PLAYS - Christmas


Just in Time

Another adventure for Father Christmas. The preparations for Christmas have taken their toll on Father Christmas and he is worn out. He has had so many important jobs to do: - there were visits from all the major toymakers, anxious to show him their latest and best inventions, there were the undercover trips to department stores to see what was being sold this year, there were the training sessions for all the 'shop santas' to make sure they were up to scratch.

So Mrs Christmas insists he has some rest before setting off on his most important task of all - the Christmas Delivery. She is so determined he will not be disturbed, she decides to lock the door to his room. Unfortunately, she misplaces the key, and, when it is time for Father Christmas to set off, he is trapped in his room, fast asleep. Christmas is saved by a mouse and a moth who combine to wake Santa and get him out.

A charming story for young children to act out. Narrators carry the bulk of the story. Father and Mrs Christmas have plenty to remember, but the rest are all one or two liners, and there are loads of opportunities for dressing up and movement. With four original and easy to learn songs, this play is guaranteed to please audience and performers alike.

Comments

"Another play - another triumph! Everybody, and I mean everybody was impressed - and who wouldn't be by such a magnificent performance by a group of Pre-Primary students. For Father Christmas and Mary Christmas to learn so many words was a tremendous feat. And there were children who had to be talked into giving speaking parts and go and truly believed they couldn't do it. It was wonderful to see them blossom and deliver their lines with confidence and enjoyment. A good time was had by all! A grandparent who was in the audience and has worked in early childhood for many years said that she has seen dozens of Pre-Primary concerts and that ours was the best that she has ever seen. Keep writing your terrific plays so that we can keep performing them.".

Liz Moynan Karrinyup, Perth, Western Australia - December 2010

"Thank you so much for writing us yet another box office triumph, but also for all your help putting the show together - it has been great fun!"

Barcombe Primary School East Sussex

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: at least 15

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

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A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't

The play was written for an Infant department, (5, 6 and 7 year old children), in a rural primary school and can involve from as few as 15 to as many as 50 children.

The main action in the play is described by narrators and there are simple one or two line speaking parts for some characters, and many opportunities for non-speaking, moving and dancing parts for others.

The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't is a story about a rather grumpy Father Christmas who takes a lot of persuading to go out into the cold to deliver presents.

Song – What’s All this Fuss About Christmas

In fact, when the play starts, Father Christmas, and his wife, Mary, are on holiday on a tropical island, and the locals don't want him to go back to the north pole.

Song - Stay Here, Don't Go

When Father Christmas eventually returns to his home in the north, there is trouble. The elves are not happy!

Song - Why Should We Work

Mary Christmas talks them round, but the problems are not all over yet. The reindeer have had too good a summer.

Song - Too Fat to Fly

Eventually Father Christmas and his reindeer and elves set off. They have to walk at first because the reindeer are unfit for flight. They spend the first night in a forest, where it is rather frightening.

Song - Deep in the Dark Night

Father Christmas sees a small hut and inside he sees a family preparing for Christmas. The scene that he watches makes him realise how selfish he has been, and how important Christmas is. So, with renewed vigour, and reindeer that have recovered and can now fly, Father Christmas sets off, and Christmas is saved.

Song- I've Found the Meaning of Christmas

Comments

..we had 6 days to put it together before our dress rehearsal. Thanks to your easily learnt songs and children who would ad lib we did it.Our staff were fantastic and parent comments said it was one of our best. Was it just fate that made me choose this? I don't know but thanks for supplying us with a script that worked so well. We involved 180 infant school children, yes we did add a few snowflakes to accomodate them all -- we even had a few inspectors checking on Santa's workshop, they passed the inspection I'm glad to say!

C Beeby Churchhill Infant School Leicestershire 12 Jan 2006

Hi Robert, Today was our big day and the children - who are only 5 and 6 years old performed magnificently. They loved doing it and loved the songs. The applause from the parents was deafening and I know they thoroughly enjoyed the play. The mother of Mrs Christmas has said that she has been thrilled with the growth in confidence in her daughter since she has been involved in the play and she has been reading it to her as a bedtime story every night. Thanks for a great play.

Liz Moynan, Karrinyup, Western Australia December 2007

Robert, Absolutely brilliant . Thanks for your prompt attention. You will have made some anxious teachers very happy.

Sue 7 November 2006

"It was a huge success especially as we added a twist - the parents and workers at our pre-school performed it to the children of the village and it went down a storm. So much so that we are having to put another show on this year and your adaptation of Snow White sounds just the ticket."

Burghclere Pre-School Nursery Newbury

"Many thanks for sending me the script. It's perfect for my young drama group"

Shoutabout Theatre Co. Dorking, Surrey.

