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Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

5 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)

By Lou Gardiner & Andrew Oxspring

Christmas musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

The North Pole is in meltdown! Despite modernising and updating operations with a new hi-tech customer services centre, the elves are struggling to cope with the quantity and variety of presents being asked for….so Santa takes drastic action! By showing a particularly spoilt pair of siblings (and in turn the rest of us) how some unfortunate children have to spend Christmas time, he’s on a mission to convince the world that the best pressies we could wish for don’t cost a penny!

 

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

Plot Summary

Meet our storytellers, Cosmo, Ursula and Meredith, three of Santa’s helpers and our guides round the new hi-tech set-up at the North Pole. Gone is the workshop where, in the past, elves would skilfully make toys and games. In its place is an internet-based customer service centre (song – ‘Hi-Tech Christmas Time’), where the elves now order items from online stores such as Amazon. Thankfully, these are still despatched in the traditional way (via Santa’s sleigh) but changes have been necessary to meet the demands of modern children, who are asking for a greater quantity and variety of Christmas presents! (song – ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!’)

We are introduced to two such children, Chloe and Henry, who are bored with their array of gadgets and have sent Santa (by email of course) a ten page list of new things they want for Christmas! They have sent this list despite their suspicions that Santa might not be real and that the shadowy figure they saw putting presents under the tree last year may have been their dad in disguise! (song – ‘Santa Fancy Dress’)

Back at the North Pole things have reached crisis point! More Christmas-list emails have come in and they’re all really long! The customer service centre can’t cope with the quantity of presents being asked for, so Santa himself has to intervene. He declares that, with a week to go until Christmas Day, he is going to visit the greediest and most demanding of the children to make them see the error of their ways; he’s going to start with the worst offenders, the senders of the longest list, Chloe and Henry!

With a sprinkle of magic dust Santa appears to the two stunned children and sits between them on their sofa to teach them an important lesson, namely how to be grateful for their good fortune and for the blessed life they lead. He begins by showing them the children’s ward at the local hospital, where the patients want nothing more for Christmas than to be at home with their families. A surprise visit from ‘Cool’ Colin Curbishley, the worst ever hospital DJ with the worst ever jokes, only serves to increase their longing! (song – ‘A Silly Christmas Dream’). Santa then shows Chloe and Henry a family whose father is in the forces, posted overseas and absent from their Christmas celebrations. These children would gladly give up all their presents just to have their family complete at this special time of year.
(song – ‘Please Come Home’).

Finally, Chloe and Henry witness true hardship as Santa shows them the conditions in which a group of refugee children are living. Bitten by the cold winds of winter, they wonder if the season of goodwill being celebrated across the world will touch their lives and bring them some comfort. (song – ‘Open Your Hearts’).

*In an optional nativity scene, as a carol is led by a tableau of traditional characters, Santa reminds us that the greatest of all Christmas gifts was given to us by God.*

Chloe and Henry (and the audience we hope!) now understand that presents at Christmas mean very little unless we can share in the joy of giving and receiving them with the ones we love. When some consider themselves lucky to have just the bare essentials, we need to be grateful for, and not take for granted, all that we have; a sentiment summed up in the last rousing song, ‘What Matters Most’.

Characters

NB – for larger schools, extra speaking characters can easily be added to scenes and lines shared out between them. Equally, for smaller schools, because many characters only appear in one scene, multiple parts can be played by single actors.

34 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

Cosmo, Ursula & Meredith– Santa’s chief helpers and our narrators
6 Elves– hard at work in the customer services department
Chloe and Henry – spoilt siblings
Santa – on a mission
Nurse and Doctor – trying to keep spirits up
6 Children – stuck on the ward at Christmas
‘Cool’ Colin Curbishley – hospital radio DJ
Grandma and Grandad – getting stuck in to Christmas dinner
Mum – putting on a brave face
Peter and Amy – missing their Dad
Journalist – reporting from a refugee camp in Turkey
Annie – a Red Cross worker
Tarek, Amena, Elias, Layal, Rifat and Liliane – refugees facing a cold winter far from home

Ensemble characters for featured scenes, songs and choreography, if numbers allow

More Elves
The ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!’ Crowd
Mums and Dads (in disguise)
More Hospital Children
More Refugees

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 3 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD.
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD.
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 3 – Digital download.
    All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

UK schools can order Book & Audio CD and CD-ROM & Audio CD options with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 Sharon Scarf/ Grovewood School, Rayleigh

    Recently went to see my granddaughter perform in her school production of Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. It really is beautifully written and was so wonderfully presented by all the children of her year who were acting, singing and dancing.. The teachers worked so hard with the children and it was a a truly amazing experience and very thought provoking.

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  2. 5 out of 5 St Helens Catholic Primary

    Who knew a Christmas play could be this amazing. I love the message at the end, very emotional for everyone!

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  3. 5 out of 5 Minworth J&I School

    Y5 & Y6 are really enjoying it here and really can’t wait to do it on Christmas 2016

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  4. 5 out of 5 Carr junior school

    Amazing!

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  5. 5 out of 5 Ruby Nott

    I am the journalist in the play and I have really big lines but I love this play ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. 5 out of 5 Hannah-Pudsey tyersal primary

    I’m Chloe in the play, we are doing it at my school. I normally get elfs or reindeer but I’m really happy I got Chloe

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  7. 5 out of 5 sinead

    so good i love it

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  8. 5 out of 5 Evie Coychurch primary

    I like the play because it includes everybody and I like the scenes.

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  9. 5 out of 5 Min

    Amazing so exited to find out my role in the morning in every christmas play im always stuck with an elf and I REALLY want to be chloe also script and songs are amazing 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

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  10. 5 out of 5

    its really good

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  11. 5 out of 5 Sealand County Primary

    Its excellent. I’m learning it for my christmas play 🙂

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  12. 5 out of 5 Adele Hows

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT. I’m reading this over half term ready to give out parts when we get back, and I can already see what a great show it’s going to be. The songs are a real highlight.

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  13. 5 out of 5 Saff Garland - St Francis

    We can’t wait to start rehearsals. The children heard the songs for the first time today and are already hooked! The script looks fantastic too – very funny yet thought-provoking. Wonderful!

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