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Elliot Scrooge- The Vice President of the Student Council of their college. He is seen bitter and short tempered at the beginning of the story but his character slowly progresses like in the original as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Tammy- She is the President of the Student Council. She is sweet, caring and a helpful friend but is also sickly. Her counterpart in the original is Tiny Tim.
Fredrick- The Auditor of the Student Council. He is a close friend of Elliot and Tammy. His equivalent in the original is Fred, Scrooge's nephew.
Jacob Marley- The older stepbrother of Elliot. He's been dead for three years but comes back from the grave to warn his brother of his fate.
Sam Archer- A childhood friend of Elliot.
Ghosts: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Future
The Council: Kim, Angelo, Angel, Jem,Patricia
(The scene opens to a stage portraying an auditorium half decorated by the student council. A half adorned Christmas tree is at the left, on the board is a countdown to the days left before Christmas. There is a mirror on the floor, a music player, food and other Christmas décor around the place. The Council members, each wearing the council’s band/ID are decorating the place, though a little lazily as they casually talk about their plans for the holiday.)[Audible instrumental music could be heard, lights front of the stage]
SCENE 1: (Auditorium, The Council, Scrooge, Fred) [Ad Lib is allowed and advised]
KIM : ...I’ll be going to the province for the holiday.
ANGELO: Really? Good for you. Meanwhile, I’m just…here.
KIM: Then I’d be with my family and we’d watch all those movies again!
ANGEL: *during a separate murmur conversation with others* No, I just don’t feel the Christmas spirit, not at all. Not even the food, parties, or mall sales could get me there nowadays.
JEM: What? You’re just tired, the Christmas spirit will compel you!
PATRICIA : Not so much as Angelo needs it!
KIM: Oh yeah! (to ANGELO)*slyly* Have you asked her yet?
ANGELO: W-what? No.
PATRICIA: Really? Come on, how long are you going to wait to ask her out?!
ANGEL: Yeah. *pause.* You can say that going out with you could be her gift! It’s Christmas after all.
JEM : Have courage already! You don’t have anything to lose!
ANGELO: I’d be asking—*is interrupted by the entrance of SCROOGE and FRED, the Auditor, carrying a large box of other ornaments*
THE COUNCIL: *atmosphere changes dour and there is a sudden silence as they look at him*
SCROOGE: *bitterly* Well? Get back to work, the décor won’t hang itself. *he sets the box down and starts fixing some décor*
COUNCIL: *seriously goes back to work quietly*
FREDRICK:*low speech* (to SCROOGE) No need to use that tone.
SCROOGE:I didn’t ask for this. I’d rather be at home finishing the papers Tammy left me, resting a bit or at least reading a good article!
(Here, the students talk about SCROOGE behind his back. About his bitterness, he just got to be VP because the teachers liked him for his academics, his unwillingness to help out unless forced, his violence when mad, his harshness in words, always seems to be distant and mad etc. Ad lib)
FREDRICK: *calmly says to SCROOGE* Just relax, you’ve had quite a year. *is aware of the things the others are saying* I’m pretty sure the school and Tammy appreciate the things you do.
KIM: *accidentally says an insult too loud that SCROOGE actually heard him*
FREDRICK: *tries to divert the conversation* Hey, Elliot.At least all this work would result into something beautiful tomorrow! *SCROOGE ignores him*
Come on, aren’t you even excited to see how it’s going to turn out when we open this auditorium for the students?
SCROOGE: No, Fred, I am not.
FREDRICK: Going to the party tomorrow could relieve you of stress a little.
SCROOGE: I am not going.
FREDRICK: Why not? It’s a party for the Council and the School, you should be there.
SCROOGE: Tammy should do her job as the President for once. She should be able to manage things without my help. This is a party we’re talking about: anyone can be there. The teachers and parents, don’t get me started on the underclassmen and freshmen! They would come up and make conversation; commenting about the school and the council to me and they expect me to satisfy them with good feedback? I’d have you know that running a huge college with *hands gestures to the Council* this team, is very difficult. It is hard to keep up this unaltered image, Fred, and going to a useless Christmas party could change what they already see in me, obviously.
JEM: How could a Christmas party ever be useless?
SCROOGE: Well, for one we have better things to do! We could use this energy, money and time to do actual school matters.
KIM: We are doing this for the joy of the students and that should be enough to satisfy your concern
SCROOGE: Oh, why does everyone want to invest on temporal happiness?!
ANGELO: Why do you go against all those who do?
SCENE 2: (Council, Tammy, Fred, Scrooge)
**Sudden silence TAMMY ENTERS saying her lines**
TAMMY: *holding another box full of decor* Sorry it’s only been now, guys. *notices the Council’s uneasiness* Is anything wrong?
SCROOGE: *forced smile* Nothing. *goes back to work*
COUNCIL: *others greet Tammy, then goes back to work* *they talk in low tones comparing the ever-nice Tammy to the sour Scrooge*
TAMMY: *does some decorating**tries to make conversation with Scrooge but he ignores her* *after a while, she coughs badly*
COUNCIL: *starts to take notice of this*
TAMMY: *covers it up with a smile* I’m fine, don’t worry. *looks at Scrooge and calls for him*
COUNCIL: *back to work*
FRED: (to Tammy, aside as Scrooge approaches them) *low tone* Are you sure you can handle this? You’ve been working non-stop since yesterday. Have you missed your meds?
TAMMY: Shh, not now, Fred. Here he comes.
*Fred leaves them*
SCROOGE: What is it? Not another favor you cannot do.
TAMMY: There are circumstances, Elliot, that call for reason and understanding especially in the case of—.
