"I have learned everything about acting here, because I hadn't ever really been through a professional process," Grayson said.
For the veterans of "A Christmas Carol," it's that sort of excitement that helps keep everything new after more than three decades of putting on the same production.
"The thing that keeps it fresh are the kids," Keller said. "They are truly wonderful. Their excitement and enthusiasm is invigorating."
If You Go
What: "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Jerry Patch from the story by Charles Dickens and directed by John-David Keller
Where: South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
When: Opens Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 24. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday with times ranging from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. depending on the day.
Cost: $26 to $63 with discounts available for students, seniors, those under 25, educators and groups
Information: (714) 708-5555 or http://www.scr.org