A Christmas Carol Character Breakdown

Cast Requirements-- Adults: 14M, 12F; Children: 6M, 3F plus Ensemble (Doubling Possible)

The Scrooges:
EBENEZER SCROOGE: Male, 50s or older. Scrooge is a grumpy old man who has buried a lot of memories by focusing only on his work and material success. Soloist--Vocal Range: A2-F#4.

FRED: Male, 20s and up. Fred is the opposite of his uncle Scrooge— upbeat and optimistic, he celebrates his life, even though he’s not well off financially. Featured solos--Vocal Range: C3-G4.

ELIZABETH: Female, 20s and up. Elizabeth is Fred’s wife; confident and strong, a modern woman who isn’t afraid to let her voice be heard. Featured solos--Vocal Range: B3-E5.

The Cratchit Family:
BOB CRATCHIT: Male, 30s or older. Bob is a good-natured and hard-working man, doing his best to stay positive while supporting a large family and working for a very difficult boss. Soloist--Vocal Range: C3-Gb4.

MRS. CRATCHIT: Female, 30s and up. Bob Cratchit’s supportive wife and mother to their large brood. Featured solos--Vocal Range: A3-D5

TINY TIM: Male, between 8-12. Tiny Tim is Cratchit’s partially disabled son who still believes in everything around him, despite his physical condition. Soloist--Vocal Range: D4-D5.

MARTHA CRATCHIT: Female, late teens or older. Bob Cratchit’s oldest child who has moved out but who makes it home for Christmas, knowing how important it is to the family. Featured Solos--Vocal Range: C4-E5.

BELINDA CRATCHIT: Female, pre-teen. Bob Cratchit’s younger daughter. Vocal Range: A3-A4.

WILLIE CRATCHIT: Male, pre-teen. Bob Cratchit’s younger son. Vocal Range: A3-A4.

PETER CRATCHIT: Male, early teens. Bob Cratchit’s oldest son, on the brink of adulthood but not quite there yet. Vocal Range: C3-D4.

The Spirits:
JACOB MARLEY: Male, 40s or older. The ghost of Jacob Marley shows the tragic end of a life lived like Scrooge’s. He deals in heavy emotions at all times— anger and anguish mostly. Soloist--Vocal Range: C#3-Eb4.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST/MATCH GIRL: Female, teens and up. The Ghost seems gentle and etherial, but her questioning of Scrooge intentionally causes him to address memories he’d be happier to push aside. Soloist--Vocal Range: B3-F5.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Male, adult. Loud and boisterous, the Ghost lives in the moment but mixes his good nature with a serious understanding of the weight of time. Soloist--Vocal Range: Ab2-Gb4.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME/UNDERTAKER’S MUTE: Non-speaking, may include some puppetry

From Scrooge’s Past:
BOY EBENEZER: Male, pre-teen. Scrooge as a child is sullen and lonely, mostly content to bury himself in books rather than engage the world around him. Vocal Range: Non-singing role.

YOUNG EBENEZER: Male, late teens-early 20s. Unlike his older self, Young Ebenezer tempers his drive to succeed with a dash of wide-eyed romance. Soloist--Vocal Range: C3-G4.

BELLE: Female, late teens-early 20s. Belle is the girl of Young Ebenezer’s dreams, who falls for him but is strong and independent enough to walk away when he chooses work over her. Soloist--Vocal Range: B3-E5.

FAN: Female, pre-teen; Scrooge’s slightly older sister. Her warmth is such that she can make even Boy Scrooge’s saddest day better. Vocal Range: Non-singing role.

DICK WILKINS: Male, late teen or early twenties. Young Ebenezer’s best friend, an outgoing and confident young man. Featured Solos--Vocal Range: C3-F4.

  1. FEZZIWIG: Male, 40s or older. Mr. Fezziwig is a huge personality who is loved by all and who wants nothing more than to share his success with everyone around him. Soloist--Vocal Range: C3-E4.

MRS. FEZZIWIG: Female, 40s or older. Much like Mr. Fezziwig, Mrs. Fezziwig is a big personality who turns everything she touches into a celebration. Soloist--Vocal Range: C4-D5.

BESSIE FEZZIWIG: Female, older teen. Mr. Fezziwig’s pretty daughter. Vocal Range: Sings only with the ensemble.

Londoners:
COLLECTING MEN 1-3: Male. The Collecting Men are somewhat lovable fops who finish one another’s sentences and have their sales pitch down to a science. The three make great harmonies together. Soloists--Vocal Range: Man 1, Bb2-F4; Man 2, Bb2-Bb4 (falsetto); Man 3, Bb2-F4.

MRS. DILBER: Female, 30s or older. Scrooge’s miserable housekeeper who runs with a rougher crowd than Scrooge probably knows. Featured solos--Vocal Range: A3-C5.

OLD JOE: Male, adult. Old Joe is a street person with a wicked sense of humor who’s not afraid to engage in some dishonest business. Featured solos--Vocal Range: A2-E4.

MOLLY: Female, adult. The female equivalent of Old Joe. Featured solos--Vocal Range: A3-C5.

TOPPER: Male, 20s or older. Fred’s somewhat rowdy but entertaining friend. Featured solos--Vocal Range: Bb2-D4.

CLARA: Female, early 20s and older. A guest at Fred’s party and one object of Topper’s affections. Featured solos--Vocal Range: F4-C5.

CORA: Female, early 20s and older. Another guest at Fred’s party and another object of Topper’s affections. Featured solos--Vocal Range: F4-C5.

TURKEY BOY: Male, pre-teen. A boy Scrooge meets on the street who is sent on an errand. Vocal Range: Non-singing role.

ROGUES’ SONG SOLOIST #1: Female, any age. A homeless person, lost and alone in the streets at night. Featured solos--Vocal Range: A3-C#5.

ROGUES’ SONG SOLOIST #2: Male, any age. A homeless person, lost and alone in the streets at night. Featured solos--Vocal Range: F#3-E4.

IGNORANCE: Boy, pre-teen. A creepy phantom of a child that torments Scrooge. Non-singing role.

WANT: Girl, pre-teen. A waif-like child who haunts Scrooge. Non-singing role.

ENSEMBLE, CAROLERS, and various non-speaking roles