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Jolly Good Time

 
A Christmas Carol Cast
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Jolly Good Time BANKER ONE
What a good time!

BANKER TWO
What a fine show!



BEADLE
Jolly good evening, gentlemen!

THREE WOMEN CAROLERS
Isn’t it nice that once again
It’s Christmas Eve!

CHARITY MEN
Fills a fellow with delight!

ALL
Everyone sing
Fa la la la!
Rup a bup bum!
Hip hip hoorah!
Knowing we’ll have
A jolly good time tonight!

(The doors open and the Rich Women and children enter.)

RICH WOMEN
What a good time!
What a fine day!
Getting a gift for everyone
Giving out gifts is so much fun
On Christmas Eve!

CHARITY MEN
Fills a fellow with delight

RICH WOMEN
Everyone sing
Fa la la la

BUSINESS MEN
Rup a bup bum
Hip hip hoorah!

ALL
Knowing we’ll have
A jolly good time tonight.

BUSINESS MEN
Thank the Lord our business has been keen!

(They tip two charwomen.)

CHARWOMEN
Oh, what a kind employer!
We’ll work forever fo’yer!

BUSINESSMEN
Thank the Lord
And bless and keep the queen!

ALL
Her Majesty! The Queen!

MEN
What a fine show!
WOMEN
What a good time!
MEN
What a fine day!
WOMEN
Isn’t it nice!

ALL
Giving the poor a coin or two!
Charity’s what we wealthy do
On Christmas Eve!

CHARITY MEN
Fills a fellow with delight

ALL
Everyone sing
Fa la la la!

RICH WOMEN
Rup a bup bum!

ALL
Hip hip hoorah!
Knowing we’ll have
A jolly good time tonight.

(Scrooge threatens Mr. Smythe with eviction. Little Grace Smythe appeals to Scrooge that it’s Christmas. He tells her that
Christmas is a humbug, shocking everyone.)

ALL
Thank the Lord
Our profits have been huge!

SCROOGE
You owe me interest too, sir.
Your payment’s overdue, sir.

ALL
Thank the Lord we’re
Not in debt to Scrooge!

SCROOGE
If you don’t plan to pay, sir,
The law will find a way, sir.

(Several kindly souls commiserate with Mr. Smythe and Grace.)

ALL (EXCEPT BEADLE)
Never mind him.
Never mind that.
Nothing at all can spoil our day,

CHARWOMEN
Even if Scrooge behaves that way
On Christmas Eve!

ALL
Leave the miser to his plight!

(Mr. Smythe and Grace exit, downcast.)

BEADLE (ringing his bell)
“The Royal Exchange is now closed! Merry Christmas, gentlemen!”

ALL
Everyone sing
Fa la la la!
Rup a bup bum!
Hip hip hoorah!
Knowing we’ll have
A jolly good time tonight!

Fa la la la! Fa la la la!

CHARWOMAN ONE
Rup a bup bum!
Hip hip hoorah!

CHARWOMAN TWO
Everyone have a jolly good time…

(The Charity Men approach.)

CHARITY MEN
We’re collecting, sir, this Christmas time
From gentlemen in town.
For the needy poor of London, sir.
Now, what shall we put down?

SCROOGE
Nothing!

CHARITY MEN
You would like to be anonymous
Your kindness left unknown!
(To each other)
He’d like to be anonymous!

SCROOGE
“I’d like to be left alone”

[Thanks to deny for lyrics]

[Thanks to Jeffrey West for corrections]
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