A Christmas Survival Guide

by  Ray Roderick, James Hindman

Musical Revue / Cabaret, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Ho Ho Hilarious! The funniest Christmas revue around!" - The New York Press

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

This intimate revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season. Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into an urban holiday landscape searching for the true essence of Christmas. In songs and vignettes, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Ho Ho Hilarious! The funniest Christmas revue around!" - The New York Press

"Audiences love it! We sold out." - Westchester Broadway Theatre

“A Christmas Survival Guide is a musical revue designed to lessen the tension in your life, make the holidays a bit more fun and help audience members find a way to laugh at their own seasonal silliness... This is a Christmas treat for everyone in the family." - LeaderOnline, Akron.com

"Brimming with enjoyment!" - The Courier-Journal, Louisville

"A welcome break from your holiday blues " - The City Paper, Gaslight Dinner Theatre

"A heartfelt tribute to the holiday season that also knows when to put tongue firmly in cheek!...Songs, familiar and not so familiar...explore everything from parody ("The Twelve Steps of Christmas') to the traditional ("O Holy Night")....A light and lively way to take your mind off the holiday crush!" - AtEase CN1 Newspapers

"Chock-full of songs, vignettes, advice and enough messages about the 'true meaning of Christmas' to get one through the holidays without therapy sessions." - The Buffalo News

"Sold out for two years! Perfect for corporate and group outings." - Stepping Out Productions

Videos

  • A Christmas Survival Guide
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Typically performed with a minimal set or a stage filled with over the top Christmas Decorations. Having fun with the setting is the main objective.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Carol of the Belles
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(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag
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Silver Bells
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I'd Like to Hitch a Ride with Santa
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Christmas Eve
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Twelve Steps
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Santa Claus is Back
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Take a Walk Through Bethlehem
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Casting

2m, 3f
All performers should be strong singers who aren't afraid to have fun on stage! The show also features a 'voice over' book that can be read by a local celebrity.
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Alternate casting could be 1 males and 2 females.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

6 Piano/Conductor Scores

Reed
Drums
Guitar
Bass

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Authors

Ray Roderick

Ray Roderick

James Hindman

James Hindman: Most recent: MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING (New Jersey Rep.), POPCORN FALLS (Theatre Nova), THE BIKINIS (Long Wharf Theatre), BY THE NUMBERS (SCT Theatre) . Off Broadway; PETE ‘N’ KEELY (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, Pub. Samuel French); A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE (Pub. Samuel F ...

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A Christmas Survival Guide was first produced with a cast of three at Arci's Place in New York City. It was directed by Ray Roderick. The play was subsequently produced with a cast of five at Westchester Broadway Theater. It was directed by Keith Cromwell.

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