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Striking 12

Inspired, in part, by Hans Christian Andersen's, "The Little Match Girl," it tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year's Eve alone in his apartment when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. The evening springs to life through an eclectic score that combines pop, rock, jazz, showtunes, and more.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 19th Century, Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, High School/Secondary
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."

  • Casting: 3M, 3F, 4M or F
  • Casting Notes: Note that roles can be played by more, or by fewer actors, for desired cast.

    The overall sense should be that there's 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.
  • Chorus Size: Flex-sized cast

  • NARRATOR 1 (Master of Ceremonies)
    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

    CHORUS roles that can be played by a subset of chorus includes: Coworkers; Train Conductors; Partiers; Passersby on Street; Hogart Carolers
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