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Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Stage Play Script &Score

by Tony Palermo

Every Christmas, people across the world license my "Carol" script and music and sound effects cues for productions ranging from broadcasts to regional theaters, schools and even private parties. There have been hundreds of performances of this script since 1997. Here is information about the play, the cast, music and sound effects. The script is delivered as PDF file via e-mail. Music and sound effects can be downloaded as MP3 files or shipped as audio CDs.

I also offer a shorter, simpler version of "A Christmas Carol" which can be inexpensively done by families or at office staff parties. See Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as family/staged-reading version for more information.

Contact me at and tell me about your intended production. The performance royalty is based upon the venue (theater, school, festival) and the number of performances.  I accept payments as institutional checks (theater, school, church) and credit cards via the free and secure www.paypal.com service. You can have the script, music and sound effects in your hands within hours.

ALSO: If the stage-play version is beyond your production capabilities, see my web page about my Radio-drama version of "A Christmas Carol". The radio-drama-on-stage version is much simpler to produce since it doesn't require sets, costumes or memorization, but it still pleases theatre audiences who get a big kick out of seeing the sound effects artists create the sound of doors, wind, howling phantoms, thunder, etc.

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

 


A Christmas Carol is Tony Palermo's very faithful stage-play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story of  Christmas, memory, and redemption. The dialogue is verbatim Dickens. This adaptation has been performed by professional theaters, community theatre troupes, colleges, churches, high schools and elementary students around the world.

The full stage-play runs one hour--without intermission--but there is a natural place to insert one, just after Scrooge returns from the visit with the First Spirit. But there are two versions of this show--the full-story one-hour version, and a simpler, half-hour version, trimmed for tight time-slot limits.

Changes of gender for characters is permitted as is trimming lines and even whole scenes. While the show makes use of pre-recorded music for scene transitions and as dramatic underscoring, this is not a Broadway-style musical. However, it is possible to employ a choir to serve within scenes as the poor child carolers dispelled by Scrooge and as Marley's colleagues, the moaning phantoms. You can choose to insert carolers at Nephew Fred's parties, the Cratchit household and elsewhere.

Here's a free, downloadable MP3 clip of a famous "Christmas Carol" scene from my radio drama adaptation, employing voices, music and sound effects:

MP3 - A Christmas Carol - Scrooge & Marley excerpt (2.2 MB)

Free "Christmas Carol" Radio Drama Script:
Here's a free, downloadable stage-play "Christmas Carol" sample script, including scene excerpts and a truncated version of the 19-page appendix:

        SCRIPT SAMPLE - STAGE VERSION - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - TRUNCATED.pdf  (243 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

Tony's Extensive Notes On How to Produce 'A Christmas Carol' for the stage.
Valuable information about how I've approached this adaptation and suggestions for how you handle your production.

CAST SIZE:    Rarely are more than 7 people on stage at any moment, so doubling is suggested.
                        Without any doubling, the cast requires:  12 males, 6 females, 9 males or females, 7 boys, 4 girls and 2 boys or girls.

    NOTE: Asterisk (*) indicates role is not used in half-hour stage-play version.

EBENEZER SCROOGE

Miserly old man (male)

THE NARRATOR

Charles Dickens (male)

MARLEY’S GHOST

Spirit of Scrooge’s partner (male)

SECOND SPIRIT

Ghost Of Christmas Present- Jovial spirit (male or female)

FIRST SPIRIT

Ghost Of Christmas Past - Old/Young Spirit (male or female)

NEPHEW FRED

Scrooge’s kind nephew (male)

BELLE

Scrooge’s young fiancée (female)

BOB CRATCHIT

Scrooge’s meek clerk (male)

MRS. CRATCHIT

Bob’s kind/feisty wife (female)

POOLE

Charity Seeker (male)

LAMB

Charity Seeker (male or female)

FAN*

Scrooge’s young sister (girl)

KATE*

Nephew Fred’s wife (female)

TINY TIM CRATCHIT`

Bob’s crippled young son (boy)

PETER CRATCHIT

Bob’s 12 year-old son (boy)

