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A Christmas Carol — the play

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Plays

by R. Rex Stephenson (For Community, College/University, High School and Junior High School, Youth Groups, Community and Church groups.) Undoubtedly Dickens’ most famous story, and most often adapted for the stage and screen with hundreds of adaptations available, both play and musical versions, this lively adaptation is quickly becoming a favorite due, in part, to the unique casting available of 8 women and only 6 men. The familiar story is there, but told in a way that allows for a female-heavy cast. The play takes place in a theatre in Rochester, England. Dickens has been called upon by the citizens of the community to write an adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the stage. To the surprise of everyone in town, Dickens not only intends to write the adaptation, but to star in it and direct it. On the...

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The Cricket On The Hearth — Staged Radio Play

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by R. Rex Stephenson & Jody D. Brown (For performance by any amateur, educational or professional theatre group.) Dickens’ heartwarming Christmas tribute brings a genial spirit into the festivities as Mr. Tackleton, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge, is changed through the course of the story, into a better person. With great plot points of suspense, intrigue, and mistaken identity along the way, this brisk adaptation allows the audience/listener to wonder if it will turn out all right. Published in 1845, this story of love at Christmastime, the tale of John and Dot Peerybingle, Caleb and Bertha Plummer, May Fielding and––well, that would be spoiling it––has long been a popular ‘sequel’ to Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843. This show is a great alternative for those tired of seeing the endless...

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Merry Gentlemen — a play inspired by “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Rinear Tired of the same old Christmas Carol? This may be exactly what you are looking for! (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Merry Gentlemen is a full-length play heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, forcing his teenage son, Tim, to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity. In this full-length play, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak,...

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Coming Home: A Christmas Story — Musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Religious Titles

Book & Lyrics by George G. King Music & Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University, and Church groups.) On the night of the great blizzard of 1953 a young couple find their way to the Herstoller Hotel, a mountain inn. She is pregnant. Their car has broken down just outside. They are looking for a room. The innkeeper’s wife is leaving; she has had it. As her husband enters they begin to air their personal laundry in front of these young strangers. But a busload of entertainers is on their way, and though the inn is all booked up––the beds aren’t made, yet! The wife leaves. The young couple is turned away. The daughter of the innkeeper, and her boyfriend, arrive. The innkeeper’s wife re-enters with the young couple in tow, and she needs a...

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PINOCCHIO — A FAMILY MUSICAL

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

A Family Musical Book and Lyrics by Max C. Golightly Music by Neil K. Newell  (Suitable for performance by large cast Community, University/College, High School and Youth Theatre) Inside each of us is a child–a little frightened, a bit unsure, wanting very much to find somewhere, someone to love. This is the story of a bond between a lonely woodcarver and a little wooden marionette who wanted so much to be a real boy. Through this story we learn that dreams are necessary–that love and belief are keys that open the doors to happiness. A new and delightful adaptation of Collodi’s classic. “A Broadway Quality Musical!”   A wonderful feature of this script is that it has two endings for TWO different times of the year. There is a Christmas Ending (the original ending), but there is also an...

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Christmas On The Blue — A New Musical for Christmas

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Hansen-Perry Productions, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

Licensed by Hansen-Perry Productions to Leicester Bay Theatricals Book by Elizabeth Hansen Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry PERFECT FOR PROFESSIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO PERFORM DURING THE HOLIDAYS. Christmas Eve in 1943. The war still rages in Europe and the Pacific, as, outside of Cleveland, Ohio, WCCR, a small radio station, struggles to survive not only the worst blizzard in 100 years, but with the fact that it’s pretty near broke. “Christmas On The Blue” centers around Doris Irving, the woman who runs the station, who has not heard anything about her MIA husband, Morris, since July of 1943. Suspecting the worst, she may be forced to close the station as WCCR, a member of the “Blue Network”, (which has struggled since its separation from NBC) has lost nearly all of its advertising to stations still...

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde!

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles

A play with songs by Martin R. Collin Suitable for a mixed-age group in Schools, Churches, and Community Theatres An evening of ragtag holiday merry-making, festivity, revelry, audience participation, happy yuletide songs and dances, and jollification featuring: Elves, Fairies, Children, Choristers, Musicians, Ancient Citizens, The Christmas Bear, Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, Rudolph and Clarisse, a holiday quiz show, Big-Head Characters, The Giant Blunderbore, and the retelling of the old mummers tale, Saint George and the Dragon, with Father Christmas himself!   PLAY DETAILS 55-60 minutes Traditional period and contemporary costumes Simple representational set with props (or as elaborate as you desire) Cast size: Minimum Male roles(doubled)=8. Minimum Female roles(doubled)=5. Minimum total with doubling=22. Minimum total without doubling=57+Chorus. Could be done with a lot of doubling, or even tripling, but is intended as a large-cast piece [25-100] with...

