On Christmas Eve, 1822, Clement Clarke Moore's house is not as quiet as a mouse—in fact, everyone is stirring. The three children await the arrival of St. Nicholas. Mother and Father arise thinking they hear intruders. Cousin Harriet enlists the children to copy the poem their father has just written for them, which she hopes to have published for all young people to enjoy. But Father, as a distinguished professor who fears being known as a poet for children, burns the poem so it can never leave the house. At first heartbroken, the children unite to save the poem for posterity by improvising it through a riotous enactment. How they convince their father that his verses should be shared with children everywhere brings about the hilarious, happy ending. A Visit From St. Nicholas is an ideal Christmas comedy for schools, children's theatres, church groups and community theatres.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code V22000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 60 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | TYA | Touring Group | Praise Group
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9780871291349
- "This is a charming, family-oriented holiday story that helped set the tone for a collection of one-act holiday plays. It is upbeat, sweet without being cloying, and quite do-able with a young cast."
- Review by Joseph Ferreira, KP Drama & GAPS, Wrentham, Mass.
- "This is a fun show for "children of all ages." You take a journey back to when you were a child and you can feel the excitement of Christmas. This script provides an opportunity for great character roles."
- Review by Stephanie Hartnell, Christian High School, O'Fallon, Mo.
- "After researching the origin of the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, we were delighted to see how much of true life was reflected in the stage adaptation. (This was a great marketing hook.) A delightful story for the whole family!"
- Review by Diane Mashia, Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.