Mr Humbug

Mr Humbug Sees The Light

5 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
(22 customer reviews)

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

 

This super-spooky musical sees the Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, brought bang up to date and set in school! Headteacher, Mr Humbug, hates Christmas because it gets in the way of ‘proper’ work and costs too much, so he bans it! Can some ghostly visitors persuade him to open his heart, and the petty-cash box? This is a celebratory journey through what we all remember and love about Christmas at school!

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Mr Humbug Sees The Light

Plot Summary

With Christmas approaching we share the excitement felt by the adults and children at St Ebenezer’s School (song – Going Crackers). However, it soon becomes clear that someone isn’t happy. Headteacher, Mr Humbug, hates Christmas at school because it gets in the way of doing ‘proper’ work, wastes time and costs money! And so he bans it (song – Christmas Is Banned), much to the distress of everyone, in particular Miss Palette the Art teacher, the school cooks, and a little girl who wants to do nothing more than offer him the season’s best wishes! Whilst pouring over paperwork at his desk that evening he is visited by the ghost of his old deputy headteacher, Miss Penny Pincher, who met a sticky end whilst telling children off for having fun (song – Old Miss Pincher)! She warns him that if he doesn’t change his ways and embrace the true spirit of a school Christmas, he will, like her, spend eternity suffering. She warns him that three more spirits will be visiting him to really ‘ram this message home’.

Dismissing this weird encounter as the result of a dodgy school lunch, Mr Humbug returns to his paperwork, only to be scared witless by the arrival in his office of the Spirit of School-Christmas-Past. The two take a journey back to Mr Humbug’s own school days, when Christmas was celebrated in style. We see children filled with festive mirth, and enjoying the prospect of roast turkey, the infant nativity, making hats and decorating the classroom (song – This Time Of Year). Any warm feelings this brought back to Mr Humbug soon disappear as he returns to his desk in his cold office.

Next up is the rather ‘jolly’ Spirit of School-Christmas-Present, who shows the headteacher just how miserable the children and adults at St Ebenezer’s really are, now that Christmas has been banned. It’s wet playtime and the children discuss how to smuggle out Christmas cards from school, while in the staffroom everyone considers resigning (song – We’ve Had A Belly-full). Mr Humbug is shocked at the bad feelings towards him, and we see signs that maybe changes are afoot.

The sinister Spirit of School-Christmas-Yet-To-Come finally arrives and transports Mr Humbug to a time where teachers are on the scrap heap, and their classrooms are now run by robots. They enslave children at computers for fifteen hours a day, and any child who steps out of line is taken to the ‘lab’! Art, PE and Music are no more, and Christmas is very much a thing of the past. Mr Humbug is horrified to discover that this terrible situation is all his fault (song – Why Did Everything Go So Horribly Wrong). We are told that he had become an MP, and soon after Prime Minister! He had introduced harsh measures that resulted in the sad state of affairs we now witness. He begs the spirit to change this future, but is told that any changes must begin with him.

Mr Humbug wakes next morning at his desk, just in time for assembly. He is a new man. Having seen the error of his ways he addresses the school in an unusually pleasant tone. He expresses sorrow and apologises for his behaviour, then stuns everyone by declaring that no expense will be spared, and this will be the best Christmas St Ebenezer’s has ever seen! (song – He’s Seen The Light)

