A Russian girl is sitting in am armchair and reading a book of fairy-tales.
Her mother calls her.
Mother: Stop reading books, dear, New Year is coming. Help me to lay the table, please.
Russian girl: Just a moment, Mum. It’s my favourite tale. I wish I were there in the fairy-tale.
Music. Lights go down.
A group of children is singing Christmas carol “Holy night”.
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child,
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace.
In the forest. (slide “Winter Forest”)
Russian girl is looking around her with great interest.
Russian girl: Where am I? I can’t believe my eyes. Is it a fairy-tale? Oh, it’s cold here. Where shall I go?
A white rabbit appears on the stage. He is in a hurry. He is looking at his watch and taking it in and out of his waistcoat.
Rabbit: Oh, dear, oh dear! I’ll be too late!
Russian girl: What? A rabbit with a pocket and a watch in it? Of course, I’m in a tale. Who’s ever seen a rabbit with a watch?
Children on the other side of the stage:
A cat went to town to buy a hat.
What? A cat with a hat? A hat for a cat?
Who’s ever seen a cat in a hat?
A cock went to town to buy a clock.
What? A cock with a clock? A clock for a cock?
Who’s ever seen a cock with a clock?
A bear went to town to buy a chair.
What? A bear with a chair? A chair for a bear?
Who’s ever seen a bear with a chair?
A dog went to town to buy a log?
What? A dog with a log? A log for a dog?
Who’s ever seen a dog with a log?
An owl went to town to buy a towel.
What? An owl with a towel? A towel for an owl?
Who’s ever seen an owl with a towel?
A hen went to town to buy a pen.
What? A hen with a pen? A pen for a hen?
Who’s ever seen a hen with a pen?
Russian girl: Mister Rabbit, wait for me, please!
Lights go down.
Queen’s palace. (slide “Palace”)
The Queen is sitting at the desk. There is a blackboard near the desk. Rabbit comes through the gates and runs into the palace. The Russian girl enters and hides nearby.
Rabbit: Good evening, Your Majesty! I am on time (bows). Let’s start our lesson. May I ask you to write down four irregular verbs?
Queen: All right. Dictate!
Chancellor: Good evening, Your Majesty! May I ask you to put Your signature? To four edicts only.
Queen: Write! Well! But then I won’t write – begin-began-begun. Give me your papers!
Chancellor: Thank you very much, Your Majesty!
Queen: And what shall I write?
Chancellor: Either “execute” or “forgiveness”.
Queen (counts): E-xe-cu-te, for-gi-ve-ness. I shall write “execute” – it is shorter.
Russian girl comes out: Stop it! What have you written?
Queen: Who are you? How dare you speak to me like this? I am your Queen.
Russian girl: You executed a person and didn’t think about him!
Queen: But I can’t write and think at the same time!
Russian girl: It isn’t necessary. First you should think and then you should write.
Queen: If I do that, I shall think and think and think and then I’ll go mad.
Russian girl: Nonsense! And besides, you are not my Queen. I am not from here. I am from Russia.
Queen: Russia? Where is it? Oh, I know, your people live on the other side of the Earth and they walk with their heads downward.
Russian girl: Do you study at school? You don’t know Geography at all. (slide “The map of Russia”)Russia is the largest country in the world with a long and interesting history and culture. Do you know how Russian people celebrated Christmas traditionally?
A group of children is going around the hall and singing Russian folk songs.
Russian girl: Russian people made up a lot of fairy-tales. One of them we prepared for you in a modern version. Can you guess the tale?
A group of teachers performs “Turnip” (appendix).
Queen: Why should I know it? Mr. Rabbit knows it well.
Rabbit: It’s Russian folk-tale “The Turnip”. But I hardly guessed it.
Queen: As for me I know Math.
Russian girl (writing at the blackboard): How much is six multiplied by six?
Queen: Six times six is eleven. Mr. Rabbit, is it OK?
Rabbit (sadly): OK, Your Majesty.
Russian girl (writing): Multiply eight by eight, please.
Russian girl: Awful!
Queen: And I know Biology very well.
Russian girl: Then answer, when do snowdrops appear in the forest?
Rabbit whispers: In April.
Queen: Snowdrops? Of course, in December, because snow falls in December.
Russian girl: You are wrong. It’s impossible. Snowdrops blossom in April.
Queen: OK. I want April now. I like snowdrops very much. I have never seen them.
Rabbit: April will come soon. You have to wait only three months or 90 days.
Queen: 90 days! But I can’t wait! Tomorrow we are going to have a New Year’s party. I want to have snowdrops for this party.
Rabbit (sadly): Your Majesty, you can’t break the law of Nature.
It’s winter now….
Music (winter) (slide “Winter”)
Rabbit: Then comes spring with the first dripping of melted snow and snowdrops…
Music (spring) (slide “Spring”)
Rabbit: After spring comes bright summer….
Music (summer) (slide “Summer”)
Rabbit: And then comes golden autumn with a lot of fruit and vegetables, rains and winds.
Music (autumn) (slide “Autumn”)
Queen: I’ll promulgate a new law of Nature! Mr. Rabbit! Sit down and write! I’ll dictate to you. “The grass is green.
