Austin’s ZACH Theatre Holiday Rollout Brings Fun for the Family

ZACH Theatre is bringing three great seasonal shows to Austin 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 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. ZACH Theatre’s Moody Theatre for Families Series also brings back Holiday Heroes this season due to popular demand for two shows.

Kicking off the holiday, Austin’s Jaston Williams of Greater Tuna fame will return to A Christmas Carol starring as Ebenezer Scrooge. Additional returning cast favorites include: Chanel as Ghost of Christmas Present, Kenny Williams as Ghost of Christmas Past and 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 will be announced at a later date, so be sure to check back for the details.

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.

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.

A Christmas Carol


When: November 21–December 30, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH
Tickets: Start at $25
Age Recommendation: Six and up

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.

The Santaland Diaries


When: December 5–30, 2018
Where: The Whisenhunt at ZACH
Tickets: Start at $25
Age Recommendation: Twelve and up for adult humor.

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!

Holiday Heroes

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When: December 8 and 15, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 South Lamar | Austin, TX | 78704
Tickets: $18 (Youth) and $24 (Adult)
Age recommendation: Three and up

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.


Tickets are available online at, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office 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).

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