Humbug

by  John Wooten

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 6f

"Wooten has indeed concocted a comedy that puts a great of deal of delicious nonsense into Charles Dickens' most famous story...a multitude of laughs" -The Newark Star-Ledger

"A witty, timely, poignant script interspersed with upbeat Christmas carols and a timeless message of caring" – The Westfield Leader

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

As A Christmas Carol with a modern day twist, Humbug follows the story of Eleanor Scrooge, a ruthlessly ambitious Wall Street executive who has an aversion to Christmas and an insatiable appetite for power. Locked in her office on a snowy Christmas Eve, Eleanor is determined to finish a corporate-takeover proposal until three "advisors" provide her with an eye-opening new appreciation for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. An upbeat and moving adaptation of Dickens' holiday classic, Humbug is one for the ages. With a contemporary flair, it is a tale the whole family will enjoy!
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Wooten has indeed concocted a comedy that puts a great of deal of delicious nonsense into Charles Dickens' most famous story... a multitude of laughs" - The Newark Star-Ledger

"Humbug is full of humor, warmth... a must see addition to the list of holiday classics" – The Home News Tribune

"A witty, timely, poignant script interspersed with upbeat Christmas carols and a timeless message of caring" – The Westfield Leader

"Wooten has nicely shaped his fast paced and lively conceit into a 75-minute play while finding clever modern day equivalents for most of Dickens' characters and situations, and even adding a principal thread of his own... pleasant, bright Christmas entertainment for the entire family" – Talkin' Broadway

"The play is for the entire family. Adults will be moved by it, and it would make for a fascinating introduction to live theatre for five-year-olds and up" – Union Leader


Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The present, Christmas Eve in a Wall Street office suite on the 16th floor.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Casting

6m, 6f

ELEANOR SCROOGE - 40s: female; attractive, coporate, sharp, sarcastic, initimidating
BOBBIE CRATCHIT - 30s; female; a good soul, loyal, mother, Scrooge's assistant
CAROLER #1/PRESENT - 30s; female; exceptionally adept character actress, small, requires cockney accent, sings well
CAROLER #2/ELLIE/LISA - 20s; female; attractive, plays young Scrooge, versatile actress requires, sings well
CAROLER #3/TUG/BILL/BENSON - 30s; male; versatile actor required, sings well
CAROLOER #4/PAST/JUAN - 20s; male; handsome, strong comic and versatile actor required, sings well
BEN/JACOB MARLEY/GRAVEDIGGER - 40s-50s; male; strong comic and versatile actor requires
PHIL - 20s; good-natured and likeable
JOHN/ROBERT/FUTURE - 30s; male; tall, handsome, charming, strong comic and versatile actor required
SARAH/NURSE/NELLIE - 20s; female; strong comic and versatile actress required
TESS/CARLA - late 20s; female; plays Eleanor's sister, versatile actress required
YOUNG PHIL/TIMMY - 9; male; plays Eleanor's nephew and Bobbie's son; stage experience required

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Allowed changes to script: The lines refering to Past’s ethniticy can be altered should an Asian actor not be cast in the role. The height of Past can also be changed to represent the actual height of the actor playing the role.

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Authors

John Wooten

John Wooten’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in London, and in regional Equity theaters across the country. Productions include: Trophies (Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane), Hannah (Premiere Stages), The Mission Home (King’s Head Theatre in London and the Forum Theatre), Happy Hour (Twelve Miles West), Kiss the ...

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