"Christmas is for joy and love, not calamity. But that is exactly what the Fosters have happen to them this Christmas Season. Will they lose their home, their business, or will they find another way to resolve and overcome this tragedy?" Susie P
ACT I: Scene 1
Setting: The Foster's living room, 1930. Five stockings line the wall. Grace is holding fabric for a skirt. Cliff faces her.
CLIFF: (frustrated) No. No. No!
GRACE: Please, Cliff. It's material for a skirt for Reub. (hold up fabric/ twirl) What could be the harm?
CLIFF: The harm? You don't get the dire circumstances we're in, do you?
GRACE: I can see you're angry.
CLIFF: Angry? Is that what you call this? (groan/grab newspaper off table) Haven't you read the paper?
GRACE: (grab paper/hide it) The newspaper is too depressing. You get upset every time you read it. (high-pitched gasp) Is that why you're mad? Did you read something terrible? (gasp) Did another bank close?
CLIFF: The fabric in your hands—and the fact you haven't a clue about our household economy—is what's driving me insane.
GRACE: (hold up cloth) This little thing? I didn't break the bank. Besides, Reuben needs some cheering up. (pick up duster/dust)
CLIFF: Why does our third daughter need cheering up today?
GRACE: I hate to tell you this, Cliff, but it's because of her...well, her name.
GRACE: Now that she's thirteen, she's sensitive.
CLIFF: Her name—?
When Cliff Foster's five daughters discover they're about to lose their house, two weeks before Christmas, the girls conspire to convince the banker to stop the foreclosure. Hilarity ensues in this 1930's comedy about a family coming to terms with calamity, and learning to count their blessings through it all.
12 Cast Members
Approx. 1 1/2 hours
Times are hard
in 1930, and Cliff Foster must face the truth. His hardware store has no customers. And since he hasn't
paid a house payment in over three
months, Arnold Dripper, banker and past friend, notifies him he has one
week to vacate the premises. How will Cliff tell Grace and his five
daughters they are losing their house two weeks before Christmas?
Mackleby, nosy neighbor, happens to be in the bank that day, and
quickly spreads the word--the Fosters are moving to Hooverville, a
shack-like town on the outskirts of the city. When she runs into
Cliff's elderly mother, she blabs all she knows, much to Nettie
home, surprised to find his mother living with them, and also to
discover Grace and Nettie have
already heard what he's been dreading to say. There appears to be no
but to move to Hooverville.
Calamity and comedy collide in this lively, heart-warming story of facing loss and learning to count your blessings through it all.
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