Originally, I was cast - TOTALLY against (chuckle) type - as a HOMELESS worker, whose first scene is asking Scrooge for a job of work, so "I" could eat...Scrooge yells "I'll call the police..." and my character had to run off stage. Then, the actor cast as Marley - Jacob, not BOB - had to bow out with 12 days to go before opening night. I was cast. So, I actually had to keep running into the dressing room, be made up with grey-face by another cast member, and then jog back to the point behind the "set" decorated as a mirror above the fireplace in Scrooge's bed chamber, and step into the coat visible in the photo and do that eerie EH - BEN - EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "thing" that gets the kids of all ages in the audience cackling...one night we didn't make it on time and "Scrooge" had to ad-lib until I started his name thing. THE SHOW WENT ON!
The scariest part of playing Marley's ghost was at the cast-room door after the last show. A founding member of the Community theatre troupe vigorously shook
I felt a spasmodic shudder convulse my spine
I thanked her and said,
"Show's over. Can I go home, now?"