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Twas the Night Before Christmas


Inspired by the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clark Moore
Book & lyrics by Catherine Bush
Music by Mandy Williams
Cast Size: 6 (3M, 3W) when doubling;
14 (7M, 7W) when not doubling
Clem a hardworking newspaper writer
Catherine Clem's Wife
Peter Clem's Son
Mary Clem's Daughter
Mr. Van Buren the owner of the Chronicle
Candy Seller sells sugar plums
Newsboy hawks the Chronicle
Santa Claus jolly old St. Nicholas
Policeman a beat cop
Sugar Plum Fairy helps Santa load the stockings
Four Reindeer flying reindeer who pull Santa’s sleigh
Dasher
Prancer
Comet
Blitzen
Note:
Policeman/Clem
Candy Seller/Sugar Plum Fairy/Comet*
Mary/Dasher*
Beggar/Van Buren/Santa Claus
Peter/Blitzen*
Newsboy/Catharine/Prancer*
* Each Reindeer represents his partner – i.e. Dasher represents Dasher and Dancer, etc.

Synopsis

Christmas Eve, 1823. Things aren’t looking good for Clem Moore, a hardworking newspaper writer at the New York Chronicle. His wife needs an expensive operation in order to survive – but instead of advancing him the money, Clem’s boss gives him an impossible assignment: to write the best Santa Claus story ever. Clem, who considers Santa Claus a ridiculous idea, puts aside his cynicism for one moment and wishes on the Christmas Star. What follows is a night of magic that not only changes Clem’s life forever, but how the whole world celebrates Christmas.

One Act
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour

Production History

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was first produced in 2013 by the Barter Players (Abingdon, VA), Katy Brown, Artistic Director.