The Christmas Skates
A pair of skates leads to a lesson about the true holiday spirit.
Show Essentials
4
Roles
PG
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

Tom and his sister Judy come home from school and are thrilled to start Christmas vacation! (“Prologue/Now is the Time”). Tom can’t wait for all his presents, but Mom, Dad, and Judy remind him this is also a time for giving to others. Still, Tom begs his parents to let him open one gift early. Although there are still several days until Christmas, Mom and Dad relent and let them open “just one.” To Tom’s delight, he gets a pair of Jolly Ramblers ice skates.

After almost forgetting to thank his parents, Tom heads out to practice with his new skates (“Brand Spankin’ New”). Tom’s friends, Annie and Rachel, invite him to come skate with them (“Extraordinary Day (Part 1)”). They run into Ralph, who has a the “hottest new model” of skates, Club House Skates. Tom’s pride is wounded. Ralph is about to join them in skating (“Extraordinary Day (Part 2)”) when Tom decides to go home. Tom throws his skates on the ground as his friend Harvey passes, admiring the new skates.

When he gets home, Tom asks Mom to open another gift because his skates weren’t impressive enough (“Unfair”). Mom refuses, leaving Tom to sulk.

On Christmas Eve, Tom is still moping around. To get him out of the house, Mom sends him on an errand to get butter. At the store, Harvey is working and helps Tom get what he needs. During Christmas vacation, he works part time for some extra money. Harvey excitedly shows Tom two dolls he found in the stock room. Although they’re broken, his sisters will love getting them for Christmas (“Lots of Care”). He asks Tom to hide them at his house so he can surprise his sisters.

Tom can’t shake off wanting the best skates. He decides if he can find enough paid work, he can save up money to buy the Club House Skates. Tom does various tasks for neighbors (“The Work Song”). As he’s working at the store where Harvey works, Mrs. Patton, the owner, tells Tom that Harvey’s mom is sick. He needs to work to support the family while she’s recovering. Humbled, Tom realizes he has been approaching Christmas the wrong way (“Now is the Time (Reprise 1)”). Tom asks Mrs. Patton to help him with shopping for some Christmas surprises.

At home, Tom gets Dad, Mom, and Judy to help repair the dolls for Harvey’s sisters (“A Christmas Mission”). Tom reveals that he bought the Club House Skates – for Harvey.

When Tom shows Harvey the dolls and skates, Harvey is so touched (“Now is the Time (Reprise 2)”). Tom returns home, ready to celebrate Christmas with his family (“Finale”).

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Small (Up to 10 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Character Breakdown

Actor 1

Plays the role of Tom

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Actor 2

Plays the following roles: Dad, Ralph, Harvey, Winter Critters (Hand Puppets)

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Actor 3

Plays the following roles: Judy, Annie, Mrs. Patton, Winter Critters (Hand Puppets)

Gender: female
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Actor 4

Plays the following roles: Mom, Rachel, Mrs. Miller

Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Atlernative: Large Cast Version

To expand the number of participants and performers, use this “Large Cast” breakdown.
Use the optional keys for unchanged voices, as many Winter Critters as you’d like, as
well as additional background Skaters for the skating scenes and layered voices.

Actor 1: Tom (A2-G4)
Actor 2: Dad (C3-E4)
Actor 3: Judy (Bb3-D5)
Actor 4: Mom (Bb3-E5)
Actor 5: Annie (B3-E5)
Actor 6: Rachel (B3-E5)
Actor 7: Ralph (C#3-D4)
Actor 8: Harvey (C3-F4)
Actor 9: Mrs. Patton (E4-C#5)
Actor 10: Mrs. Miller (C4-Bb4)
Actor 11: Winter Critter (Upper) (Eb4-G5)
Actor 12: Winter Critter (Lower) (Eb3-G4)

Full Song List
Christmas Skates, The: Prologue / Now Is The Time
Christmas Skates, The: Brand Spankin’ New
Christmas Skates, The: Extraordinary Day (Part I)
Christmas Skates, The: Extraordinary Day (Part II)
Christmas Skates, The: Unfair
Christmas Skates, The: Lots Of Care
Christmas Skates, The: The Work Song
Christmas Skates, The: Now Is The Time (Reprise 1)
Christmas Skates, The: A Christmas Mission
Christmas Skates, The: Now Is The Time (Reprise 2).
Christmas Skates, The: Finale

Billing

Based on “The Boy with the Box” by Mary Griggs Van Voorhis

Commissioned by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
“You agree to bill the Play and the Authors in all programs, houseboards, displays and in all advertising and all paid publicity, in the following manner:
THE CHRISTMAS SKATES
100%
Book by Sarah Brandt 
Music and lyrics by Nathanael McClure 
50%
Based on the story “"The Boy with the Box"
by Mary Griggs Van Voorhis
25%
The Christmas Skates was commissioned and originally produced by
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Steven Woolf, Artistic Director
Mark Bernstein, Managing Director
20%
 
In advertisements of 1/4 page size or less, or where only the title of the play, performance dates and venue are provided, the following "shortened billing" is permissible:
THE CHRISTMAS SKATES
Copywright Notices:
 
The Christmas Skates Book © 2018 Sarah Brandt, Music and Lyrics © 2018 Nathanael McClure
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
GUIDE VOCAL AND PERF TRACKS DIGITAL1
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK12
PIANO VOCAL SCORE2

Production Resources

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LOGO PACK DIGITAL
PRODUCTIONPRO-DIGITAL SCRIPT/SCORE
STAGE MANAGER SCRIPT
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