Stories set in the winter season are somehow always wistful or hopeful, dealing with reflections of the year gone by and the promise of spring to look forward to. Every year, theater guilds across the country bring these delightful tales to life through performances that coincide with the coldest season of the year.
This coming winter, your own theater company might want to mount a production based onsome of these titles. As you will learn, these include classic ones that have enchanted people for generations, as well as novel ones that have recently become popular.
A Christmas Carol –Set in 19th-century London,A Christmas Carol focuses on Ebenezer Scrooge, a sour and stingy old money-lender who hates Christmas and anything that isn’t related to wealth. Because of his personality and life choices, Scrooge does not have any close ties with friends or family.
One Christmas Eve, three time-traveling spirits visit Scrooge: the candle-like Ghost of Christmas Past, the merry Ghost of Christmas Present, and the silent Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Through his encounter with these spirits, he learns what is truly important in life.
This classic Christmas tale written by Charles Dickens is sure to touch the hearts of many. As the story features several changes in settings, creating the necessary stage backdrops may get difficult and time-consuming. Consider renting from professional custom backdrop companies like Grosh to save time.
The Nightmare Before Christmas –Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated musical film centers around Jack Skellington, a resident of the monster-filled Halloween Town. Jack is the Pumpkin King of the town and is in charge of organizing the annual Halloween celebration. Having grown tired of the same holiday year after year, Jack wanders into the woods in search of something new. There, he stumbles upon seven doors leading to towns that represent different holidays. The one that intrigues him the most is the festive and bright Christmas, a holiday that is the complete opposite of Halloween. Jack’s obsession with Christmas leads to a whole host of complicated and disastrous events.
With catchy songs and fun dance numbers, as well as a cast of interesting characters in quirky costumes, The Nightmare Before Christmas is sure to delight spectators with its unique take on Christmas and Halloween.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King –During Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum household, young Marie (also known as Clara in the ballet adaptation) and her brother, Fritz, receive many presents. Marie’s attention, however, is captured by a small nutcracker.
Later that night, while Marie is still playing with her nutcracker, the grandfather clock begins to chime. Suddenly, mice come dashing out beneath the floorboards, including the Mouse King. Much to the surprise of Marie, the toys in the house also come alive to battle the mice, with the nutcracker leading the forces.
The beloved story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffman has been adapted into a ballet and numerous film versions. If your theater group wishes to perform this story, you can choose to follow the original narrative without musical numbers or the ballet version with composition by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Frozen –Released in 2013,Frozen is an Academy Award-winning animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Studios starring the voices of Kristen Bell, IdinaMenzel, and Jonathan Groff. This movie tells the story of sisters Anna and Elsa, the two princesses of the Kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa, the older sister, is born with the ability to create and manipulate ice and snow. But as she grows up, Elsa realizes that her powers can hurt others. This leads to Elsa isolating herself from her dear sister and the people around her.
When Elsa loses control of her powers on her coronation day, she runs away in fear of being labeled a monster. Anna, wanting to mend her relationship with her sister, sets off to find and bring Elsa back home.
For your theater musical, the movie’s iconic song “Let it Go” will get your audience singing along. But to get this scene right, you’ll need to bring the ice palace setting to life. Consider renting one of these Disney Castle backdrops from Grosh.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas –Written in 1857 by Theodor Geisel or better known as Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!is a popular Christmas story that’s been adapted into numerous movie adaptations. The most popular adaptation is perhaps the 2000 live-action film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a friendless and grouchy green creature with a heart “two sizes too small.” Unlike the merry Whos of Whoville, the Grinch despises Christmas because of unhappy memories.
The bitter Grinch lives in a cave on Mount Crumpit, an isolated place far from Whoville. His sole companion is his loyal dog, Max. Theplot revolves around the Grinch’s plan to “steal” Christmas by taking the presents and food of the Whos. A story with a valuable Christmas message, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!isa tale that will touch the hearts of many.
While all these titles are great choices that your group can perform this winter season, the quality of your show will still depend on your team’s effort and dedication.But with careful planning, continuous practice,and teamwork coupled with passion, you are sure to present a show worthy ofpraise and applause.