The Ballad of King Windowglass

by  Jack Kurtz

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m or f, 9boy(s) or girl(s)

The Good King Wenceslas (a name everyone seems to have trouble pronouncing) sets out to give his gift to a peasant he has seen, but encounters unanticipated difficulties from some of his subjects who question the "political correctness" of his gift.

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The Ballad of King Windowglass

by  Jack Kurtz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m or f, 9boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Fantasy, Christmas/Holiday, Fables/Folktales, Chancel Drama / Pageant, Parody / Spoof, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The carol "Good King Wenceslas" is the basis for this lively forty-five minute farce. The Good King Wenceslas (a name everyone seems to have trouble pronouncing) sets out to give his gift to a peasant he has seen, but encounters unanticipated difficulties from some of his subjects who question the "political correctness" of his gift. Much fun is derived from the "thither and yon" of Olde English.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A suggested forest somewhere in Dickensian England. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

4m or f, 9boy(s) or girl(s)

All characters are imagined from the words of "Good King Wenceslas."

TWO PEASANTS
KING WENCESLAS
SCRUFFY
THE POOR MAN
SIR EWING THE INEPT
SISTER ANTAGONISTICA
BURGHER MORAN OF AVARICE ON THE RHINE
THE BUREAUCRAT
4 DICKENSIAN SINGERS

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Requires a minimum of four singers, but larger group may be used. A mixed "quartette" of trained singers is best. A larger group of untrained singers singing in unison is acceptable. The part of Scruffy should be played by someone younger (or at least smaller) than the other cast members.

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Authors

Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz has been a Presbyterian pastor for 37 years, PC(USA), in Missouri and Northern Virginia. Educational degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary. Mr. Kurtz has created a theatre company, Fools for Christ Par ...

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