MARTHA CRATCHIT

Bob’s 15 year-old daughter (girl)

BELINDA CRATCHIT

Bob’s 9 year-old daughter (girl)

GUESTS #1, #2, #3*

(3) of Fred party guests (male or females)

OLD JOE*

Rag and bottle shop owner (male or female)

CHARWOMAN*

Coarse cleaning lady (female)

MRS. DILBER*

Lower class laundress (female)

BUCK

Street urchin (boy)

BUSINESSMAN #1, #2, #3*

(3) Greedy businessmen (male)

BOY CAROLER

Poor street caroler (boy)

FREDERICK CRATCHIT

Bob’s 8 year-old son (boy)--one line of dialogue

HARRIET CRATCHIT

Bob’s 7 year-old daughter (girl)--one line of dialogue

CAROLERS

(2) other carolers (boys or girls)

DOORSTEP WOMAN

non-speaking part (female)  

9-year old SCROOGE*

non-speaking part (boy)

16-year old SCROOGE*

non-speaking part (male)

YOUNG SCROOGE (Age 22)

non-speaking part (male)

FIDDLER

non-speaking part (male or female)

CONCERTINA PLAYER

non-speaking part  (male or female)

IGNORANCE*

non-speaking part (boy)

WANT*

non-speaking part (girl)

UNDERTAKER’S MAN*

non-speaking part (male)

 Also:    Crowds of passersby, moaning phantoms, party goers, Fezziwig's party dancers

MUSIC:
Twenty-two pre-recorded, orchestral music cues serve for scene changes and to dramatically underscore the dialogue at various points. This is NOT a Broadway style musical, with a singing Scrooge or Tiny Tim. The music cues I provide function the way film scores do--to support and color the drama.
The instrumentation is strictly Victorian:  brass choir, pipe and reed organs, hand bells, church bells, chimes, cymbals, timpani, fiddle, concertina, music-box, wine glasses (glass harmonica), choirs and strings. This musical underscore adds greatly to the production.

The 36 minutes of music cues are available on CD or as downloadable MP3 files.

1) Holiday Playhouse theme (under narration)
2) Boy Carolers singing—then cut-off
3) Foggy Night  
4) Marley’s Woe  
5) The Phantoms  
6) Spirit #1 Arrives
7) Christmas Past  
8) Fezziwig’s Ball
9) Belle’s Music Box
10) Return to Bed
11) Spirit #2 arrives
12) Christmas Present/Cratchit Home #1
13) Christmas Montage
14) Spirit #3 Arrives  
15) Cratchit Home #2
16) Graveyard Sequence
17) Church Bell Cacophony   
18) Christmas Day in London  
19) Nephew Fred’s Party
20) “Uncle Scrooge!” Toast
21) God Bless Us
22) Outro – Curtain call

        Christmas Carol music tracks are also available separately (without purchasing script performance royalties). Contact:

SOUND EFFECTS:
These can be all manually produced by an off-stage team of sound effects artists working as an ensemble--OR via my professionally recorded SFX--available as a CD or as downloadable MP3 files. The pre-recorded SFX tracks total to over 12 minutes of professionally produced sound design.

WIND (Gentle, Wintry, Hellish)
CASHBOXES, KEYS, LEDGERS, CHAINS
DOORS BEING DOUBLE-LOCKED
CYMBAL FLOURISHES AND WIND CHIMES
HORSE-DRIVEN COACH FULL OF BOYS
CLOCK CHIMES (strikes 1X, 7X, 9X)
OTHERWORLDLY SCREECH OF SPIRIT #3 IN REPLY TO SCROOGE'S DIALOGUE
SEVERAL BELLS RINGING CRAZILY--TO ANNOUNCE MARLEY'S GHOST
THUNDER
CRASHES AND THE OFF-STAGE APPROACH OF MARLEY'S GHOST
CRASHES OF BLIND MAN'S BUFF AT NEPHEW FRED'S PARTY
JINGLING BELLS
CHAINS RATTLING AND MOANS OF THE PHANTOMS

The above Christmas Carol sound effect tracks are also available separately (without purchasing script performance royalties). Contact:


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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