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O. Henry Christmas, An (Musical) - Full Length Musical, Comedy

O. Henry Christmas, An (Musical)

Peter Ekstrom, O. Henry

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573695728

Adaptation, Music, and Lyrics by Peter Ekstrom
Based on stories by O. Henry
"The capactiy audience, which included many small children, was totally captivated. Eskstom's delightful adaptation... captures anew the real Christmas spirit." - Louisville Courier-Journal
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Christmas/Holiday

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - 1905. A third floor garret in Greenwich Village, NYC.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Two heart-warming one-act musicals based on the classic O. Henry stories capture the true spirit of giving: The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf. This holiday favorite is set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

REVIEWS

"The capactiy audience, which included many small children, was totally captivated. Eskstom's delightful adaptation... captures anew the real Christmas spirit." - Louisville Courier-Journal

"Delightful... enough to play any time of the year... Ekstrom has written some beautiful music... A masterpiece." - Kingsport Times-News 


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An O. Henry Christmas premiered at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA in 1994 under the direction of John Hardy.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

Parts for as many as 3 men and 3 women

THE DOCTOR - non-singing (doubles as JIM in GIFT OF THE MAGI) A young man in his mid-thirties. He provides narration for the piece, talking directly to the audience as well as stepping into the action. He never leaves the stage, but watches when he is not involved.
SUE - Mezzo-Soprano. Mid to late twenties. She is a sculptor but does commercial art (ad sketches) to make ends meet. She is nurturing and warm, completely devoted to her friend. The older sister type. 
JOHNSY - Soprano (doubles as DELLA in MAGI) Early or mid-twenties. She is an oil painter whose dream is to travel someday to Italy and paint the Bay of Naples. She is philosophical but sometimes light-hearted and gay. She is smaller than SUE, with fragile features. 
BEHRMAN - Character Baritone "Past sixty", a failure in art. German. He is always ready to paint his "masterpiece" but so far: an empty canvas. He earns money by posing for artists (like SUE) who can't afford a professional model. Perhaps he has a long beard. An Imp-satyr, he is always drunk on gin.
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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

1 Piano Conductor Score
4 Piano/Vocal Scores (The Gift of the Magi)
4 Piano/Vocal Scores (The Last Leaf)

Flute
Clarinet
Harp
Cello
Song Samples

Tomorrow Is Christmas

If We Had Money

Look at My Watch

What Can I Give Him?

Your Hair is Gone!

I Want To Paint The Bay Of Naples

The Last Leaf

Tomorrow When You're Feeling Well Again

Author(s)
Peter Ekstrom

Peter Ekstrom

PETER EKSTROM was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Painesville. He received a B.A. from Antioch College in 1973. Five years later he went down the Mississippi on a raft from St. Louis to New Orleans with the Otrabanda Troupe, stopping to do shows in 32 towns along the way. For Actors Theatre of Louisville he wrote the music and lyrics for Louisville Zoo, Matrimonium, Doctors and ... view full profile

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