A Christmas Carol (Swartz-Play)

Book By: L. Don Swartz
Play #: 8329
Pages: 54 pgs
Cast: 11 m, 11 w, 2 flexible, 8 boys, 6 girls.

This faithful yet unique adaptation of the Charles Dickens' holiday story begins in "another world" where Tiny Tim appears. More than just an employee's crippled son, he is a symbol of Scrooge's own infirmity. Scrooge's deceased business partner, Marley, is granted permission to return to Earth with a small but powerful army of holiday spirits on his adventure to convert the covetous old sinner into a Yuletide saint. The most popular scenes of the novel are dramatized, but especially powerful is the future scene of Bob Cratchit's gut-wrenching loss of his beloved Tim, as is the moment in reality when Scrooge hugs the boy's small form. The play is fast moving and works well on a unit set with one scene flowing into another. Appropriate carols may be used as transitions between some scenes. About 80 minutes.

Product tags
Sample Now
Perusal Only
Delivery Method
All orders with downloads must be paid by credit card
Single Copy for Perusal Only - $7.95
Purusal copies are limited to one per customer.
Buy Now
Delivery Method
All orders with downloads must be paid by credit card
Production Script - $7.95 each
Must order at least one per performer.
Royalty Licenses - $65.00
Royalty Licenses are required even if you do not charge admission.
Performance beginning date

Productions

STARRY NIGHT THEATRE, INC. 8 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 12/5/2019
FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER 3 Performance(s)
LANSDALE, PA 12/9/2016
STARRY NIGHT THEATRE INC 8 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 12/8/2016
WASHINGTON TWP MIDDLE HS 2 Performance(s)
VALPARAISO, IN 11/20/2015
BROOKE HIGH DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
WELLSBURG, WV 11/19/2015
FLETCHER ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
FLETCHER, OK 12/14/2014
YORKTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
YORKTOWN, IN 12/5/2014
WEST-OAK HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WESTMINSTER, SC 12/4/2013
STARRY NIGHT THEATRE INC 9 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 12/3/2013
VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK REC DEP 3 Performance(s)
ORLAND PARK , IL 12/14/2012
MAPLETON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ASHLAND, OH 12/12/2012
FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER 3 Performance(s)
HARLEYSVILLE, PA 12/9/2011
JEFFERSON BAPTIST CHURCH 4 Performance(s)
JEFFERSON, OR 12/10/2010
ALTMAR PARISH WILLIAMSTOWN 2 Performance(s)
PARISH, NY 12/10/2010
WEST-OAK HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WESTMINSTER, SC 12/9/2010
STARRY NIGHT THEATRE INC 9 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 12/1/2010
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MIDDLETOWN, CT 12/10/2009
- 1 Performance(s)
MIDDLETOWN, CT 12/9/2009
HOMER-CENTER JUNIOR-SENIOR HIG 2 Performance(s)
HOMER CITY, PA 10/28/2009
SO FAYETTE HIGH DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
MC DONALD, PA 12/2/2007
STARRY NIGHT THEATRE INC 10 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 11/29/2007
SOMERSET HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SOMERSET, WI 12/15/2006

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT L. DON SWARTZ TALKS ABOUT

"A Christmas Carol"

 

Q. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?

A. "A Christmas Carol" has always been one of my favorite stories.

 

Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A. I like the Phantom of the Future scenes. The Phantom is not playing around with Scrooge anymore, and he uses high drama to soften the old miser's heart.

 

Q. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CHARACTERS THEMSELVES?

A. The characters came from Charles Dickens masterpiece however, many of them needed fleshing-out to make them 3-D for the stage. That was the fun part.

 

Q. WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A. I wanted modern audiences to look at an overly familiar story in a new way. To that end I adapted many sections almost never included and filled in the dots on story lines that were left unfinished.

 

Q. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A. I have been playing Scrooge since 1985 which has given me a rare insight into his story. I feel in some ways I have lived Scrooge's story, again and again. As an actor it is my favorite and most challenging role.