By Elliott B. Baker
Cast: 11 m, 4 w, 2 flexible, 1 girl, 1 child, and large chorus
Gather ‘round with the ghosts in the graveyard who will show you the real story of Ebenezer Scrooge! This rousing new adaptation of the beloved novel by Charles Dickens has up-tempo songs of melody and memory. With three actors playing Ebenezer Scrooge, we go back to see Ebenezer through young boyhood, young manhood, and finally to the character we know. Ghosts aplenty, colorful denizens of mid-nineteenth century England, and exciting, memorable music will have your audiences humming as they leave the theatre. Approximately 90 minutes. Read more.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the interstate in Virginia has closed due to major snowstorms. Frank, a brash billionaire businessman, and his secretary Kristine – who’s not the “sharpest bulb on the tree” – are forced to seek shelter in a highway rest area. They are soon joined by Tom, a hitchhiking wannabe country music singer, and Mary Beth, a young, very pregnant widow. Of course, Charlie, the rest area janitor, is stuck there even though he just wants to get home to dinner. But this special night has much in store for all of them. Frank reconnects with his younger, enthusiastic self and helps the other travelers find earthly solutions to their problems, while their shared feelings about the true meaning of Christmas help Frank connect to his spiritual self. Even Kristine shows her true grit by helping Mary Beth have her baby, aptly named Virginia. This show is designed for simplicity. It’s one set with no special effects or costume changes. With echoes of It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and the original Christmas story, this musical with 11 songs is uplifting, poignant and laugh out loud funny. You’ll leave the theatre filled with the true spirit of Christmas! About 95 minutes. Read more.
Santa’s elves, Flip and Twip, are sent to help Mrs. Santa with her last-minute preparations for Christmas Eve. The two elves spin mischief, but real trouble arrives in the form of King Sarak and his spoiled son, Prince Horace. By royal decree, Horace’s Christmas stocking must include all the toys in the land! When Santa refuses, offering instead to visit Prince Horace in the usual manner, the King has the toys seized, thus jeopardizing the merriment of Christmas. With Mrs. Santa’s guidance, plus cooperation between Flip and Twip, as well as lots of audience involvement, the fulfillment of her Christmas wish takes place. Inside the palace where the toys have been taken, Goldenrene, the magic doll, comes to life. Her charm is such that the King has a change of heart. His newfound royal generosity is so great as to promise a Christmas more joyful than ever. Includes original songs and four traditional songs, and the audience is even invited to sing along for one of them. About an hour. Read more.