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Ebenezer

by Malcolm Sircom

Pricing & Order Info.
Ideal Cast Size 73
Speaking Roles 33
Minimum Cast Size 45
Duration (minutes)75

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Why choose this Musical?

33 speaking roles

12 additional parts have small singing roles. Flexible Cast Sizes to suit YOUR group numbers, from 45 actors upwards. See "Casting" tab below.

Unlimited chorus parts

Easy to stage with simple scenery - adaptable

"Impossible to lose" props

CDs of Backing Tracks & Vocal Tracks available

Both these CDs include ALL Songs, Special Effects, Play Ons and Play Offs in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.

NEW Sing It! Mk. 4 version, now with...

  • "Volume Control" feature
  • "Minimise Window" feature
  • "Lyrics Off" feature
  • "Vocals Off" feature
  • "Line by Line" practising feature
  • "Phrase by Phrase" practising feature

A BRAND NEW product; a CD-ROM or download of all the songs called "Sing it!" is available. This CD-ROM or download can teach the songs to the children without any teacher input. Children can use it at school or at home - think of the time it will save you! Most schools use it in class on an interactive white board or in the school hall on the overhead projector to allow full cast practice. Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof.

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Full Performance Piano/Vocal Score available (Grade 6 Standard)

Encompasses, Songs, Cues and Chord Symbols. Click "Performance Score" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

Easy Play Rehearsal Piano/Vocal Score available (Grade 3 Standard)

Click "Easy Play Score" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

Age range - Key Stage 2 Production (9 - 11 years)

NEW! Instant Scenery with our digital backdrops
A different backdrop for EVERY scene change

Supplied in both a PowerPoint presentation and as individual JPG files.

School Play Backdrop
No more Scenery Painting!

A truly wonderful musical based on Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'

There are many versions of this classic tale but this one by Malcolm Sircom is in our opinion one of the best.

The catchy score has many popular highlights and a wealth of musical styles including Rock n Roll, Blues, Rap and Ballads, etc. Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Fred and the Ghosts all interweave with a large cast and choir to give maximum involvement for the school. Simplified from the full, senior version, it will prove rewarding to all those involved.

Scene One - A London Street

The show gets off to a jolly start in a London street, where the crowd are celebrating Christmas Eve, with the rousing opening number "Roll On, Christmas". Their cheerful mood is shattered by the arrival of Scrooge, on his way to his office, where he confronts his clerk, the downtrodden Bob Cratchit, and refuses him extra coal for his fire. Scrooge's nephew Fred pays a visit, as he does every year, to ask his uncle to dine with himself and his wife, but Scrooge, as usual, declines, railing both at Christmas and then at Fred for wasting money on getting married!

Some charity collectors appear (Cue the Samba-style Chorus number "Charity") and though the crowd give generously, the collectors are shocked by Scrooge's refusal to give even a penny, and are sent packing by Scrooge at his most curmudgeonly, in the song "I Hate Everybody". He extends his mean-minded attitude to Bob Cratchit, only allowing him Christmas Day off reluctantly. Cratchit leaves, and Scrooge too, to a short reprise of "I Hate Everybody".

Scene Two - Scrooge's Bedroom

The action switches to Scrooge's bedroom, where he is startled to be haunted by the guilt-stricken, remorseful ghost of Jacob Marley, wearing a chain made of ledgers, deeds and cash-boxes. Scrooge is told that his own chain is even longer and, through the song "Too Late Now", is warned that he has a small chance of avoiding the same ghastly fate as Jacob. He will be visited each night by three Ghosts in turn. Scrooge is not too keen on the idea, but Marley repeats, in the reprise of "Too Late Now", that it's his only chance.

With Marley gone, Scrooge begins to bluster again, but is interrupted by the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past, who takes him on a journey out of his bedroom.

Scene Three - A Schoolyard

Scrooge arrives at the school where he was a young pupil, a solitary boy, even in those days. He is joined by his little sister (the future mother of Fred), but there is no time to dwell on his childhood as the Ghost wants him to see another Christmas...

Scene Four - Fezziwig's Warehouse

Here we see the first hint of a change of heart in Scrooge, when he is transported to Mr Fezziwig's Warehouse, where young Scrooge spent the only truly happy part of his life, as an apprentice. In the Chorus song "Let's Have A Party" he sees his younger self at the jovial Fezziwig's Christmas gathering, and later, with Belle, his fiance, who regretfully breaks off their relationship because of Scrooge's mounting fixation on acquiring wealth. She sings "Where Is The Music?" as Scrooge reflects on what might have been.

The Ghost of Christmas Past leaves the saddened Scrooge to be replaced by the rapping Ghost of Christmas Present, with his posse of rappers, who perform the song "Christmas Present Rap" and take Scrooge to...

Scene Five - Bob Cratchit's Home

Bob and his family are starting their meagre Christmas dinner. One of Bob's family is the crippled Tiny Tim, and with the sound of "Silent Night" to evoke the heartstrings, Scrooge witnesses Tiny Tim's thanks for their Christmas celebrations.

Scene Six - Fred's Parlour

The Ghost of Christmas Present and Posse take Scrooge to his nephew Fred's house, where Fred is entertaining his dinner guests with an impersonation of Scrooge. Fred and the guests then mock Scrooge in the song "Dear Old Uncle Scrooge".

Scene Seven - A Desolate Place

The spirits show Scrooge a grim scene with two desolate children huddled together, alone and destitute, and when Scrooge asks about their welfare, the spirits shame him by quoting his own callous former remarks, then depart to the song "Exit Rap".

Scene Eight - The Market Place

The saddened Scrooge is left to face the sinister Ghost of Christmas Future; a dark, unspeaking figure, who points to the Market Place, where traders are setting up stalls. The crowd gather round the traders, discussing and celebrating the death of a much disliked man. Scrooge asks to be shown some tenderness connected with a death and is shown Bob singing "And Everyone Loved Him" - a eulogy to Tiny Tim.

Scene Nine - The Cratchits' Home

Scrooge is transported to Bob Cratchit's home, where the whole family are mourning the death of Tiny Tim. He sees the love and high regard with which they keep his memory, and how Bob struggles to maintain control.

Scene Ten - Scrooge's Bedroom

Scrooge is mortified, especially when the Ghost points out the tombstone of the unloved dead man from the Market scene. It is Scrooge's own!

Scrooge collapses in remorse, clutching at the Ghost's gown - only to wake up in his own bed, clutching his bedsheet. It is Christmas morning, with the bells ringing outside. Scrooge is both delighted and transformed. He gets an urchin to buy up the biggest turkey in the poulterer's shop and send it to Bob Cratchit. He then gets dressed and goes into the street.

Scene Eleven - The Street

The crowds are amazed at the new Scrooge, as are the Charity collectors, to whom he gives generously. There is a reprise of the song "Charity" with Scrooge leading the crowd in a Conga dance line!

Scene Twelve - Fred's Parlour

Fred is entertaining dinner guests with his Scrooge impersonation, when Scrooge enters! At first the guests are suspicious but soon warm to him as Scrooge shows his change of heart. They all raise their glasses in a toast to him as they sing a reprise of "Dear Old Uncle Scrooge" in a genuine tribute, not a send-up.

Scene Thirteen - Scrooge's Office

The next morning, Boxing Day, Scrooge's wish is granted as Bob Cratchit arrives later than he's ever done before. Scrooge does a big "rant" and Bob fears he's going to get the sack, but, with a smile, Scrooge raises his salary, promises to help Tiny Tim - and offers to buy him a new coal scuttle! With the message of goodwill giving the prospect of a brighter, happier future, the choir lead everyone into the Finale: "The Rest Of My Life", followed by the optional Curtain Reprise: "Rap And Roll On, Christmas!" Audiences will leave with a real 'feel-good' factor!

Suggested Cast List For 73 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
* Scrooge215
* Fred53
* Cratchit (Bob)29
Ghost22
Mrs Cratchit22
* Marley21
* Spirit19
* Collector 114
Joe14
* Guest 111
* Collector 210
* Urchin
who could also play a Child in scene three
9
* Belle8
* Fezziwig7
Peter6
Belinda5
Fred's Wife5
Trader 15
Crone4
Mrs Dilber4
Tim4
Young Scrooge4
Guest 23
Martha3
Mrs Fezziwig3
Trader 23
* Posse 32
* Posse 42
Dick Wilkins1
* Posse 11
* Posse 21
Wife 11
Wife 21

Non-speaking roles: 3 Fezziwig Daughters, 3 Suitors, 3 Angels, 3 Devils (all of whom sing solo or as small groups); Ragged Boy, Ragged Girl; Scrooge (as a child), Scrooge's Sister (as a child) and Spectre.

In addition: 10 actors to play Crowd members (scenes one and eleven), who also play guests (scenes four, six and twelve); 5 Schoolchildren (scene 3) and a choir of 8 (scenes one, four, five and thirteen).

Suggested Cast List For 45 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
* Scrooge215
* Fred53
* Cratchit (Bob)29
Ghost22
Mrs Cratchit22
* Marley - also plays Spectre21
* Spirit19
Guest 2
also plays Joe
17
Collector 1
also plays Scrooge's sister
14
* Collector 2
also plays Crone
14
* Fezziwig
also plays a Crowd Member (scene one) and Trader 1
12
* Guest 1
also plays a Crowd Member
11
* Urchin
also plays a Child (scene 3) and Ragged Girl
9
* Belle
also plays a Crowd Member (scenes one + eleven) and Wife 2
9
Mrs Fezziwig
also plays a Crowd Member (scenes one + eleven) and Mrs Dilber
7
Fred's Wife
also plays a Crowd Member (scene one) and Wife 1
6
Peter
also plays a Child (scene three)
6
Belinda
also plays a Child (scene three)
5
Tim
also plays a Child (scenes one + three) and Ragged Boy
4
Young Scrooge
also plays Child Scrooge
4
Dick Wilkins
also plays a Crowd Member (scenes one + eleven) and Trader 2
4
Martha
also plays a Child (scenes one and three)
3
* Posse 32
* Posse 42
* Posse 11
* Posse 21

Non-speaking roles: *3 Angels (scene 2), who also play *Fezziwig Daughters (scene 4); *3 Devils (scene 2), who also play *Suitors (scene 4); 5 Crowd Members (scenes one and eleven), who also play Guests (scenes four, six and twelve) and a choir of 8 (scenes one, four, five and thirteen).

5 Star Rating

Ebenezer

"This is a great script that draws the audience in from the beginning! I deffinitly reccommend this for younger schools. Really cute songs with a brilliant script."
Anon, Anon, Anon

5 Star Rating

Ebenezer

"An absolutely brilliant show. The children and audience loved every minute. DO IT! "
Anon, WOODS FOUNDATION SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM

5 Star Rating

Ebenezer

"Fantastic music - great - loved it all. "
Daniel Harrison - Producer.

5 Star Rating

Ebenezer

"An excellent version of "A Christmas Carol". Songs are wonderful and easy to learn. Excellent for a whole school production. Parents rated it as outstanding. "
Anon, Oakhill School, USA

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Script (Editable Word Doc) £12.00
PDF & Word Doc Scripts £15.00
PDF Performance Piano Score (Grade 6 Standard) £12.00
PDF Easy Play Rehearsal Piano Score (Grade 3 Standard) £10.00
MP3 Backing Tracks £10.00
MP3 Vocal Tracks £10.00
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Easy Play Rehearsal Piano Score (Grade 3 Standard) £13.00
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100-149 Pupils on Total School Roll (Ofsted Figures) £20.00
50-99 Pupils on Total School Roll (Ofsted Figures) £15.00
0-49 Pupils on Total School Roll (Ofsted Figures) £10.00
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