After the school bell rings (song – Ring The Bell) to signal the end of the Autumn term, five friends stop off at the park on their way home. With the ‘big day’ not far off, they talk enthusiastically about what the holidays have in store. With their conversation as a backdrop we witness different families in some very recognisable, often hilarious situations, as each aspect of Christmas is discussed.
The first family’s excitement at putting up the Christmas tree is slightly clouded by the fact that it seems to have got considerably shorter after a year in the loft! Still, Dad’s frustration keeps the rest of the family smiling while Mum solves the mystery of the shrinking tree. (song – Our Christmas Tree)
The children of the second family we meet are eager to get to bed on Christmas Eve, not only so they can get up exceptionally early the next morning, but so they can leave Mum and Dad, and the exuberant Uncle Ted and Aunty Rita, to enjoy a ‘little drink’ downstairs. (song – I Wish That Time Could Fly) As the evening and night draw on, they are filled with that familiar excitement and anticipation about what Christmas morning will bring.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (despite not sleeping), children in pyjamas and dressing gowns then hit the stage, eager to see what’s under the tree! They don’t have to wait long, and quickly dive in and start unwrapping …..and rapping! (song – The Christmas Gift Un-Rap)
Then it’s time for lunch, which for our next family is a feast of the highest calibre. Mum’s on a diet though, and is resisting the temptation to over-indulge…..at least that’s what she’s told everyone! (song – Get Stuck In)
Next it’s a flash-back to the early 1970s, when according to the ‘older generation’, it snowed every Christmas…..and chicken tasted like chicken, and children behaved themselves, and summers were always hot! As Mum and Dad enjoy the vibe of the groovy new seven-inch single they’ve bought, their children, Harmony and Wildflower, spot the chance to escape to the garden and literally ‘chill out’! (song – It’s Snowing)
The final family we meet reminds us that there is a gentler side to Christmas, in which we find the reason behind all the celebrations and fun. (song – Born On Christmas Day) Having said that, they round off proceedings by inviting the neighbours over for an all-singing, all dancing, turkey sandwich-feasting knees-up, (song – Party On) reminding us that ‘in less than fifty-two weeks it starts all over again! Yeh!’
27 Speaking parts in order of appearance
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5 School Children – looking forward to the Christmas holidays
Dad – his DIY skills leave a lot to be desired
Sally & Joe – unearthing the mystery of the shrinking Christmas tree
Mum – providing the ‘missing piece’ to the puzzle
Katie & Ali – eager to get to bed
Mum & Dad – even more eager for them to go to bed
Uncle Ted & Auntie Rita – mistletoe-toting party animals
Grandma & Grandpa – enjoying being well ‘catered’ for
Dad – keeping an eye on mum’s food intake
Mum – counting the calories….apparently
Thomas & Anna – impressed with mum’s will-power
Family 4 (from the early 70’s!)
Mum & Dad – creating a cool Christmas vibe….man
Harmony & Wildflower – Scalextric and snow-loving children
Mum – on a quest to conquer a mountain of dirty dishes
Sam – enjoying some ‘me time’ on the sofa
Ensemble characters for featured scenes, songs and choreography, if numbers allow
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.