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Holiday favourites from Dramtic Publishing
25 Nov

Deck the halls and theatres with these festive musicals and plays to bring you and your performance group into the holiday season.

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and Lyrics by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday, 1940s / WWII
Cast: 15M, 10F
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie Christmas classic.
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts -- an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

A Christmas Story
Philip Grecian
Full Length Play, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday, 1940s / WWII
Cast: 7M, 4F
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.
Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
Adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. From 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Full Length Play, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday, Victorian (British and American)
Cast: 7M, 9F, 12M or F
In this family-friendly holiday mystery, Sherlock Holmes is asked to discover the identity of a man who lost his hat and goose in a late-night scuffle.
At first, Holmes treats the request as only a mild curiosity, but then the countess of Morcar's rare and valuable blue carbuncle is found stuffed down the goose's throat. The pursuit of the thief leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from 221B Baker Street to Convent Garden Market and all over the streets of wintery London.
The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular
Bo Wilson
Full Length Play, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday, 1970s
Cast: 5F
Christmas, 1977, is only three weeks away, and the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are preparing for Second Trinity Church's annual Christmas Spectacular... but they're having trouble staying focused on their preparations because there's a criminal on the loose... someone has stolen the baby Jesus figure from his place in Second Trinity's nativity scene.

A Good Old-Fashioned Big Family Christmas
Pat Cook
Full Length Play, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday, Contemporary
Cast: 5M, 9F
Hayden Stewart's wife, Judith, and her sisters, Carla and Beth, are worried about their parents. "They argue all the time," Judith says. When she mentions this to Hayden, he casually suggests maybe the women could spend some time with Jack and Arlene, their parents, and squelch any such arguments. The next thing Hayden knows, Judith is planning a huge Christmas party with the whole family.
This party has more intrigue behind it than a whole host of spy novels. All the traditional Christmas standbys are utilized as the family tries to throw "A Good Old-Fashioned Big Family Christmas".
The 12 Days of Christmas
Renee Calarco
Full Length Play, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday
Cast: 6M, 7F, 8M or F
Christmas is just around the corner, and Shirley the Partridge is a bit nervous because it's her very first time carrying out the ancient family tradition -- gathering the French Hens and the Calling Birds and... oh... everyone -- for the official singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
With fresh dialogue and vivid characters, The 12 Days of Christmas is a playful, modern interpretation of the classic Christmas song.

A Christmas Carol: The Traditional Story With Modern Music
Music and lyrics by Matt Corriel. Book by Erica Lipez.
Full Length Musical, Christmas/Holiday, Drama, 19th Century
Cast: 20M, 13F
Dickens' beloved parable shines in this adaptation. With a beautiful new score, the characters come to life as never before, from a larger-than-life Ghost of Marley to a heartbreaking Tiny Tim. Laugh along with Scrooge's comical and bitter domestic servants and revel in Belle's poignant love song.
Join Scrooge and his three spirit guides on a favorite holiday journey, and send the audience home singing!

Aesop's Fable-ous Christmas Tree
Michael Gravois
Full Length Play, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday
Cast: 8M or F
When Aesop's fables are given a holiday spin, you'll get a mash-up of The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Tortoise and the Hare where the six birds of Christmas compete in a comical race -- with the turtle dove winning, of course!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (musical)
Book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby. Based on the poem by Clement C. Moore. Music by Shirley Mier.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, Christmas/Holiday, Contemporary
Cast: 6M, 16F, 4M or F
This fresh telling of the most popular Christmas poem ever told will delight audiences of all ages.

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