The Holidays At ZACH Theatre Bring The Best Of The Seasonal Spirit For Everyone

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ZACH Theatre brings three great seasonal shows for everyone to share this 2018 Holiday Season. ZACH's rockin' holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol will return to The Topfer at ZACH for the fifth year November 21-December 30 with exciting new songs and new cast in addition to returning favorites. David Sedaris' ever-irreverent and giddily-cynical Macy's elf Crumpet is back with a new Crumpet, running on The Whisenhunt December 5-December 30. ZACH Theatre's Moody Theatre for Families Series brings back Holiday Heroes this season due to popular demand for two shows, December 8 and 15.

Kicking off the holiday, Austin's Jaston Williams of Greater Tuna fame will return to A Christmas Carol at ZACH starring as Ebenezer Scrooge. Additional returning cast favorites include: CHANEL as Ghost of Christmas Present, Kenny Williams as Ghost of Christmas Past, Roderick Sanford as Ghost of Christmas Future. Fresh from ZACH's 2018 Season hit, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and new to the cast of A Christmas Carol, MATTHEW REDDEN and JENNIFER BLAKENY YOUNG join the cast as Fred and Gwendolyn. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.

After last year's hiatus, The Santaland Diaries returns to ZACH in the Kleberg with a new look, and new elf. J. Robert Moore will star as Crumpet under the direction of Nat Miller running December 5-30.

Rounding out the season with another holiday favorite for the entire family is Holiday Heroes with a second show added due to demand. Written by Shaun Wainwright Branigan and Jerome Schoolar, the beloved original Holiday Heroes returns with some new songs and surprises on December 8 and 15 only.

A Christmas Carol

When: November 21-December 30, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 South Lamar | Austin, TX | 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at ZACH's box office - (512) 476-0541 x1,
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Summary: (Family Friendly) Austin's most rockin' holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH's inspired adaptation of the Dickens' classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.

Age Recommendation: Six and up.

Run Time: Approximate two hours and 20 minutes including one intermission.

The Santaland Diaries

When: December 5-30, 2018
Where: The Whisenhunt at ZACH | 202 South Lamar | Austin, TX | 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at ZACH's box office - (512) 476-0541 x1,
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Summary: (Adult Humor) David Sedaris' ever-irreverent and cynical Crumpet is baaaack! The outlandish tale of a Macy's elf merrily jingles to life in the intimate Whisenhunt at ZACH Theatre. In this holiday cult-classic, Crumpet sarcastically expounds on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santas during what is hailed as the most wonderful time of the year. 75 minutes of rollicking (and not so politically-correct) fun, this laugh-'til-you-spill-your-cocktail evening will delight adult elves who like it more naughty than nice!

Age Recommendation: Twelve and up for adult humor.

Run Time: 75 minutes with no intermission.

Holiday Heroes

When: December 8 and 15, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 South Lamar | Austin, TX | 78704
Tickets: $18 (Youth) and $24 (Adult) available at ZACH's box office - (512) 476-0541 x1
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Summary: (Family Friendly) Due to demand, the beloved original Holiday Heroes returns with some new songs and surprises! In this hilariously fun holiday sing-along, students get into the spirit with Ernie and Rufus. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter, and cheer for all.

Age recommendation: Three and up
Run time: 45 minutes with no intermission


Tickets are available online at, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m. ZACH's Box Office is located inside The Topfer, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. Free, short term and convenient parking available at the front entrance. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). Groups of 8 or more (20 + minimum for Holiday Heroes) may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing

  • Sign Interpreted and Open Captioned Performances occur the second Wednesday of each Mainstage production.
  • Post-show Discussion Nights occur the second Wednesday of each Mainstage production.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin's leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans - 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes. ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit for more information.

ZACH Theatre's 2018-19 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials

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