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A Colonial Christmas

by Gillette Elvgren
  • 110 Minutes
  • 9 Males, 4 Females, Max Cast 20+, Min Cast 16

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A full-length holiday comedy by Gillette Elvgren with a large cast and possible doubling.
In A Colonial Christmas, the Hartley family has decided to downsize the holidays which seem to have lost their significance. However. an old barrel organ is a portal to  Christmas in Revolutionary days  for a renewal of faith and the Christmas spirit.  Great for community theaters and church audiences.

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  • Review Script 11.00 Watermarked PDF Download
  • Class/Group Study Pack 90.00 Production Script PDF
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  • Multi-Copy PDF 80.00 Printable Production Script PDF

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Play Details

Overview

The Hartley’s have decided to minimize Christmas this year — too much trouble, and even though they just happen to live in Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania, they have seemingly lost their historical and faith roots. Grandma Goldie, however, is determined to bring them back.

Through the use of a magical old barrel organ this comically dysfunctional family is transported back to Christmas Eve, 1776, where they meet up with General George Washington as he is considering crossing the Delaware.

They ‘catch the spirit’ of Revolutionary times, and when they return to the present they decide to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Carolers, mummers, dancing and ensemble singing fill out this delightful tribute to the Christmas spirit by Gillette Elvgren.

From the Play

Script Extract:

Cast: Norman Hartley . . . . . . . . . . The father, late forties

Maureen Hartley. . . . .. . . . . . . . . The mother, late forties.

Tina Hartley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 year old daughter.

Jerry Hartley.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 year old teen son.

Goldie Hartley . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . Grandmother

Ted Parkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adult Neighbor

Alice Parkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adult Neighbor

Turk . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mid twenties,

Tina’s boyfriend. Also plays a mummer.

James Gruber . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . eighteen, Salvation Army worker

George Washington . . . . . . . .. . . . . as stated.

James Monroe . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . played by actor playing Salvation

Army worker.

Jeremy Hartley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . drummer boy, fifteen

Ebenezer Mather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . played by actor playing Ted

Four Carolers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . also play Mummers.

The front door opens and the HARTLEY family mobs through the door, loaded with unwrapped presents. MAUREEN first, followed by her two teenage kids, TINA, in spiked hairdo and JERRY, with his jeans almost around his knees. Finally NORM. Bringing up the rear is Grandma GOLDIE, standing in the doorway, the snow still falling on her, watching the scene unfold. It’s Christmas Eve. Lights up. Everyone is talking.

TINA: (On cell phone.) I can’t hear. Would everyone please shut-up.

MAUREEN: I’ll settle for ‘please be quiet’ young lady.

TINA: (On phone.) You’re where. . .?

NORMAN: Who’s she talking to?

JERRY: The Turk. On his hog. Comin’ this-a-way.

MAUREEN: It’s Christmas Eve. Tell him to . . . to. . .

NORMAN: It’s no use.

TINA: He’ll be here in ten minutes.

JERRY: Yeah, I’ll bet he smelled the turkey.

MAUREEN: There is no turkey.

JERRY: And no mince pie, right? Causa we gotta ze pizza pie!

(He starts to open Pizza but MAUREEN takes it away from him.)

TINA: Shhh. He wants to know if we’re going to watch A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

NORMAN: On our T.V.?

TINA: He never misses it. And, he’s got presents for everyone.

MAUREEN: Oh great, what’ll we give him? This year we’re not. . .

JERRY: Give him a can of Pennzoil.

NORMAN: What’s he doing driving a motorcycle in the middle of winter? It’s snowing.

(He kicks the door shut. No one notices GOLDIE standing in the doorway. MAUREEN sticks a pre-fab bow on a shovel handle.)

MAUREEN: Which reminds me. Here, merry Christmas.

NORMAN: For me? (Somewhat sarcastic.) Surprise!

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