SCROOGE: Just get on with it, what is it you want me to do? I’d listen to myself if I wanted a lecture on ‘reason.’
TAMMY: But not on ‘understanding’ apparently.
SCROOGE: Are we just going to stand here and waste each other’s time or what?
TAMMY: I’m going abroad, Elliot. I need to go on the 26th as soon as possible. I won’t be back till next year. **pause** What?
SCROOGE: *cruel smile* You chose such a convenient time to suddenly leave all of this to me, didn’t you?
TAMMY: What?! If given much of a choice, I would rather stay here and help out with all this.
SCROOGE: “all this”?! ‘All this,’ Tammy, is your own fault!
TAMMY: *slight panic* Scrooge, this is between you and me, the Council needn’t be—
SCROOGE: *interrupts her* You could’ve kept the pathetic Christmas celebration private in your own home like what they all do, but then this idea of suddenly having a charity Christmas party in our auditorium to help beggars comes to mind then all of you (referring to the COUNCIL) chose to side on with her! Beggars are thieves in disguise, you blasted crowd. (to TAMMY) Now you’re going to leave because you cannot handle such a large responsibility that you took on upon yourself. Then, again depending on me to save your sorry hide and keep this boat afloat?
TAMMY: *starts to breathe deeply, trying to bottle her anger as the COUNCIL speaks of how disrespectful Scrooge was*
SCROOGE: (to TAMMY) What now?! Have we totally lost the girl whom we voted for—
TAMMY: *dismissively* I will not hear anymore of this, Scrooge. You will tell me if you have decided to take up the responsibility of holding office while I’m gone tomorrow at the Charity Christmas Party, alright?
SCROOGE: No, Tammy. *getting ready to leave* I will not hear anymore of this, you should know by now that I have had enough. My answer is No. *walks away*
TAMMY: *calls out to him when he reaches the door* Scrooge.
SCROOGE: *turns around halfway*
TAMMY: Merry Christmas.
SCROOGE: *leaves and slams the door behind him*
COUNCIL: *makes comments about that scene as they go back to work*
**Tammy and Fred stand alone**
TAMMY: *sadly* I pity the soul.
FRED: He never should’ve said those things about you.
TAMMY: I pity his soul.
SCENE 3: (Scrooge’s bedroom, Scrooge, Jacob Marley’s Ghost)
(Scrooge’s bedroom is seen at the back of the audience. The right side is his bed, opposite is a mirror hanging on the wall. There are no Christmas decors. A window is covered with a curtain and on the floor there are scattered newspapers with various dates are seen.)
SCROOGE: *enters the bedroom, speaking to himself throws some dialogue to the audience too* Pathetic. Give a Christmas charity? If only people would be more sensible to spend their time on more important things! I hate Christmas. Then they suddenly think of a charity. I hate Christmas. The songs, those choir children won’t stop! I hate charity! I hate Christmas. Too many lights at night! I hate Christmas. Charity?! Rubbish. Feeding burglars, killers, rapists, cheats, imposters, liars, pretenders, lazy bums who don’t work as if they serve a better purpose in this world! *goes to the windows to draw the curtains* As if they—*he sees the ghost, screams and falls back in horror*
*gets a gun underneath the cushion* *approaches the curtain, gun in both hands and draws the curtain again for a peep* *draws the curtain with other hand to reveal to the audience that the ghost wasn’t there anymore* And I thought I was seeing things… I’m just tired.*retreats to the couch and relaxes. Soon falls asleep*
(The clock strikes midnight)
MARLEY: *suddenly emerges from the shadows, creeps to the couch* (to SCROOGE) Hey, bro!
SCROOGE: *screams and grabs for gun* *shoots the ghost*
MARLEY: *sad look* You know it’s useless, I have been dead for three years, Elliot!
SCROOGE: *continues to shoot, but then runs out of ammo after 10 shots*
MARLEY: *sad smile* Running away from those wicked dogs we threw stones at? Those summers at Aunt Catherine’s? Johannes Sinclair?
SCROOGE: *confused* Jacob? Are you him? My brother Jacob?
MARLEY: Yes. I’ve come here to warn you, Elliot.
SCROOGE: Warn me? Warn me of what?
MARLEY: These are the chains of hardship, Scrooge. I had forged them during my lifetime here on earth. All the cruelties I had done to others, the hatred I kept, the regrets my soul had, the pain I had caused: all these are wearing me down. This is a reminder of what a life I had led.
SCROOGE: What? But you were a successful man! You had a stable job, a good monthly income, all the respect of your fellow lawyers at the firm!
MARLEY: I learn now that life’s not about all those things. Money, an occupation, your so called ‘respect’ they now cause me pain! I had not known what it was like to have true friends or happiness! I did not know that I could end up like this! Chained, alone and filled with misery and self hatred! If I were wicked, a million times more is the pain in the afterlife! I did not live life to its true purpose.
SCROOGE: I do not understand you.
MARLEY: I knew you wouldn’t. That’s why I will send you three more spirits after me, tonight. They will urge you to change your ways so that you wouldn’t end up like… like me.
SCROOGE: *darkly with increasing anger* You are not my brother. My brother taught me that everything in life must be earned through hard work, practicality and selfishness! It is true, still, that all those who are on top of everything are the cruel ones, am I right? Tyrants of governments, kingdoms, empires, cities, and countries are the ones who hold power and they are fine the way they are! I always wanted to be like Jacob when I grew up: he is my rich and respected brother! You are not him!
MARLEY: Fine if you don’t believe me, but all my intentions are true. I want you to change so we won’t share this same sad fate.
SCROOGE: My brother would never end up like you. *goes back to sleep on the couch*
MARLEY: *he exits*