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Director’s Cut A view from directors Christine Rye and Heather Evans Christmas is coming, and so it is time for carols and mince pies at the Wheatsheaf. This year we have an extravaganza planned for you – as Joe Lawless has written the evening’s entertainment for us! We have carols, baubles, the Christmas fairy and a nativity. We have snow and ice-skaters, jokes and songs. Everything for a very merry time! This production is such a lot of fun. Just looking at the set with the Christmas wreaths and tree makes you feel all warm inside (and that was without the mulled wine!). It is great to have the Crew involved – and they put in such a lot of hard work, so a big thanks to all of them. It is good to have both Joe L and Jonny Barnett on stage again – they will bring a smile to every face - and a huge thanks to Rachel for coming along to sing for us. Finally a thank you to the children of class 4B from the Wheatsheaf Primary School. If they can behave long enough to get through the nativity it will be a relief to all! Merry Christmas and God Bless Us – every one! Chrissy & Heather

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Christmas Songs If thou know it telling: yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling? Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain, right against the forest fence by Saint Agnes fountain.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay; Remember Christ, our Saviour, Was born on Christmas day, To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

In his master's step he trod, where the snow lay dented. Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed. Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing, ye who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing

From God our Heavenly Father, A blessed Angel came; And unto certain Shepherds Brought tidings of the same: How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by Name. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly Deck the halls with boughs of holly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la 'Tis the season to be jolly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Don we now our gay apparel Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; This holy tide of Christmas All other doth deface. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

See the blazing Yule before us. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Follow me in merry measure. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la While I tell of Yule-tide treasure. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Good King Wenceslas Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen, when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even. Brightly shown the moon that night, though the frost was cruel, when a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.

Fast away the old year passes. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Hail the new year, lads and lasses Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Sing we joyous, all together. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la heedless of the wind and weather. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

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Christmas Songs Seven swans a swimming, Six geese a laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French Hens, Two turtle doves And a Partridge in a pear tree.

Ding Dong Merrily on High Ding dong! merrily on high, In heav'n the bells are ringing: Ding dong! verily the sky Is riv'n with angel singing. Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! E'en so here below, below, Let steeple bells be swungen, And "Io, io, io!" By priest and people sungen.

Winter Wonderland Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, in the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! Pray you, dutifully prime Your matin chime, ye ringers; May you beautifully rime Your evetime song, ye singers.

Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song, as we go along, walking in a winter wonderland.

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say: Are you married? we'll say: No man, But you can do the job when you're in town.

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A partridge in a pear tree. Second: Two turtle doves Third: Three French Hens, Fourth: Four calling birds, Fifth: Five golden rings, Sixth: Six geese a laying, Seventh: Seven swans a swimming, Eighth: Eight maids a milking, Ninth: Nine ladies dancing, Tenth: Ten lords a leaping, Eleventh: Eleven pipers piping,

Later on, we'll conspire, as we dream by the fire To face unafraid, the plans that we've made, walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he's a circus clown We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman, until the other kids knock him down.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking,

When it snows, ain't it thrilling, Though your nose gets a chilling We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, walking in a winter wonderland. 5


Crackers About Christmas By Joe Lawless Directed by Christine Rye And Heather Evans

Act 1 A selection of Christmas Sketches and songs to get you in the Christmas Spirit

Interval Act 2 Christmas Baubles Nativity Play

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Cast The Wheatsheaf Crew

Anthony Wilkes, Ryan Randall, Ethan Flynn, Thomas Wensley, Pfion Vince, Keeley Clancy, Thomas Green, Robert Haskins, Nadine King, Jasmine Kumar, Sophie Lapworth, Scarlet McClean, Lewis O’Hara, Anthony Roach, Lauren Robinson, Amy Tims

Soprano The Wheatsheaf Players

Rachel Mohammed Joe Lawless, Heather Evans, Jennie Jones, Jonny Barnett, Anne Collins, Jo Russell, Ruth Carver-Smith

Crew Lighting & Sound Design

Stephen Hocking

Sound Operation

Stephen Hocking

Lighting Operation

Richard Taylor

Stage Manager

Christine Rye

Deputy Stage Manager

Lewis Sykes

Set Design

Joe Lawless

Set Construction

Wheatsheaf Wednesday Wheatsheaf Crew Heather Evans Chris Evans

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Christmas Songs Thumpetty thump thump,thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.

The Christmas Song Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day, So he said, "Let's run and we'll have some fun now before I melt away." Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there all around the square saying,Catch me if you can. He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa's on his way He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother's child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And he only paused a moment when he heard him holler "Stop!" For Frosty the snow man had to hurry on his way,

And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you.

But he waved goodbye saying, "Don't you cry, I'll be back again some day." Thumpetty thump thump etc

Frosty The Snowman

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out 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.

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names They never let poor Rudolph Play in any reindeer games

There must have been some magic in that

old silk hat they found. For when they placed 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. Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say Rudolph with your nose so bright Won't you guide my sleigh tonight? Then all the reindeer loved him And they shouted out with glee "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer You'll go down in history!" 8


Christmas Songs Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Hark the Herald Angels Sing Hark the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain Gold I bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to rein O Star of wonder... Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and Sacrifice Alleluia, Alleluia Earth to heav'n replies O Star of wonder...

Christ by highest heav'n adored Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a Virgin's womb Veiled in flesh the Godhead see Hail the incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

Away in a Manger Away in a manger, No crib for His 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

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings Ris'n with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, 'Til morning is nigh. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

We three kings of Orient are We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright 9


Christmas Songs The First Noel

Silent Night

The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East beyond them far And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night. Noel... Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord That hath made Heaven and earth of nought And with his blood mankind has bought. Noel...

Charity Raffle It is traditional for us to donate our Christmas Production raffle takings to charity, and this year is no different. Each night’s raffle will be going to a different charity. Wednesday: Breast Cancer UK Thursday: Acorns Children's Hospice Friday: Warwickshire Air ambulance Saturday: Mercia MS Therapy Centre 10

Silent night, 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 Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the Saviour is born Silent night, holy night Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


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Crackers Programme