Cast List, Hear Sound Cues, Read Free Script
"We chose ArtReach's A Christmas Carol for the storytelling
elements, the staging flexibility and great opportunities for our
team's creative pizazz!"
Wright, Executive Director, Riverby Theatre Guild, Gallipolis
staging involves the audience throughout the performance of A
Christmas Carol! It's easy to include Special Needs kids!
Everyone has a meaningful role to play!
"Thank you for your play, A Christmas Carol. It was a huge
success at our school! I managed to fit 150 kids into this play
by utilizing the singing opportunities."
Murphy, Music/Drama Teacher, Korean International School
Christmas Carol requires no professional experience in theatre!
It is written in simple terms with lots of staging suggestions.
"Magnolia Arts has done three ArtReach plays and all have been
wonderful! Our last play A Christmas Carol we
decided to add adults in the mix. It worked beautifully!"
Rider-Babbitt, Executive Director, Magnolia Arts
is written just for you and your students. It is a faithful telling
of the familiar story with traditional Christmas songs and music,
audience participation and lots of fun for everyone!
Christmas Carol is Recommended for Grades 1
and Up! The
script suggests how to use simple percussion instruments (raid the
music room!) to excellent effect.
will be recommending A Christmas Carol!"
Lanier, Executive Director, CYT-North Idaho
staging! Your gymnasium, cafeteria or any other large room is perfect.
"We did "A Christmas Carol" last year and it was a hit!"
Ivers, Yakutat School District, Yakutat, AK
pieces and scenery can be made in the classroom.
for writing such a great script. A Christmas Carol has been our best
show yet. The kids have really had a lot of fun with it."
GMS Drama Director
musical script has Lots of humor, fun and helpful directing tips.
and Audience sing Familiar Christmas Carols
Christmas Carol has simple, easy staging tips for beginning play directors!
"A Christmas Carol The play was absolutely
a wonderful experience from beginning to end. There were many
special needs students in my class."
Stafford, First Grade Teacher, Kinston, NC
Christmas Carol was the perfect vehicle for a young group of
inexperienced child actors. We loved that there were Christmas Carols
which encouraged the audience to participate as well."
Lanier, Executive Director, CYT-North Idaho
have done 2 of your plays and everyone loves them to pieces!"
Allen, BACH Homeschool Group
"Thank you for making it so easy for us to pull off such a great
children's play experience for our students! I can't wait
to use another one of your scripts
Hill, Union Chapel Elementary School, Kansas City
"We performed A Christmas Carol last December and it was a hit!"
Brake, Prairie Fest Director,
Arkansas Area Arts Council
About 45 minutes
of 33-38, 6 Male, 5 Female, All others M/F
for larger or smaller cast
FIGGY: (M/F, 17 lines)
HOLLY: (M/F, 17 lines)
(M/F, 18 lines)
(M/F, 19 lines)
DICKENS: (M, 23 lines)
(M/F, 5 lines)
SCROOGE: (M, 114 lines)
(M/F, 17 lines)
(M/F, 22 lines)
(M/F, 25 lines)
(M/F, 19 lines)
(M/F, 11 lines)
(M/F, 18 lines)
(M, 15 lines)
(M/F, 7 lines)
MERRY: (M/F, 4 lines)
GLEE: (M/F, 4 lines)
(M/F, significant movement)
(KNOCKER, PICTURE): (M/F, 14 lines)
CHRISTMAS PAST: (M/F, 22 lines)
FRIEND): (M/F, 2 lines)
FRIEND): (M/F, 2 lines)
(M, 7 lines)
(F, 2 lines)
FEZZIWIG: (M, 4 lines)
(M/F, 0 lines)
(GIRLFRIEND): (F, 5 lines)
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: (M/F, 16 lines)
(F, 11 lines)
(M, 4 lines)
CRATCHIT: (F, 4 lines)
TINY TIM: (M, 5 lines)
CHRISTMAS FUTURE: (M/F, 1 line, movement)
(M/F, 3 lines)
CHAR WOMAN: (F,
(M/F 5 lines)
(M/F, 6 lines)
to Adapt for Your School or Theatre!
