: James Cooper
Featuring: Actors' Repertory Theatre members: Tim Chadwick, Rebecca Coombs, James Cooper, Serena Dolinsky, Cydne Moore, Cammy Truong, and John Waroff as Father Claus.
Photos: Cydne Moore


A good cause.

The Santa Monica Playhouse is a 60-90 seat house. Actors' Repertory Theatre, the award-winning resident performing company brings to brilliant life our rich heritage of playwrights, from Moliere to Strindberg, from Ionesco to Sholom Aleichem. In addition to its thriving performance agenda, the Playhouse enables thousands of young people to build self-esteem and social consciousness through intensive workshops, public performances, and a unique outreach program to educational institutions and youth.
The magic of live theatre, as it entertains and enlightens, that is the Santa Monica Playhouse. One of the country's most respected intimate theatrical centers, the Playhouse is the only theatre of its kind to have produced continuously for more almost half a century, and the first to have state-of-the-art technology without compromising the true spirit of the European Repertory theatre. Under the artistic direction of Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, the Playhouse has been honored with LADCC's Margaret Harford Award, the Drama- Logue Publisher's Award and eleven Mayors' Commendations. As the Playhouse celebrates its 43rd Anniversary, it looks back on more than 500 dynamic classic, contemporary and original productions.

According to LA Magazine LA Parent Daily Variety LA Times, The Santa Monica Playhouse is 'The Best Children's Theatre in L.A.'. I agree and wanted to provide you with information to help fund this very important institution, so, on!

Beloved James Whitmore supports The Santa Monica Playhouse.

"Through the years this small island of creative sanity has enriched the lives of countless children and adults. Don't let this proud little theatre die." James Whitmore

This past year has been a banner year for the Playhouse - five international cultural exchanges with companies from Japan and the U.K., Diversity-in-Education scholarship support again topping the 25% mark, three new classes added to the Education Conservatory program, a special student-produced benefit that raised over $2600 for Hurricane Katrina Relief! 2006 promises to be even more exciting.
They count on donations from you to help fund the vital programs that have made the Playhouse a leader in the field of theatre arts education and world premiere entertainment. Your annual end-of-year contribution is greatly appreciated and will go a long way toward funding important projects and programs such as Diversity-in-Education, Cultural Exchange, New Works and Community Outreach.


Provides scholarships for underserved students; free field trips for socio-economically disadvantaged schools; in-the-schools Shakespeare events. To fill ever-growing requests for these important programs for the 2006 Spring Session, the Education Conservatory must augment its current budget by $27,000
'produce' one of our main stage, family theatre
or new work shows.
Become a 'producer' for one of our world premiere productions, support emerging artists and help bring new theatre ideas to the boards. Your contribution in any amount will help us raise the $42,000 needed to fully fund our 2006 New Works season.


Our lighting system is having a mid-life crisis. Almost forty years old, it is on its last leg, lucky if it makes it through New Year's Eve. Our printer, too, is ready to go. Your donation will help us reach our $23,000 goal for a new lighting system and heavy-duty printer.
Checks may be sent directly to Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391. Credit Card or stock donations may be made by calling 310-394-9779 extension 1.

In addition to its thriving performance agenda, the Playhouse also enables thousands of young people to build self-esteem and social consciousness through intensive workshops, public performances and a unique outreach program to educational institutions and youth organizations locally and worldwide. These programs enable students to excel not only in performance skills such as acting, singing, dancing, costumes, make-up, musical theatre and more, but also in such study and life skills as teamwork, problem-solving, decision making, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, research and language arts.

Next up are three three special December programs where youngsters can discover the joy of participation as they go about the business of making theatre: two exciting week-long WINTER BREAK WORKSHOPS or the one day WINTER WONDERLAND WORKSHOP or in all three.
The WINTER BREAK WORKSHOPS run Monday through Friday, December 26-30, 2005 and January 2-6, 2006, 9am to 3pm. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 participate in an incredible week-long adventure in creativity, joyfully diving into all aspects of play production. Music, dance, make-up, costumes, props, lighting and sound, and of course, performance, are just the beginning as members make new friends and learn to express themselves, working with professional theatre artists and playwrights to create an always astonishing piece of personal theatre.

WINTER BREAK WORKSHOPS at Santa Monica Playhouse are the perfect way for aspiring thespians to spend their holiday vacation time, and a great entree for those who are curious about the theatre arts experience. New for 2005, the Playhouse is also offering WINTER WONDERLAND, an exciting one-day workshop, Monday, December 19, 9:00am to 3:00pm, where young people between the ages of 6 and 14 participate in theatre games, learn about movement, singing, performance art, make-up and work with professional Playhouse theatre artists to get a true taste of the theatre experience. For more information and to set up an interview appointment, contact Director of Education Cammy Truong at 310-394-9779 ext 673 or [email protected].

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