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 35 minutes

Cast: at least 15

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Stay Here, Don't Go

song sample

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Special Gift

Bethlehem is crowded, all the inns and hotels are full. When Mary and Joseph call at an inn, the innkeeper's children, Jacob and Ruth, suggest the stable as a last resort. These two children then see the amazing events that follow - the visit of the shepherds, who describe angels telling them to find a new king - three foreign leaders who tell of following a star in the sky, which will take them to a king - and all these visitors are bringing presents for the new baby. Jacob and Ruth are despondent, they have no suitable gifts.... until they hit on a simple but deserving idea.

"THE SPECIAL GIFT" tells the story of Christmas through the eyes of a Roman Soldier who narrates, and the actions of the two children. It has four original, charming songs to illustrate the story, two major speaking parts (Jacob and Ruth), one part requiring a good reader (Roman Soldier) and smaller one line parts as well as opportunities for movement and dancing.

Age Range: 4 -7 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: At least 10

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Bethlehem wa a quiet City

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Sample Scene

The Stable of Stone

The Stable of Stone is a re-telling of the traditional nativity story. Written by Geraldine Smith, recently retired Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Brighton, it provides a beautifully simple framework which you can adapt or extend to suit your resources.

Narrators tell the story, and there are small speaking parts for a few characters, but opportunities for non-speaking acting, moving and dancing parts for others

The story starts with the Angel visiting Mary. The narrator then tells us how Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to take part in the census.

Song - We're On Our Way to Bethlehem

Mary and Joseph's search for accommodation is described and then the action moves to the hillside where shepherds are guarding their sheep.

Song - 1,2,3,4,

Next we see the Wise Men travelling to find the new king.

Song - I am the King

Finally a tableau is built up as the shepherds then the kings, then the Innkeepers join Mary Joseph and the new born baby in the stable while the final song is performed.

Song- May We Come In?

Comments

"Robert, I just wanted you to know that the Christmas play was a full success. We had a fun time practising and it turned out really nice. If I ever need another play I will definitely look at yours first. The response from the congregation has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you again and I wish you a very happy 2004"

Barbara Shober Wyoming, USA

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 35 minutes

Cast: At least 15

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

Song sample

I am the King of a wonderful land

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

Sophie's Christmas

a traditional nativity

Bethlehem is overflowing, all the hotels are full. The Roman soldiers are organising the census, people are crowding into the city from miles around and the Inn owners are rushed off their feet.

The play follows the fortunes of Sophie, a young girl who has been separated from the group she came with, and a couple, Mary and Joseph, who have struggled in from Nazareth.

Wherever she goes in the town, she finds no warmth or welcome. She is turned away from camp fires and from an inn where the publican is only interested in paying-over-the-top guests.

We follow the soldiers as they go out onto the hills to count the shepherds, and we stay with the publican who is making so much money, he is planning his summer holidays already.

The play ends with Mary and Joseph ensconced in the stable, then visited by Sophie, the shepherds and the Wise Men.

There are just two songs specially written, so there are opportunities for Christmas Carols of your choice to be added to the play.

Comments

"The Headteacher said it was the best Christmas performance the school had ever staged"

Mid Sussex Leader Dec 20 2001

Age Range: 8-11 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: 21 or more

Number of Songs: 2

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Scene Sample

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens's classic tale of greed and redemption adapted and dramatised for young children.

The playwright, Robert Smith, has used much of Dickens's own language to give children the feel and flavour of this much-loved classic.

The script has opportunities for expansion so that teachers could use it as an assembly say, or an end of term production.

Six brand new songs illustrate the story and introduce us to Scrooge, Jacob Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas To Come, before a rousing finale as Scrooge resolves to change his ways.

A perfect Christmas package.

Comments

Just what we need! I love the fact that you are keeping Dickens' language - the more the better I think for Y6 children as they can certainly cope with it. It is great. Just what we needed. Thank you very much.

Xanthe, Kent, October 2010

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: The play lasts about 20 minutes

Cast: Minimum 20, up to 40 maximum. Scrooge has the most to say.

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Script

£15.00 Piano scores

£4.99 CD

Samples

Mr Scrooge to You

The first song, depicting Scrooge's mean and unpleasant character

A Christmas Carol

Cast list, production notes and opening scene

Grimstone's Glory

A victorian Christmas melodrama

The play was written for year 5 and 6 pupils at a village primary school. It was featured in a Junior Education project on Victorians in September 1983 and it is suitable for any key stage 2 children as a Christmas production.

