In celebration of the holiday season and in partnership with local radio, the Theatre Arts Department is happy to present a 30-minute radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

Audition info: 

Please see audition sides (below) and record yourself reading (video is needed, not just audio). Sharing your recording via YouTube or Vimeo is recommended. Auditions can be submitted below and will be accepted until August 27th. Some actors may play multiple roles.  

For more information contact the director, Janine Christl: janine.christl@fresnocitycollege.edu 

The story locale is London, England so please do your best to attempt an English accent. (A video version of a different production has been provided for review below)

Rehearsals/coaching will take place on campus and via Zoom. Recording studio time will mainly be on weekdays scheduled between 9:30am-2pm (working with class schedules). Some evening or Saturday recording may be required.  

We hope to have two live performances outside, on campus on Dec. 4th or 5th so you would need to have that weekend available. Rehearsals for the live showings would follow the recording times (in November). 

Cast size: 17 max/10 min, plus 5 SFX artists

MAX: 3 M, 3F,11M/F -OR- with doubling suggestions below, 3M, 3F, 4M/F.
But can be done by 9 total, with actors doing some SFX too.
Suggested doubling is indicated below by + sign.

EBENEZER SCROOGE Miserly old man (m)
THE NARRATOR Energetic Charles Dickens-type (m/f) _____________ MARLEY’S GHOST Spirit of Scrooge’s partner (m/f)
SECOND SPIRIT Jovial spirit (m/f) + MRS. CRATCHIT Bob’s kind/feisty wife (f)
FIRST SPIRIT Old/Young Spirit (m/f))
+ NEPHEW FRED Scrooge’s kindly nephew (m)
BOB CRATCHIT Scrooge’s meek clerk (m)
BELLE Scrooge’s young fiancée (f)
PETER CRATCHIT Bob’s 12 year-old son (m/f)
POOLE First charity-seeker (m/f)
+ FEZZIWIG Scrooge’s employer (m/f)
MARTHA CRATCHIT Bob’s 15 year-old daughter (f)
+ LAMB Second charity-seeker (m/f)
TINY TIM Bob’s crippled young son (m/f)
+ BUCK Cockney street urchin (m/f)
+ YOUNG CAROLER Poor street caroler (m/f)
CAROLERS Several other carolers (m/f)

Audition Sides: 

The following are some of the characters from the show with some audition style dialogue. Please record any parts you could potentially play and record yourself saying them a variety of ways. So, you can repeat the lines a few times and try more than one character. I’m looking for vocal variety, good enunciations, English accent and most importantly a developed character vocally. This will feel a bit improvised and that is okay! Have fun and try out some fun voices that can be supported and executed throughout the play. For a better understanding of a radio play, please watch the video of another radio show version of A Christmas Carol featured above (this is not the same script).

Choose one or more of the following sides as part of your Audition. Record yourself (we need video, too) and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please be sure the video file is publicly accessible (You can leave your video “unlisted” so it’s not indexed).

SIDES:  

NARRATOR: “This ‘Ghost Story of Christmas’ requires a good story-teller to make the scary parts scary and the happy parts… joyous! This requires an enthusiastic delivery, like an uncle telling his  favorite “one-time” story”.

 

EBENEZER SCROOGE: “I’m Ebenezer Scrooge–now leave me alone! I don’t celebrate Christmas and I don’t suffer fools like… you! I’ve got a wicked sense of humor, but I’m not all bad–I’m just practical. As for Christmas? Bah! Humbug! Humbug, I say!”

 

BELLE: “I’m Belle.I was Ebenezer’s fiancée when he was young, but grew alarmed as my darling became hard and cruel. He chose financial security over emotional risk, and I could no longer remain engaged to him. It hurt me to leave him, but I had no choice. (TO SCROOGE) Farewell, Ebenezer. May you be happy… in the life you have chosen.”

 

MRS. CRATCHIT: “As Bob Cratchit’s wife, I’m mother to six children, including my crippled boy, Tim. It breaks my heart to see my husband slaving away for that old miser, Mr. Scrooge. (SCOFFS) “Found of the feast” indeed ! I’ll give him a good piece of my mind to feast upon and I hope he has a good appetite for it!”

 

MARLEY’S GHOST: “I am the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s long-dead partner. Because of my own greed and avarice, I am doomed to wander the world after Death… without rest or peace. I wail in unceasing torture and remorse! Beware my fate, Ebenezer. Beware! Beware! (GHOSTLY WAIL) “

 

SECOND SPIRIT: “I am the Ghost of Christmas Present! (STERNLY) If what I have to show you is too hard a lesson, Scrooge, then look here! (REVEALS CHILDREN) They are man’s children! Their names are Ignorance and Want. Beware them both! Without the spirit of Christmas to comfort them, narrow Puritanism and greed would release these wretched beings upon the world! (MOCKINGLY) And you ask, “Are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons?” Hah!”

Audition Form is below. Do not submit your Audition Form until you have recorded and uploaded your audition piece to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

Here’s a great video showing you how to upload your video to YouTube: