Calliope Auditions: Leslie Bricusse's "Scrooge"

Scrooge is a 1992 stage musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, that is based on the Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol. Its score and book are adapted from the music and screenplay of the 1970 musical film Scrooge starring Albert Finney. (This film is available to view on YouTube.)

We are seeking a large, diverse cast of performers and encourage performers of all ethnicities and gender identities to audition.

The Cast

24 to 28 performers ranging in age from pre-teens to senior citizens.

See the character list below.

Minimum age: 8


The Directors

Director: Dave Ludt
Musical Director: Kris Layton
Choreographer: Karen White

The Rehearsals

Sundays (from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm) and Mondays & Wednesdays (from 7 pm – 9:30 pm), beginning Sunday, September 17. Children under age 13 will not be required to attend weekday evening rehearsals until Monday, November 9.

The Location

All rehearsals and performances will be at Calliope Theatre, 150 Main Street, Boylston, MA

The Performances

November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10:

  • 7:30 pm performances on Thu., Fri., Sat. (Thursday first weekend only)
  • 2:00 pm matinee performances on Sundays.

The Auditions

  • Friday, September 8, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 9, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 10, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Audition Readings:Audition readings will consist of cold readings from the script, with the expectation that each auditionee will be able to demonstrate some ability to speak with some semblance of a regular or lower class (e.g. Cockney) British accent.

    Audition Songs: Except for those auditioning for Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Bob Cratchit, all auditionees should be prepared to sing 16 – 24 measures of a song suitable to their range. They may use sheet music and must being a copy of the music for the pianist. This song may be a musical number from “Scrooge.”

    Anyone auditioning for the role of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, or Bob Cratchit, will be required to sing the the following and may use it as their audition song (See links):

    • Auditionees for Scrooge must sing “I’ll Begin Again”
    • Auditionees for Tiny Tim must sing “The Beautiful Day”
    • Auditionees for Bob Cratchit must sing “Christmas Children”

    Song link: I'll Begin Again.pdf

    Song link: The Beautiful Day

    Song link: Christmas Children

    Dance Auditions: All auditionees will be expected to execute some basic dance steps in a group under the direction of the choreographer.

    NOTE: If desired, parents may accompany their children into the theatre for their children’s auditions.


    The Characters

    The ages listed below are a general guide. Several performers will play multiple roles. Voice ranges are provided where appropriate.

    Ebenezer Scrooge – a miserly old man – late 50s and older, Baritone

    Bob Cratchit – Scrooge’s clerk – mid 30s to 40s, Second Tenor

    Mrs. Cratchit - Bob’s wife – mid 30s to 40s Soprano

    Harry – Scrooge’s nephew – mid 20s to 30s, Tenor/Baritone

    Kathy Cratchit – age 10 to 12

    Peter Cratchit – age 9 to 11

    Belinda Cratchit – age 9 to 11

    Martha Cratchit – age 9 to 12

    Tiny Tim – age 8 to 10, Boy Soprano (may be a girl)

    Tom Jenkins – 20’s – 40’s, Baritone/Tenor

    Jacob Marley – 60s and older, Low Baritone

    Ghost of Christmas Past - female adult (any age)

    Ebby, Scrooge as a young boy – age 8 to 10

    Jen, Scrooge’s young sister – age 10 to 12

    Urchins, Four street kids – ages 8 to 12

    Fezziwig, Young Scrooge’s employer – 40s to 50s, Low Baritone

    Ebenezer (Young Scrooge) – late teens to 20s, Baritone/Tenor

    Dick Wilkins, Young Scrooge’s co-worker – late teens to 20s, Baritone

    Mrs. Fezziwig, Mr. Fezziwig’s wife – 40s to 50s, Alto/Low Soprano

    Isabel Fezziwig, the young woman Young Scrooge loved – late teens to 20’s, Soprano/Mezzo

    Ghost of Christmas Present – male adult, 50s and above, Low Baritone

    Helen - Harry’s wife – mid 20’s to 30’s, Soprano

    Ghost of Christmas Future – any gender, late teens or adult (any age)

    Various Tradespersons & Townspeople – late teens and adults (any age)