The sun is bright.
There are a lot of flowers in our forest. Bring a basket of snowdrops to our palace for the New Year’s party! “A full basket of gold is awaiting you!” Chancellor!
Queen: Set my seal and proclaim my order!
Chancellor: But Your Majesty…
Queen: This is my order!
Lights go down.
In the forest. (slide “Winter forest”).
It’s freezing. A giant caterpillar is sitting under the tree covered with snow.
Mr.Rabbit and Russian girl are standing and hesitating in which direction to go.
Rabbit: Let’s go this way. Frosty the famous snowman lives here. I hope he can help us.
Russian girl: I am so tired. What’s the use of looking for snowdrops in winter. Where can I sit down?
Russian girl tries to sit down on a giant caterpillar but jumps up and cries.
Russian girl: What is it? Dear me! It’s a snake!
Caterpillar: First of all can’t you be more polite and stop sitting on a delicate caterpillar?
Russian girl: Caterpillar in winter! It’s incredible!
Caterpillar: Stop talking nonsense. Can’t you see? It’s me. What are you doing here on Christmas Eve?
A group of children is singing Christmas carol “Away in a manger”.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
Russian girl: We are looking for snowdrops.
Caterpillar: Isn’t it more incredible to look for snowdrops in winter?
Russian girl: Certainly it is. Am I going mad?
Caterpillar: Why haven’t you said before you are going crazy? I am sure only Rudolf can help you – he is also an extraordinary creature. You have to go that way. (Show them the way).
Russian girl: Thank you. Bye.
Rabbit: Thank you Miss (kisses her hand). Shall we meet one day?
Carterpillar: Put down my phone number, ducky. (Hugs and kisses him).
Lights go down. Music.
In the forest.
Lights go up. Russian girl and Mr. Rabbit are going through the forest.
Chorus. Song “Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer”.
Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it
Used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolf
play in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say,
"Rudolf with your nose so bright,
you would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then how the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee:
"Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history!"
Rudolf appears. Russian girl and Mr. Rabbit run to him.
Rabbit: Mr. Rudolf we are so glad to see you. Can you help us to find snowdrops.
Rudolf: Snowdrops? What a strange idea! I can manage to get moss and lichen for you.
Russian girl: But we need snowdrops very much.
Rudolf: You need a real magician, you need Santa.
Russian girl: Where is he? Tell us, please, we are in a hurry.
Rudolf: I can’t tell you. He is very busy now, he is preparing Christmas gifts for children. That’s why nobody knows where he is. But you can ask Frosty.
Rabbit: Who is Frosty?
Chorus. Song “Frosty, The Snowman”.
Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a carrot nose,
And two eyes made of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say.
He was made of snow but the children know
How he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found,
For they put it on his head
He began to dance around!
O, Frosty the snowman,
Was alive as he could be!
And the children say he could
Laugh and play
Just the same as you and me.
Thumpety thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump
Look at Frosty go!
Thumpety thump thump
Thumprty thump thump
Over the hills of snow…
Frosty (appears): Who called me?
Russian girl: Dear Frosty, can you show us the way to Santa’s house. We need his help. It’s Christmas Eve now and we’d like to get a basket of snowdrops on Christmas Day.
Frosty: What strange presents do people want to have on Christmas! OK, if you guess my riddles, I’ll show you the way.
Russian girl: We’ll try and I think children will help us (to the audience). Will you help us to guess Frosty’s riddles?
It’s blue by night,
By day it’s white.
It is cold and not dry,
It falls from the sky. (Snow)
Fat and gay, on a winter day,
He came here with us to stay.
But day by day he grew sad and thin,
And so we brought his younger brother in. (A calendar)
In winter and in summer
They stand in one colour. (A fir-tree and a pine)
This is the season
When children ski
And Santa brings
The bright Christmas tree. (Winter)
Frosty: Let’s go that way. I’ll follow you, you can lose yourselves. (They are going away).
Music. Chorus “I wish I were a snowman”
I wish I were a Snowman,
So tall and big and white.
I’d never have to clean my teeth,
Or go to bed at night.
But maybe Mister Snowman
Is wishing he were me,
For I’ll be here when summer comes,
But where will the Snowman be?
Music. Song “Christmas is coming..”
Christmas is coming
The goose is getting fat
Please, to put a penny
In an old man’s hat
Please to put a penny
In an old man’s hat.
If you have no penny
A half-penny can do
If you have no half-penny
Then God bless you.
Lights go down.
Santa’s house. (slide “Santa’s house”).
Santa Claus is picking up his bag.
Santa: A new nose for Rudolf, a new broom for Frosty, a beautiful hat for the caterpillar, a basket of snowdrops for the Queen. What else? Ah, they are coming. We’ll see if they gain their presents.
All: Santa, hello. Help us, please!
Santa: All right! I’ve just learnt a new and very modern dance. If you dance with me I’ll make all your wishes come true.
Dance. Everybody is dancing.
The clock strikes.
Santa: Christmas has come!
Song “We wish you a Merry Christmas…” (All participants).
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!
Good tidings for you
Wherever you are
Good tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year!