The Twelve Days of Christmas
And now for something completely different … a totally original panto with a strong story and well-known title.
The Queen (or King) is to throw a grand Festive Ball for all the villagers and to mark the occasion, a giant advent calendar is built on the Village Green, which has 12 doors to be opened one each day until Christmas. The festivities cannot begin until all the doors are open, but Wizbad, the wicked wizard steals the keys and scatters them all over the world.
Aided by the good Fairy, our characters embark upon a race against time, visiting such diverse locations as South America and Paris in their quest. The final key is retrieved on Christmas Eve, completing the calendar and taking us into the Christmas Ball Finale.
This high-energy story takes us to 6 different countries, one per scene, offering a greater variety of musical styles and costumes than any other pantomime. This concept lends itself particularly well to musical societies or dance-orientated groups, but there is also abundant comedy, dialogue and business to allow the musical content to be scaled down, if desired.
The different locations can be symbolically represented, but also offer endless possibilities for the more ambitious. This very original but traditional-style pantomime is ideal for a pre-Christmas production and guaranteed to keep your cast and audiences on their toes!
Full cast and scenery requirements are listed below
Many productions of this script have won NODA and drama federation awards, including Youth Onstage (NODA “Best Pantomime”)!
"...If you've had it up to here with panto and the usual junk on TV, this thrilling seasonal offering is just the ticket. It has class stamped right through it, imagination, inventiveness and a genuine understanding of what children can absorb and how long they can concentrate. Some scenes were dramatic, others just fun. This is a new concept devised by Alan Frayn, former Director of Entertainment at Alton Towers ... a heart-warming seasonal success." (The Newcastle Journal)
Shorwell Drama Club
Shorwell Drama Club
EXCERPT from Act I Scene 1: The Village of Old Dimpley Bottom © Alan P Frayn
AMATEUR STAGE MAGAZINE WROTE ...
"...It is a very refreshing script on a pantomime subject that, in my ken, is new to Alan P Frayn's large canon of titles embracing the majority of the most popular subjects from Cinderella and Aladdin to Mother Goose, Sleeping Beauty and Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates.
Now his latest, exceptionally inventive, work is based on the Twelve Days of Christmas and, as the focus of the show, it should be designed in such a way that the Advent Calendar is the centre-piece of the staging concept.
Mr Frayn introduces his script in considerable detail and, although written in the traditional pantomime format, it is a brand new concept providing a great vehicle for some new scenes, together with more interesting and varied opportunities for Chorus and Dancers than any other published pantomime script.
He is exceptionally punctilious in presenting the content of his new script and we can only regret that in an overview of the new work on offer this year we have not the space to accommodate all the detail that he so efficiently provides. His production notes are succinct and very much to the point, clearly designed to help the director of this new work to derive the maximum benefit from every very diverse scene and character."
SOME THOUGHTFUL RHYMING FEEDBACK …
“…The Company really enjoyed doing a pantomime about Christmas (rather than a pantomime at Christmas!) and our audiences felt that we had helped them get into the Christmas spirit! Thanks for your support – it's so nice to receive the personal touch.
Our panto was successful,
How they cheered and wanted more,
Much better than the West End,
Or the telly – that's for sure!
So all is well that ends well,
Raise your glass and give a cheer.
We loved your Panto, Alan,
Happy Christmas … and New Year!"
Barking Music & Drama