Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible Cast of about 30: 5 Male, 13 Female, All others M/F
Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast
Everyone has an important role in the play!
NOEL (M/F, 10 lines)
YULE (M/F, 12 lines)
ANGEL (M/F, 12 lines)
TINSEL (M/F, 11 lines)
STAR (M/F, 10 lines)
SNOW (M/F, 12 lines)
NIBBLES (M/F, 13 lines)
SQUEAKY (M/F, 13 lines)
SWEETIE-PIE (F, 13 lines)
CHEESE-HEAD (M/F, 19 lines)
NOSY (M/F, 17 lines)
SAM (M, 29 lines)
(F, Total of 59 lines)
CINDERELLA #1 (F, 20 lines)
CINDERELLA #2 (F, 10 lines)
CINDERELLA #3 (F, 13 lines)
CINDERELLA #4 (F, 17 lines)
SNAGGLE-BONES (Stepmother): (F, Total of 41 lines)
SNAGGLE-BONES #1 (F, 13 lines)
SNAGGLE-BONES #2 (F, 15 lines)
SNAGGLE-BONES #3 (F, 13 lines)
LULU-LOLLY (Stepsister) (F, 26 lines)
BELLA-BOMB (Stepsister) (F, 27 lines)
KING GRUMBLE-KNEES (M, 17 lines)
MISTER SNITWICK (King's Assistant) (M, 24 lines)
MISTER SEZ-SO (King's Assistant) (M, 23 lines)
FAIRY GODMOTHER/GODFATHER (M/F, 28 lines)
SANTA CLAUS/COACHMAN: (M/F, 9 lines)
MISS HOOTY-TOOT (F, 10 lines)
MISS PEEPER (F, 8 lines)
MISS FUSS-POT (F, 8 lines)
PRINCE CHARMING (M, 27 lines)
Christmas Roles for Every Cast Member!
Community Cultural Center, Tonasket WA
Written especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written for adults or professional actors to perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or complex language, and speeches too long for young children to memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter that may not be appropriate for children.
Easy to understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large parts (such as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz) among several performers so that no one child is the "star".
Familiar stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
Feel free to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big moment. Go ahead and tape away!
A NOTE FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
In the past few years we've seen a tremendous increase of confidence in the teachers we hear from. Most are finding it easier to let the process flow and worry less about the final product. I firmly believe that the experience will be best for all when you keep a few things in mind:
Free yourself from worry about whether or not it's "good". No one is paying big ticket prices; no one expects a Broadway success. The key to making this project meaningful is to put the emphasis on process; realize that rehearsal and practice are as much a part of the experience as the actual performance. Encourage fun and you will free the children from embarrassment and stress. If the kids can't learn the lines let them carry a script or use their own words to convey the character's message. If they seem to wander the stage, let them explore where they want to go - they might surprise you with a wonderful idea. In every aspect of the process give them the wings to create and think. Give them a comfortable, supportive place to go and their confidence and self-expression will soar!
Above all else, make sure you are having fun. If you've never directed a play before, don't worry. It's all just pretend -- you can't do it wrong! The quality of your experience is every bit as important as that of the children. You need the joy of self-expression too, that doesn't go away when we grow up. So give yourself a break. And when all else fails, laugh!
Thank you so much for choosing a A Christmas Cinderella. I hope you and your young friends have as much fun performing this play as I did writing it.
"Give them wings to create and think."
A Christmas Cinderella - Dance Sensations, Douglas MA
A CHRISTMAS CINDERELLA
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)
The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It also contains simple music to accompany the performers and audience as they sing the Christmas songs in the play (song cues shown below in red). It does not contain music and songs from the movie or stageplay. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
1. SILENT NIGHT (music only) (2:01)
2. SILENT NIGHT (1:09) [sample]
3. OH, WONDROUS EVENING (0:56) [sample]
4. OH, WONDROUS EVENING (0:36)
5. O CHRISTMAS TREE (1:13) [sample]
6. BRING THE TEA AND THE CUPS, CINDERELLA (0:38) [sample]
7. ROYAL FANFARE (0:30)
8. TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (1:14) [sample]
9. SAD MUSIC (0:29)
10. OH, WONDROUS EVENING (0:36) [sample]
11. SAD MUSIC, MAGIC WAND, CHIMES (1:05)
12. MAGIC WAND, CHIMES (0:24) [sample]
13. MAGIC WAND, CHIMES (0:24)
14. HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS (1:23)
15. MAGIC WAND, CHIMES, SANTA CLAUS (1:07)
16. DECK THE HALLS (1:59) [sample]
17. ROYAL FANFARE (0:30) [sample]
18. WALTZ, MAGIC WAND, CLOCK DONGS (2:07)
19. A SHOE A SLIPPER OR A BOOT (1:19) [sample]
20. SHOE MAGIC (0:23)
21. A SHOE A SLIPPER OR A BOOT (0:27) [sample]
22. JOY TO THE WORLD (0:43) [sample]
23. WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS (1:11)
24. MAGIC WAND (0:17)
25. MAGIC WAND, SANTA CLAUS (1:30)
26. JOY TO THE WORLD, WALTZ FINALE (3:03) [sample]
Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.
Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
( Sheet Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along, Karaoke, Sound Effects )
Love The Fun Comedy and Action!
Snagglebones Stepsister tries on the glass slipper!
Theatre Works, LLC of Stewartstown, PA
The School Play Package gives you the rights to add characters, lines, songs! You also have the rights to make a Video/DVD of your special performance!
A CHRISTMAS CINDERELLA
Whose foot fits the tiny shoe that was dropped at the Christmas Ball?
MISTER SEZ-SO: The Prince has ordered that every lady that was at the ball last night try on this shoe.
MISTER SNITWICK: If the shoe fits, the Prince will make you his bride.
SNAGGLE-BONES: Well what are you waiting for Bella-Bomb? Try on the shoe!
BELLA-BOMB: (To LULU-LOLLY.) Im sure it fits me to a tea.
(BELLA-BOMB throws off her shoe and sits, MISTER SNITWICK kneels at her feet. She struggles to fit her foot inside the shoe. It doesnt fit. CHORUS may make sound of descending slide whistle each time their effort fails.)
SNAGGLE-BONES: Lulu-lolly! I command you to fit your foot in that shoe this very instant!
(LULU-LOLLY gives BELLA-BOMB a smug look, sits. She tries to fit her foot in. It doesnt fit.)
Let me at that!
(SNAGGLE-BONES kneels, knocks MISTER SNITWICK away and shoves LULU-LOLLYs foot in the shoe.)
Push, girl, push!
LULU-LOLLY: I am!
SNAGGLE-BONES: Push harder!!
LULU-LOLLY: (To MISTER SNITWICK.) It fits! See? Its just a little tight is all.
(The shoe dangles from her toe. SNAGGLE-BONES groans and falls from exhaustion. CINDERELLA speaks up quietly.)
CINDERELLA: May I try it on?
BELLA-BOMB: You think you can fit the slipper?
SNAGGLE-BONES: (Laughing.) Thatll be the day!
(MISTER SNITWICK gestures for CINDERELLA to take a seat. She sits.)
MISTER SNITWICK: Madam?
(CINDERELLA puts her foot to the shoe.
SOUND CUE: Shoe Magic.
The CHORUS makes magical sounds with chimes and xylophone. The shoe fits and ALL gasp! SNAGGLE-BONES and BELLA-BOMB & LULU-LOLLY are agog, falling all over themselves, amazed. MISTER SNITWICK and MISTER SEZ-SO stand, amazed.)
MISTER SNITWICK & MISTER SEZ-SO: (Falling into a deep bow.) Princess.
(ALL PERFORMERS bow. SNAGGLE-BONES has to slap at the BELLA-BOMB & LULU-LOLLY to get them to bow. PRINCE CHARMING enters.
SOUND CUE: "The Coventry Carol". )
PRINCE CHARMING: (Singing.)
Suddenly I have found my true love
Suddenly Ive found my way
Oh, Lady, it is you I dream of
Say youll be mine Christmas day!
(PRINCE CHARMING also falls to one knee to ask her hand.)Cinderella. Will you marry me?
CINDERELLA: Yes, my prince. I will marry you.
(CINDERELLA stands and she and PRINCE CHARMING look deeply into each others eyes. MICE SWEETIE-PIE and SAM enter, creeping in.)
SWEETIE-PIE: Awe. Now aint that adorable?
SAM: (Dabbing his eyes with his tail.) Pathetical, I tell ya. Pathetical.
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