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A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
By John Jakes.

Cast: 11m., 6w., 4 boys, 2 girls (expandable). This A Christmas Carol goes beyond other adaptations with a unique dramatic concept: At the opening curtain, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of the famed platform readings of his stories that packed auditoriums in Europe and America. Of course, the story chosen is one which he often performed, A Christmas Carol (Dickens' marked-up script still exists!). The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions. He handles props and helps Scrooge and others with costume changes. Originally conceived for Mr. Jakes' home stage, the Hilton Head Playhouse, the play is supremely flexible in cast and design. The piece includes "God Bless Us Every One,"* a lovely new carol by Jakes and Tony-nominated composer Mel Marvin, as well as suggestions for placement of incidental music. Jim Volz, former managing director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where the play received its professional premiere, says of it: "In John Jakes' hands, A Christmas Carol recaptures the magic and mystique of the Dickens original. It is a brilliant script." Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Also Available:

50-minute touring playbook
Demo and accompaniment CD - includes: God Bless Us Everyone

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  CA4
Cast Size:  17
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  79
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Holiday
ISBN (10): 0871298139
John Jakes was born in Chicago in 1932 and began writing professionally during his freshman year at Northwestern University, where he was studying acting. He decided to trade the stage for the typewriter when, at 18, he sold a 1500-word science fiction story for $25. Jakes enrolled at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, and earned a bachelor's degree in creative ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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