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Murder Under The Mistletoe

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Interactive Murder Mysteries

by Jim Christian Synopsis: The yearly Christmas office party at Marv-el Toys is filled with nasty surprises ranging from deadly mistletoe to presents that never should have been opened. Who gets crossed off Santa’s list this year? PLAY DETAILS: ORDER #3091 Characters: 5m 3w Marvin White – lecherous owner and founder of Marv-el Toys Jill Seville – congenial, but ditzy personal secretary to Mr. White Doreen Blair – dry, no-nonsense personnel manager Duke Traveler – loudmouthed jerk from the advertising department Dixie Kikel – snoopy receptionist with her nose into everything Wendell Tucker – brilliant inventor with a lack of social skills George Biggs – recovering alcoholic who plays Santa every year Carl Butterworth – ambitious and eager-to-please errand boy PERUSAL COPIES The PERUSAL PAGES file for Murder Under The Mistletoe will be available by clicking MurderUnderMistletoePERUSAL The PDF file...

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Merry Christmas, George Bailey! — A Staged Radio Play

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

A Staged Radio Play by Shirlee H. Shields Based on the classic movie, “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” (written by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett & Frank Capra) (For production by Professional, Amateur, Educational, College/University, High School groups) Adult and Family Audiences This version of the popular and familiar film story is a fully staged radio play set as if in a radio studio in the 1940s. The battle for Bedford Falls, New York,  is on as George Bailey, hometown boy, combats the miserly Mr. Potter, with the help of his family, friends and an angel 2nd class named Clarence, with little help from Uncle Billy. All the familiar story elements are there but the charming setting in a radio studio give a special edge of performance charm. The perfect Christmas production for any theatre group. What a great hook-up with...

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A Southern Christmas Carol — A New Musical

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Banner, Christmas Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Religious Titles

Book, Music and Lyrics by Rob. Lauer Musical Arrangements by Jeff Joyner (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) “Think Charles Dickens meets Horton Foote.” Looking for a funny, deeply moving, musical Christmas show that will entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds?…A critically acclaimed musical that can be produced with as few as 10 actors or with as many as  30? Then look no further! When “A Southern Christmas Carol” premiered in 2003, critics called it “good fun…a hoot that warms the heart”… “Lovely, there’s no other single word to describe it…Charles Dickens himself couldn’t have written a better account of the spirit of Christmas. At least not Christmas in 1933 Depression-ridden Southwest Georgia.” In “A Southern Christmas Carol,” award-winning playwright Rob. Lauer moves the classic tale of Scrooge  from ...

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A Christmas Carol — A Play

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Plays, Religious Titles

Adapted from the Dickens classic by Rodger Sorensen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) The traditional story told in the most un-traditional way! In Rodger’s uniquely and dramatically narrative voice the characters will jump to life for your audiences; and the meaning of the play, with such importance for today’s audiences, will not be missed or forgotten. Dickens’ characters were never so jolly, or important as they are in this special adaptation. PLAY DETAILS: Company of 10 M 11W 3B 2G Simple Settings with props About 100 minutes Order # 3051 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking ChristmasCarolPERUSAL It contains the first half of the script. PURCHASE REHEARSAL MATERIALS: (Any PDF purchased will be emailed...

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Cricket On The Hearth — A New Dickens Christmas Musical

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Premiere Musicals

Book Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools,  Church Groups, Youth Theatres) This is Dickens’ other Christmas carol. The magic of life is evident in the Peerybingle household with a happy marriage and a newborn son. Two houses are blessed by the lucky Crickets: The Peerybingles, the Plummers with Mr. Tackleton’s awaiting the blessing of life and love.. Everyone’s paths are soon to cross with Tackleton, a disgruntled toymaker, who hates all humanity except May Fielding. He lives to make people miserable — especially children — as his toys are gruesome and scary. His employees, Caleb and Bertha, (who is blind) are simple, poor people who slave to make quality toys that the children will play with. Tackleton berates them, but their toys are purchased over his and...

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Christmas Dreams — A Musical

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Religious Titles

Editing, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by  Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools,  Church Groups, Children’s Theatres/Youth Theatres) A warm and wonderful collection of original stories improvised and written by the student members of Thespian Troupe 943 of Spanish Fork High School in Utah. The story is about a group of students trying to complete an essay about Christmas for their English Class. They soon come to discover the real meaning of Christmas in themselves and in the others around them. Thirteen stories weave together in mirth, heartache, joy and reverence as the students all reveal the secret dreams and funny stories they have always wanted to tell, but haven’t until now; until a teacher who cares shows them how to let the excellence in each of them out — for all to...

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