The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Karli Cadel Photography

By Gina Yarbrough

Carlsbad, CA– New Village Arts is bringing back a holiday tradition with the hit musical, “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas.” 

The heart-warming musical is written by San Diego playwright Dea Hurston, and devised by Frankie Alicea, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, and Milena (Sellers) Phillips.. 

Featuring lively songs, an eclectic and lovable cast of characters, and lots of seasonal cheer, “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas” is a celebration of Black culture, family, and love. 

Meant for audiences of all backgrounds and identities, the musical reminds everyone that the holiday spirit has the power to unite people in love, song, and joy.

The plot takes place in the home of Dorothy Black’s family on the Carlsbad coast, purchased during a time when a culture of discrimination and exclusion was heavily practiced in the area. The approaching Christmas holidays bring the return of Dorothy’s sons, her sister, and a few surprise guests. Coming together to sing several familiar holiday songs including “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Silent Night,” the family celebrates the past and future.

Directed by Kandace Crystal, this season’s production will feature a completely new design with a set design by Reiko Huffman and costumes by Zoë Trautmann. Returning cast members include Milena (Sellers) Phillips as Dorothy Black; Portia Gregory-Burnette as Lizzie; Victor Morris as James Sr./Victor; and Halin Morris as James Jr.. Kiara Hudlin, last seen in New Village’s hit musical “Singin’ In the Rain,” joins the cast as Aadya. Jacob James has also been cast as Brian, after performing in last season’s successful run of “Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman,” and Matthew Javier will play Javier. 

Actor’s Equity Member, Victor Morris returns for this year’s mainstage production in a role created for him by Dea Hurston herself. 

“We are thrilled to go back to Dorothy Black’s home for Christmas this year. With an all-new creative team, fresh music, and a dynamic cast, this year proves to be the perfect way to celebrate the holidays in Carlsbad, ” says Executive Artistic Director, Kristianne Kurner.

Performances run December 2 to December 24 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad.

For more information, call (760) 433-3245 or visit