Cricket On The Hearth — A New Dickens Christmas Musical

Cricket On The Hearth — A New Dickens Christmas Musical

Book Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools,  Church Groups, Youth Theatres)

This is Dickens’ other Christmas carol. The magic of life is evident in the Peerybingle household with a happy marriage and a newborn son. Two houses are blessed by the lucky Crickets: The Peerybingles, the Plummers with Mr. Tackleton’s awaiting the blessing of life and love.. Everyone’s paths are soon to cross with Tackleton, a disgruntled toymaker, who hates all humanity except May Fielding. He lives to make people miserable — especially children — as his toys are gruesome and scary. His employees, Caleb and Bertha, (who is blind) are simple, poor people who slave to make quality toys that the children will play with. Tackleton berates them, but their toys are purchased over his and that makes him even more bitter. Tackleton’s marriage plans are interrupted by the return of The Strange Gentleman — a man with a secret. After the work of the Crickets and the household Spirits, Tackleton gives up May to The Strange Gentleman, who is really Caleb’s long lost son (Bertha’s brother) and marries May’s mother — a woman more suitable to his age. But not before accusations are made and trust is broken all around and everyone is afraid that nothing will turn out on Christmas Eve morning. SONGS include: Gruff and Tackleton, Peerybingle and Son, Cricket on the Hearth, Just To Be Alive, Lots of Toys, You Are My Eyes, Steel Yourself, Calm Quiet Moon, How Good, I will Remember, Everyday Every Hour, At This Time of Year.


  • About 2 hours.
  • 4M 4W 1TB 1TG 3either gender/any age + ensemble of at least 16
  • Order#3002

Available for ALL producing groups. This is a PREMIERE PLAY not having been performed in its current version.

(Leicester Bay Theatricals is acting as AGENT for this musical. It is not considered a PUBLISHED musical, but one that is “in-process”. You will actually be negotiating the rights with the authors themselves, as we at LBT will be referring you to them.)


  • The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first act of this musical: CricketPERUSAL


  • ACT ONE                                       
  • 1 — PRELUDE/HOME                Orchestra
  • 1a — CHRISTMAS IS COMING            Crickets
  • 2 — GRUFF and TACKLETONS            Tackleton and Company
  • 3 — PEERYBINGLE and SON             John
  • 4 — CRICKET ON THE HEARTH            John and Dot
  • 5 — JUST TO BE ALIVE                Jimmy and Tilly
  • 7 — MUSIC BOX MEMORIES            Company
  • 8 — EVERYTHING                     Tackleton
  • 9 — LOTS OF TOYS                    Caleb, Bertha, Tackleton
  • 10 — YOU ARE MY EYES                Caleb, Bertha
  • 11 — CHRISTMAS IS HERE!            Dot and All
  • 12 — STEEL YOURSELF!                Mrs. Fielding
  • 13 — PUNCH AND JUDY                 Jimmy & Tilly
  • 14 — BETRAYED                     John, Caleb, Tackleton
  • 15 — ACT THREE PRELUDE / HOME        Crickets
  • 16 — CALM, QUIET MOON / HOME         John / Crickets
  • 17 — IT’S IN HIS EYES                Dot, John, Crickets
  • 18 — BRIGHTEST LITTLE STAR        Household Spirits
  • 18a   BRIGHTEST LITTLE STAR (rep)        Household Spirits
  • 19 — HOW GOOD                Dot
  • 20 — YOU ARE MY EYES REPRISE         Caleb & Bertha
  • 21 — I WILL REMEMBER!             Tackleton
  • 22 — EVERYDAY, EVERY HOUR         Dot/John, Bertha/Caleb, Edward/May
  • 23 — AT THIS TIME OF YEAR             All
  • 24 — CRICKET ON THE HEARTH        All

SONG SAMPLES (rough demos by the author)


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  • Script in PDF format — Order #3002a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Vocal Book in PDF format — Order #3002b : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #3002c : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3002d : Royalty terms quoted on application
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3002e : Royalty terms quoted on application
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application


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The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

The Cricket on the Hearth
A Christmas Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by
C. Michael Perry
(based on the Dickens story)

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


The Cricket On the Hearth is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”


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