SBCT Young Artist Series
Auditions for YAS Production A Christmas Carol 8/20 and 8/22. Sign up for a time slot HERE
Here is a delightfully refreshing version of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale told from a new perspective - a young boy’s grandfather. Thomas enjoys spending time at his grandfather’s prominent London business, but has trouble understanding why his grandfather would give his hard-earned money to the poor. This gives Grandfather the perfect opportunity to tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he recalls it, and a traditional retelling of A Christmas Carol comes to life onstage as a play-within-a-play. As the story goes, of course, revelations brought by visiting his past, present, and future with three ghosts persuade Scrooge to turn his life around. In this beautifully written adaptation, you’ll find all of the classic Charles Dickens characters, including Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s sister Fan and even his long-lost Belle. The play ends uniquely with a heartwarming surprise for all as we learn who Thomas’ grandfather really is.
OLD MAN - grandfather of Thomas; owner of a prominent London lending business in the early 1900s
SOLICITOR - middle-aged London businessman
THOMAS - school-aged boy who adores his grandfather, but doesn’t understand generosity
BOB CRATCHIT - poor clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge’s
SCROOGE - miserly old man, bitter and gruff to all
MR. TURLEY - friendly, good-natured caretaker at St. Beatrice’s Orphanage; quite confident with his orphan charges, but terribly afraid of Sister Angelene
EMMA - young orphan; 6-10 years of age
LILLIAN - another
FRED - good-hearted nephew of Scrooge; fun loving and generous
MRS. DILBER - Scrooge’s housekeeper and cook; helps support her family by borrowing from her employer
MARLEY - Scrooge’s deceased partner
PAST - young teenage girl dressed in white with pale complexion; shows little emotion toward Scrooge
FAN - young teenage girl who was Scrooge’s older sister
BOY SCROOGE - Scrooge as a young boy in boarding school between 8-12 years of age
YOUNG SCROOGE - Scrooge as a young adult man during his apprenticeship
BELLE - young woman of similar age to Young 11 Scrooge; daughter of Fezziwig, under whom Scrooge apprenticed
PRESENT - middle-aged man who sarcastically deals with Scrooge’s reluctance to see
the error of his ways
TINY TIM - crippled youngest son of the Cratchits
MRS. CRATCHIT - woman of similar age to Bob with a strong will towards Scrooge and passionate feelings towards Tiny Tim
SISTER ANGELENE - elder nun who runs St. Beatrice’s Orphanage; kind and loving to her charges, but a taskmaster towards Mr. Turley
TOPPER - not-so-bright friend of Fred; enamored with Mary
MARY - beautiful friend of Elizabeth
ELIZABETH - wife of Fred
FUTURE - stark character dressed and veiled in black
OLD JOE - ower-class pawnbroker friend of Mrs. Dilber’s
POLLY - young teenage orphan
MARTHA - young teenage orphan
EXTRAS - orphans
Our Young Artists Returned with The Enchanted Bookshop! We were so happy to see these kids back on the stage under the guidance of Theatre Mom (and Baldwin County's Best Director), Sharon Soldan Watson! The Young Artists had so much fun and put on a fantastic show!
"Initially, Sharon Soldan Watson was afraid that two years of pandemic silence would mean the theater was forgotten.
Children, she feared, might have lost interest in performing during the stage's absence....when auditions opened for "The Enchanted Bookshop," South Baldwin Community Theatre's first Young Artist Series Production since 2019, the children not only came, they busted through the doors.
"We had so many we had to write in a few extra roles," said Watson, the show's director. "We had a lot of kids we've known for years and this whole new group of new kids. It was like they'd been waiting all this time. It was really exciting."
What a great show!