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THE STORY:

Lord Dimsey is making his household miserable.  He will not allow any ‘unsuitable’ matches, so Pete’s romance with Tilly is doomed, and Pete’s cousin, Bingo has no hope of wooing Jenny, the housemaid.  Furthermore, Lord Dimsey hates Christmas and will allow no traditional festivities.  The only Christmas Spirit in the house is Mary Fairfax, the resident ghost, so called because she drowned herself on Christmas Eve, and she is still causing heartache because Bingo’s brother, Bertie, is obsessed with her.

Pete’s young brother, Cedric, is also in a foul mood as his cat, Fang, was run over two weeks ago.  However, Cedric is resolved to do something about his problem, and having invented a time machine, he decides to set it for five minutes before Fang died and pull his cat back into the present.  Unfortunately, at the critical moment, Max the Ho Hum Husky, spots the ghost cat and gives chase, and in the process he knocks the time machine dial back to 1645.  Instead of retrieving Fang, Cedric finds himself bringing Mary Fairfax into the present, whereupon the ghost Mary is most annoyed to find her embodied self present in the house.

In the chaos that ensues, Cedric, with help from Max, Brandy and Minx finds a way to eliminate the ghosts, and Mudrake, the butler enlists the necessary help to reform Lord Dimsey.  Finally, Dimsey Hall is filled with the proper Christmas Spirit and all live happily ever after.

**The Christmas Spirit is a lively marionette musical, 65 minutes in length, and is suitable for school-aged children to adults.

 

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES:

SCENE 1: The Conservatory

SCENE 2: The Manor Grounds

SCENE 3:  The Lounge

SCENE 4:  The Kitchen

SCENE 5: Tilly’s Bedroom

SCENE 6:  The Hall

SCENE 7: The Ballroom

MUSICAL NUMBERS:

Prologue:  The Christmas Spirit……………………..…………….………Chorus

Ivanhoe …………………………………..……Bingo, Bertie, Sir Rodney & Gum

The Ballad of Mary Fairfax……………………………The Ghost of Mary Fairfax

The Ballad of Mary Fairfax ………………….……………..……Ghost and Mary

We’re the Ghosts of Dimsey Hall………………………..…………….….Ghosts

Body and Soul…………………………………..Bertie, Mary, Ghost, Pete & Tilly

Keep your Spirits Up……………………………………Bingo, Jenny & Mudrake

Ghost’s Ballad…………………………………..…….…..…………Tilly & Ghosts

Who Cares if I’m a Chorus Girl………………………….………Tilly & Mudrake

The Ghost Parade…Dynamite Dan, Flapper Fran, Vibrating Van, Mice & Mary

Chorus Girl – Reprise…………………………..……………..…….Tilly & Chorus

Finale…………………………………………Sir Rodney, Pete, Tilly & Ensemble

VOICES:

Bingo……………………..……..………………………………………Miles Lavkulich

Jenny, the Housemaid and beloved of Bingo…………………….Megan Chalmers

Gum, the Gardener………..………………………………………..…Mike Scannell

Lord Rodney Dimsey…….……………………………………………Mike Scannell

Bertie, Bingo’s twin brother…………………………………………Brian Leonard

Pete, Lord Rodney’s oldest son…….………………………….…Dwayne Campbell

Lady Dimsey, Sister of Lord Dimsey ……………………….….Isabel Mendenhall

Tilly, Pete’s Girlfriend………………………………………………Elizabeth Elwood

Brandy, the Sheepdog……………………………………..…..…Anna Mendenhall

Max, the Ho Hum Husky……………………………..…….……Dwayne Campbell

Cedric, the Vile, Pete’s young brother…………………………….….Deborah Tom

The Ghost of Mary Fairfax…………………………………….……Jacqollyne Keath

Mary Fairfax……………………………………………….…………Jacqollyne Keath

Mudrake, the Butler, Jenny’s father……………………….…………Brian Leonard

Minx, the Manx………………………………………….……….Isabel Mendenhall

The Ghost of Dynamite Dan……………………….…..……….Dwayne Campbell

The Ghost of Flapper Fran………………………………………Isabel Mendenhall

The Ghost of Vibrating Van……………………..…..……….………Mike Scannell

Santa Claus…………………………………………………..……David Mendenhall

The Mice……………………………….……Andrew Leonard & Elizabeth Elwood

Chorus…………………….…….Elizabeth Elwood, Dwayne Campbell. Al Dahlo

 

VIDEO SLIDE SHOW VOICE-OVER ARTISTS
The ballad of Mary Fairfax:
Jacqollyne Keath
Are you all right, Minx:
Miles Lavkulich, Brian Leonard, Megan Chalmers, Isabel Mendenhall
The Ghost of Flapper Fran:
Isabel Mendenhall
That isn’t Santa:
Elizabeth Elwood, Mike Scannell, Dwayne Campbell, Dave Mendenhall
Who Cares if I’m a Chorus Girl:
Elizabeth Elwood
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ELWOODETTES’ THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IS THE PROPERTY OF ELWOODETTES MARIONETTES

Copyright © 2003 by Elizabeth Elwood

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