Audition Notice

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Sunday 22nd September, 2pm

Directors: Mimi Goddard, Steven Adams, Suzanne Buist

Musical Director: Ella Turk-Thompson

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Production Dates: 6 – 14 December (matinees on 7, 8 and 14 Dec, no evening shows 8 or 9 Dec)

Rehearsals: 13 October - 5 Dec (Probably Sundays, Mondays, Weds and Fridays – smaller roles wouldn’t necessarily be needed to attend every rehearsal)            

For more information, please contact Steven on stevenadams1969@gmail.com

Description

Charles Dicken’s classic Ghost Story for Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve but the cold-hearted Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer.

As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought vividly to life in full Victorian splendour.

The miser Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come. 

After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.  

We are looking for a large ensemble cast with doubling of most of the roles. 

Some roles (including Scrooge) are open to any gender. 

Playing ages below are approximate and should not be considered strict.

There will be some group singing of Christmas carols but nothing too difficult.

For all the children’s roles we are intending to use puppets in an “Avenue Q” style where the actor holding the puppet is fully visible and acts along with the puppet. This should be an exciting opportunity for people to learn or increase their puppetry skills!

As well as actors we are interested in hearing from people who would like to work behind the scenes. There will be a very complicated set that will require some effects work and a need for a large costume team to source/make the costumes. 

Do get in touch if you are interested in any backstage role.

Characters

Charles Dickens He narrates the play and interacts with the characters. Doesn’t have to mimic the look of Dickens completely. Could be Dickens anytime after 1843 when the book was written. 35+

Scrooge A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Obviously, the main part. We are opening this up to men or women to audition for. If a woman is cast it will either be playing the part as a man or we may change the gender of Scrooge to female but have her played in a “Gentleman Jack” style – i.e. a woman who dresses and lives very much like a man. This is to be decided! 45+

Bob Cratchit A penniless office clerk. Despite being forced to work in uncomfortable conditions for very little pay, Bob remains loyal to Scrooge. Late 20s – mid 40s

2 Charitable Ladies Two ladies who visit Scrooge at the beginning of the tale seeking charitable contributions and reappear briefly at the end. Any age but probably not too young

Fred Cheerily Scrooge's nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas. Early 20s – mid 30s

A Poor Carolling Child A puppet character, he/she sings outside Scrooge’s door at the beginning and returns at the end to get the turkey! Any age

Jacob Marley In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge's equally greedy partner. Marley died seven years before the narrative opens. He appears to Scrooge as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. 45+

The Ghost of Christmas Past The first spirit to visit Scrooge, a curiously childlike apparition somehow looking like a young girl and an old woman at the same time. Any age

Scrooge as a boy/girl This will be a puppet Character. Scrooge when he was a lonely young boy/girl. Any age 

Fan, Scrooge’s sister Another puppet. Scrooge’s kindly, caring sister. Any age 

Fezziwig The jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed. 40+

Mrs Fezziwig Fezziwig’s wife – also jovial! 40+

Scrooge as a young man/woman Scrooge when he was Fezziwig’s apprentice, becoming more serious but still has some spirit. 20 - 30

Dick Wilkins Scrooge’s fellow apprentice, happy go lucky.  He later marries Belle. 20 -30

Belle A beautiful young woman who Young Scrooge loved deeply. 20 - 30

The Ghost of Christmas Present The second spirit to visit Scrooge, a majestic person clad in a green robe. His or her lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. Any age but probably not young

Mrs. Cratchit Bob's wife, a kind and loving woman with a bit of a temper! Late 20s – mid 40s

Martha Cratchit The Cratchit’s oldest daughter, who works in a milliner's shop. Any age  

Peter Cratchit A puppet character, the Cratchit’s oldest son. Any age 

Belinda Cratchit A puppet character, the Cratchit’s next daughter, brave in ribbons! Any age 

2 other Cratchit children Also puppets. Young boy and girl. Any age 

Tiny Tim Tiny Tim will be a puppet probably operated in turn by Bob and Mrs. Cratchit. 

Fred’s wife A very pretty, happy and charming young lady with a good sense of humour. Early 20s – mid 30s

Topper, Fred’s friend A hearty young bachelor. Early 20s – mid 30s

Fred’s wife’s sister Another young lady. Early 20s – mid 30s

Want and Ignorance 2 puppet children – a boy and girl - wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. Any age 

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come The third and final spirit to visit Scrooge, a silent phantom clad in a hooded black robe. This will probably be large puppet like creation operated by the stage crew.  

Two Businessmen Very wealthy, and of great importance. 35+

Old Joe A grey-haired rascal. 50+

Mrs Dilber, a laundress Scrooge’s laundress. 40+

A charwoman Scrooge’s charwoman. 40+

Please note: you must be a paid-up member in order to audition for any production at Brighton Little Theatre.