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A Christmas Carol
by 
Charles Dickens
adapted by 
Eric Jones
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The story told by Charles Dickens needs no long-winded explanation - it's probably one of the best known Christmas stories in existence.

This musical version is true to the Dickensian original - it sets out the miserly nature of Ebenzer Scrooge, recounts the reluctant journeys of revelation he takes with the three Spirit's, and shows him at the end as a rehabilitated character, ready to take his place at the Christmas dinner table.

Surrounding Ebenezer is the large cast of the Cratchit family, the Scrooge family and friends, the Fezziwig family and employees, and various local residents and people from his past and future.

Musically, it has six songs with some lovely solos for Scrooge and Tiny Tim (a real tear-jerker) and it has a lot of chorus work. The most complex musical item is the number 'The Minister's Cat'.

This song is a ‘fun’ song, usually called, in musical theatre tradition, a list song. The skill lies in getting it right and singing it as fast as possible. The song is written in such a way that each character at Fred Scrooge’s party (or perhaps each pair or threesome) sings a line each, and each line is illustrated by a printed card revealed for the audience to see at the very moment that a particular word is sung. Twenty-six cards have A, B, C, etc on them, with the ‘A’ card being revealed on the word ‘Able’. Once the song has been sung once, Topper (one of the guests) invites everyone to try again and sing it faster still. They do so, and with careful choreography they gradually form a line along the front of the stage (rather than sitting or standing in party mode). The players pretend to get mixed up; changing places continually (although always revealing the correct card at the right moment).

By the time they get to the end of the song the audience believe they are hopelessly confused. But on the final word of the final line they all show their alphabet cards to the audience, but they show the reverse of them on which are yet another set of letters revealing the title of the song - THE MINISTER’S CAT! (Thus proving that the cast knew what they were doing all along!) It usually results in an explosion of applause.

Ideal for groups that produce a Christmas fund-raiser in between their main shows, or perhaps in the absence of, or maybe taking the place of a panto as an alternative piece of traditional Christmas theatre.

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Principals (6m, 3f, 1m/f; 1 child male) All either sing solo and/or have 15+ lines
Ebenezer Scrooge
Bob Cratchit : his clerk
Fred Scrooge : his nephew
The Ghost of Jacob Marley
The Spirit of Christmas Past : (male or female)
The Spirit of Christmas Present : (usually male)
Tiny Tim Cratchit : Bob Cratchit’s young disabled son
Mr Fezziwig : the employer of Scrooge, Wilkins and other apprentices
Mrs Cratchit
Mrs Fred Scrooge
Woman 3
Old Joe : what used to be called a rag-and-bone dealer
 
Support
Adult Speaking Parts (11m, 7f, 8m/f; 1 youth male)
Caroller : (male or female)
Gruel Seller : (male or female)
Woman 1
Woman 2 : in debt to Scrooge, with children
Grocer (male or female)
Charity Gentlemen 1 & 2
Apprentice Scrooge : teenager/youth, full of fun (could double with Young Scrooge)
Dick Wilkins : a friend of Apprentice Scrooge
Mrs Fezziwig
Young Scrooge : as a young man, engaged, about 20 years old.
Belle : to whom Scrooge is engaged
Belle’s Husband : whom Belle eventually marries
Old Miner
Miner's Wife
Sea Captain
Lighthouse Keepers 1 & 2 : (male or female)
Victoria : a guest at Fred Scrooges’s party
Topper : another guest at Fred Scrooges’s party (male)
Businessmen 1, 2 & 3 : (male)
Laundress : a working woman circa 1840
Undertakers’ Man (or Wife) : (male or female)
Poulterer : (male or female)
Stallholder : (male or female)
Child/Youth Speaking Parts (3m, 2f, 3m/f)
Child : (male or female)
Boy Scrooge : a schoolboy
Ellen Scrooge : his sister
Martha Cratchit : the oldest Cratchit child
Peter Cratchit : a young teenager
Young Cratchit 1 & 2 : (male or female)
Boy in the street : small boy to carry a large turkey
Non-Speaking Parts
The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come : (male or female, face unseen)
Maid : tidies up at the Scrooge’s party (could be a member of the stage crew)
Belle’s Children
The Child Ignorance : very stylised, evil (male or female)
The Child Want : very stylised, evil (male or female)

Chorus of townsfolk, soldier and his lady, beggar, blind man, stallholders, lamp-lighter, children, apprentices, young Fezziwigs, fiddler, guests at the Scrooge party, pallbearers.

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  1) Prologue Orchestra
  2) Christmas In London Carollers (& Bob Cratchit)
  3) Mean Scrooge & Chorus
  4) Happy Christmas Fezziwig & Party Guests
  5) Release – Melos Orchestra

  6) Tiny Tim’s Song

Tiny Tim
  7) Reprise - Tiny Tim’s Song Company (except Scrooge)
~~ Interval ~~  
  8) The Minister’s Cat Party Guests
  9) Brand New Day Scrooge
10) Curtain Calls Company
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Orchestration / Band Parts
These are available for hire as follows :-
  • Piano
  • Keyboard/Synth
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Contrabass
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    Duration : 100 mins
    Acts : 2
    Characters
    Principals
    : 6m, 3f, 1m/f
     + 1 child male
    Support
    : Large Cast -
      adults/youth
     
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