Musical. Book by Arthur Scholey from Charles Dickens' classic, with traditional and new music arranged and composed by Norman Beedie and Margaret Lion.
Cast: 10m., 8w., with option to add a chorus of children with speaking parts. This version of the beloved Christmas classic is a lively, faithful, innovative and theatrical adaptation. In fog-shrouded, 19th-century London, miser Ebenezer Scrooge shuts out Christmas—which he hates. But on Christmas Eve the fearful specter of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, heralds the arrival of the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Thus, Scrooge begins a journey that finds him wonderfully changed by Christmas morning. This skillful adaptation brings all the well-loved characters and scenes to theatrical life—Bob Cratchit and his family (not forgetting Tiny Tim), the Fezziwigs and their famous Christmas Eve ball, Scrooge's delightful nephew and niece, as well as the phantoms and underworld characters. Carols interweave the action from Scrooge's school days to the terrible warning predictions of his future. The tree-lit party climax reaches out to involve the whole audience and cast in a joyful celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. Thrust stage platform. Costumes of 19th-century England. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.