Stream​ The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge​, available December 10 - 20, 2020.

Orlando, FL — ​A hilarious, holiday treat, ​The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge​ by Mark Brown, is the cheeky sequel to a beloved Christmas classic. Produced by Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF, the Video on Demand virtual theater experience runs from December 10 - 20, 2020. 

You’ll enter a virtual courtroom, where the stakes couldn’t be higher. While the play will be filmed safely from each actor’s residence, the production will feature detailed, period costumes and an innovative, digital set design to unite all the action. Tickets (starting at $15) are available now by phone (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or online at

In this laugh-out-loud, twisted take on the holiday classic, it’s one year after ​A Christmas Carol and Scrooge has returned to his miserly ways… The Ghosts of Christmas are on trial for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress as Scrooge rants and raves to the court. Both silly and sweet, ​The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge​ is a heartwarming comedy for the whole family!

"This show is just packed with Christmas cheer and plenty of laughs," says ​Jim Helsinger​, Orlando Shakes’ artistic director and director of this production. “And it adds a delightful twist to the classic Dickens tale. With this Video on Demand experience, patrons can enjoy theater for the holidays from the safety of their home.” 

This production stars:

  • Philip Nolen* ​as Ebenazer Scrooge.​ ​Nolen made his Orlando Shakes debut in ​The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)​ over twenty years ago; since then, he has been a regular presence at Orlando Shakes, in plays and musicals, including its groundbreaking Original Pronunciation performance of ​Twelfth Night​, and the two-part, seven-hour epic, ​The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby​. Nolen also performs in the “Citizens of Hollywood” street theater troupe, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1992.
  • E. Mani Cadet* ​as Judge Stanchfield R. Pearson. Last seen at Orlando Shakes in Antony and Cleopatra​ and Man of La Mancha​          ​, other credits include Tamino in ​The Magic Flute​, Don Jose in ​Carmen​, Tonton Julian from ​Once on This Island​, Old Deuteronomy in ​CATS​, Gitlow Judson in ​Purlie​, and Mister in ​The Color Purple​. Most recently Mani performed in a production of​ Little Shop of Horrors​ as the Voice of Audrey II, as King Triton in ​The Little Mermaid​,  as Ken Page Character in a production of ​Ain’t Misbehavin’​, and Man in​ Is God Is at Hippodrome.​ Theatre. Film/TV: Richard in ​At The End Of The Day​. He holds degrees from Stetson University and the New England Conservatory of Music. 
  • Rodney Lizcano* ​as Solomon Rothschild. Lizcano returns to Orlando Shakes where he previously appeared as Octavius Caesar in ​Antony and Cleopatra​, Porthos in ​The Three Musketeers​, and Northumberland/Vernon in ​Henry IV, Part 1​. He has appeared in regional theater across the country with notable appearances at Denver Center Theatre Company (17 seasons): ​Book of Will​, American Mariachi​​, ​Constant Wife​, ​Frankenstein​, Hamlet​,​ Twelfth Night​, ​American Night​, ​The Merchant of Venice, ​Spinning Into Butter​, Inna Beginning​, ​The Tempest​, ​Gross Indecency​, ​The Rivals​, ​The Winter’s Tale​, and ​A Christmas Carol​. Other theaters: Colorado Shakespeare Festival (​Richard III​, ​Much Ado About Nothing​, ​Othello​, The Tempest​​), The Old Globe, Dallas Shakespeare, Theatre Aspen, Arvada Center. TV/Film: ​Silver City​ directed by John Sayles and “Stage Struck” on Bravo. Training: Southern Methodist University (BFA); National Theatre Conservatory (MFA).
  • Anne Hering*​ as Mrs. Crachit & others. Hering has appeared in many Orlando Shakes productions over her 20 seasons with the company, including ​The Three Musketeers​, Henry IV: Part 1​, ​Richard II​, Bakersfield Mist​​, ​Bad Dog​, ​The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby​, ​Sense and Sensibility​, ​Romeo and Juliet​,​ Cymbeline​, ​God of Carnage​, and ​Pride and Prejudice​. Directing credits include ​Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley​, ​The Great Gatsby​, ​The Turn of the Screw​, ​Yankee Tavern​,​ Cabaret​,​ Into the Woods​, ​Bat Boy​, ​Hay Fever​, ​Defying Gravity​, ​Sylvia​, and ​All in the Timing​. Anne is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA and is Director of Education at Orlando Shakes. For more information, please visit:


The cast also includes ​Quinton Cockrell*​ as Bob Crachit & Jacob Marley,​ Darren Escarcha Cajipo​ as the Bailiff,  ​Brian Wiegand​ as Fred & the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and Sarah Hubert​ as the Ghost of Christmas Past & others.

The artistic team includes Director ​Jim Helsinger, Scenic Designer ​ ​Bert Scott​, Lighting Designer ​Philip Lupo​, Costume Designer ​Kristina Tollefson**​, Sound Designer ​Britt Sandusky​, Post Production Manager ​Christian Knightly​, and AEA Stage Manager ​George Hamrah​*.

Jim Helsinger​ has been the Artistic Director of Orlando Shakes since 1995. During that time, his directing credits have included ​The Three Musketeers​, ​The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful​, ​West Side Story​, ​Monty Python's Spamalot​, ​The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby​, ​The Adventures of Pericles​, ​Henry V​, ​Titus Andronicus​, ​Cymbeline​, ​The Two Gentlemen of Verona​, ​A Midsummer Night's Dream,​ and others. Other directing credits include: Prague Shakespeare Company (​Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker​), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (​Much Ado About Nothing​), and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (​The Foreigner​, ​Lend Me A Tenor​). As an actor, he has performed in the title roles of ​Cyrano de Bergerac​, ​Hamlet​, ​Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde​, ​Dracula​, and ​Henry V​. Television credits include ​From the Earth to the Moon​; ​Sheena, Queen of the Jungle​; and ​Mortal Kombat​. As a playwright, his adaptations include ​Robinson Crusoe​; ​A Christmas Carol​; ​Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker​; ​Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus​; and ​The Trial of Joan the Maid​.  He is a member of Actor's Equity Association, National Theatre Conference, The National New Play Network, and is the Past President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

***Member of Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society



For Video on Demand, patrons will receive a link and unique access code to a prerecorded video of the production. The performance may be watched at any time within the specified run dates. To learn more, please visit:  




The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge​ cost $15 per person to stream. $10 for students.

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge ​is presented by AdventHealth, with additional support from Raymond James.

Orlando Shakes is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.




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Celebrating over 30 seasons, Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF produces classic, contemporary, and children’s plays. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Douglas Love-Ramos, Orlando Shakes is Central Florida’s largest professional theater company, garnering national recognition from The Wall Street Journal, “Spectacular and satisfying… Broadway-quality… impressive… come to Florida and plunge yourself in…”

With ambitious, high-caliber productions like 2018’s groundbreaking Original Pronunciation production of Twelfth Night​    ​, 2019’s highly innovative, actor-driven production of Macbeth​         ​, and their highest-grossing musical production, 2018’s In the Heights​   ​, the theater continues to provide a world-class, theatrical experience to its guests, while showcasing William Shakespeare’s legacy as the cornerstone of the company. Orlando Shakes also offers immersive educational programming that serves Central Florida schools and the local community at large. Each season consists of the seven-show Signature Series, the three-show Children’s Series, and PlayFest, a festival of new play readings with exclusive panels, as well as a variety of fun special events throughout the season.

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