Just sit right back and you'll see a tale of a fateful trip, with seven familiar passengers, but with a few new twists! The castaways are stranded on a deserted island after their 3-hour cruise aboard the S.S Anchovy ends with all of them being shipwrecked. There are no cars, no lights, no iPads, no Facebook. It's primitive as can be. What may be worse than the lack of comforts is the sad fact that the marooned passengers are unable to celebrate Christmas properly. How can you decorate a palm tree? Can you achieve a white Christmas with sand instead of snow? Are coconuts useful for making eggnog? These questions leave the castaways wondering… what makes Christmas “Christmas”? The possibility of escape comes with the arrival of a new castaway who might hold the key to their rescue. However, strange messages are left in the sand, leaving the castaways anxious and wondering about who wrote them. Join Clipper (the captain of the S.S. Anchovy), his first mate Gulligan, the billionaires Houston Powell and his wife, the movie star Scarlett Rooney, the dean, and the sweet farm girl Kari Ann Winters, as they search for a way off the island while also learning the true meaning of Christmas. This parody is full of laughs, adventure, and the retelling of Christ's birth, told by the most unlikely of sources.
Playwright Andrew Frodahl Talks About His Play
Gulligan’s Island Christmas
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I'm a huge fan of the Gilligan's Island show and grew up watching the reruns as a kid. I would come home after school and it was on tv. The classic show has stood the test of time and I think that is because we all ask the question, "What would it be like to be stranded on an island?"
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: The fishing scene in the opening and the Wondian's presentation of the gospel message. Because the message of the gospel can be presented by any culture and easy enough a child can grasp it. Plus I loveflannel graphs.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are parodies of the Gilligan island castaways. While they are based on parodies from Gilligan's island many are influenced by friends and family.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I believe we all need a good laugh and that entertainment can be uplifting and great tool to spread the gospel message.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: The play is a parody of the Gilligan's Island show. The more you can imitate the idiosyncrasies of these characters, the better it will sell. However, with that said, the play is written to stand on its own without anyone ever seeing Gilligan's Island.