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Scrooge, The Stingiest Man In Town

Genre Comedy/Satire; Fringe
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Composer Fred Spielman
Lyricist Janice Torre
Book By Janice Torre
 
Other Credits Based on 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
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Short Synopsis

No holiday season is complete without a retelling of Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol and what better way to enjoy the classic story of “good will toward men” than with this lavish, enchanting musical adaptation.

With the goose and holly of a Victorian Christmas surrounding him, miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge rejects the companionship of his fellow men and women for the sterile pleasure of gold. He is saved from this loveless life by the intercession of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, who take him on a fantastic trip through the times of his life and show him a glimpse of the tragic future that awaits him should he not mend his ways. In the end, a transformed Scrooge realises that “mankind should be my business” and that one little boy is of greater weight than all the gold in his strongbox.

With a jaunty, melodious score, lots of dancing and a large cast which includes several children and one of the more irresistible lead roles ever, SCROOGE, THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN is a warm-hearted holiday treat for all!

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

SCROOGE THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN REHEARSAL SET

  • 15 × LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOKS
  • 1 × PIANO-CONDUCTOR SCORE
  • 1 × PIANO-VOCAL SCORE

Orchestral Materials

All available orchestrations for this show are displayed below. On application, you will be required to select the orchestration that you wish to use for your performance.

Orchestral Materials on Hire

SCROOGE THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × REED I (PICCOLO, FLUTE)
  • 1 × REED II (CLARINET I)
  • 1 × REED III (CLARINET II)
  • 1 × REED IV (OBOE)
  • 1 × REED V (BASSOON)
  • 1 × TRUMPET I
  • 1 × TRUMPET II
  • 1 × TROMBONE
  • 1 × HORN I
  • 1 × HORN II
  • 1 × VIOLIN I
  • 1 × VIOLIN II
  • 1 × VIOLIN III
  • 1 × VIOLA
  • 1 × CELLO
  • 1 × BASS
  • 1 × PERCUSSION

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

ALICE: Betty's pretty sister, slender. Non-singing.

BELINDA & ANNIE CRATCHIT: Healthy children of Bob and Mrs. Cratchit. Aged 15 and 8, respectively.

BELLE: Scrooge's boyhood sweetheart. Soprano.

BETTY: Fred's young, lovely wife. Soprano.

BOB CRATCHIT: Scrooge's oppressed clerk, boyish. Baritone or Tenor.

FEZZIWIG: Stout, jolly, wears breeches, Scrooge's one-time employer Approx. 50 years old. Non-Singing.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS - PAST: Slender child. Approx. 10-12 years old. Non-Singing.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS - PRESENT: Robust, ruddy. Tenor or Baritone.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET-TO-COME: Shrouded, spectral, only one outstretched hand visible. Non-Singing.

GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY: Former business partner of Scrooge; dead as a doornail. Baritone or Bass.

HAWKINS: A ragpicker, rumpled and poor.

MARTHA: A Cratchit child, sings a solo.

MRS. CRATCHIT: Bob's wife, mid-'30s, no wrinkles.

MRS. DILBER: Scrooge's cleaning woman. Mezzo-Soprano.

MRS. FEZZIWIG: Fezziwig's wife. Non-Singing.

OTHERS: Carolers, about 4 who narrate/ sing;; young clerks at Fezziwigs (can double as Carolers); Lost Souls (usually 3 m./ 3f.); beggars; two gentlemen; errand boy Throtty; Christmas toys; townspeople; devils. Various vocal ranges.

PETER & BILLY CRATCHIT: Healthy children of the Cratchits. Peter-teenager, Billy-approx. 5 years old.

SCROOGE: Stingy, chilly, cowardly; turns joyful. Medium vocal range.

SUSAN: Betty's sister, plump, sought by Topper. Non-Singing.

TINY TIM: Cratchit's happy but crippled child. 9-10 years old.

TOPPER: A young, fashionable bachelor. Non-Singing.

YOUNG SCROOGE: A dancer, bright and promising. Tenor or Baritone.

Detailed Synopsis

ACT ONE

This is the musical story of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with all the trimmings and more.  Before the curtain opens, the Narrator and Carollers sing "A Christmas Carol."  We are introduced to our story and its main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, the stingiest man in town.  While everyone else is out celebrating the most wonderful of seasons, Mr. Scrooge is inside counting his money.

The curtain opens on a London street. It is 1843--late afternoon on Christmas Eve.  Scrooge's nephew, Fred, and a chorus are celebrating the season ("An Old-fashioned Christmas").  Snow is falling, candles are gleaming, and lovers are catching a kiss beneath the mistletoe.

