A Christmas Survival Guide

by  James Hindman, Ray Roderick

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

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

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    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
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  • 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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"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


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Performing Groups

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


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  • 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


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

Song Samples

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


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.


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James Hindman

James Hindman is an award winning playwright and actor. As a writer his New York credits include: POPCORN FALLS directed by two-time Tony Award Winner Christian Borle (Top Twenty Theatrical Moments of 2018), PETE 'N' KEELY (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations), THE AUDIENCE (Drama Desk nominatio ...

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Ray Roderick

Ray Roderick

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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