The Musical


Keith Ferguson & Bruce Greer have created a new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 Novella that is faithful to Dickens’ plot and prose, while highlighting both the spiritual and social themes woven throughout this Christmas classic. The score has many original songs written in a traditional musical theater style, while also carefully integrating familiar carols and songs of Christmas that audiences will recognize and respond to with joy. The vocal writing is accessible and practical, allowing both professional and amateur groups to have great success performing the score. The outstanding orchestration is colorful and rich, helping to tell the story and create the mood throughout the 1 hour and 45 minute show.

 

Synopsis of Scenes and Musical Numbers

PROLOGUE – Christmas Eve, 1843, 3:00 pm, Streets of London
     Overture – Orchestra
     Sing a Christmas Carol with God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Chorus, Scrooge

SCENE 1 – Christmas Eve, late afternoon, Scrooge’s Office
     God Bless Christmas/A Family Christmas with Here We Come-a-Caroling – Fred, Scrooge, Bob, Orphan Boy, Orphan Girl

SCENE 2 – Christmas Eve Night, Scrooge’s Bedroom
     This Chain – Jacob Marley

SCENE 3 – Christmas Past – A Schoolroom, Fezziwig’s, Scrooge’s Office, Belle’s Home
     A Family Christmas – Reprise – Fan, Boy Scrooge
     Christmas Eve at Fezziwig’s with Deck the Halls – Mr. Fezziwig, Mrs. Fezziwig, Chorus, Housemaid, Cook, Baker, Milkman, Young Woman, Dick Wilkins, Young Scrooge
     You Once Were – Belle

SCENE 4 – Christmas Present – Scrooge’s Bedroom, Streets of London, a Church, Cratchit Home, Fred’s Home
     Merry Christmas Morning – Ghost of Christmas Present, Chorus
     O Come, All Ye Faithful with The First Noel and Good Christian Men, Rejoice – Chorus, Scrooge
     As We Remember – The Cratchit Family
     On Christmas Night – Medley of English Carols – Fred, Virginia, Party Guests
     God Bless Christmas – Reprise – Fred, Virginia

SCENE 5 – Christmas Future – Streets of London, Cratchit Home, A Graveyard
     Better Off Dead – Charwoman, Laundress, Gravedigger, Old Joe
     As We Remember – Reprise – Bob
     Ebenezer Scrooge – Orchestra Underscore

SCENE 6 – Christmas Day – Scrooge’s Bedroom, Streets of London, Fred’s House
     On My Knees – Scrooge Christmas Morning Medley – Scrooge, Chorus, Fred, Virginia

EPILOGUE – December 26, 1843, Scrooge’s Office, Streets of London
     God Bless Us, Everyone – Tiny Tim, Bob, Scrooge, Fred, Virginia, Company
     Curtain Call with Sing a Christmas Carol and Joy to the World! – Company

 

Orchestration

Woodwind 1- Piccolo
Flute 1

Woodwind 2- Flute 2
Oboe/English Horn

Woodwind 3- Bb Clarinet (1)

Woodwind 4- Bb Clarinet (2)
Bass Clarinet

1 Trumpet
1 French Horn
1 Trombone

Violin 1&2
Viola
Cello
Arco Bass

Percussion – 2-3 players (no drum set)
Timpani
Mallets

Piano/Keyboard

In addition to the orchestration, an accompaniment track, featuring a fully acoustic professional orchestra, and all sound effects required for the show, is also available.