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The Holiday Surprise

William P. Johnson, Rosemary Willhide

Short Play, Melodrama  /  3f, 3m

* Part of the collection Mosley Street Melodramas, Vol. 2 

It's the day before Christmas and Santa is nowhere to be found. The residents of Goosebump, Alaska (the first town South of the North Pole) try to find a substitute. Only a Canadian Mountie can save the day!
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    30 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce, Fantasy, Christmas/Holiday, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
It's the day before Christmas and Santa is nowhere to be found. The residents of Goosebump, Alaska (the first town South of the North Pole) try to find a substitute. Only a Canadian Mountie can save the day!

* Part of the collection Mosley Street Melodramas, Vol. 2 

The laughs never stop with this collection of four Holiday themed Melodramas. No holds are barred as television favorites to some traditional Christmas classics get skewered in these light-hearted parodies. Each show has a diverse set of characters designed to put a modern spin on the spirit of the Melodrama. CHEER for the heroic, but frustrated Prairie Magician. BOO the villainous land baron with the hypnotic hairpiece, and OOH-AAH the four young single ladies adjusting to life in Manhattan (Kansas). These interactive Melodramas are simple to produce and appeal to all types of groups. Both cast and audience alike will have an uproariously good time!

History
The Holiday Surprise was first performed at Mosley Street Melodramas in Wichita, Kansas on November 19, 1998 under the direction of Mike Roark and Mike Borth.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Goosebump, Alaska. The first town south of the North Pole. The week before Christmas.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Casting

3f, 3m
Cast Attributes
MISS MAIZIE TANNENBAUM – Owner and operator of Tannenbaum Towers and Department Store. A character role.
PATTY POINSETTIA – Our heroine. She is a sweet girl, with pretty long hair, who works in the store.
SGT. TIMOTHY TINSEL – A little slow, but one of the finest members of the Canadian Mounted Police. He is our hero.
RASPUTIN VAN WASSAIL – A very bad man. He is our villain.
KATRINA HOT-COCKLES – The local chanteuse, who is our vamp.
MR. WOOPEE – The town drunk with a mysterious past. A character role.

Music

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

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Authors

Author

William P. Johnson

Author

Rosemary Willhide

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