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By Ian Faraday
Christmas musical for 7-11 years
Running time 60 minutes (KS2) approx.
Format : Script and Score CD-ROM + Audio CD
(Scroll down for characters and plot summary)
With a simple script linking ten superb new songs, this is a perfect resource for either a full production, or simply as a selection of musical numbers with which to celebrate everyones favourite time of year. From the final bell on the last day of term, to turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day, were on a journey through those familiar and traditional aspects of a family Christmas. Enjoy Dads attempts to put the tree up, the anticipation of opening presents, tucking into to Christmas dinner, the possibility of snow
.and much more!
After the school bell rings to signal the end of the Autumn term (song Ring The Bell), five friends stop off in the park on their way home. With the big day not far off, their excitement is evident, and they talk enthusiastically about a range of seasonal happenings. We witness different families in some very recognisable, often hilarious situations, as each aspect the five children talk about is played out in a different scene.
The first familys excitement of putting up the Christmas tree is slightly clouded by the fact that it seems to have mysteriously shrunk after a year in the loft! Still, Dads frustration keeps the rest of the family smiling while Mum solves the riddle! (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. (song Theres Magic In The Air)
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (despite not sleeping), children in pyjamas and dressing gowns then hit the stage (song Christmas Morning), eager to see whats under the tree! They dont have to wait long, and quickly dive in and start unwrapping
..and rapping! (song The Christmas Gift Un-Wrap)
Then its time for lunch, which for our next family is a feast of the highest calibre. Mums on a diet though, and is resisting the temptation to over-indulge
..at least thats what shes told everyone! (song Get Stuck In)
Next its 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 theyve bought, their children, Harmony and Wildflower spot the chance to escape to the garden and literally chill out! (song Its 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!
* Ring The Bell
* Our Christmas Tree
* I Wish That Time Could Fly
* There's Magic In The Air
* Christmas Morning
* The Christmas Gift Un-Wrap
* Get Stuck In
* It's Snowing
* Born On Christmas Day
* Party On
(Speaking parts in order of appearance)
5 School Children looking forward to the Christmas holiday
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 mums food intake
Mum counting the calories
Thomas & Anna impressed with mums will-power
Family 4 (from the early 70s!)
Mum & Dad creating a cool Christmas vibe
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 songs and choreography)
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This licence does not allow performances in commercial establishments such as theatres. It is intended for performances in school where the public audience comprises parents, relatives and friends of the children putting on the show. For commercial licences please contact Edgy Productions Ltd.