The Trial of the Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England's most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. One by one, Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's nephew Fred, solicitor and philanthropist Sara Anne Wainwright, and the ghosts themselves take the witness stand to give their account of the night in question. But the Spirit of Christmas Future breaks down under heavy questioning and confesses that Jacob Marley forced the spirits to break one of the rules of redemption: Do not use a dead body to scare someone into redemption, for the consequences could prove fatal. Judge Stanchfield Pearson gives his verdict: Jacob Marley and the Spirits of Christmas, guilty! Pearson fines the spirits 40,000 pounds apiece and terminates their redemptive duties. Rothschild desperately pleads with the judge not to terminate the spirits of Christmas. It's a death sentence. But in another staggering turn of events, Scrooge makes the spirits an offer: work every day, not just one day a year, and he'll drop the charges. The spirits agree and, to everyone's amazement, Scrooge does drop the charges. But he's keeping the money the ghosts owe him to start a fund to help the poor. Everyone stares at Scrooge. And then … a twinkle in Scrooge's eye, a smile and giddy, joyously delirious laughter. Scrooge confesses that Jacob Marley and the Spirits of Christmas had to go to extraordinary measures to change him, so he had to go to extraordinary measures to change the Spirits of Christmas. The spirit of caring and giving should be every day, not just once a year. Scrooge then leads the stunned crowd to his house for a wondrous party.
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- A Carol for Tiny Tim
- The Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Carol (Jakes)
- The Christmas Corral
- A Country Christmas Carol (Kaehler)
- A Hillbilly Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Carol (Touring, Jakes)
- A Christmas Carol (King)
- Carol * A Christmas
- A Christmas Carol (One-act, McDonough)
- A Country Christmas Carol (Nelson)
- A Christmas Carol (Musical, Kornhauser/Barnett)
- A Christmas Carol: The Traditional Story With Modern Music
- A Christmas Carol (Radio Manuscript, Grecian)
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code TG8000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults | Praise Groups
- Performing Group Elementary School | Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Senior Theatre | Touring Group | Praise Group | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583423943
- "What a fabulous and fun play to do. So many wonderful laughs and asides and the characters are perfect. Our audience had a wonderful time (easy to tell by the number of laughs). I was working with "virgin" thespians and we only had 12 rehearsals. They did a great job and worked very hard to give the audience a great performance. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Great play!!!"
- Review by Lee Kools, Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation, Hamilton, Ontario
- "This is a great alternative choice for the holidays because it appeals to kids and adults. The more the audience knows A Christmas Carol, the funnier it is, but the animated characters and witty dialog keep it fun for everyone."
- Review by Ted Weil, Falcon Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio
- "The play was very well received each time we've done it. The play is uplifting and certainly fills one with the Christmas spirit. The play gives actors a chance to develop and portray a variety of wonderful characters. We plan on doing this play every other year."
- Review by Karyn Lee Maio, Sapulpa Community Theatre, Sapulpa, Okla.
- "The play was charming and inventiveÑa great introduction to Dickens for a newcomer and a delight for literature buffs. The show was full of humor and tendernessÑsomething for everyone, from laughter to tears."
- Review by Beth Leffler, Eastlake High School, El Paso, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Our "Ghost of Christmas Future" needed no special effects to communicate. Instead, he explored the range of his own voice to make things "eerie"... and comical! It removed a tech headache for us since we had only one operator to handle the duties of both lights and sound."
- Tip by Sandy Jennings, Warehouse Theatre Company, Yakima, Wash.
Media Reviews"A sequel worthy of Dickens' approval." -The Seattle Times
"Exhilarating entertainment." -Orlando Sentinel
"A delightful new holiday tradition." -Talkin' Broadway