Audition Dates Set for A Christmas Carol

A Holiday Tradition Returns!

The air has only just started to taste of fall, but here at City Circle, we’re already thinking about Christmas… and the winter magic of A Christmas Carol. Now is your chance to join the Cratchit family or channel your spookiest apparition. This adaptation, by Barbara Field, was a beloved staple for many years at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Sep 20, 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sep 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the Coralville Public Library.

Director Liz Tracey will be asking auditioners to either read sides from the show or recite a prepared monologue. She would also like to hear each person sing a snippet from their favorite Christmas carol. She is hoping for a broad and diverse cast, and encourages actors of all ages and backgrounds to audition. See below for a complete list of roles and their descriptions.

No one can resist the rush of joy A Christmas Carol brings. Come help City Circle warm the most humbug hearts this holiday season! The show runs Dec 14-16 and 21-23 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Contact the director at liz@citycircle.org with any questions, or to schedule an alternate audition time.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • EBENEZER SCROOGE:  A hard-hearted, tight-fisted man of commerce who transforms into a large-hearted, generous and compassionate man. There is underlying comedy in Dicken’s writing of Scrooge. His wit is dry and sarcastic in nature.
  • JACOB MARLEY:  Scrooge’s business partner who died on Christmas eve 7 years prior to the beginning of the story. Appears as ghost to warn Scrooge against living only for profit. Decrepit, older man, who exhibits the strains of living in purgatory.
  • BOB CRATCHIT:  Scrooge’s middle-aged overworked and underpaid clerk, who nonetheless finds great joy in life, especially in the love of his large family. He is most likely skinny (due to a lack of food), with a childlike innocence and sense of fun.
  • FRED:  Scrooge’s nephew (the son of his deceased sister Fran) who like Bob, maintains a child-like enjoyment of life and family. A generous attitude towards his miserly uncle. He is of a higher economic status than Bob, yet shows sympathy and kindness towards him.
  • FORREST:  A charitable citizen, trying to raise money for the poor. Described as “lean and deaf as a post”. Comedic possibilities, will consider man or woman for the part.
  • BLAKELY:  Forrest’s comedic side-kick. As round as Forrest is lean. Again, could be cast as man or woman.
  • MRS. GRIMSBY:  Scrooge’s house servant. Older woman with nothing to smile about working for Scrooge. Living with low wages, in a depressingly cheap, under-lit and under-heated house.
  • YOUNG EBENEZER:  Around 10yrs. old. Sad and lonely boy.
  • SCHOOLBOYS:  Billy, Thomas, Jeremiah. Classmates of Ebenezer, youthful, ages flexible.
  • FAN:  Ebenezer’s sister. “A delicate creature, possessing a generous spirit”, about 10-12 yrs. old. Dies a young woman, with one child, Fred.
  • EBENEZER:  A young man of 20. Socially inept and insecure due to his father’s neglect and abandonment. He was not raised in a strong family environment but rather sent away to boarding school. Starts working full-time at 14 years of age. Fear of ending up in the poor house leads him to be obsessive about making money and insensitive to others.
  • BELLE:  Beautiful young woman, open and kind-hearted. A governess. Ebenezer immediately falls for her.
  • WILLIAM:  Belle’s charge, no specific age. Energetic.
  • ANNA:  William’s sister. Again, age is flexible.
  • DICK WILKINS:  Ebenezer’s co-worker, around 20 yrs. old. Energetic and happy nature.
  • FEZZIWIG:  Young Ebenezer’s first employer. A generous man to his employees, who exemplifies the joy of Christmas spirit. Jovial and round. Lives life to excess…laughter, love, food, music.
  • MRS. FEZZIWIG:  “Beautiful and bountiful” wife of Fezziwig. Doting wife and mother of two daughters. Also extremely jovial and round.
  • PETUNIA:  Eligible young daughter of Fezziwigs. Potentially comic character.
  • MARIGOLD:  Another eligible young daughter of Fezziwigs.
  • BASIL & MARJORAM…Fezziwig’s little children. Indeterminate ages, boy and girl.
  • COOK:  Brings on food for Fezziwig’s party.
  • YOUNG MARLEY:  Ambitious, eager to make money, even on Christmas eve. A man who doesn’t let “sentiment” get in the way of business. Fezziwig thinks he has no heart at all.
  • FIRST MAN & SECOND MAN:  Two men arguing before being touched by Ghost of Christmas Present
  • MRS. CRATCHIT:  Bob Cratchit’s wife, a middle-aged woman, worn thin but full of love and concern for her family.
  • BELINDA CRATCHIT:  Bob Cratchit’s daughter and mother’s little helper.
  • MARTHA CRATCHIT:  Daughter lives with family and works 14 hour days making hats.
  • PETER CRATCHIT:  Son who “has grown as tall as Martha”, probably a young teen.
  • TOM CRATCHIT:  Shorter than Peter but old enough to pester his brother.
  • TINY TIM:  Youngest of the CRATCHIT clan and walks with a crutch. Small enough to be carried by his brothers.
  • MRS. FRED:  Fred’s cheerful, young wife who is “quite pregnant”.
  • TOPPER:  A gentleman friend of Fred. Upper class, single.
  • DOROTHEA:  Mrs Fred’s sister and the object of Topper’s affection
  • SOPHIA:  Mrs. Fred’s other sister, “the quiet one”.
  • CECIL:  Companion of Fred. Upper class.
  • EDWARDS:  Another friend of Fred. Enjoys socializing with friends. His age is undetermined.
  • 4 MEN OF BUSINESS:  Snarkers, Grasper, Krookings and Squeeze. As the names that Dicken’s bestows on these men implies; vulture types, ready to turn a profit.
  • JOE:  Proprietor of a “Rag and Bones” shop. A grimy rascal.
  • MRS. DILBER:  A laundress, “whose little ones never get enough to eat” .
  • UNDERTAKER:  Makes money off Scrooge’s meager possessions.
  • SIMON:  A ragged boy who runs an errand for Scrooge.
  • POULTERER:  Presents Scrooge with a prize size bird.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST:  Personification of memory. In order for Scrooge to grow as a human being, he must learn from the past. The light that shines from this Ghost’s head symbolizes the  “illumination” which can come from reflecting on one’s past. He calls himself a “gadfly” which is a person who provokes others into action by criticism. Like a horsefly that bites livestock, he or she is sprite, enthusiastic about his or her job, and quite annoying to Scrooge.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT:  Personification of generosity. His appearance is large, bedecked with an abundance of fruits, vegetables and sweets. He is Like our jolly old St. Nick, generous in spirit as well as material things.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE:  A personification of death. The Grim Reaper, austere, and frightening in his silence. His face, masked in the shadows of darkness, reminds Scrooge that time waits for no one. He does not converse, he only points to the obvious end, the grave.
  • NARRATOR:  Narration will be divided amongst cast.