Christmas by the Book

by  Sandra Cowsill

Short Play, Comedy  /  8m, 8f, 8m or f, 8boy(s) or girl(s)

A stuffy hotel manager insists that her staff runs Christmas by the book, until an eccentric bunch shows her she's been reading the wrong book.

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Christmas by the Book

by  Sandra Cowsill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 8f, 8m or f, 8boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A stuffy hotel manager insists that her staff runs Christmas "by the book", until an eccentric bunch of visitors shows her she's been reading the wrong book. Published in Christmas By the Book and Other Plays

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    Lobby of an exclusive old hotel that has seen better days

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

8m, 8f, 8m or f, 8boy(s) or girl(s)

MRS. HIGBY - manager of Prestige Hotel
JOE - desk clerk
MARSHA - head of housekeeping
MAX - cook
TOM - choir leader
CARRIE - female choir member
1ST MAN - choir member
2ND MAN - choir member
1ST WOMAN - choir member
2ND WOMAN - choir member
MR. SMYTH-GOODWIN
MRS. SMYTH-GOODWIN
KRISTIN SMYTH-GOODWIN
SALLY ARMOR
MARK ARMOR
SENATOR ABERNATHY

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The hotel manager and staff, guests and visitors are open as to gender and age.  The number can be expanded or retracted given the performing bodies needs.

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Authors

Sandra Cowsill

Sandra Cowsill

Christmas by the Book was originally performed by Bethel Arts Music and Theatre Ministry of Bethel Life Center.

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