Christian Academy - Gulf Coast Home School
School Play Package gives you the rights to adapt the script, add
characters, lines, songs! You may also make a Video/DVD of your
used students ages 3 through high school and then our teachers and
friends of the school participating. Our little three and four year
olds were the wind to carry in the spirits. It was so much fun!"
Cornerstone Christian Academy, OH
IS THIS PLAY BEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL?
especially for young people to perform.
While you may
find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were
originally written for adults or
professional actors to
perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or
complex language, and speeches too long for young children to
memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter
that may not be appropriate for children.
to understand and memorize.
simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without
stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young
audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no
dead-time, no wiggles!
are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence,
promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience
is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the
aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up
large parts (such as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz) among several
performers so that no one child is the "star".
stories with upbeat endings.
The story line
stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already
know. While some authors feel the need to "improve"
the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative
as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
free to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
insist that no changes may be made to their scripts. We know
goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that
your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add
as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video
tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big
moment. Go ahead and tape away!
Huge Success At Our School!"
Valley Musical Theatre,
Kathryn Schultz Miller
is one the most prolific and most produced playwrights for
children. Her script, A THOUSAND CRANES, won the National
Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award (and countless others) at a
time when plays for children were not considered serious works. Now,
many of her published scripts are considered classics for young
audiences. When teachers voiced their need for great plays that
kids can perform Ms. Miller responded with ArtReachs School
Plays: I never dreamed Id write for anyone other
than professionals. But writing for child performers has been
the most profound and rewarding experience of my life.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
the past few years we've seen a
tremendous increase of confidence in the teachers we hear from.
Most are finding it easier to let the process flow and worry less
about the final product. I firmly believe that the experience
will be best for all when you keep a few things in mind:
yourself from worry about
whether or not it's "good". No one is paying big
ticket prices; no one expects a Broadway success. The key to
making this project meaningful is to put the emphasis on process;
realize that rehearsal and practice are as much a part of the
experience as the actual performance. Encourage fun and you
will free the children from embarrassment and stress. If the
kids can't learn the lines let them carry a script or use their own
words to convey the character's message. If they seem to wander
the stage, let them explore where they want to go - they might
surprise you with a wonderful idea. In every aspect of the
process give them the wings to create and think. Give them a
comfortable, supportive place to go and their confidence and
self-expression will soar!
all else, make sure you are
having fun. If you've never directed a play before, don't
worry. It's all just pretend -- you can't do it wrong!
The quality of your experience is every bit as important as that of
the children. You need the joy of self-expression too, that
doesn't go away when we grow up. So give yourself a break.
And when all else fails, laugh!
you so much for choosing A
I hope you and your young friends have as much fun performing this
play as I did writing it.
Audience & Cast Sing
Together - GCole Productions - Rhode Island
accompaniment to Christmas songs,
Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music
(public domain traditional Christmas songs) that may be used to
greatly enhance the performance. It also contains simple music to
accompany the performers and audience as they sing the Christmas
songs in the play (song cues shown below in red).
Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below
[ Click on [sample]
to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
APPLAUSE (0:39) [sample]
WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (0:51) [sample]
REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN (0:51) [sample]
NIGHT (1:11) [sample]
CHAINS, SCARY (0:55) [sample]
CHAINS, BELL, SCARY (0:27)
CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (0:48) [sample]
COLD, EERIE (0:53)
THE HALLS (1:06) [sample]
LITTLE TOWN (0:54) [sample]
FAT TURKEY MUSIC (0:43)
STREETS OF LONDON (0:41) [sample]
WIND, SCARY (0:45)
TOLLS TWELVE (0:59)
TO THE WORLD (0:43) [sample]
JOYOUS CHRISTMAS MUSIC (4:06)
WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (1:44) [sample]
The songs included in the script are suggestions of traditional
Christmas songs that can be easily sung by the cast and
audience. The CD Soundtrack has simple instrumental
accompaniment for each song - words and piano music matching the CD
are available in the Teachers Guide. You can also use a live
band or piano to accompany the sing-along for each of the songs - all
of these songs should be in any Christmas songbook available from a
music store, library, the Internet (or use the piano music in the
Teachers Guide). You can even include the school glee club
(church choir, etc.)!
