YULETIDE TALL TALES
A play for family audiences in one act By John Hardy
The play can be performed with as few five actors and as many as twenty.
If desired, the playwright can supply a cast breakdown for five actors.
Sets, costumes and props should be minimal. The play runs approximately
forty five minutes.
If desired, the playwright has, in his repertoire, two or three playlets
that can be "Christmasized" and added to this play to extend the running
time to approximately one hour and twenty minutes.
About the Play
This wild, whacky, and, at times, touching play is guaranteed
to entertain all ages, from kindergarten to adults. The play
consists of three Christmas stories and between each of them,
a theatrical episode of the well-known poem, Twas the Night
Before Christmas, told in the context of a television news
reporter broadcasting the breaking story of a visit from Santa
Claus. The three stories that make up the play are:
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER: The animals of Forestburg
are in for a sad Christmas. For several years now Santa
Claus has not been able to find their out-of-the-way village.
Rudolph appears, having left his home after being made fun
of because of his red nose. He has been studying directional
analysis and has become a leading expert on the subject.
The animals of Forestburg persuade Rudolph to journey to the
North Pole and direct Santa to their village. Rudolph covers
his nose, to avoid further humiliation, and upon arriving at
the North Pole, he participates in a series of "reindeer
games" which will determine the fittest reindeer for sled
pulling. During the "games", Rudolph's nose is exposed.
Santa realizes the unique value of Rudolph's nose and asks
Rudolph to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve. Rudolph guides
Santa's sleigh and returns to the village of Forestburg much
to the delight of its furry inhabitants.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE: A World War II era story. A young Samuel
and his father plant a fir tree every year so that one day,
Samuel will be able to cut it down for his family Christmas tree.
This particular tree is special. The whole town notices its
beauty. It seems to provide the best shade in the summer and
warmth in the winter. Samuel proposes to Angela beneath that
tree and then soon after he is called to serve in the Army.
After parachuting behind enemy lines he finds protection from
a tree much like his own. He survives behind the protection
of that tree and returns to his life back home where he and
Angela start a family of their own. He cuts down that tree
and later makes a table out of its wood. Food never tasted
better than when served on that table, made from the wood of
Samuel's tree, and that table hosts many a Christmas dinner
for years to come.
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS: Gloria's family is a bit
weird. Her parents, Fred and Ginger, fancy themselves dancers.
On their annual trip to Grandma's house for Christmas dinner,
they stop their horse-drawn-sleigh at the skating rink for some
hockey and ice dancing. After another stop at the Christmas
Ball, where everyone dances to Christmas music, they continue
on to Grandma's house. But unfortunately, the horse does not
know the way. Lost and frightened, they are held captive by
Buster Bad, an embittered poet who lost his love on Christmas
Eve many years ago. Gloria befriends Buster who then accompanies
the family to Grandma's house, only to learn that Grandma is
his long lost love. The happy reunion makes this the best
Christmas ever. All dance in celebration.
- First two performances: $50 each
- Subsequent performances: $30 each