A Christmas Carol

Based on the novel by: Charles Dickens

Adapted by: Matt Beutner and Micky Shearon

Director: Micky Shearon

Assistant Director: Matt Beutner

Music Director: Greg Doss

Stage Manager: Whitney Shearon


 

A Christmas Carol Auditions:

Monday and Tuesday, August 20-21 from 6-9pm at the Granbury Opera House (133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas 76048 – please enter through the artists entrance at the back of the building)

Callbacks (if needed – by invitation): Saturday, August 25th from 9am-1pm at the Granbury Opera House

Audition Requirements:

  • Please come prepared with a headshot and resume.
  • You must note ALL conflicts for rehearsals and performances on the evening of your auditions.
  • Auditions will include a cold reading from the script. 
  • You will also need to sing 15 seconds from your favorite Christmas carol without accompaniment.

Production Description

The play based on the classic Charles Dickens novel recounts the tale of Ebenzer Scrooge, a crotchety curmudgeon who has lost faith in his fellow man and the spirit of Christmas – rejecting an invitation from his nephew, Fred, and bemoaning having to give the day off to his overworked clerk, Bob Cratchitt. Then, one night, the spirit of his former business partner visits and later sends three ghosts who to show the old miser Christmases past, present, and future. Scrooge must decide whether to continue on his path of gloom or change his ways.

Schedule Your Audition

Rehearsals will begin Monday, September 24. It is expected that rehearsals will not be scheduled during the weeks of October 8 and October 15. When rehearsals resume on Monday, October 22, it will be expected that the cast be effectively “off book.”

  • Typically, rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 7-10pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on November 18-21 will be Sunday-Wednesday from 6-10pm.
  • The cast will be off on Thanksgiving Day, but there will be a final rehearsal on Friday, November 23 in the afternoon before the opening performance.
  • There may be a Que to Que rehearsal on November 17 or 18.
  • The production runs from November 23-December 23 with shows on Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
  • There were also be weekday shows on Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 P.M. as well as a special closing show on Sunday, December 23 at 7:30 P.M.
  • GTC is a non-Equity company. Actor stipends are available for some roles.
  • Housing is available upon request.

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If unable to attend the general audition dates, video submissions will be accepted through August 21 at auditions@granburytheatrecompany.org.

CHARACTER LISTING

Ebenezer Scrooge – The miserly owner of a London counting-house, a nineteenth-century term for an accountant’s office. The three spirits of Christmas visit the stodgy bean-counter in hopes of reversing Scrooge’s greedy, cold-hearted approach to life.


Bob Cratchit – Scrooge’s clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family. Though treated harshly by his boss, Cratchit remains a humble and dedicated employee.


Tiny Tim – Bob Cratchit’s young son, crippled from birth. Tiny Tim is a highly sentimentalized character who Dickens uses to highlight the tribulations of England’s poor and to elicit sympathy from his middle and upper class readership.


Jacob Marley – In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally greedy partner. Marley died seven years before the narrative opens. He appears to Scrooge as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes to save his old partner from suffering a similar fate.


The Ghost of Christmas Past  – The first spirit to visit Scrooge, an idealized vision of the rose tinted glasses we view our own past with. He takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past. The spirit uses a cap to dampen the light emanating from his head.


The Ghost of Christmas Present  – The second spirit to visit Scrooge, a majestic giant clad in a green robe. His lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his contemporaries’ Holiday celebrations


Fred – Scrooge’s nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas. He invites Scrooge to his Christmas party each and every year, only to be refused by his grumpy uncle.


Fezziwig – The jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed. Fezziwig was renowned for his wonderful Christmas parties.


 

 

Belle – A beautiful woman who Scrooge loved deeply when he was a young man. Belle broke off their engagement after Scrooge became consumed with greed and the lust for wealth. She later married another man.


Peter Cratchit – Bob’s oldest son, who inherits his father’s stiff-collared shirt for Christmas.


Martha Cratchit  – Bob’s oldest daughter, who works in a milliner’s shop. (A milliner is a person who designs, produces, and sells hats.)


Fan – Scrooge’s sister; Fred’s mother. In Scrooge’s vision of Christmases past, he remembers Fan picking him up from school and walking him home.


The Portly Gentlemen  – Two gentlemen who visit Scrooge at the beginning of the tale seeking charitable contributions. Scrooge promptly throws them out of his office. Upon meeting one of them on the street after his visitations, he promises to make lavish donations to help the poor.


Mrs. Cratchit – Bob’s wife, a kind and loving woman.


Narrator – Kind and warm grandmotherly type with a flair for storytelling.


Old Joe, Charwoman, and Mrs. Dilber – all greedy self-serving grave robbers.


Ensemble – includes several other speaking and singing roles.


Children’s Ensemble


 

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