Outback Christmas

An original musical play for lower Primary children

music and lyrics by Julie Argyle-Cross

Outback Christmas Product Image 2 Synopsis

Characters

Setting

Sample Teaching Tracks

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SYNOPSIS

It’s Christmas Eve. The Harris family is out in the backyard of their old weatherboard farmhouse. They are sitting round a campfire, about to share a barbeque. The Hills Hoist is decorated with tinsel and Christmas lights. After the barbeque is cleared away the children play happily in the backyard until they notice very dark clouds gathering in the sky. A storm is brewing. The farm animals must be secured in the barn and all the children are called inside.

The wind howls, the rain becomes heavier and there is thunder and lightning. The family are all safely inside the house, with the kids watching the storm through the windows. Suddenly, in an extra bright flash of lightning, they can see things falling from the sky, really close to their house. The kids all run out of the house before their parents can stop them! To their amazement they find Santa there on the ground, rubbing his head and surrounded by Christmas presents. The sleigh is broken and the reindeer are looking quite stunned and frightened. They have never had a crash before.

When the children run in to tell Mum and Dad, they don’t believe a word of it, until they both come out to see for themselves. They are amazed to find that the kids are telling the truth. Santa really is there, and in need of assistance. They help him into the house, and sit him down in a comfy armchair. Mum checks him for injuries. Apart from a lump on the head, he seems to be alright. After a cup of tea and a mince pie Santa dozes off, so the family creep quietly out of the room and go to bed. It takes the children a long time to get to settle down as they are so excited.

At dawn on Christmas Day everyone in the house is still fast asleep, but outside the koalas and kangaroos are up and about, making the most of the cool weather in the early morning. When the kids come down they are shocked to find Santa is still there. He jumps up out of the chair, so worried that he hasn’t finished delivering the presents. Everyone is very keen to help Santa get on his way. When they go to search for the reindeer they are nowhere to be seen. Some quick thinking is needed.

Some other animals must be found to replace the reindeer. Kangaroos, koalas and emus are the possible candidates, but, after some discussion, the emus win out. The sleigh is repaired and all the presents are loaded up. The emus are harnessed to the sleigh and Santa hops in, wearing his singlet & shorts, with his red hat still on his head. He sprinkles magic dust on the emus. They run like the wind and the magic dust suddenly takes them up and away. They are so excited. It’s the first time they have ever been off the ground! The family goes back inside to start Christmas Day all over again. They can hardly believe what has just happened to them!

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CHARACTERS

Narrators
Mum (Kitty)
Dad (Joe)
Jack
Annie
Billy
Joey
Jenny
Auntie Flo
Uncle Bert
Gran
Pop
Santa
Dasher
Dancer
Comet
Cupid
Prancer
Vixen
Donner
Blitzen

CHORUS

Large chorus (possibly all classes in the Junior Primary area)

The chorus will be divided into 3 groups, representing the Emus, Kangaroos and Koalas.

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SETTING

Settinga country homestead in the Australian outback. It could be set in the 1950’s or any decade up to the present day.

DURATION

Approx. 40 minutes

SET/PROPS

If one was using a backdrop or a projection, it would depict an old country homestead, with verandahs all around. Tall gum trees close to the house and farm buildings, and arid country beyond.

  • The central area of the stage will be used for the backyard
  • Set on a diagonal, stage left, the interior of the farmhouse
  • Set on a diagonal, stage right, a fence (with the sleigh behind it after the storm)

Backyard

  • Hills hoist washing line decorated with tinsel and Christmas decorations
  • 4 Seats for adults
  • Barbeque/campfire representation
  • Sleigh and presents behind a side fence (after the storm)
  • Some kind of harness or ropes for emus to pull the sleigh

Interior of farmhouse

  • Fireplace with mantlepiece, with 5 Christmas stockings hanging on it
  • Comfortable chairs – at least 2 (1 for Santa, 1 for Uncle Bert)
  • Small side table (for Santa’s tea and mince pie)

COSTUMES

Adults and children in casual clothes of the chosen period. Mum should have an apron!

Santa: first in traditional Santa suit, and later in singlet and shorts with the Santa hat

Reindeer: brown T shirt & tights, head-dress or mask to depict the face, antlers etc

Koalas: grey T shirt & tights, head-dress or mask to depict the face, ears etc.

Kangaroos: grey T shirt & tights, head-dress or mask to depict the face, ears etc.

Emus: brown/grey T shirt & tights, somehow feathery:

  • Head-dress or mask to depict beak and eyes
  • Santa hats when pulling sleigh

USE OF TEACHING AND BACKING TRACKS

We recommend that during the rehearsal period the performers become less and less dependent on the teaching tracks, so that they are ready to perform the show with the backing tracks only.

The teaching tracks have all the individual vocal musical numbers provided, but do not include incidental music or reprises. As such, the teaching tracks cannot be used for a performance.

The backing tracks have all the musical numbers, plus incidental music, separately provided in order, allowing the tracks to be run through sequentially, with appropriate pauses for dialogue.

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SAMPLE TEACHING TRACKS

1. “Outback Christmas”

2. “So you’re real!”

3. “We’re too excited to rest”

4. “The best Christmas ever”

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SAMPLE BACKING TRACKS

1. “Outback Christmas”

2. “So you’re real”

3. “We’re too excited to rest”

4. “The best Christmas ever”

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