Shakespeare for Everyone

 

2001
St. Francis College
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by Charles Dickens
adapted and directed by Joseph Small

 

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the second of eight children born to John Dickens, a Naval pay clerk, and Elizabeth Barrow Dickens. The circumstances of Dickens’ childhood greatly influenced his writings. His father spent time in debtors’ prison and the family lived in a series of sordid homes. Young Charles loved books, but he had little formal education. He was frail and sickly but at age 12 was sent to work in the warehouse of a “blacking” factory, where rats ran underfoot. The company made the chemicals used to blacken pots, pans and ironworks. Dickens’ job was to label the blacking pots.

He was appalled by the unsanitary conditions in London and worked tirelessly throughout his life to establish public works for sewers, clean water and cleanliness in the streets. Dickens championed the cause of the poor and downtrodden, especially women and children. However, his political views and his suggestions for social improvement were often controversial. He felt that poverty should be solved by giving poor people honest, though poorly paid, work. His attitudes about women were decidedly Victorian.

Beginning in 1833, Dickens published numerous articles, stories and novels. Many of the novels were originally printed in serial form with each installment anxiously awaited on both sides of the Atlantic. Besides A Christmas Carol, his most famous works include David Copperfield, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Pickwick Papers, Bleak House and Little Dorrit.

Dickens visited the United States twice, in 1842 and 1867. He met many of the prominent American writers of the time: Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Horace Greeley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Washington Irving. Dickens was concerned about the pirating of his works in the United States and argued in favor of international copyrights. He also spent three summers at a retreat in Boulogne, France, where he met George Sand. The translation of his works into French began his ever-widening popularity.

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant,
C. D.

December, 1843.

 

CAST

Stave 1 - Marley's Ghost

Scrooge

Roger Stude

Bob Cratchit/Narrator

Joe Hamel

Fred

Eddie Boroevich

Charity Collector

Sabrina Yocono

Christmas Caroler

Luke Eisemann

Marley

Ben Patch

Stave 2 - The First of Three Spirits

Bob Cratchit/Narrator

Joe Hamel

Scrooge

Roger Stude

Ghost of Christmas Past

Carrie Edel

Boy Scrooge

Luke Eisemann

Fan

Hannah Ensler-Rivel

Fezziwig

Ben Patch

Belle

Sabrina Yocono

Young Scrooge

Eddie Boroevich

Stave 3 - The Second of Three Spirits

Bob Cratchit/Narrator

Joe Hamel

Ghost of Christmas Present

Rachel Alt

Scrooge

Roger Stude

Mrs. Cratchit

Carrie Edel

Martha Cratchit

Hannah Ensler-Rivel

Tiny Tim Luke Eisemann
Fred Eddie Boroevich
Caroline Sabrina Yocono

Stave 4 - The Last of the Spirits

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Eddie Boroevich
Scrooge Roger Stude
Bob Cratchit/Narrator Joe Hamel

Bankers

Rachel Alt, Ben Patch

Joe Ben Patch
Parasite Rachel Alt
Mrs. Cratchit Carrie Edel
Martha Cratchit Hannah Ensler-Rivel

Stave 5 - The End of It All

Scrooge Roger Stude
Christmas Caroler Luke Eisemann
Charity Collector Sabrina Yocono
Fred Eddie Boroevich
Bob Cratchit/Narrator Joe Hamel
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