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.
COMPOSER BERNARD AARON TALKS ABOUT THE MUSICAL
SANTA AND THE KING
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS MUSICAL?
A: It was Florence’s happy childhood in Shropshire, England, that did most to inspire her plays. It was Florence’s wonderfully imaginative stories and the charming characters in her plays that have inspired me as a composer to capture her characters in music. (Florence had tried other musicians in the past, but always found that nobody could capture her characters in music more faithfully than myself!)
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE MUSICAL? WHY?
A: My favorite part of “Santa and the King” is when Goldenrene, the magic doll, comes to life with the music “Awakening of the Magic Doll.” This part of the play is so magical and has such a wonderful effect on the children in the audience. It also seemed such a perfect opportunity to include my variations on Matteo Carcassi’s guitar theme which seemed almost made for a doll walking around the stage. In all our ten musicals, I have never included any theme that wasn’t totally mine, but in this case, Carcassi’s simple guitar theme seemed too perfect to even want to write a new one. All it needed were my additional variations on that very theme to create a perfect background theme for the doll on stage.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS MUSICAL?
A: The main thing with this musical (as with all Novelli/Aaron shows) is to create such a nice show for children as to influence them to become avid theatre-goers as adults.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: The only thing to add is that the theatre was Florence’s main calling throughout her entire life. Audiences acclaim her to be “the most gifted children’s playwright in the entire Anglo-sphere.”