Christmas Eve in the Old Nursery


Look no further for your end of year production

By Valerie Warwick
Plus full musical score by Gavin Hawley

This magical musical will be loved and enjoyed by both children and adults.  The parade of the Tin Soldiers, the Wood Nymphs ballet, the comical Pixies, the majestic Princess of Wonderland and all her Fairies, the Wooden Dolls, Witches and the magical folk from Toyland will linger on long after the curtain has come to a close, as will the beautifully haunting music of composer Gavin Hawley.

Performance Royalties: A$150 per show, payable one month in advance of production



This low-cost musical offers affordable low priced performance royalties.

The script comes with backing tracks, full musical score and sound effects. A wonderful opportunity to present a magnificent, magical production at an affordable price. Extremely budget friendly with only one set and no scene changes.

The CD provides all sound effects, no recordings required. The script comes with music cues, prop list, stage diagram. Very flexible cast numbers. Financially a winner!


‘One night every year – the toys come to life’

This delightful musical captures the essence of a happy childhood Christmas and the fantasy that surrounds it. The parade of the Tin Soldiers, the Wood Nymphs ballet, the comical Pixies, the majestic Princess of Wonderland and all her fairies, the arrival of the witches and the magical folk from Toyland, will all linger in the memory long after the curtain comes to-a-close.

The accompanying CD provides the full musical score and backing tracks, plus all the ingenious sound effects. The music is the superb work of Gavin Hawley; it is both captivating and enchanting. The lyrics, by Valerie Warwick and Richard Stevens, are included in the book.

Christmas Eve in the Old Nursery, can run for approximately an hour and a half with an interval. It is suitable for children of varying talents and ages, allowing for a cast of 40 – 70 – 100 plus. The storyline, with its magical music, provides an exciting, humorous, colourful and nostalgic production that will absolutely delight both young and old.





Flickering lanterns and Carol Singers set the mood with the opening number ‘Ring the Bells’.It is Christmas Eve, Katie and Tim stand admiring their tree. Tim asks his Mother if she believes in magic, to which she adamantly replies “No dear, I don’t”. But – when they all go off to bed, the Old Nursery takes on a magical glow as one by one the toys come alive. Teddy Bear, Jack-In-The-Box, Tooth Fairy and Rag Doll have invited some very special guests and so the party begins.

They witness the Fairies from the bottom of the garden dancing with their colourful, flowing ribbon wands. They welcome the Toy Maker and his stiff- limbed Dolls who come to life with the turn of a key. They laugh at the endless jokes provided by the mischievous Pixies and share the Majorette’s pride as she presents a military display by her gallant Tin Soldiers. They are mesmerised by the music of the Wood Nymph’s enchanting ballet, when ……

The sudden arrival of the Wicked Witch, Trainee Witch and Puss Cat threatens the festivities of the night, until the Princess of Wonderland convinces them that a good life will bring them more happiness. When Santa Claus hears the Witches have changed their evil ways, he arrives to share in the celebrations. With the realisation that the merrymaking has taken them well past midnight, the Princess of Wonderland uses her magic powers to whisk them all back to Toyland, but …… in their hasty retreat, several articles are left behind.

Christmas morning Tim, Katie and Mum enter the Old Nursery and are surprised and curious at finding these articles. But when Dad takes Mum aside and makes her close her eyes and use her imagination – she suddenly becomes aware that …… there IS such a thing as magic! As she opens her eyes she experiences the wondrous parade as the Folk from Toyland return to the Old Nursery for the Grand Finale.


Xmas Collage


Teddy bear
Jack in the box
Tooth fairy
Rag doll
Princess of wonderland
Wicked witch
Trainee witch
Puss cat
Roly poly
Puddy pie
Santa claus
Carol singers (any number)
Fairies (any number)
Dolls (any number)
Tin soldiers (any number)
Wood nymphs (any number)



Sample soundtrack:

Soundtrack Listing

1 Overture 1:06
2 Ring The Bells (Song) 1:58
3 ‘Tinkling’ Sound FX :08
4 Christmas Is A Happy Time (Song) 1:06
5 Fairies Entrance 1:26
6 Ribbon Dance 1:08
7 Fanfare/Grand Processional 1:30
8 Pixies Entrance :47
9 Dolls Wind-up/Dance 2:26
10 Tin Soldiers March 1:35
11 Wood Nymphs Entrance/Dance 1:35
12 ‘Thunder’ Sound FX :11
13 ‘Sleigh Bells’ Sound FX Coming/Going :11
14 ‘Sleigh Bells’ Sound FX Arriving :11
15 Jingle Bells Ring (Song) 1:57
16 ‘Tingling’ Sound FX :32
17 Repeat – Jingle Bells Ring (Song) 1:57
18 Overture repeat 1:06