A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol

by  Paul Olson, Phil Olson

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

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"Best Musical of 2006!" - Reviewplays.com
"Non-stop laughs!...I loved it!" - LA Scene
A hilarious spoof of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's the smash hit sequel to the award-winning musical, Don't Hug Me. It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he's skipping Christmas.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Christmas/Holiday, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A hilarious spoof of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's the smash hit sequel to the award-winning musical, Don't Hug Me.

It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he's skipping Christmas, he storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he's visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol only very different. Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with Clara at The Bunyan? Find out.

Featuring 17 original songs, including, "The Wheel is Turnin' but the Hamster is Dead," "Gunner Fell Into an Ice Hole," "Gramma Cut the Christmas Cheese," "I Love You More Than Football," "What Would Barbra Streisand Do?," and "I'd Rather be Naughty." Only 5 characters, a simple set, and it doesn't require a band, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is very inexpensive to produce.

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Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Best Musical of 2006!" - Reviewplays.com

"Non-stop laughs!... I loved it!" - LA Scene

"A wonderful, zany musical comedy!" - Irish News

"A crowd-pleasing holiday hoot! Book your seats today!" - Tolucan Times

"Big laughs!... A fun-filled holiday vacation!" - Studio City Sun

"Holiday amusement for the whole family!" - Valley Scene

"Hysterical!" - KCLA Radio

"A laugh a minute!" - Norway Times

"There were tears in my eyes with laughter!" - The Ticket Stub

"It's not a wonder that this enjoyable holiday musical has been extended more than once!" - National Jewish News

"Rib-tickling fun!" - St. Cloud Times

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Videos

  • A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A little bar in northern Minnesota. On the walls are stuffed animals, stuffed fish and beer signs. Photos of the original set can be seen on www.DontHugMe.com. Costuming is simple. North woods flannel shirts, jeans, sturdy shoes or boots.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Country/Western, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

The Christmas Cheese Polka
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It's Christmas Time so Please Give me Some
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The Wheel is Turnin' But the Hamster is Dead
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Gunner Fell into an Ice Hole
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I Love You More Than Football
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You Can Call Me Tiny
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Me and My Baby Gonna Swing
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Another Piece of Pie
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I'd Rather Be Naughty
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The Bunyan Beguine
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What Would Barbara Streisand Do?
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Yo Yo Yo!
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Deep int he Closet
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We Were Happy
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The Christmas Cheese Polka [Reprise]
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Casting

3m, 2f
CLARA JOHNSON - Gunner's wife, strong willed co-owner of a bar called "The Bunyan," has been married to Gunner for a long time
GUNNER JOHNSON- Clara's husband, strong willed co-owner of The Bunyan, a north woods Archie Bunker
KANUTE GUNDERSON - oblivious, full-of-himself business owner
BERNICE LUNDSTROM - pretty, young, dreamy ex-waitress at The Bunyan
SVEN YORGENSEN - world-famous folk legend, a ladies man
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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6 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Paul Olson

Paul Olson

Phil Olson

Phil Olson grew up in Edina, Minnesota, home of the first indoor mall. His father’s grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota. His mother’s grandparents also came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range. Mr. Olson played varsity football, basketb ...

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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol was first produced at the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in October 2006. It was directed by Sean Mulcahy.

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