A Christmas Carol

 


CAST


Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge


The Ghost of Christmas Past


The Ghost of Christmas Present


The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come


Dick Wilkins / Mr. Topper


Young Ebenezer / Apprentice Boy /

Child 1 / Boy in Sunday Clothes


Belle’s Husband / Important Man of

Business / Follower to the Miss Fezziwigs


Scrooge as a Young Man / John


The Ghost of Jacob Marley / Old Joe


Mr. Bob Cratchit


A Portly Gentleman / Second Man of

Business / Follower to the Miss Fezziwigs


Second Portly Gentleman / Third Man of

Business / Follower to the Miss Fezziwigs


Fred ~ Scrooge’s Nephew


Fred’s Wife / Miss Fezziwig 1


Mr. Fezziwig / Undertaker’s Man


Mrs. Fezziwig / Mrs. Dilber


Little Fan ~ Scrooge’s Sister / Miss Fezziwig 2 /

Child 2 / Want, a Girl


Waif / Miss Fezziwig 3 / Housemaid


Belle ~ Scrooge’s Fiancée / Caroline


Mrs. Cratchit / Belle ~ some 40 years

later


Tiny Tim / Child 3 / Ignorance, a Boy


Belle’s Daughter / Martha Cratchit


Belinda Cratchit / Maidservant / Child 3


Peter Cratchit / Young Scrooge


Schoolmaster / Lighthouse Keeper / Poulterer’s

Man


Charwoman / The Cook / Miss. Rose, The

Plump Sister


Carol Singers / Country Folk / Guests

at Mr. Fezziwig’s & Fred’s Party / Townsfolk

SYNOPSIS


Charles Dickens’ festive favourite A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, defines our idea of a traditional "Victorian" Christmas, with its depiction of seasonal weather, convivial celebration with family and friends and its emphasis on goodhearted help for the poor and needy. Moreover, the story continues a tradition of ghost stories for the season of Winter, alluded to in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, exploring a theme common in storytelling: that a man’s thoughts and deeds may haunt his present and shape his future.


The narrator’s voice is a strong element in all Dickens’ writing; commenting on the characters and their situations with wry humour and sharp observation and moving the narrative forward.  In this stage adaptation, the many characters take on the role of ‘Narrator’, as the story unfolds sometimes in role as themselves, sometimes becoming the author’s voice, as they comment upon the action.


The music used in the script is drawn mainly from traditional carols and christmas music and, in many cases, tunes or songs Dickens’ might himself have known have been used. 


Note: the designated narrators may easily be varied at the discretion of the Director according to the allocation and doubling of roles.