ABOUT THE SHOW
Transporting audiences to a bitterly chilly Christmas Eve night, a hard-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts who take him on a journey to worlds past, present and future. Can Ebenezer Scrooge save himself from the consequences of a lifetime of fear and selfishness, once he is confronted with the full arc of his lonely existence?
Adapted by Barbara Field
Minneapolis playwright Barbara Field’s adaptations of A Christmas Carol are part of Spokane Civic Theatre’s DNA. We first produced her rich and delightful take on Mr. Dickens’ tale in the late 1970s, under the artful direction of the legendary Dorothy Darby Smith, one of our Founders. Dorothy, and later others, would continue to direct Barbara’s adaptations for many, many holiday seasons, and this included a streamlined version used in later years. Now, at Civic’s request, Barbara, 87-years-young, is back with an updated script that she has authorized us to share with the Spokane community this holiday season in collaboration with Spokane Public Radio.
Directed by Jake Schaefer
- Male, 45 – 65
- A man who lost his father to creditors as a kid and has grown up heeding his father’s advice to save his money. Until he realizes how terrible he’s become, he is a grumpy, unsympathetic human being who has no time for anyone or anything.
- Male, 30 – 45
- A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son, Tim. He works hard to provide for them, but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge.
- Male, 45 – 65
- Scrooge’s former business partner who, before his death, was exactly like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how his life decisions will bind him in the afterlife.
Ghost Of Christmas Past
- Female, 8 – 80
- An ever genuine, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge’s past to show him the events that led to his current state.
Ghost Of Christmas Present
- Male, 50 – 70
- A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he his missing out on while those around him celebrate Christmas.
- Male, 20 – 30
- A man who lost his father to creditors as a kid and is beginning to harden to his to save his money. He is still a sympathetic man, and in love with Belle.
- Female, 20 – 30
- Scrooge’s fiancé from when they were young. She is beautiful and not impressed by money.
- Female, 8 – 13
- Scrooge’s sister and Fred’s mother. A vision in the past, and symbol of the loving kindness of Christmas time.
- Male, 25 – 35
- Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world.
- Female, 30 – 45
- Tiny Tim’s mother and Mr. Cratchit’s wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she’s got.
- Male, 8 – 12
- Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit’s youngest son. He is lame and sickly, but otherwise the very definition of a loving Christmas spirit. He is a constant reminder to all that as long as we have each other, there lies happiness.
- Male, 50 – 70
- A portly, jolly man who used to throw a huge Christmas party every year for the community. He was Scrooge’s first boss and after teaching him all he knew, the antithesis of the man Scrooge became.
- Female, 50 – 70
- The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig’s wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful.