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SYNOPSIS OF SCENES:

Christmas Present:           SCENE 1: The Manor House
Christmas Past:                 SCENE 2: The Fields outside Rome
                                            SCENE 3:  Messalina’s chambers
                                            SCENE 4:  The Palace
                                            SCENE 5: The Colosseum
Christmas Present:           SCENE 6:  The Church
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MUSICAL NUMBERS:

The Christmas Present of Christmas Past………..…….…Tilly, Max & Minx
Travelling So Fast through the Corridors of Time…….………………Chorus
The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth……………………….…………..……Flavia
Friend of Felines…………………………………..…Clawdia, Max and Sheep
In Ancient Times…………………………………..…Senator & Lady of Rome
Don’t Mess with Messalina………………………..……………….…..Chorus
It’s a Bore…………………….……………………………Messalina and Silius
On the Fiddle……………………………………..…..….………Nero & Cedric
On the Fiddle reprise………….………………….…….………Nero & Cedric
Let Me Not Love in Vain……………………….…Robert, Flavia & Messalina
Onward Christians, Fight the good Fight……………………..……….Chorus
From Africa and India………………………………….…Lepidus & Panthea
The Christmas Present of Christmas Past……………………….…Ensemble

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VIDEO SLIDE SHOW VOICE-OVER ARTISTS:

Cedric has a time machine:
Elizabeth Elwood, Lynne Radbourne, Dwayne Campell, Isabel Mendenhall
The story of Androcles:
Isabel Mendenhall, Yvonne Arnason, Lynne Radbourne, Dwayne Campbell
Max saves Flavia and Clawdia:
Dwayne Campbell, Jacqollyne Keath, Isabel Mendenhall
In Ancient Rome:
Mandana Namazi & Brian Leonard
Don’t Mess with Messalina:
Chorus
It’s a Bore:
Elizabeth Elwood
Claudius and Agrippina:
Paul Tourneur, Chelsea MacPeake, Roy Fairburn
Wow, I really got here: 
Deborah Tom and Claire Lindsay
In the arena:
Luke Day, Dwayne Campbell,Jacqollyne Keath, Bernie Magnan, Mike Scannell
The Christmas Present of Christmas Past:
Elizabeth Elwood, Dwayne Campbell, Jacqollyne Keath, Bernie Magnan

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 THE STORY:

Pete’s young brother, Cedric, has modified his time-machine so that it now travels through space as well as time.  Cedric is fascinated by the stories of Ancient Rome, and he sets his time machine to take him back to the young Nero’s time.  Santa tries to stop Cedric, but ends up being taken along for the trip, along with Max, the Ho Hum Husky and Robert, Cedric’s history teacher.  Max is rather put out to find a replica of Minx, the Manx in ancient times.  She turns out to be Clawdia, the empress’s cat, and when Max saves her from a wolf, she gives him the formal title, ‘Friend of Felines’.  The group also meets, Flavia, a beautiful Roman lady, who according to legend, was the subject of a miracle in the Colosseum when the Lord took her up to heaven and spared her the suffering of death in the arena.  Cedric’s time machine has been damaged during the trip, so Clawdia invites the visitors back to the palace for the night.  When Messalina sees the group approaching the palace, she is very taken with the handsome history teacher Robert, rather to the annoyance of her pet gladiator, Silius.  On arrival at the palace, Cedric immediately teams up with Nero, but Flavia warns Robert that there is danger if they stay.  When Messalina sees that Robert is in love with Flavia, in a jealous rage, she condemns the two to death in the Colosseum.  Max and Santa try to intervene, but they are sent to the arena too.  However, in the arena, many surprises await.  Robert bravely faces Silius, the gladiator, Max takes on Lepidus and Panthea, and when things get really tough, Cedric comes to the rescue.  Not only do we finally understand the miracle of Saint Flavia, but the group is transported back to the present day in time to have the best Christmas ever.

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VOICES:

CHRISTMAS PRESENT

Max, the Ho Hum Husky…………………………..Dwayne Campbell
Brandy ……………………………………….…….…Lynn Radbourne
Minx, the Manx ……………………….….……….Isabel Mendenhall
Pete………………………………………….…….…Dwayne Campbell
Tilly……………………………………………..…..…Elizabeth Elwood
Robert, Cedric’s history teacher ….……..…….…….Bernie Magnan
Cedric, the Vile, Pete’s young brother……..……….….Deborah Tom
Miss Spry, the grass hockey coach………………….Yvonne Arnason
Santa Claus……………………………………………..………Luke Day

CHRISTMAS PAST

Claudius, Emperor of Rome………………………..Paul Tourneur
The Empress, Messalina………………………..Elizabeth Elwood
Silius, her favourite Gladiator……………………….Mike Scannell
Clawdia, Messalina’s cat……………………….Isabel Mendenhall
Lepidus, Messalina’s leopard…………………………….Luke Day
Panthea, Messalina’s pet panther…………….Mandana Namazi
Flavia, a noble Roman lady………………………Jacqollyne Keath
Agrippina, niece of Claudius…………………….Chelsea McPeake
Nero, son of Agrippina ……………………………..Claire Lindsay
Sheep………Andrew Leonard, Claire Lindsay, Mandana Namazi
The Master of the Imperial Circus…………………Brian Leonard
Aspia, the viper……………………………………….Roy Fairburn
Guard………………………………………………….Roy Fairburn
Senator……………………………………………….Brian Leonard
Lady of Rome……………………………………Mandana Namazi
Citizens…………………………..Roy Fairburn, Chelsea McPeake
Vestal Virgin………………………………………Yvonne Arnason
Blocks and Stones………………………………..Entire Company!
Chorus……………………….Elizabeth Elwood, Mandana Namazi,
Bernie Magnan, Roy Fairburn

 

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