A Christmas Carol

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Play Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Adele Thane
Publisher: Plays, Inc.
Year: 1988
Pages: 21
Acts: 1
Estimated Runtime: 45 minutes
Number of Characters: 25
Cast Requirements: 12 men, 7 women, 6 either; doubling possible
Time Period: 1800s
Production Requirements: multiple set locations, period costumes and props, some special effects

Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, hater of Christmas, is visited by three ghosts who help him to see the error of his ways. With the Ghost of Christmas Past he sees his old self, more kind and giving but then falling into greed and cruelty. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows him the need and want all around him, and the Ghost of Christmas Future shows him the heartbreaking future if Scrooge does not change his ways. Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning with a change of heart and immediately sets out to change his ways and right past wrongs.

This adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic follows the original closely; most major characters are present and much of the dialogue stays true to Dickens’ delightful prose. Running less than an hour, the script is fast paced and succinct, which makes it a good introduction for young, first-time viewers of the classic. The characters are colorful and endearing, able to hold a young audience’s attention. Families will appreciate the message and nostalgia, making this a perfect choice for a children’s theater during the holiday season.