Characters

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

3 Narrators – our Yuletide tale-tellers.
Mr Humbug – headteacher of St Ebenezer’s. Move over Scrooge, there’s a new boy in town.
Miss Palette – flamboyant art teacher who enjoys a good ‘spend’.
5 Cooks – kind-hearted culinary queens.
Little girl – a real Christmas angel.
Miss Penny Pincher – the ghost of Mr Humbug’s vile partner in crime.
Spirit of School-Christmas-Past – a ghoulish guide to how things used to be.
Teacher from School-Christmas-Past – lovely and cuddly.
Young Humbug, Cathy, Tommy and Sally – carefree kiddies from a bygone age.
Spirit of School-Christmas-Present – on a very ‘merry’ mission to right some wrongs.
5 Children of School-Christmas-Present – are these really the best days of your life?
3 Teachers of School-Christmas-Present – not exactly filled with festive mirth.
Spirit of School-Christmas-Yet-To-Come – sinister messenger of what the future holds.
Robot Teacher – Swift and efficient and takes no nonsense – just like the real thing.
4 Children of School-Christmas-Yet-To-Come – 15 hours at school each day’s the norm.
Security-Bots – it’s off to the ‘lab’ with any child who doesn’t sit in silence.

Ensemble characters for featured songs and scenes
Staff and Children of St Ebenezer’s School – present day
The Class of School-Christmas-Past
More Cooks and Nativity Infants
The Class of School-Christmas-Yet-To-Come
Future Down-and-out Teachers

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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  1. 5 out of 5 Matthew St georges

    I think it was perfect

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  2. 5 out of 5 Henry,parc Lewis,treforist.,Age 8

    l love this product! My fave songs are Christmas is Banned, Horribly Wrong, and This Time of Year.

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  3. 5 out of 5 Harry Fielding / Light Oaks Junior School

    My class did this play last year, in Year 5. All plays made by Edgy Productions that we did were brilliant, and this one was living up to expectations and more! We loved the songs and loved the parts. Our teachers did a brilliant job of making the play for 35 people, to 90! I was a robot in the future scene. This time in Year 6 we’re doing Primary School Christmas Musical. Let’s see if that’s up to expectations (dibs on Jamie!).

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  4. 5 out of 5 Knowsley junior school

    I think it’s good were doing it I am a cook I’m cook4

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  5. 5 out of 5 Henry/parc Lewis primary school

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  6. 5 out of 5 Molly Radcliffe primary school

    It’s great

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  7. 5 out of 5 Ciara Osborne Duchy School

    It is amazing, great play, I was Mr Humbug and enjoyed myself very much! We will use your productions again!

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  8. 5 out of 5 ellie tongwynlias

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  9. 5 out of 5

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Great done it last year

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  11. 5 out of 5 Blackwood Primary School

    Amazing!
    My child is doing this play at her school.

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Really good

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  13. 5 out of 5 Tracy Scott, Leicestershire

    We have just finished our performances of Mr Humbug Sees the Light! It was a huge success! Lots of positive comments from the audiences and the children thoroughly enjoyed learning the script and all the songs. In fact, they are still continuing to recite it around school, word-for word! It was a super script to follow, with clear directions to help with the staging of the show. We are sure to use your productions again. Thank you.

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  14. 5 out of 5 Maddie, Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue

    VERY GOOD!

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  15. 5 out of 5 archie wood, bell farm primary

    i starred as mr humbug and my experience was GREAT!

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  16. 5 out of 5 areebah maqsood

    Fantastic concert loved the songs I was miss palate it was fantastic.

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  17. 5 out of 5 leon staves, castledyke primary school barton upon humber

    i like your music I like the song old miss pincher this is my school Christmas assembley

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  18. 5 out of 5 Anaaya, ferndale primary school

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  19. 5 out of 5 Aqsa Fiaz, gladstone primary school cardiff

    wow humbugs seen the light is fantastic i love the songs i am a narrator in the play.

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  20. 5 out of 5 Anthea Best, Halesowen

    Well we’ve just performed Mr Humbug Sees The Light and what a marvelous play it was! The children thoroughly enjoyed ALL the rehearsals and the songs have been buzzing around school in everyone’s lessons ….. a sure sign of success! Three years ago we produced “School Daze” which was the best play I’ve ever been responsible for. However, Humbug easily equals the brilliance of School Daze. Keep up the musical productions please!

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  21. 5 out of 5 Evie, Saint Paul's CofE junior school

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  22. 5 out of 5 jordan, mellin school

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