The scene shifts to Ebenezer Scrooge's office where Fred comes to greet his uncle, but is only met with disdain.  He tries to convince Scrooge to be merry on Christmas, but Ebenezer will have nothing to do with this "ridiculous" holiday ("Humbug").  He believes that "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding...and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."  Fred, of course, does not agree, and even invites his uncle over for Christmas dinner.  Scrooge declines.

Fred leaves as two gentlemen enter asking if he is at Scrooge and Marley's.  Scrooge informs them that Marley, the man who used to be his partner, has been dead for the past seven years-this very night, in fact.  The gentlemen ask Scrooge for a donation to their Christmas fund to help the poor and destitute.  Scrooge, of course, turns them down, saying that the poor go to jail if they have no place else to go.  Better yet, they can die and decrease the surplus population.

He quickly dismisses the men and calls for his assistant, Bob Cratchit, who nervously enters the scene and asks if he might have the day off tomorrow on account of it being Christmas.  Scrooge reluctantly approves and tells him to arrive back at the office the next day two hours early and sober.  The very grateful Bob Cratchit departs to do his last bit of Christmas shopping.  Scrooge's cleaning lady, Mrs. Dilber, enters and asks him for a small advance on next month's salary, but he refuses.  He even slams the door in the face of Ragpicker Hawkins who simply wanders by asking for old rubbish.  Walking through the streets of London, Mrs. Dilber, Hawkins, and a group of beggars all talk about Mr. Scrooge and his "generosity"-or rather lack thereof. ("The Stingiest Man In Town").

The carollers bring the scene to Scrooge's home later that night ("A Christmas Carol - Reprise") where we find Scrooge asleep in bed.  Suddenly, we hear the sound of chains and see the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge's former business partner, lumbering over to Ebenezer's bed.  He talks to Scrooge and tries to convince him that he is real, but Scrooge believes him to be nothing more than an undigested bit of food just a rumbling in his stomach.  After removing the bandages on his face and shaking the chains all over his body, Scrooge is better able to see that it is really Jacob Marley.  He has come to give Scrooge some advice so that he too doesn't end up the way he did - chained to his life of selfishness and greed ("I Wear A Chain"). 

Marley then tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits this Christmas Eve night.  Without them his fate will be the same as his - chained to eternal damnation.  A resigned Scrooge agrees to see them and take their advice.  Hearing this, Marley leaves.  A puzzled Scrooge wonders just how all of this could be a reality, but then, no sooner than he dismisses Marley is he visited be the Ghost of Christmas Past, who proceeds to take Scrooge on a journey of his past. 

They first travel back to the school that Ebenezer attended as a child. There, they see young Scrooge talking with his younger sister, Fan, the deceased mother of his nephew Fred.  It appears that Scrooge spent many holidays alone at school.  Here, Fan is taking him home, as their father had grown kinder.  The scene swiftly changes to Christmas Eve in 1800 in the office where Ebenezer was once an apprentice.  Scrooge, his boss Fezziwig, and the clerks are celebrating Christmas the way it should be celebrated ("Country Dance").  Young Scrooge talks with his old love, Belle, who bemoans the fact that they can't marry.  It appears that Scrooge won't think of taking a wife until his finances are in order.  Belle doesn't care if he's rich or poor, she just wants Scrooge.  Young Scrooge can only think about what their life will be like in the future ("Golden Dreams" song and ballet). Unfortunately, Scrooge let these dreams slip away.  He got more and more obsessed with getting rich, got older, and never married Belle ("It Might Have Been"). 

The curtain falls on Act One as Scrooge cries out "That's enough!  I won't remember anymore!" for these memories are far too painful for him.

ACT TWO

Before the curtain rises, the Narrator and carollers set the scene once again.  Ebenezer Scrooge is this time being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present.

We are back in Scrooge's bedroom where the second Ghost bursts on the scene.  It is dark and Scrooge can't see the spirit, but after he touches its robe, the room is transformed into a Christmas wonderland complete with trees and toys that come to life celebrating the joys of Christmas ("Listen to the Song of the Christmas Spirit").

The ghost quickly whisks Scrooge away to continue on their tour of London.  They first see Mrs. Dilber and Ragpicker Hawkins celebrating Christmas together.  These poor people have nothing, yet they seem so happy.  The scene then shifts to Bob Cratchit's living room where Bob's family is getting ready for Christmas.  Once again, although they have nothing, they appear to be quite happy.  Mrs. Cratchit and some of her children hurriedly prepare for dinner.  Bob and the youngest son, Tiny Tim, are not yet home.  Martha, the eldest daughter returns from work.  She, too, is forced to work late on Christmas making hats just to keep up with back orders.  Scrooge even overhears Martha and Mrs. Cratchit talk about Scrooge and how they have no desire to ever meet him.  Rather than let him leave this uncomfortable situation, the spirit has Scrooge stay to meet someone else.  Just then Bob Cratchit returns with his youngest son Tiny Tim, a small cripple of a child forced to walk with a crutch.  The dear child shows his sister the music box that Santa brought him.  Tiny Tim wasn't sure that there was a Santa, but Martha assures him that this music box is affirmation enough ("Yes, There Is A Santa Claus").

