Turn back the clock with this nostalgic slice of old-time radio theatre drama!
Sean: A Christmas cliffhanger serial adventure!
Jack: With commercial advertisements!
Hope: And music!
Wiley: Don’t forget the sound effects!
Cassidy: And maybe even a weather report!
Announcer: Places everyone! WPWP Radio Theatre is on-the-air!
And with that line, a minimum cast of nine actors transport the imaginations of church, school, or community theatre audiences to a 1940’s radio station for a special broadcast of The Adventures of Marshall Mission: Christmas Takes a Holiday.
Miss Frieda is swept up in the Hustle and Bustle of the Christmas season, carried away into the chaotic clutches of the vile Ebenezer Frenzy! Now, she’s locked up in Turmoil Tower, fed by Fear and Anxiety on the Treadmill of Trials. Only her neighbor, Marshall Mission, Janitor Man, and his faithful assistant Brillo Boy, have the arsenal of soaps and dust-busters necessary to sponge away her confused state of mind and heart. But, Filth and Foul are afoot bringing clutter and calamity. How will Marshall Mission overpower the enemy and set her clean free to share and celebrate the true Reason for the Christmas Season?
This entertaining and inspiring one-act comedy keeps the laughs coming with a three episode Marshall Mission cliffhanger story sponsored by hilarious commercial products like Heavenly House Coffee and the Manna Mix Baking Company. Ensemble acting makes this a great drama choice for youth groups and students grades five and up.
Soaked in biblical principles and metaphorical references to Scripture, this entertaining campy-comedy, filled with clever puns and far too much alliteration, instructs and inspires family audiences. Deeper life spiritual truths are powerfully evident within the context of this encouraging—if not unconventional—look at spiritual warfare.
Christians are reminded to focus on the person and promises of Christ when assailed by the stress fractures of holiday season “frenzy,” or the trials and turmoil in the world at large.
We leave the theatre with our hearts lifted and minds engaged, pondering God’s truths. Parents and children further their “take-away” from the drama with constructive conversation about important aspects of their faith and the choices they make–family literacy.
Simple sets, costumes, and props make production achievable for limited budgets, allowing the director more time to invest in grooming student performances. The play requires a minimum cast of nine–3M, 3F, 3M/F–but can be broken up to accommodate more students.
BONUS Director Tools assist your efforts to mount a successful show. Production Notes and Study Guide materials are included in the Director’s Script Edition to make this play a valuable academic asset including:
Set & Prop Checklist ~ Suggestions for props and silly hats. Some of the props/hats are required, some may be customized for your group and availability. They will be noted as such on the checklist.
Music ~ Tunes are designed for an electronic keyboard with student performers. Sheet music for the original tunes are included plus itemized direction for acquiring the music for other tunes mentioned in the script.
Costumes ~ Keeping things vintage/retro—suggestions are made for recreating mid-20th century fashions and hats.
Miscellaneous Helps ~ Tips for memorizing lines, ministering to your cast as a director in a discipleship focused style, and more–use your Drama Ministry as a discipleship tool.
Vocabulary Enrichment ~ Necessary for all student casts as some of the vocabulary and pronunciation may be challenging.
Bible Study ~ Scriptures and biblical principles touched upon within the context of the story are noted for research and discussion.
History of Radio Academic Assignments ~ Use the prologue lines to teach the history of radio via student research, essay, display projects, and discussion.
SCRIPT & ROYALTY FEES
The rights to produce The Adventures of Marshall Mission: Christmas Takes a Holiday are available to you via script and royalty written contract, and per appropriate fees paid. Permission must be granted by the author and Pageant Wagon Publishing.
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