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Clara's Christmas Dreams - Short Musical, Drama

Clara's Christmas Dreams

E. Thomalen, Tim Starnes

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Short Musical, Drama

4m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780874402186

The story of a young girl's journey from childhood to emotional maturity, condensed into a series of dreams brought on by a high fever during a single meaningful evening.

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Description

Short Musical

Drama

Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Fables/Folktales, Period

75 Minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - The play begins, January 5, 1813, the study of Dr. Drosselmeyer in Hamburg, Germany, and then moves to a small parlor in the Silberhaus home, late in the afternoon of December 24, 1812. As the audience enters, they may be invited to have a glass of hot mulled cider or wine, and to put ornaments on the Silberhaus’ tree.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Church / Religious Groups

Clara's Christmas Dreams is based upon the Dumas (pere) version of The Nutcracker, also used by Tchaikovsky for his ballet. It relates the story of a young girl's journey from childhood to emotional maturity, condensed into a series of dreams brought on by a high fever during a single meaningful evening. She learns some valuable lessons from the beautiful and frightening figures that she encounters and from whom she is saved by the Nutcracker Prince.

 

“With duels to the death and high-spirited action, the show mesmerizes even boys... The lovely score by Tim Starnes dips into martial music, circus tunes and even Celtic influences.” - The New York Times

"We performed Clara's Christmas Dreams...I worked with a choreographer who has been doing the Nutcracker Ballet for several seasons. In this collaboration we thought we would try something different and Clara's Christmas Dreams really seemed to fit the bill. This presentation was performed by young people with teens playing the adult parts. We added choreography for the Mouse, Snow Queen and Christmas Treats sections. It was the perfect holiday show and very well received. We are considering doing another version next year with adults and children." - Barb Sturman, Center Church, Windham

“The dream sequences interspersed with the “real” illness scenes made sense of the ballet storyline to me. The characters were simple and clear, appropriate for a fable/fairytale. I enjoyed the dialogue in verse... I felt that the play was an enjoyable alternative to the ballet, yet it still holds the potential for lots of spectacular elements. The staging could be as simple or elaborate as production budgets allowed... I found Clara’s fight for her life and character journey stronger than in the ballet...” - Reader testimonial

“E. Thomalen's dulcet adaptation of The Nutcracker with music by Tim Starnes … is a traditional take on the famous holiday classic... Many audience members were strongly affected by the musical composition... Clara's Christmas Dreams is a classic tale of a young girl's adventures into a fantasy world. For a traditional Christmas production, this is a charming, sweet, show worth seeing." - Hi! Drama Review

“The play was well received in our community and we continue to hear compliments about the performances... This play was a pleasure to direct. Feel free to provide my contact information to any other groups performing this play if you feel I can be of any assistance to them.” - Director, Calhoun Georgia Production

Clara's Christmas Dreams was first performed Off-Broadway at the St. Clements theatre in New York City on November 26, 2004. It was produced by StageRight Productions and directed by Bruce Merrill.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Roles for Children

CASTING NOTES

Plus Ensemble

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

DR. DROSSELMEYER - elderly doctor, family friend
MRS. SILBERHAUS - Mother
MR. SILBERHAUS - Father
FRITZ - son, age 6
CLARA - daughter, age 12
MR. KLEIN/MOUSE KING
PRINCE
MRS. NORLDAND/SNOW QUEEN
MRS. ZUCKER/SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
ENSEMBLE - GUESTS, MICE, SNOW QUEEN’S COMPANIONS, GINGERBREAD MEN
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Song Samples

The Party Song

Goodnight

The Mouse King

Snowbound

Christmas Sweets

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Author(s)
E. Thomalen

E. Thomalen

E. Thomalen's produced plays include Clara’s Christmas Dreams (2004, St. Clements Theatre, New York City); The Metamorphosis, A Play (2003, Jose Quintero Theatre, New York City); El Tigre (2001, U of Texas at Arlington & Bass Performance Art Center, Fort Worth); Dances of Life - and Death Thespis Festival (2015) Tale of 2 Murderers (2001, American Theatre of Actors, 2003, Theatre Studio Inc.); ... view full profile

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