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Humbug High: A Contemporary Christmas Carol

adapted by Lindsay Price from Charles Dickens

A modern take on the classic Dickens tale. Eddie Scrooge is a 17-year-old Bah Humbug of a guy. Till one Christmas Eve when three ghosts change his life.

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 About 70 minutes
Act 1: 40 minutes, Act 2: 30 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 19
6 M | 13 W, Expandable to 11M 20W


Simple Set


 63 pages

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In addition to traditional live stage performance rights, Humbug High: A Contemporary Christmas Carol can also be performed under the following scenarios.

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"Holy Guacamole! It's Madge's ghost!"

A new take on the classic Dickens tale! Eddie Scrooge is 17 years old. He hates his parents and his classmates. His only goal in life is to make money and keep his heart ice-cold. He carries his own low temperature always about him and doesn't thaw one degree at Christmas.

He is on his way to becoming a miserly, miserable, tight-fisted hand to the grindstone, until one Christmas season he is taken on a journey by Madge, the lunch lady, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. Scrooge is about to meet the errors of his ways face-to-face.


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Characters

 19
6 Men, 13 Women, Expandable to 11M 20W

Eddie Scrooge [M]
293 lines
Hates Christmas. Isn’t too fond of ghosts, either. Five monologues.
Leland / Suit Two [M]
70, 7 lines
A lighthearted student at Eddie’s school. Requests the Boiled Pudding speech. One monologue. / Talks about Eddie’s death.
Jonathan / Suit Three [M]
40, 4 lines
Wonders where Eddie’s Christmas spirit is. / Talks about Eddie’s death.
Nathan / Robber [M]
29, 4 lines
Eddie’s father. / Robs Eddie’s house after his death.
Young Eddie / Ignorance / Pawnbroker [M]
42, 0, 7 lines
Eddie, before he hardened his heart to those around him. / A ghost. / Pawns Eddie’s things.
Ghost of Christmas Present [M]
61 lines
There to spread a little joy.
Narrator [W]
55 lines
Everything a Dickens narrator should be. May attempt Limbo before the play is over. Four monologues.
Grace / Suit Four [W]
35, 3 lines
A student in Eddie’s school. / Talks about Eddie’s death.
Benita / Worker Two [W]
39, 3 lines
A student in Eddie’s school. / Talks about Eddie’s death.
Suzanne [W]
57 lines
A student in Eddie’s school.
Cindy [W]
60 lines
Raising money for the school charity drive.
Bonnie [W]
70 lines
Mother of Lynne and Tina.
Madge [W]
27 lines
Ghost. The first of many.
Ghost of Christmas Past [W]
47 lines
There to show Eddie the shadows of things that have been.
Debbie / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come [W]
30, 0 lines
Eddie’s mom. / There are nice ghosts and spooky ghosts. Not a nice ghost.
Lynn / Suit One [W]
30, 7 lines
Bonnie’s daughter. / Talks about Eddie’s death.
Tina / Maid [W]
18, 8 lines
Lynne’s younger sister. Has cerebral palsy. / Gossips with the Pawnbroker.
Mrs. Farnsworth / Landlord [W]
21, 8 lines
The Drama teacher. / Evicts Bonnie and family.
Want / Worker One [W]
0, 4 lines
A ghost. / Talks about Eddie’s death.


Prop List

book, an armful of Christmas decorations and garland,hall pass notebook, tickets, boxes, tin can, chains, snowman ornament, tambourine, boom box, pillows, crutches, newly-wrapped present


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 About 70 minutes
Act 1: 40 minutes, Act 2: 30 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 19
6 M | 13 W, Expandable to 11M 20W


Simple Set


 63 pages

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