The Trouble with the Christmas Presents

by  Mary P. Hamlin

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f, 4m or f

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The Trouble with the Christmas Presents

by  Mary P. Hamlin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 4m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The night before Christmas a young married couple frets about the presents they've selected for their friends and family. After they've gone to sleep, the presents come to life to talk about the ups and downs of being a present - the anxiety of being wanted or not, being the dreaded present passed around year after year. A nostaligic short play from 1931. Sweet, endearing, and perfect for all audiences.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1930s
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The night before Christmas. The living-room in the home of a young married couple of moderate income and good taste.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3m, 3f, 4m or f
FRED CARTER - a young business man.
JULIA CARTER - his young and pretty wife.
CALENDAR
NECKTIE
DOLL
CLOCK
GIRL BOOK-END
BOY BOOK-END
PINCUSHION
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Flexible casting

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Authors

Mary P.  Hamlin

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