As the family sits down to eat dinner, Tiny Tim speaks the ever famous "God bless us...every one."  Scrooge, who has been taken with the child, asks the spirit what will happen to Tiny Tim.  The spirit responds that he sees "a vacant seat in the chimney corner and a little crutch without an owner...Unless the shadow of the future be changed, the child will die." As it stands right now, there won't be enough money to care for him.  But what would Scrooge care about this?  What is one more or less boy in this world? ("One Little Boy")   Scrooge watches Bob Cratchit give a toast to him in spite all of the cruel things that Scrooge has done.

The spirit has Scrooge touch his robe once more and whisks him away to a street where carollers are singing ("An Old-Fashioned Christmas").  The scene then shifts to Fred's living room where a party is taking place.  Fred's wife, Betty, is playing the perfect hostess making everyone feel right at home.  Fred and his guests also talk about Scrooge and his cheap ways, even comparing him to a barbaric animal who gobbles up all of the money.  Nevertheless, Fred still feels sorry for his uncle because no matter how hard he tries to encourage him in the spirit of the holiday, he can only respond with "Humbug."  It's too bad that he doesn't realise what Christmas really is ("The Birthday Party Of The King").

ACT THREE

The Narrator and Carollers continue to tell us about Scrooge.  Even though the first two ghosts gave Ebenezer a lot to think about, it is nothing compared to what he will encounter with the gloomy ghost of Christmas-Yet-To-Come ("A Christmas Carol-Reprise").

The curtain opens on a dark cemetery where the Ghost of Christmas Present says farewell.  A deeply hooded figure enters and approaches Scrooge.  The hooded figure doesn't speak.  It only nods when Scrooge asks if he is in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas-Yet-To-Come.  The spirit then points to Mrs. Dilber and Ragpicker Hawkins who are carrying bundles taken from Scrooge's home, laughing and carrying on.  Scrooge is concerned because he doesn't know why they are carrying on so happily about someone's death.  Whose funeral was it anyway?  After seeing the gravestone with his name on it, Scrooge realises he is the one who has died ("Who Is Dead?")  He also watches devils and others from the world below haunt him ("Concerto Inferno" Devil's Ballet).  Marley comes back and also haunts him once again.  ("I Wear A Chain - Reprise").

After these visions haunt Scrooge to no end, he finally cries to the Ghost of Christmas-Yet-To-Come, "I am not the man I was!  Tell me I may yet change the vision of the future by an altered life!  I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all of the year!"  Finally Scrooge understands what the spirits are trying to tell him.  ("Mankind Should Be My Business").

After a flash of light, Scrooge finds himself back in his own bedroom.  He gratefully thanks Jacob Marley and all the spirits.  He is excited as he hears the bells of Christmas ring throughout the city ("The Christmas Spirit - Reprise").  He calls out his window, finds Mrs. Dilber, then asks her what day it is.  After finding out that it's Christmas, he throws her his money purse and tells her to go buy the big turkey hanging in the butcher's window.

Mrs. Dilber goes to get the turkey and returns to be joined by Ragpicker Hawkins.  The two are even more confused as they see Scrooge enter dancing and singing about the "Christmas Spirit."  It confuses them even more when he gives them each a handful of gold coins.  All three dance about, celebrating the joys of the season.

Scrooge then goes to the Cratchit home and not only gives them the turkey that Mrs. Dilber purchased but also gives gifts to the entire family.  He even raises Bob's salary.  The most wonderful thing of all is that he tells Tiny Tim he wants him to get well.  "Consult the best doctor we can find in London.  And never mind the expense." Bob thanks Mr. Scrooge for his generosity.  Because of him, one little boy will have a chance in this world! ("One Little Boy - Reprise").

Now, Ebenezer Scrooge is finally a new man who will do his best to bring joy to everyone.  Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family realise that "Yes, There Is A Santa Claus (Reprise)."  The Narrator and carollers celebrate the joys of the season ("A Christmas Carol - Reprise").  Finally, everyone sings about joys of spending Christmas together ("An Old-Fashioned Christmas.")

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Rehearsal Materials

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