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"Auntie Scrooge - a Backwards Christmas Carol" Radio Drama Script & Score

by Tony Palermo

 

A comical Christmas Carol--in reverse! This is a radio-on-stage show, similar to my adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but a bizarre inversion of the tale of Scrooge's journey from miser to nice guy.

This is a story that turns Dickens "Carol" on its head, but winds up affirming the very things that the original does. It is not a nasty parody of the original Carol. I've based it upon my very faithful adaptation of Dickens' original tale and it shares many of the same music cues and rhetorical flourishes.

This play is particularly well-suited to troupes with many female members--as many roles are written to be gender-neutral, so Auntie's heir and assistant can be either male or female. The same goes for several of the Spirits.

TO ORDER: Contact me at and tell me about your intended production. I deliver the script via e-mail as a PDF file, and the pre-recorded music tracks can either be downloaded as MP3 files, or shipped via regular mail in the form of audio CDs. The sound effects (bells, plates, footsteps, etc.) are up to you to assemble, but my script has a "cookbook" section explaining how to make each sound using items you can find in your town.

You may also be interested in my other plays--for the stage, or radio-on-stage:

Auntie Scrooge plot synopsis

Set in modern times, this tells the tale of Auntie Scrooge, a kindly, old great-great-great-great-grand-niece of the reformed Ebenezer Scrooge. Auntie runs an ice cream company in Connecticut--full of singing cows and traditional goodies, but she runs afoul of conniving underlings who seek to replace egg nog with the Taiwanese tea, milk & tapioca beverage, Boba.

In the Scrooge family tradition, Auntie is visited by Marley's ghost--but not Jacob Marley. Instead, it's reggae star BOB Marley--in dreadlocks and a Santa suit, dragging gift boxes and chains behind him. He explains how tough it is to be a saint and wishes to save Auntie from future "compassion fatigue."

Auntie is then visited by three Spirits to try to wring the niceness out of her. (They ultimately fail, but the journeys are illuminating and funny.) The Ghost of Christmas Past-Due tries to show the cheery Auntie that the optimism she had in her youth was a waste of time. The Ghost of Christmas Presents shows Auntie that commercialism has triumphed--via a visit to her efficiency expert VP, Bobbie Cratchit's family, full of bratty kids and a Tiny Tim that plays the ukulele and falsetto-sings "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." Auntie also witnesses her nasty niece, Fredericka's crass Christmas dinner at a movie popcorn counter.

The Ghost of Christmas 3.0 turns out to be a tech-support call from Bangalore, India. He explains that the Christmas spirit has been outsourced and likens Auntie's future to that of a worn out fax-machine.

Thoroughly dis-spirited, Auntie attends the company Christmas party and announces she's turning the business over to Fred and Bobbie. She wraps all her kindness, generosity and goodwill in a handkerchief to discard, but accidently drops it into the punchbowl with the company's last batch of egg nog. As the party-goers drink it, all Heaven breaks loose and everyone is soon swinging from the chandeliers. But amidst the revelry, the Christmas tree catches fire and burns the company down.

At this point, the cynical narrator is about to conclude his despondent tale, when Auntie grabs the radio script out of his hand and rips it up. "From now on, we improvise," Auntie declares and rallies the employees to rebuild the business by selling spiked egg nog. The show ends with a wild musical number, "Egg Nog! Who Spiked the Egg Nog?"

Sample "Auntie Scrooge - A BACKWARDS Christmas Carol" Radio Drama Script:
Here's a free, downloadable sample radio drama "Auntie Scrooge" script:

        SCRIPT SAMPLE - RADIO DRAMA - Auntie Scrooge - a BACKWARDS Christmas Carol - TRUNCATED.pdf (623 KB)

You can view/print the script, which is in the PDF format, via the free Adobe Acrobat reader program, which works for PCs and Macs. http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2_allversions.html

 

Cast size:

Throughout the play, are never more than 5 characters in a scene, so a small cast can easily perform the entire show. However, you can employ anywhere from 8 to 18 actors.

3 men, 3 women, 8 men-OR-women, and optionally, 2 girls (but those roles can be handled by women--as in the golden age of radio.) With doubling of roles, this show has been done with only 8 actors (2 men, 6 women).


TONY PALERMO is an audio theatre producer, performer, and educator living in Los Angeles, California.
He performs professionally, conducts workshops, and produces programs for hire.
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