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DOC   A Dickens Of A Christmas
Author  Nick Conti (bio)
Cast: 9+M 9+F
Time: 40 minutes
Set: Simple one room
Script (Min 18 needed)$6.00Purchase
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Charles Dickens in his current state has decided to pay tribute to his Lovable-Living-Literary Characters; who have a life of their own, if only in our imaginations. So he sees fit in this short comedy, "A Dickens of a Christmas," to honor them and himself by throwing a Christmas Reunion Banquet, in which some of the key characters from his stories appear.

In the play you'll find engaging characters from "A Christmas Carol," "Nicholas Nickleby," and "Oliver." While the Reunion proves a huge success with people overjoyed (usually) to see each other.

Except when Auntie (Anti) Christmas; the Evil Version of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, makes an unexpected un-social call, while harboring in her black soul, plans to destroy Mr. Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas!

But with the aid of Tiny Tim's goodness; plus an assist from his crutch-like-wand, manage to ward off Evil Auntie (Anti).

While a special incantation takes care of the effects of Moon Glow Dust. That Midge, that Evil Dwarf sprinkled on some guests to rekindle forbidden love. And thus saved from destruction is Mr. Dickens Legacy, his stories, characters and the very Spirit of Christmas!...

Ah! But there's a fly in this Dickens' Soup! For suddenly due to the unneighborly complaints of suspicious things occurring there! Of people in strange outfits coming and going, and of loud Christmas Music---of all things!

Two stalwart cops arrive in their midst. Then when the coppers hear that the Olde Mansion has been rented for the occasion by Mr. Charles Dickens, whom they think, they've heard of; figure they're all Nuts here, so it's time to vacate the premises. Before they vacate they're invited to recreate, "to tarry awhile, have some Punch and munch!" -Which for a very nervously, short time they do, but then figure it's time to do the Gallant thing and Shuffle Off to Buffalo, right out the door! Singing as they go! Inviting everyone to join in the Singing as they exit!---

Suddenly a Booming announcement is heard! "The Christmas Banquet is now being served!" As the cast marches off to the Banquet Hall, encouraging the audience to join in again singing, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." Etc. With the children lagging behind on stage hamming it up and singing the last few lyrics of, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" while making joyful music (noise) on their tambourines. Then exit finally as the lights begin to fade to--- Blackout! While Recorded Music of, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," Continues as the Audience Joyously Happy, and in the Best of Christmas Spirits;

"Shuffles Off to Buffalo Merrily up the Aisles!"