The Best Audition Songs for A Christmas Carol – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for A Christmas Carol? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for A Christmas Carol, by character.

Since A Christmas Carol was first produced in the 1990s, most of the songs below are from musicals of the 1990s and the early 2000s. There is also a magical/dramatic vibe to many of the following songs in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “A Christmas Carol” Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the A Christmas Carol cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Bob Cratchit

Does the Moment Ever Come?” – Just So

I Am My Own Invention” – Wonderland

I Was Here” – The Glorious Ones

Never the Luck” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Ebenezer Scrooge

I Don’t Understand the Poor” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

I Hate People” – Scrooge

I’ll Begin Again” – Scrooge

You…You” – Scrooge


Ghost of Christmas Past

Christmas Children” – Scrooge

Gliding” – Ragtime  [use your natural accent]

Happy/Sad” – The Addams Family

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre


Ghost of Christmas Present

Bolero de Amor” – Copacabana   [use your natural accent]

Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.” – Ragtime  [use your natural accent]

I Like Life” – Scrooge

Thank You Very Much” – Scrooge


Ghost of Jacob Marley

Farewell, Good Angel” – Jane Eyre

I Can’t Recall” – A Tale of Two Cities

In Every Age” – Titanic

Reflection” – A Tale of Two Cities


Ensemble (Altos)

Hold On” – The Secret Garden

Once Upon a Dream” – Jekyll & Hyde

Surabaya-Santa” – Songs for a New World 


Ensemble (Baritones)

Barrett’s Song” – Titanic

It’s Hard to Speak My Heart” – Parade

She’s a Woman” – Kiss of the Spider Woman


Ensemble (Basses)

As Good As You” – Jane Eyre

If I Can’t Love Her” – Beauty and the Beast

Lost in the Darkness” – Jekyll & Hyde


Ensemble (Contras)

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria

Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – A Tale of Two Cities


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Only Love” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Storybook” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sympathy, Tenderness” – Jekyll & Hyde


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Come to My Garden” – The Secret Garden

How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde


Ensemble (Tenors)

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

No Moon” – Titanic

Winter’s on the Wing” – The Secret Garden


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

Round-Shouldered Man” – The Secret Garden

The Beautiful Day” – Scrooge

The Girl I Mean to Be” – The Secret Garden


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for A Christmas Carol:

• “I Must Say” from The Importance of Being Earnest➝  (Lady Bracknell)

• “MacKenzie #1” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry➝  (Oldbutton)

• “Shadow” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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A Christmas Carol Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in A Christmas Carol along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.


“Hear the Bells” – Ensemble

“Jolly Good Time” – Ensemble

“Nothing to Do With Me” – Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Fred, Jonathan, Ensemble

“Link By Link” – Marley, Scrooge, Ensemble

“The Lights of Long Ago” – Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge, Ensemble

“Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball” – The Fezziwigs, Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ensemble

“A Place Called Home” – Emily, Young Scrooge, Scrooge

“Money Machine Montage” – Ghost of Christmas Past, Young Scrooge, Young Marley, Mr. Fezziwig, Scrooge, Ensemble

“Abundance and Charity” – Ghost of Christmas Present, Ensemble

“Christmas Together” – Tiny Tim, Ghost of Christmas Present, Cratchit Family, Fred, Ensemble

“Dancing on Your Grave” – Ghost of Christmas Future, Scrooge, Ensemble

“Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today” – Scrooge

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for A Christmas Carol did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for A Christmas Carol.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

7 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for A Christmas Carol – by Character

  • August 12, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    Hello! Love the article. Do you have any tips for the specific Cratchit children? I have an audition early September for A Christmas Carol and the main part I want is Martha Cratchit. I’ll be very lucky if I get her but the perfect audition song would help! Thanks a lot!

    • August 12, 2019 at 10:27 am
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      Hi Sophia! Great question. For Martha, I would suggest picking a song that has a youthfulness to it, but still a sense of maturity, since she is an older sibling. Maybe you can try out “Princess” from A Man of No Importance (Here’s the sheet music). This song would be appropriate for Martha’s age. Also, the lyrics in “A Man of No Importance” were similarly written by Lynn Ahrens, making it a fitting song for an A Christmas Carol audition. I hope this helps! 🙂

  • August 10, 2020 at 6:12 pm
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    Hello! I have an audition for Christmas Carol coming up and I was hoping for The Ghost of Christmas Past. Do you have any song suggestions that girls could sing? Thank you!!

    • August 11, 2020 at 8:40 pm
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      Hi Eva!! Thanks for the great question. Your comment actually inspired a bit of a revamp on this article today, so I added lots of new and better songs for many of the characters/vocal types above. And as far as song ideas for a female Ghost of Christmas Past goes, I would first suggest trying out “Christmas Children” in different keys on Musicnotes (I just added that song to the list today). And also, under Altos, “Living in the Shadows” could be a really cool choice for that part as well. I hope this helps! And have fun with it. 🙂

      • August 17, 2020 at 5:26 pm
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        Hello! I’m sorry I didn’t see this earlier! These suggestions really helped me. I love both those songs! Thank you so much!!

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