A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas
Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens, adapted by Andrew Vonderschmitt
TITLE: A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas
AUTHOR: Charles Dickens, adapted by Andrew Vonderschmitt
DIRECTOR: Andrew Vonderschmitt
RUN: December 2 – December 21, 2022
This is a community theater production. There is no pay.
Saturday, May 07, 2022 – 9 am – 2 pm
CALLBACKS/SECOND AUDITION DATE:
(If you are unable to attend the open call on Saturday show up at 7 pm)
Thursday, May 12, 2022 – 7 pm – 10 pm
Location: Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville Ca.
A lunch break will be provided on Saturday.
The first cast meeting will be held mid-May
*No rehearsals will take place through the Summer with possible weekly meetings beginning in the Fall
**Regular Rehearsal Schedule to begin September 26, 2022
Monday through Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm. Some Saturday rehearsals at 12 pm
Please provide all conflicts with the proposed rehearsal days/times
Bring headshot and resume if possible. Sides from the script will be provided. Please be prepared to cold-read individually and with pairs and groups. Dress for movement. The script will be available at Box Office soon.
Traditional Christmas carols will be performed by various configurations of the cast throughout the show. Be prepared to sing A Cappella.
One cold Christmas Eve, the crotchety and uncharitable Ebenezer Scrooge is visited, in his lonely home, by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley who harkens the pending arrival of the Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Be. The Spirits’ journey through time enlightens Scrooge to the error of his ways. When he wakes up on Christmas Morning he is full of excitement and the joys of Christmas and he vows to change his ways and becomes, “As good as his word.”
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
EBENEZER SCROOGE (M to play 60-70) the miserly owner of a London counting-house, a nineteenth century term for an accountant’s office. A stodgy bean-counter with a greedy, cold-hearted approach to life.
BOB CRATCHIT (M to play 40-50) Scrooge’s clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family. Though treated harshly by his boss, Cratchit remains a humble and dedicated employee.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST (M or F to play childlike) the first spirit to visit Scrooge, a curiously childlike, Elvin apparition. Takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT (M to play timeless) the second spirit to visit Scrooge, a majestic giant clad in a green robe. His lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his contemporaries’ Holiday celebrations.
‘TINY’ TIM CRATCHIT (M to play 8-10) Youngest Cratchit son. Suffers from unknown ailment and crippled from birth. Walks with crutch.
JACOB MARLEY (M to play 50-60) A ghost. In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally greedy partner. Marley died seven years ago. Condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes to save his old partner from suffering a similar fate.
THE FOLLOWING ROLES WILL PLAY TOWNSFOLK AND MAY PERFORM NARRATION:
FRED (M to play 30-40) Scrooge’s nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas. He invites Scrooge to his Christmas party each and every year, only to be refused by his grumpy uncle.
MRS. CRATCHIT (F to play 30-40) Bob’s wife, a kind and loving woman. Outspoken yet reserved.
MARTHA CRATCHIT (F to play 15-17) Eldest Cratchit daughter. Responsible and pragmatic. Works in the milliner shop.
BELINDA CRATCHIT (F to play 14-16) Second Cratchit daughter. Fun loving and kind.
PETER CRATCHIT (M to play 12-16) Eldest Cratchit son. Eager to be the ‘man’ of the house.
YOUNGER CRATCHIT (M to play 8-10) Middle Cratchit son. Playful and kind.
YOUNGER CRATCHIT (F to play 8-10) Youngest Cratchit daughter.
JANET (F to play mid 30s) Fred’s new wife.
JEEVES (M or F to play 20-60) Charity solicitor.
HOWELL (M or F to play 20-60) Charity solicitor.
IGNORANCE (M to play 8-10) Spirit that reveals itself to Scrooge under Christmas Present’s robes.
WANT (F to play 8-10) Spirit that reveals itself to Scrooge under Christmas Present’s robes.
EBENEZER, SCHOOL AGE (M to play 10-12) Young and lonesome Scrooge. Left alone by his schoolmates and family.
EBENEZER, YOUNG ADULT (M to play 20-30) Young idealist. Has plans to live a happy and prosperous life with BELLE.
BELLE (F to play 20-30) the beautiful woman EBENEZER loved. Leaves him when his lust for material wealth becomes more important than their relationship.
HUSBAND (M to play 30-50) BELLE’S new love. Married to BELLE with several children.
FAN (F to play 12-16) Ebenezer’s younger sister. Kind and worried.
MR FEZZIWIG (M to play 50s-60s) the jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed. Fezziwig was renowned for his wonderful Christmas parties.
MRS FEZZIWIG (F to play 50s-60s) Just as jovial, if not more so.
BROKERS #1 and #2 (Any age) Stock brokers who speak ill of Scrooge in the future when he has died.
OLD JOE (M to play 40-70) Junk dealer, funny and gruff.
MRS OLIVER (F to play 40-70) the charwoman who sells SCROOGE’S belongings.
MRS DILBER (F to play 40-70) the laundress who also sells his belongings.
MR TACKLETON (M to play 40-70) the undertaker.
CAROLINE (F to play mid 30s) Mild and patient renter of SCROOGE
THOMAS (M to play mid 30s) Relieved renter of SCROOGE
CAROLERS (F & M any age) to play townspeople and singers throughout.
ADDITIONAL TOWNSPEOPLE (F & M any age) to play more townspeople.
LOCAL CHILDREN (F & M 10-18) to play Ebenezer’s boyhood friends; Fezziwig’s daughters; Poor Man’s children, etc.