A Broken Badge Christmas - Melodrama

performed across America
and internationally for 15 years
so you know audiences love them


The Holiday Melodrama -  A Broken Badge Christmas

Also known as "Oils Well that Ends Well" - (Customizable for your Town. Yes ... we can do that!)

CAST: Female: 7 Male: 7 Total: 14 plus a piano player and optional extras

Up for a little holiday fun? Welcome back to the small western town of Longview for the story of a lost love, a "rehabilitated" villain, a jilted woman, and a framed sheriff. At the same time, it is also the story of one actor at the end of his radio career and another just at the beginning of a whole new life. Familiar melodrama friends have returned including that scoundrel Professor Mack and that irrepressible Gypsy Claire Voyant who now runs the local saloon. New friends include our Hero Justin Credible and our Heroine "Longview Lacie".

The story opens on Christmas eve in 1939 as the popular "Longview Radio Theater" radio broadcast is about to begin its final weekly radio broadcast entitled "A Broken Badge Christmas" on KBAM 1270 on the AM radio dial. Through the magic of radio, the audience is transported back to that much simpler year of 1896 ... for the retelling of a completely mostly true tale of the old west ...  well at least that is our story and we're sticking to it.

Of course, also included are a whole slew of authentic old-time songs, live sound effects and an ample supply of shameless plugs. Now fetch yerself an eggnog and gather around your radio. Turn back your clocks and calendars as a story of love across the centuries unfolds. The Perusal play is a customized play created for Longview Washington. (Notice the heroine's name.)

Easy ... Just click the link below and you can read and example customized Christmas Melodrama. This one was created specifically for a wonderful theatre company in Longview Washington. Places were changed for the location, specific local businesses were added, some names were changed to personalize the play, even the little swallows were swapped for squirrels ... since they are everywhere in Longview. You can customize it yourself or like Longview did - have the autor - do it for you for a small extra pittance of a fee..

Click Here for a Sample Read-Only Perusal Copy of this Holiday Favorite Melodrama .

They are full-length melodramas. But if you want a shorter version for schools, churches, or community events ... you can customize them to your venue. Other providers of Melodramas prohibit you from making modifications to published scripts. We encourage it. Villain names have been changed, local establishment "shameless plugs" have been added, casts were shrunk for smaller venues, casts were expanded so more actors could have fun. No permission is needed to change our Melodramas around to fit your town's history or personalize the play.

SBest of all ... we want you to customize this script for your venue and c0ommunity!

While Hero and Villain plays are available for Theatres and Playhouses, they also work great as fund raisers for civic organizations, colleges, clubs, church groups, community centers, mountain retreats or even dinner theaters. These family-oriented melodramas are now provided for a flat royalty fee based upon whether you want to perform a play for a whole year or if you will only be having 5 or less performances. These plays have been produced successfully and are designed to help you have a production that your town will be talking about all year.

Many of those performing melodramas are community theatres, schools, churches or non-profit organizations and so our prices are purposely kept affordable for these groups. When you consider all of the flexibility to change, modify, print, and video our Melodramas ... we think that they are a great value. Buy one today with one of the links below.

Yes, Yep, Certainly ... you can print as many scripts on your own printer as you might need for your cast and crew. Other publishers seriously frown on this and prohibit even the thought of it. Perhaps you have lots of paper, a free copier and lots of time on your hands ... When you pay royalties you get access to a downloadable and printable version of the script and music score. So, if you need to print out another copy when someone misplaces their script ... no problem ... you can stay in the "Hero" category and make extra copies at your heart's content.

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Affordable Melodrama Royalties

Limited Run Royalty

A discounted price for just a few performances.


The Real Deal

  • If you only will be needing 1 to 5 performances ... this is the package for you.
  • Even though it is discounted ... you still get a PDF script, modifiable Word-Doc script, PDF full music score, downloadable rehearsal music tracks, cue-card graphics and more.
  • Melodrama royalty payments are simply determined by how many times you plan to performed in front of an audience.

One Year Unlimited

For Theatres or Playhouses wanting a longer run.


The Amazing Bargain

  • This package gives you as many performance as you want for a full year. Great for schools and diner shows.
  • Unlimited for a year access to a PDF script, modifiable Word-Doc script, PDF full music score, cue-card graphics and so much more.
  • Downloadable rehearsal music tracks and scratch track samples are now included for HeroAndVillain Melodramas.

The Whole Kit & Caboodle

Let us Customize your Melodrama


This Christmas Melodrama can be customized for you by 'Professor Mack' himself and deliverd to your inbox in less than 2 weeks.

  • Sure ... you could do it yourself ... but sometimes life gets so busy and maybe you have a whole season of plays that are needing more of your attention. So go ahead and have our playwright personally send 12 questions and then customize those answers into this fun Christmas Melodrama that you have a hankering to perform.
  • Email your contact information and we will send you the questionnaire and an invoice comes after you submit your answers. Customized plays include printable customized music score and several custom cue-cards ... a bargain.

Piano Scores

Professionally customized Piano Score now included in the Whole Kit and Caboodle Package.

  • The Piano Score for this special Holiday/Christmas Melodrama can be customized by the author and is included in the Whole Kit and Caboodle Package. Go ahead and spend the few extra dollars ... your cast and audience will love the results. If you insist on customizing the play yourself ... you get a standard music score included ... but take a gander at this perusal copy of a customized score ... and you will recognize the customized package as a bargain. Piano players are the unsung heroes of your melodrama. Reward them with a professionally customized full-size piano score.
  • Click Here for a Read-Only Perusal Copy of this Christmas Melodrama's Music Score ... Impressive!