The play is set in England in the 1850s. Mr Grimstone is overmaster to a group of chimney sweeps. He is a hard cruel man with no spark of humanity. He has a strange habit of carrying a small box with him wherever he goes.

The play opens with one of the sweeps, Choke, being carried into the sweeps' garret after falling down a chimney and injuring himself. When Grimstone discovers this, he throws Choke out on the streets.

In his place, Grimstone introduces Twister, an orphan sold to him by the boy's greedy aunt. To cheer him and themselves up, the sweeps hold an imaginary banquet which is broken up by the irate Grimstone.

Twister is terrified at the prospect of climbing chimneys and when forced to do so runs away. Grimstone and the sweeps mount a search and eventually corner Twister. In the hubbub Grimstone is knocked over and drops his curious box. Out falls a miniature picture which breaks. Grimstone appears distraught and returns home.

The sweeps discover that the picture is of his wife, Dulcie. Inside is a newspaper cutting from which they learn that Grimstone's wife and their son died on Christmas Eve some years ago.The sweeps had always believed that Dulcie had been hanged for thieving.

The sweeps decide to spend the money they had scraped together for a Christmas dinner, on repairing the picture.

On Christmas Eve, Grimstone resolves to be stricter than ever and orders the sweeps to work on Christmas day. They give him the repaired picture and his heart melts.

The final scene is on Christmas day. The sweeps enter in darkness. Grimstone appears and the room lights up to reveal a great feast and he proclaims himself a changed man. He leaves and returns almost at once with Choke, whom he has sought and found. The play ends amid much rejoicing.

Comments

"Junior School pupils have been playing to packed houses in the Village Hall this week with Grimstone's Glory, a gripping Victorian melodrama. Son of Scrooge, grandson of Fagin, the sweepmaster Grimstone casts the populace into gloom and despondency with his evil ways, but as Christmas approaches the villain mellows, sees the light and everyone lives happily ever after".

Sussex Courier

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 15

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Choke's Lament

A young sweep is injured, and will never work again

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Gnaughty Gnome

The play was written for year 5 and 6 pupils at an urban primary school. It is suitable for key stage 2 children as a Christmas production.Father Christmas and his two helpers, Sally and Tom are getting ready for Christmas. Father Christmas isn't very keen, and when he hears that the Gnaughty Gnome wants to take over the Christmas present delivery service, he is only too happy to retire. However, after much persuasion and cajoling from Sally and Tom, he agrees to carry on.They set out on Christmas Eve, but they haven't gone far when they are hijacked by a Gnaughty Gnome magic spell. Father Christmas and the reindeer fall asleep and cannot be woken. Sally and Tom are unaffected, but at a loss to know what to do.From out of nowhere appears a young fairy, Estella, who offers to help. She has only limited powers of magic, but she is able to bring four toys to life to help the children. And so, Action Man, Sindy Doll, Teddy Bear and Rag Doll appear in life to track down the Gnaughty Gnome and m ake him change his spell.

Estella can perform one more spell - instant transport - and she sends the band off to the place where the Gnaughty Gnome has been most recently.

The place turns out to be Nursery Rhyme Land and our intrepid band soon discover that it is the Gnaughty Gnome who is responsible for all the things that go wrong there: he pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall, he stole Bo Peep's sheep, he put the pussy down the well. With this information the children and toys set off in pursuit.

With Teddy's insight and Action Man's laser vision they catch up with Gnaughty on the hill where Jack and Jill met with such misfortune, and soon capture him. All attempts to force Gnaughty to change his spell are useless, and it is left to Rag Doll, who tricks him into giving her the antidote, to put things right.

Back at the north pole Father Christmas is restored to consciousness the children are re-united with him and the toys return to his sack. Unaware that anything untoward has happened, Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents and Christmas is saved.

The last song can be displayed for audience participation and the words in verse 3 altered to suit the location and personnel involved in the performance.

Comments

"Captivating and original new pantomime. It really was a clever package - in fact I enjoyed it more than a professional panto."

Kent and Sussex Courier

"I purchased the Gnaughty Gnome from you last year and my pupils thoroughly enjoyed it."

Primary School Teacher, Edinburgh, Scotland 2004

"Thanks for sending the script. I've read it over and I think it's an excellent choice for my group of students"

Elementary School Counsellor, Nevada November 2003

"I wish to repeat the play of the Gnaughty Gnome, which was carried out very successfully three years ago."

Primary School Rhyl 2005

"Hi Robert, Just thought you would like to know that 'The Gnaughty Gnome' play which you supplied went down a real treat just before Christmas"

Primary School Dorset

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 25

Number of Songs: 5

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

The Action Man Song

"Hands up, I got you covered"

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A play by Robert Smith