ISBN: 978-1-61588-368-4
Type: One Act
Genres: Comedy, Classics
Themes: Classic Adaptations, Play Within A Play
Duration: 50 minutes
Speaking Cast: 10 females, 8 males (18 total cast)
SYNOPSIS: Loosely based on Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” scrooge-like Oscar DeWilder is a scathing theatre critic whose reviews are feared throughout the theatre world. He is just as cruel to his housekeeping staff and Claire, his lovely niece. They decide to teach him a lesson, a la Dickens. Claire is engaged to one of the Piccadilly Players, an acting troupe recently lambasted by DeWilder so they need little encouragement to lend their somewhat dubious talents to this worthy cause. Davidson Harley (the modern Jacob Marley) appears and warns DeWilder that he'll be visited by three spirits, each with attitude! The Spirits of Valentines Present, Past and Future appear and revive a few ghosts from DeWilder's past to teach him a lesson he'll never forget. Set, lighting, and costume requirements are minimal. Violence and weapon-free.
Linkhorne Middle School
Lynchburg, VA
Nimitz Academy
San Antonio, TX
Westview High School Theatre Department
Martin, TN
Founders Hall Middle School Drama Club
Mckeesport, PA
Coupeville Middle/High School
Coupeville, WA
Palacios High School
Palacios, TX
As fond as I am of "A Christmas Carol," after so many productions every year, it's a bit like the ubiquitous holiday fruitcake. So I created a play very loosely based on Dickens' famous story with characters easily recognizable from the original. Since "Showtime" isn't directly tied to the Christmas theme, it can be produced at any time of year. I also wanted to create a play within a play, and so there is the acting troupe and its eccentricities and rivalries and there is the DeWilder haunting. The one-act version came about when I needed to direct a short play that could be produced in a few weeks with minimal sets. It was hugely successful because the actors had such fun creating the characters.
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