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'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Full Length Play, Comedy

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573663413

“A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!.” - Maryland TheatreGuide
The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season!

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Fantasy, Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - In the text of the play, the action begins in a house in Vermont; however each production can be set locally.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." But wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say "Merry Christmas!", we're off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer. Don't miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!

“A momentum and ebullience worthy of the Pixar era animate this world-premiere play, whose story line involves a heist, a duel with rapiers, some hip-hop, a squirt gun, a perilous airplane flight and an elf’s stint as a secret agent.” - The Washington Post

“Such a playful spirit romps through 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, you might think the show itself was a product of Santa’s workshop.” - The Washington Post

“A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!...This journey is an exciting one that I guarantee your children will love! Put some tickets in your kids’ Christmas stockings. It will make a great holiday gift.” - Maryland TheatreGuide


'Twas The Night Before Christmas debuted at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Maryland, on November 20, 2011.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting

CASTING NOTES

Amos and Amos of Kansas are boy mice and were played by an actor in the original production. They could, however, be played by an actress, as a trouser role – still boy mice, but played by a woman. So the cast is either 3 female and 2 male, or 2 female and 3 male.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

SIR GUY OF GISBOURNE / UNCLE BRIERLY
AMOS / AMOS OF KANSAS
EMILY
CALLIOPE / BRITANNIA SNEED
MULCH / SANTA CLAUS / WENDELL SNEED
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Media
  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig

Author
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards and the Edgar Award. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For You; Lend Me A Tenor; Moon Over ... view full profile

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Reviews
Raymond Lebowski 6/19/2014 12:41 AM
Don't be persuaded by the Ken Ludwig name.  As much as I love some of his work, especially Moon Over Buffalo and Lend Me A Tenor, I have to say it--this is awful.  Makes no sense, isn't funny, and probably would bore the kids.  I'm fully for non-sappy Christmas fare, I'm even for the schmaltzy stuff to pad the group's coffers (why else do we do Christmas-themed shows?), but no.  There are thousands of these shows, and almost all I've red are better.
Peter Zapletal 6/14/2013 4:43 PM
The dialog is for adults to enjoy and visuals for kids to excite.  It works in a great harmony.

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