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December 2020
A Chirstmas Carol

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve, 1851

A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting-house on a frigid Christmas Eve. His clerk, Bob Cratchit, shivers in the anteroom because Scrooge refuses to spend money on heating coals for a fire. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, pays his uncle a visit and invites him to his annual Christmas party. Two portly gentlemen also drop by and ask Scrooge for a contribution to their charity. Scrooge reacts to the holiday visitors with bitterness and venom, spitting out an angry “Bah! Humbug!” in response to his nephew’s “Merry Christmas!”

Need we say more?

NEWS FLASH we are pushing ahead with our alternative show plan.  We are planning auditions for our Christmas show which will be ‘A Christmas Carol’ a classic story rewritten by Brendan Sheppard. We are inviting you all to join us for our audition weekend. These will be done in an informal audition and Zoom. We will be adhering to social distancing rules.  

 

Audition will be run over Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2020.

 

 

Character List is Below 

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THE CHARACTERS

THE NARRATOR

He/she is our guide through the script, they should be extremely engaging and lively, be able to convey the emotion of the scene and paint pictures with words. They can, should they wish, proof read the extracts from the prop book they carry with them but they should try to learn as much of the dialogue as possible. Enuncation, great storytelling skills and confidence is key to this role.

 

EBENEEZER SCROOGE

The protagonist, Scrooge is a cold, miserly creditor whose redemption to kindness and selflessness forms the arc of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge represents the Victorian rich who neglect the poor and think only of their own well-being. The most motivation Dickens provides for Scrooge's character is his depiction of him as a young boy; neglected by his peers and, it appears, by his father, the young Scrooge seemed determined to live only for himself as he aged. Brother to Fan and Uncle to Fred.

 

BOB CRATCHIT

Cratchit is Scrooge's overworked employee, a timid man afraid to stand up to his boss's demanding ways. The patriarch of a family poor in wealth but rich in love, he cares especially dearly for his crippled son, Tiny Tim. Cratchit is a symbol for the Victorian poor, good-hearted and hard-working but unable to climb out the stifling conditions of poverty. Husband to Mrs Cratchit and father to Belinda, Peter and Tim.

 

GHOST PAST

The first ghost to visit Scrooge, the small, female figure represents memory. Female part, quiet and gentle.

 

GHOST PRESENT

A giant clad in robes, this ghost has 1800 brothers and a life span of one day. He represents celebration and charity. Male figure, loud and boastful.

GHOST FUTURE

This solemn, silent phantom represents death, but also the presents the possibility that the future is not determined, but open to the free will of humans.

FRED

Scrooge's nephew, Fred embodies the jollity and sharing of Christmas. He refuses to let Scrooge's "Bah! Humbug!" attitude bring him down, and is overjoyed when his uncle converts and attends his party. Husband to Angela.

 

TINY TIM

Cratchit's crippled son, Tiny Tim represents the overwhelming goodness of the Christmas spirit, he is a soft and gentle character full of life and happiness. Son of Bob Cratchit.

JACOB MARLEY

Scrooge's old partner, Marley appears to Scrooge as a ghost and warns him about the dangers of being obsessed with money. A highly troubled spirit who carries a chain of selfishness.

FEZZIWIG

The young Scrooge's jolly, selfless boss.

BELLE

Scrooge's former girlfriend, she breaks up with him because of his greed but is beautiful and gentle but strong willed. Mother of 1 daughter and wife.

FAN

Scrooge's younger sister and mother to Fred.

MRS. FOSTER & MR. WILLIAMS

Both these people are charity workers, they are new to the area and are trying in any way to help the poor, although not rich themselves they are rather jolly and humble characters.

MRS. CRATCHIT

Extremely happy and hard working woman, she has 3 children and loves them dearly, she lives in the moment and is extremely strong willed, she cares not for Scrooge and represents the working house wife. She shows her grief for Tim by not showing her grief and holding it in.

TOPPER

A flirter and a toff fairly wealthy but he is a batchelor through and through a bit of a show off and will always get the girl.

BETSY

The love interest of Topper, she is the youngest and most impressionable of all Fred’s friends. She has her coarse side as well.

ANGELA

Wife of Fred, she is outspoken and rude on occasions but generally what she says is true.

OLD JOE

The local rag and bone man, he is dirty and disgusting plus a bit of a rogue. He buys things off the various people that come into his shop and he always undercuts the value of things.

MRS. DIBBLER

A charlady, she robs Scrooge of all his possessions after he dies, she is an expert in finding things and a professional thief. She even sinks as low to steal Scrooges shirt off his back when he is lying dead.