A Christmas Pudding II
by David Birney
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 3f
"David Birney's adaptation is an evening of song, poetry and stories that celebrates the spiritual dimensions of the season...from a diverse array of classic and modern texts, punctuated with musical interludes...[The] tone ranges from lighthearted w…
A Christmas celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Frank McCourt, Emily Dickinson, Mollie Birney, A. J. Carothers, David Birney, George Washington, Rainer Maria Rilke, Lord Tennyson and many others, mixed with a host of Christmas music from Mozart to traditional carols and holiday songs.
This piece provides a perfect evening to warm hearts, stir memories and laughter. A joyful introduction to the holiday.
"David Birney's adaptation is an evening of song, poetry, comic and otherwise, and stories that celebrate the spiritual dimensions of the season...from a diverse array of classic and modern texts, punctuated with musical interludes...[The] tone ranges from lighthearted whimsy to solemn reflection...humorous, wry...lighthearted...This is definitely a Christmas show...one [whose] openhearted sentiments send a message that's reassuringly inclusive." - The Los Angeles Times"
A calorie-laden Christmas Pudding in Los Altos... a place to jump-start your holiday spirit as we enter the gratitude season of the year." - The Daily News, Los Altos, California
KeywordsChildhood, Christianity, Friendship, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Religion, War
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Two podiums or stands from which to read, one on either side of the stage. A space for the Consort between the two stands. The evening is about story and song. Not complicated and unnessary staging.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Chorus Size: Medium
Actors create characters that are appropriate for the selected pieces, playing a variety of ages and types; with actors reading every age, old and young, and every type. But, as in any good show, the characters must be done well! The single requirement is to make the piece work, whether it's by Dickens or George Washington. The poem or story or recipe - there's a wonderful recipe for Fruitcake which is never finished because the "chef" finally passes out - must be well played.
Singers can number two to six or more. Whatever works for your situation. The music, should be chosen for your singers, their experience and training, from classical choral pieces to traditional carols, solos, duets, blues, spirituals; what is best for you and your "Consort" or soloist.
- Not Applicable
The Pudding ensemble includes four to six actors, two to three women, a range of ages, 20-35, 35-50, 50+. And two to three men same age ranges. Ideally all should be able to handle challenging texts. Most require a level of skill, and ability to do a character. Director's judgement.
A Christmas Pudding II, the second Pudding, was published several years after the first A Christmas Pudding was performed. Various versions of A Christmas Pudding have been performed, and joyfully received over the past 18 years in Los Angeles with proceeds benefitting People Assisting the Homeless.