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.
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.
“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
“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 [in your natural accent]
“Happy/Sad” – The Addams Family
“Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre
Ghost of Christmas Present
“Bolero de Amor” – Copacabana [in your natural accent]
“Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.” – Ragtime [in 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
“Hold On” – The Secret Garden
“Once Upon a Dream” – Jekyll & Hyde
“Surabaya-Santa” – Songs for a New World
“Barrett’s Song” – Titanic
“It’s Hard to Speak My Heart” – Parade
“She’s a Woman” – Kiss of the Spider Woman
“As Good As You” – Jane Eyre
“If I Can’t Love Her” – Beauty and the Beast
“Lost in the Darkness” – Jekyll & Hyde
“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!
“Only Love” – The Scarlet Pimpernel
“Storybook” – The Scarlet Pimpernel
“Sympathy, Tenderness” – Jekyll & Hyde
“Come to My Garden” – The Secret Garden
“How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden
“No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde
“A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden
“No Moon” – Titanic
“Winter’s on the Wing” – The Secret Garden
“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:
• “MacKenzie #1” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
• “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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.