Holiday Chestnuts:
A Festive Selection of Seasonal Shorts

Production Team

Directed by: Natalie Carmolli
Assistant Directed by: Tammy Shake
Produced by: Joy Lamphere


December 9, 10 & 11 @ 7:30 PM
December 12 @ 2:00 PM


Poinsettia vs. the Christmas Cactus: A Yuletide Smackdown 

All is not calm as the Christmas decorations get into a ruckus over their places on the holiday pecking order. Poinsettia and the Christmas Cactus skirmish over which is on the top of the botanical Christmas list. Soon, an Advent calendar and a dancing Santa are ready to jump into the fray, but Mistletoe arrives just in time and manages to keep the peace.

By Jonathan Grahm

How I Met Your Santa

Mrs. Claus reveals how she and Santa first met in this adorable one-woman monologue.

By Daniel Guyton

Death of a Snowman

A young girl and her snowman discuss the afterlife in this existential winter drama.

By Daniel Guyton

A Christmas Chaos

A fast and frenetic comedy that takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Our intrepid band of hearty actors bravely attempt to present the entire story in only ten minutes! All the actors play multiple roles including one who plays both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit (at the same time)! Wild and hilarious, this short play manages to satirize both the classic story and theatrical backstage mayhem at the same time.

By Michael Wehrli

Oy Vey Maria

It’s a not-so-silent night when Mary’s Jewish mother shows up at the manger.

By Mark Harvey Levine

Christmas Breaks

Christmas is the perfect time to be in love, or so Marcie thought. When her boyfriend surprises her with a variety of gifts to help her deal with him breaking up with her, Marcie’s holiday plans take a nosedive. But endings can bring on new beginnings in this clever comedy about exes, neuroses, and the power of poetry.

By Patrick Gabridge

A Tree in the House

An older dog explains to a puppy why his owners have brought a tree into the house and decorated it with chew toys.

By Kari Catton

Elf Break Room

A short comedy about the stresses of being a mall elf. Five elves complain about managing the line of children waiting to see Santa.

By Natalie Carmolli