Ken Ludwig's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

by  Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

“A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!.” - Maryland TheatreGuide
The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season!

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Ken Ludwig's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

by  Ken Ludwig

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Ken Ludwig's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." But wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say "Merry Christmas!", we're off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer. Don't miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!
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Reviews

“A momentum and ebullience worthy of the Pixar era animate this world-premiere play, whose story line involves a heist, a duel with rapiers, some hip-hop, a squirt gun, a perilous airplane flight and an elf’s stint as a secret agent.” - The Washington Post

“Such a playful spirit romps through 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, you might think the show itself was a product of Santa’s workshop.” - The Washington Post

“A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!...This journey is an exciting one that I guarantee your children will love! Put some tickets in your kids’ Christmas stockings. It will make a great holiday gift.” - Maryland TheatreGuide


Videos

  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: In the text of the play, the action begins in a house in Vermont; however each production can be set locally.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 2f
SIR GUY OF GISBOURNE / UNCLE BRIERLY
AMOS / AMOS OF KANSAS
EMILY
CALLIOPE / BRITANNIA SNEED
MULCH / SANTA CLAUS / WENDELL SNEED
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting

Casting Notes

Amos and Amos of Kansas are boy mice and were played by an actor in the original production. They could, however, be played by an actress, as a trouser role – still boy mice, but played by a woman. So the cast is either 3 female and 2 male, or 2 female and 3 male.

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Authors

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and over twenty languages. He has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony-winning play Lend Me A Tenor, was called " ...

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'Twas The Night Before Christmas debuted at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Maryland, on November 20, 2011.

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