A CHRISTMAS CAROL
School Play for Kids to Perform
Running Time: About 45 minutes
Flexible Cast of 33-38, 6 Male,
5 Female, All others M/F
Easily adapted for larger or
CHESTNUT: (M/F, 17 lines)
FIGGY: (M/F, 17 lines)
HOLLY: (M/F, 17 lines)
MISTLETOE: (M/F, 18 lines)
PEPPERMINT: (M/F, 19 lines)
CHARLES DICKENS: (M, 23 lines)
DRAMA TEACHER: (M/F, 5 lines)
SCROOGE: (M, 114 lines)
SCROOGE #1: (M/F, 17 lines)
SCROOGE #2: (M/F, 22 lines)
SCROOGE #3: (M/F, 25 lines)
SCROOGE #4: (M/F, 19 lines)
SCROOGE #5: (M/F, 11 lines)
SCROOGE #6: (M/F, 18 lines)
BOB CRATCHIT: (M, 15 lines)
NEPHEW/FRED: (M/F, 7 lines)
MERRY: (M/F, 4 lines)
GLEE: (M/F, 4 lines)
SCROOGE'S DOOR: (M/F,
JACOB MARLEY (KNOCKER, PICTURE):
(M/F, 14 lines)
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST: (M/F,
TED (BOYHOOD FRIEND): (M/F, 2 lines)
HARRY (BOYHOOD FRIEND): (M/F, 2 lines)
YOUNG EBENEZER: (M, 7 lines)
FRAN (SISTER): (F, 2 lines)
FEZZIWIG: (M, 4 lines)
DICK WILKINS: (M/F, 0 lines)
BELLE (GIRLFRIEND): (F, 5 lines)
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT:
(M/F, 16 lines)
MRS. CRATCHIT: (F, 11 lines)
PETER CRATCHIT: (M, 4 lines)
MARTHA CRATCHIT: (F, 4 lines)
TINY TIM: (M, 5 lines)
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE:
(M/F, 1 line, movement)
POCKETS: (M/F, 3 lines)
MOOHLAH: (M/F, 3 lines)
CHAR WOMAN: (F, 5 lines)
OLD JOE: (M/F 5 lines)
LUCKY BOY: (M/F, 6 lines)
Easy for Kids to Learn, Perform and Enjoy!
Gulf Coast Home School, Fort
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!"
Phyllis Wilson, Cornerstone
Christian Academy, OH
Piano accompaniment to Christmas songs,
sound effects, background music.
The CD 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 ]
1. THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE
WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN
5. BELL, CHAINS, SCARY
6. CHAINS, BELL,
CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
8. WIND, COLD, EERIE (0:53)
9. FLYING! (0:49)
12. HAPPY FAT TURKEY
13. STREETS OF LONDON
14. BELL, WIND, SCARY (0:45)
15. BELL TOLLS TWELVE
TO THE WORLD
17. JOYOUS CHRISTMAS
WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
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
search Internet for karaoke cds or sheet music
Charles Dickens Christmas Classic for Kids!
Take a Bow Productions,
Christmas Play Production, ON
visited by the spooky Ghost of Jacob Marley.
(Script pages 15-17)
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.)
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.
Maybe the door knocker didn't frighten him.
Maybe the darkness didn't spook him.
Maybe the shadows didn't scare him...
(Snaps fingers.) Ha!
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.)
Come blessed sleep, come!
(SOUND CUE #4: Intro to next song.)
At last Scrooge drifted away, and it seemed a choir of angels sang
him to sleep.
(ALL sing. SONG SUGGESTION:
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.)
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.)
Who is there? Who?
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...)
IT IS I...
(MARLEY steps from the picture
FRAME into SCROOGE'S bedroom. SCROOGE screams in horror!)
AAAhhhh! What do you want from me?
Who are you?
Ask me who I was.
Who were you then?
In life I was your partner, Jacob Marley.
It can't be true!
You don't believe in me!
Not at all. You're nothing but a stomach cramp, a bit of
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