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Resource Guide: Twist Your Dickens

The content of this guide is at times, like the show itself, blatantly inappropriate. Merry Christmas, Suckers.

A Christmas Carol

An 1843 novella by Charles Dickens. The story tells of bitter and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.


Nephew Fred


Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens, published by Richard Bentley in 1838. The story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. This section of the play is an ode to orphans. I think there is supposed to be a connection to Tiny Tim, but that is stupid because he isn’t an orphan. Oh well, they are both sick with rickets or tuberculosis or something and they’re both starving in Victorian England. That practically makes them the same person.


Boo hoo little orphan Annie! I get to go live with a gazillionaire in a huge mansion and then get adopted. O woe is me!



Does being raised by your aunt really qualify you as an orphan? I mean, really, she had a permanent place to live with family, food, dogs and lions for pets, and got to vacation in Oz.




George Bailey

So sad!


Santa Claus

Not to be confused with Jesus Christ, Krampus or Jack Skellington, Father Christmas builds toys for good girls and boys to give out on Jesus’ birthday. Since the 1930s, he’s been a spokesperson for Coca-Cola.


Three Kings

Kings, wise men, magi. Gold, frankincense, myrrh. North star. Manger.

Charlie in the Box


Rag Doll




Lucy van Pelt


Peppermint Patty


Pig Pen


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