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Dialogue and Stage Directions

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Audie Skweres

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of Dialogue and Stage Directions

Stage Directions "A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens * what you would see and/or hear if you were actually watching a play

* Usually read by the Narrator (some directions don't need to be read...only for actor's benefit)

* written in italics throughout the play

* brackets will be around the stage directions What will not be read by the Narrator?
Example: What will the Narrator read? Dialogue * conversation between characters in a play

* characters almost entirely developed through dialogue

* advances the action of the plot and develops the conflict.

* Character Emotion - tells a character(s) how to act

* Character Direction - tells a character(s) how/where to move Stage Directions Christmas music in, sung by a live chorus, full. At conclusion of song, sound fades under and into the distance . . . Cackle-voiced He laughs Dialogue continued NEPHEW. Cheerfully, surprising SCROOGE A merry Christmas to you, Uncle! God save you!

SCROOGE. Bah! Humbug!

NEPHEW. Christmas a "humbug," Uncle? I'm sure you don't mean that.

SCROOGE. I do! Merry Christmas? What right do you have to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough! Dialogue explained * Conflict has been established in just a few words

* Scrooge thinks Christmas is nonsense.

* Nephew feels it is a joyous occasion.

* Conflict will reoccur throughout the play until resolved

* This dialogue shows the characteristics of each character. Example of Character Direction Laughing; she drags at boy causing him to stumble to the door with her. Suddenly we hear a mean and terrible voice in the hallway. Off. It is the SCHOOLMASTER. Example of Character Emotion SCROOGE falls to the ground; sobbing as he sees, and we see a small boy, the young SCROOGE, sitting and weeping, bravely, alone at his desk; alone in a vast space; a void.
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