The following is a description of the characters in the story in order of appearance. Each must be defined not only in attitude, intensity and purpose, but physically. The nature of this production requires quick transition from one character to the next.
It is important to note that some of the characters described below do not have dialogue in the play but are visually seen for brief moments. For this reason they are physically described here.
The Narration is used to allow characters to easily transition from one character to another. When the Narrator is himself only, he is the neutral character of the actor stepping out of the play for brief comments on the action of the story. In the script narration delivered in the physicality of a character is noted as such; example: Narr. as Bob.
One Actor Will Play The Following:
- NARRATOR is the neutral personality of the actor chosen for the play.
- SCROOGE is a bit stiff, as if limited movement will waste less energy. He is tight both physically and money minded, self confined in his own world, unable to adjust, not wanting to adjust, stubborn, determined to be stubborn, self-pitying only in an angry self-absorbed way, cautious and ready to pounce. He is afraid to feel and afraid of pain through a tender heart.
- BOB CRATCHIT is a tall thin man, fragile in self-confidence, strong in spirituality, bounding with youthful spirit. He is sincere and loving, walks lightly and is timid. His power lies in his honest convictions and simple pleasures.
- FRED is perpetually positive. He has a healthy happiness bursting with energy. He is romantic and handsome with pure mother’s innocence. He is idealistic and hopeful for a better world. He is never a victim.
- PORTLY GENT is never seen without his business companion. Whenever we see Portly Gent, he includes his partner in the conversation through eye contact and gesture. He is big-boned and blustery. He has a festive business demeanor, easily flustered, friendly but ineffective without the support of his partner.
- BOY CAROLER is approximately 10 years old. He is diminutive, innocent, has a sweet sincerity and is a painter of beautiful imagery.
- MARLEY is old, bound up, pulling himself along (opposite of dragging). He is worn out but driven, impatient, lonely, wanting and needing for himself. He has an urgent frustration, but reluctantly resigned to a constant heavy burden. It is important to play him with a desire for a better existence and not as a creature “beyond all hope”.
- CHRISTMAS PAST is described in the book as not old and not young. Christmas Past is neither male nor female. It is memories full either in joyful or painful experiences. This character never opens its eyes but uses grand gestures to physically embrace the positive memories with round open arms or push the negative memories physically away.
- BOY SCROOGE is a comparable character to Boy Caroler. He is 12 years old, lonely, empty, longing, breathless and wanting.
- FRAN is a little girl about 8 years old. She is playful and giving. Overly excited, exuberant and unable to stand still. Her bright-eyed energy is infectious. She is in a hurry, and will not be denied.
- FEZZIWIG is a big round bouncy lovably boisterous man. He is joyous of life at every moment, nurturing and huggable, willing to laugh at himself.
- FEZZIWIG GUESTS are only small moments in the Fezziwig scene. They are moments of dancing, or cheering in differing qualities giving the scene the feeling of a party. Each moment of a character needs to have a simple but concrete tempo and intensity and physicality to depict varied characters in the warehouse.
- BELLE is petite and lovely. She is lovingly sure, gentle, forgiving and humble yet never angry, but sad in her loss. She is resigned but firm in her resolve to end her relationship with Scrooge.
- CHRISTMAS PRESENT is plenty and bursting with positive happy energy. This ‘hope of new beginnings’ has a huge, rich heart. He is bigger than life, proud and strong with little patience for Scrooge’s pessimistic attitudes.
- LOUD CHILDREN is one boisterous boy, a representative of a small group of child carolers singing a carol very loud and in haste. This single child sings with excitement, bouncing and bold, competing with his fellow carolers. They are completely in their own world.
- MRS. CRATCHIT is fully a woman with a worn life experience. She is layered with responsibility and bravely embraces it. Physically quick she is excitable, proud, loving and well kempt in her poverty. She has a slight biting protectiveness.
- MARTHA is young in maturity about 18 years old. She is sweet but still a girl, fun loving and giggly. She is never physically still in her dialogue exchanges though she has a moderate level of young adulthood.
- THE CHILDREN are a boy and a girl too young to be different in quality of character. They rush in, circling their mother and looking up at her, excited beyond control. They are seen again “placing chairs for everyone” and do this in breakneck speed with the clumsiness of reaction before planning.
- BELINDA is the Cratchits’ second daughter. She is old enough for responsibility but young enough to give into the temptation of a sneaky taste of the applesauce.
- PETER is a boy of about 14 trying to prove his capable hands. He fiercely mashes the potatoes as if racing to a finish line.
- TINY TIM is a young, 6 year old boy. A symbol of love and innocence in a small vulnerable Godly package, smallest of them all with a big heart of pure love.
- OLD MAN is experienced, wise and rich with swelling love for his family. He is tired but excepting, touching and embracing. He knows the importance beyond the veil of this life.
- STURDY MAN is a tough hard worker, sure and hearty with a bit of a soft sentimental side.
- MALE GUEST is a playboy, young and sneaky in a playful way.
- PRETTY SISTER is giggly, coy and naive. She is shy and cute, and though she knows it and uses it, it is charming. She cannot stop giggling.
- FEMALE GUEST is a sweet friend of Fred’s wife. She is curious and competitive in game playing.
- OLD MALE GUEST is a pipe smoking, logical and comfortable fellow.
- GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE is never physically taken on by the actor but is a strong presence intently viewed by Scrooge. The image is of a heavily cloaked dark figure “concealing its head, face and form.”
- FAT MAN is an oily, large, greasy unmoved and uncaring man. He laughs at his own jokes and is callous and lumbering. He talks to a small group of other unseen businessmen.
- OLD JOE is a squatty old codger, a brittle beggars vendee who thinks of himself as quite a player. Homely and somewhat toothless, he brazenly cowers in the darkness.
- BEGGAR WOMAN is a cleaning lady and beggar woman full in age. A layered collector and protector of the clothes and wares she covets. She has a false unrepentant guilt.
- YOUNG HUSBAND is romantic and genuinely loving, warm and protective. He has a sensual embracing oneness with his young wife. He is sincere about all his emotions.
- STREET BOY is a young lad of about 10 years old. He is quick and eager.
Setting: Christmas, Early 1800’s. Bare stage with 3 unmatched chairs