Book, Music & Lyrics by Erik Przytulski
A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS is a brand new heartwarming musical that tells the story of Anthony, a young man who develops a passion for the piano and decides to pursue his dream of becoming a successful songwriter at any cost. Through his struggles for fame and fortune, Anthony eventually discovers what is truly important to him with the help of the music of the Christmas season. Filled with original, soulful ballads and rockin’ upbeat tunes, A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS is a great way to usher in the holiday season.
|RUN TIME: 1 hr, 40 mins [2 acts]||CAST SIZE: 16-20+|
ANTHONY: Male, Tenor, mid 20’s to early 30’s – Anthony loves Christmas and loves music. He aspires to become a successful songwriter and musician. In this pursuit, he’s confronted with needing to make a choice that would affect his lifelong dream and his newfound love.
JULIE: Female, Alto/Soprano, mid 20’s to early 30’s – Julie takes pleasure in the simple things life has to offer. She is kind, nurturing, and hopes to one day become a nurse, get married, and raise a family. Although she admires Anthony’s passion for music, she worries that he may end up making too many sacrifices to get what he wants.
GRANDMA: Female, Alto, mid 40’s and older – Not a sweet old lady like most grandmothers, she’s says exactly what’s on her mind. Although opinionated and stubborn at times, she’s got a sweet spot for Christmas. She takes a special liking to Anthony and teaches him music despite how it brings back feelings of regret and longing for a life she could’ve had.
KEN: Male, Baritone, mid/late 20’s to mid/late 30’s – Overly ambitious with a singular work-ethic, Ken tries to break into the music business as an agent to up and coming writers/performers. He believes in Anthony the most and considers him a close friend. But when he sees Anthony straying from his musical pursuits, Ken makes one last ditch effort to get him back on track.
TINA: Female, Alto/Soprano, mid/late 20’s to mid/late 30’s – Tina is a tough-as-nails, no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is record company rep and producer. She keeps Ken on his toes and pushes him to bring her music she can sell, regardless of what it sounds like.
MOM: Female, Alto, mid/late 20’s to mid/late 30’s – Anthony’s mother and Grandma’s daughter. She is a softer, gentler version of Grandma.
DAD: Male, Baritone, mid/late 20’s to mid/late 30’s – Anthony’s father. He’s funny and uses his humor to help fend off the sharp-witted attacks by his mother-in-law.
KAYLEE K: Female, Alto/Soprano, 18 to late 20’s – Spoiled, self-centered, pop star with a huge entourage and an even bigger ego.
MARLENA: Female, Soprano, early to late 20’s – An old classmate of Anthony’s from college. Marlena’s wish is to spend Christmas with her family that lives overseas.
TEEN ANTHONY: Male, Tenor, young teens – Around thirteen-fourteen years of age, Anthony has already progressed into a talented musician. When he questions his ability, Grandma sets him straight.
YOUNG ANTHONY: Male, Tenor/Alto, 6 to 10 years old – Around seven-eight years of age, he’s a typical hyper kid running around on Christmas Eve. Grandma soon discovers that Anthony has a talent for music and decides to teach him.
ANTHONY’S DAUGHTER: Female, 4 to 9 years old – When she can’t sleep the night before Christmas, Anthony plays a special song just for her.
FAHRENHEIT 411 (4): Male, Tenor/Baritone, mid to late teens or early 20’s (must look like teenagers) – Cody, Evan, Zak, and the “Other” Cody*. The hottest new boy band singing group around.
TEEN/ADULT CHORUS: Male/Female, All Vocal Ranges, Teens to Adults – Performers that consist of: Family members, City Dwellers, Fans, Kaylee’s Entourage/Dancers.
KIDS CHORUS: Male/Female, All Vocal Ranges, 13 and under – Performers that consist of: Family Kids, Hospital Kids, Fans, Background Kids/Dancers.
SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS:
SCENE 1: Present day – Christmas Eve
SCENE 2: Many years ago – Grandma’s house, Christmas Eve
SCENE 3: Six years later – Grandma’s house, Christmas Eve
SCENE 4: Seven years later – NYC Central Park, A month before Christmas
SCENE 5: Montage over the next five years
SCENE 6: Café in Manhattan – A week before Christmas
SCENE 7: Grandma’s house, Christmas Eve
SCENE 1: Three years later – Grandma’s house, Christmas Eve
SCENE 2: Concert arena, Christmas Day
SCENE 3: One year later – Recording studio, Christmas season
SCENE 4: Days later – Grandma’s house
SCENE 5: Grandma’s house, Christmas Eve
SCENE 6: Present Day – Christmas Day
Orchestrations scored for 8-Piece Band*
Reed 1 (Alto Sax, Flute)
Reed 2 (Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Bari Sax)
* Accompaniment Tracks available for rehearsal/performance.