& Sound Resources Available on the Internet
Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along,
Music Resources: Karaoke
CDs & Sheet
to search Internet for karaoke cds or sheet music
Dickens Christmas Classic for Kids!
Take a Bow
Productions, Christmas Play Production, ON
"The audience loved the performance and the humor of the script.
A good time was had by all!"
Friends Meeting School, Ijamsville, MD
is visited by the spooky Ghost of Jacob Marley...
MISTLETOE: Now there
was a portrait of Jacob Marley that hung in Scrooge's bedroom.
(DOOR becomes FRAME and
KNOCKER becomes MARLEY'S image inside the frame. FRAME may arch
his arms over MARLEY'S image or hold a cardboard frame, framing the
image. MARLEY dons his spectacles and takes a formal pose with
two fingers between his buttons at his chest. SCROOGE speaks as
he gets ready for bed, putting on his nightcap.)
his fingers at the "portrait") There was a man
who knew how to keep Christmas! What was it you used to say,
Jacob? Christmas is a poor excuse for picking a man's pocket
every year. How true, how true.
the door knocker didn't frighten him.
CHESTNUT: Maybe the
darkness didn't spook him.
HOLLY: Maybe the
shadows didn't scare him...
SCROOGE: (Snaps fingers.) Ha!
MISTLETOE: But he
double locked his door just the same.
(SCROOGE's hand shakes wildly
as he jiggles keys in imaginary door and quickly jumps in bed.
Bed can a bench or a few benches together. He takes blanket and
holds it beneath his chin, peering out into the darkness.)
blessed sleep, come!
(SOUND CUE #4: Intro to next song.)
DICKENS: At last
Scrooge drifted away, and it seemed a choir of angels sang him to sleep.
(ALL sing. SONG
SUGGESTION: Silent Night.
SCROOGE closes eyes and
snores. SOUND CUE ENDS. When song is done the bells
begin. PERFORMERS all have bells. One begins to
ring, then another, then another until there is a mass confusion of
bells. Soon we hear...
SOUND CUE #5: Long low toll of
SCROOGE jumps from the bed
covers his ears.)
SCROOGE: What can it
mean? What can it mean?
(Suddenly all bells
cease. SOUND: Bell changes to chains and eerie sounds,
continues through following scene.)
(Seated PERFORMERS begin
making frightening sounds. They may repeat these sounds as
needed in excess of what is written here.)
SCROOGE: Who is
SCROOGE: That's my
name! I admit it! Who calls for me???
(PERFORMERS have chains and
things to make the sound of rattling such as tin cans filled with
marbles, jingle bells, triangles, rain sticks. They may tap a
pen against the seat of a metal chair.)
Who? Who is there?
(While SCROOGE runs around
calling out, two PERFORMERS dress PICTURE/MARLEY in gauzy white cloth
that drapes from his head to his feet. They wrap him in
chains. SOUND CUE ENDS. MARLEY speaks loudly...)
MARLEY: IT IS I...
(MARLEY steps from the picture
FRAME into SCROOGE'S bedroom. SCROOGE screams in horror!)
AAAhhhh! What do you want from me?
SCROOGE: Who are you?
MARLEY: Ask me who I was.
SCROOGE: Who were
MARLEY: In life I
was your partner, Jacob Marley.
SCROOGE: It can't be true!
MARLEY: You don't
believe in me!
himself up.) Not at all. You're nothing but a
stomach cramp, a bit of undigested beef...
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