A Christmas Pudding
by David Birney
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 3f
"A Christmas Pudding...touches old feelings that speak to the real
spirit of Christmas...a Dickensian Pudding in the great tradition of
surprise and transformation that touches the great spirit...of the
Season...wonderful" - Los Angeles Times
A Christmas evening unlike any other - music you won't hear in any department store or elevator, stories and poems by writers both comic and profound, some of the great writers both past and present, that will touch your soul and heart. An evening to stir memories and share laughter in the great bond of our holiday season.
A Christmas Pudding provides a perfect full evening of entertainment to warm hearts, stir memories and provoke laughter during the holiday season. First produced in Los Angeles nearly 20 years ago A Christmas Pudding has been reconceived and performed each Christmas since, in the great tradition of surprise and transformation of the season.
A Christmas celebration in song, story, and poetry; tales by Mark Twain, G. B. Shaw, Shakespeare, Longfellow Emily Dickinson, St. Luke and many others collected with a host of traditional carols and holiday songs. This piece provides a perfect evening to warm hearts, stir memories and give laughter during the holiday season.
Full length. And evening's entertainment. Dramatic with comedy and music.
"David Birney's adaptation is an evening of song, poetry and stories that celebrate the spiritual dimensions of the season...from a diverse array of classic and modern texts, punctuated with musical interludes...This is definitely a Christmas show...its openhearted sentiments send a message that's reassuringly inclusive." –Los Angeles Times
"A calorie-laden "Christmas Pudding"...its a place to jump start your holiday spirit as we enter the gratitude season of the year." The Daily News Los Altos
"A Christmas Pudding.. touches old feelings that speak to the real spirit of Christmas...A Dickensian Pudding in the great tradition of surprise and transformation that touches the great spirit...of the Season....wonderful! A Tasty 'Pudding' " - Los Angeles Times
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Two stands or pulpits from which to read, church interior would work, stage or auditorium as well. Chorus between the two stands or podiums. Seated, to stand when they sing. Blend of readings and songs, with no break for applause, simply moving quickly to the next piece. As formal as a church or informal as a hall or space that becomes what you make it. Costume from formal evening clothes to simple holiday dress.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Ensemble cast
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
Chorus, one to three males, and one to three females, of various ages. Ideally with a range to enable them to handle a variety of material and characters in situations that are comic or straightforward, poetic, or that deal with memories of those we've loved and lost. The number of singers and the choice of music depends completely on the talent and training and time available. The choice of music should begin with this thought: Make it rich and challenging or make it simple, but make it work. Solos, duets, a chorus of four or more singers - males and female. What you will. Call it a Consort, a choir, or a trio or duet. This piece is an anthology of characters, so performers ideally should be capable of a wide variety of styles and characters. Demanding but tremedous fun. Should be played by flexible, talented actors. Performers who, if appropriate, can play range of ages.