Plays for Young Audiences
Script Catalog
Search Categories
Order Perusals
Script Licensing
Join our Mailing List
Featured Playwrights
Featured Composers
Synopsis Newsletter
Links
About PYA
Staff & Contacts
Promotions
Script Catalog
  List 

Illustration by Lydia Fusco.


Title
The Night Before Christmas

Creators
Charles Way, playwright

Details

60 pgs. 3 female, 3 male
Originally produced by Polka Theatre, UK, in 2001
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+

Synopsis

Jimmy is living with his grandparents, and they are all dealing with the loss of Jimmy’s father (and their son) while Jimmy’s mother has gone to fight in the war for her husband. Nights are cold, there is little to eat, and they constantly have to run to the shelter to avoid air raid bombings. It seems a distant memory when anyone could really celebrate Christmas.

When Jimmy rescues a woman from the rubble, his whole world is turned upside down, again. The rescued woman insists that she is the wife of Father Christmas, and that Jimmy must help her rescue him from the dubious Frost. Jimmy defeats Frost with his forgiveness and warmth, and with his friends, manages to save Christmas.

“Charles Way’s story sparkles like frost on window, keeping the young enthralled and providing much for the adults to laugh at.” – The Stage, UK

“An impressive new play by Charles Way for everyone over six…Its message, that the warm glow of Christmas is fuelled by optimism and kindness, is delivered with such style it’s bound to put you in the festive mood.” – Time Out, UK

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.


Click »here for a PDF excerpt. (Adobe Acrobat is required)

Script Catalog    Order Perusals    Licensing Info
A partnership between Seattle Children's Theatre and The Children's Theatre Company-Minneapolis.
©2006 Plays for Young Audiences. Questions? Call 612.872.5108 or email us.
Site Search | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use

Bookmark and Share