NTPA’s “Scrooge the Musical” is “brilliant … robust and passionate”
– Dallas Morning News
“Scrooge – The Musical”
Books, Lyrics, Music by Leslie Bricusse
An NTPA Christmas Celebration Tradition in its 9th BIG YEAR!
This Plano Christmas Tradition features a fast-paced and fun full-length live musical production, visits from Santa Claus, Pre-show Christmas Carols, special Christmas Treats, and MUCH, MUCH, MORE!
North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre proudly announces its Christmas Tradition “Scrooge, The Musical,” a show by award-winning songwriter, Leslie Bricusse, creator of the musical versions of “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Willie Wonka”. Receiving four Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations in its movie version, “Scrooge” closely follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ acclaimed book, A Christmas Carol.
This wonderful Plano Christmas Tradition now in its 9th BIG YEAR has been critically acclaimed and plays to sell-out crowds. The Dallas Morning News called the production “brilliant … robust and passionate” and it regularly tops Plano Profile’s “Must See” event for the Christmas Season.
Adult & Youth Auditions
- September 5, 6:00-9:00 PM
- September 7, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
- September 8, 2:00-5:00 PM
- September 12, 6:00-8:00 PM – JUST ADDED!
Music and Children’s
About This Production
The “Scrooge – The Musical” cast includes some forty named roles plus a large number of ensemble positions. Main cast roles comprise three “ghosts from the other side” including Scrooge’s dead partner, the spooky “Jacob Marley”, the lovely “Ghost of Christmas Past” who is revealed to be Scrooge’s departed sister; and the jolly Santa Claus-like “Christmas Present”, with each role featuring prominent speaking and solo parts. The goulish “Ghost of Christmas Future” is a prominent but non-speaking role.
Other key roles include young Scrooge and love interest “Isabel” who share prominent solo and duet roles and a dramatic dance and break-up scene. Scrooge’s Nephew and his wife, and the Cratchit family, including his abused employee Bob Cratchit, his wife, son “Tiny Tim” and his four other children, and former boss Mr. Fezziwig and his wife also figure large in the show’s development with a high-energy dance and duet number. Key townspeople roles include Tom Jenkins, the Soup Man, Bissett the Butcher, the Dilbers, and other merchants. There are major town and party scenes that feature an extensive ensemble in this high-energy, song and dance musical production.
There will be a special “FINDING TINY TIM” audition series to identify this year’s “Tiny Tim” who will join an impressive legacy of past actors in this critical role. This double-cast role played by boy or girl will be prominent in pre-show promotions and a featured solo. Ideal candidates are 7-10 years of age with prior solo experience. Those not selected for this role will be considered for roles in the “Street Urchin Gang.”
Given the rigorous performance schedule, some adult and all youth roles will be double-cast.
Adult cast members and parents of children cast are expected to assist in set-build, moving the set from the first-weekend Courtyard Theatre to the Willow Bend theatre, collecting props, costuming, and other show related activities.
Gift to the Community
NTPA will offer again it’s “Gift to the Community” performance for Veterans and underprivileged and disadvantaged children, families and groups by offering two special “No Admission” shows on December 12 and 19, 2019. Last year over twenty organizations and individuals connected guests and NTPA, resulting in almost 500 attendees to this special event. Individuals or organizations interested in participating in this year’s “Back to the Community” Christmas Celebration should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Willow Bend Center of the Arts
Thursdays 6-9 PM
Sept. 19-Dec. 5
Saturdays 10 AM-1:00 PM
as called for specific groups
Tech: Dec. 9, 10, 11, and 18
Actors will only be scheduled for rehearsals relating to their parts. Efforts will be made to schedule around actor’s conflicts.
Plano Courtyard Theatre
Willow Bend Center of the Arts, Rodenbaugh Theatre
About Charles Dickens
Scrooge – The Musical is based on the Charles Dickens timeless story of A Christmas Carol. Born in 1812 in London, Charles Dicken’s often drew upon his own life for the grist of his novels. In 1822, Dicken’s father was imprisoned because of his debt. Dicken’s mother pulled Dickens from school and sent him to work at the age of ten in a Blacking Factory which made shoe polish.
Eventually, Dickens returned to school and began his career working for a firm of solicitors. Dickens was known to be skilled mimic and gregarious personality. He started writing as a freelance reporter for law cases and then published his first short story in 1833, His national reputation grew when he published his Pickwick Papers. Next came Oliver Twist, Nicolas Nickleby. A Christmas Carol, the story that inspired Scrooge – The Musical, was written in 1843.