Cast size: Medium, 16 plus
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda

Rachel Sheinkin | holiday MUSICAL | medium 16 plus

  • About the Show

    STRIKING 12 is a perfect alternative to standard holiday fare while still being family-friendly. On New Year's Eve, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who's had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year's Eve, a continent away—and more than a century earlier—Hans Christian Andersen's Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow.

    The two stories are brought together when a young woman selling special "full-spectrum holiday light bulbs" to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder shows up at the grumpy man's door. Though the man (who probably could use the bulbs) seems to enjoy the young woman's company, he sends her away. It's not until he reads "The Little Match Girl" that he is finally pulled out of his funk.

    All of this unfolds through a tuneful pop/rock/jazz score that retains the vibrant style of its original performers: the celebrated band, GrooveLily. (The show has since been expanded to 8 or more actors and 6 musicians). The witty and deeply moving script weaves three stories and settings: contemporary New York City, 19th century Denmark, and the very room in which the show is presented. Through simple, unpretentious theater created through the voices and instruments of the performers, Striking 12 reminds us that "the world looks like new…on the first day of the year."

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    Musical Numbers

    Violin Ascension
    Overture
    Snow Song (It's Coming Down)
    Last Day Of The Year
    Resolution
    Green And Red
    The Sales Pitch (Patter Duet)
    Matches For Sale
    Say What?
    Hey La La/Fine, Fine, Fine
    Fine Fine Fine
    Can't Go Home
    Wonderful
    Give The Drummer Some
    Picture This
    Caution To The Wind
    Violin Ascension
    Screwed-up People Make Great Art
    It's Not All Right
    Wonderful - Reprise
    Picture This - Reprise
    Snow Song Reprise - First Day Of The Year
    The Little Drummer Boy

    Casting Information

    NARRATOR 1 (Master of Ceremonies)
    THE MAN WHO'S HAD ENOUGH
    S.A.D. LIGHT SELLER
    LITTLE MATCH GIRL
    JACK
    SMALL PART GUY: GRANDMA; CRAIG; HOGART CAROLER; JONNY, POST-NASAL-DRIP GUY
    NARRATOR 2 (band member): PASSERBY; DIANE; TV ANNOUNCER; HOGART CAROLER
    NARRATOR 3: LYDIA; ERICA; TV NEWS CORRESPONDENT; HOGART CAROLER; MRS. PALAMINO; SPACE-INVADING GIRL
    HAPPY FOLEY/DRUMMER (band member, can also be combined with one of narrators or HAPPY FOLEY): BOSS, HOGART SPOKESMAN
    CHORUS roles that can be played by subset of chorus include: COWORKERS; TRAIN CONDUCTORS; PARTIERS; PASSERSBY ON STREET; HOGART CAROLERS

    Note that roles can be played by more, or by fewer actors, for desired cast size. The overall sense should be that there is one group of players: musicians, singers, actors, out of which everyone steps to become their character when needed. When not playing a role in any given moment everyone is in a sense themselves, as well as a potential chorus member. We recommend including band members act as narrators to bolster the sense of the whole group creating the story together.

    Rehearsal Set

    Director's script
    Cast scripts
    Vocal Books
    Piano-Vocal Score

    Orchestration

    (6 musicians)
    Keyboard (Synth)
    Guitar
    Bass
    Drums
    Violin
    Cello

    Resources

    Perusal Pack
    Video Licence available

Partners & Associates

  • cipc
  • bsa
  • samro