The SantaLand Diaries
by David Sedaris
a two handed, 90 minute romp through the secret lives of department store elves
Are your teeth aching from an overload of sugary-sweet Christmas specials featuring impossibly
cherubic children and Christmas miracles aplenty? Are you passing out from pageants? David Sedaris’ masterpiece is guaranteed to add some jangle to your Yuletide jingle.
“The funniest Christmas play ever written”, The SantaLand Diaries is a slightly fictionalized account
of author and radio celebrity Sedaris’ time as one of Macy’s department store Christmas elves. Sedaris’ elfin adventures are brought to life onstage for Christmas 2016 by the internationally renowned Alan Marriott as “Crumpet”, along with 29 additional characters and live music brilliantly performed by Sandra-Mae Luykx
Middle aged, out of work, and in need of holiday cash, a writer assumes the role of “Crumpet”, one of the magical elves in Macy’s New York SantaLand. Crumpet uses his gift for insight (as writers do) and relies on Alan Marriott’s host of wild voices and impersonations to bring to life the hordes of
holiday shoppers, bratty kids, overzealous parents, store management, co-worker elves, and even the stout men themselves who don the red suit! “You don’t want to see a Santa undress” he cautions.
From leading the audience in a robust “S-A-N-T-A!” cheer to that point where, as it happens for all elves, the horrors begin, Crumpet takes us on his journey. Squeezed into a ridiculous costume with what looks like a heavily medicated smile on his face, Crumpet ushers people through SantaLand,
even those who have wandered in by accident while shopping for a toaster. He brings to life shy kids, crying kids and kids having tantrums - and none of them as bad as their adult handlers. Crumpet shows us the worst of humanity, and their children. Will he find anyone to redeem this holiday
season? Anyone? Anyone?
The 2016 Famous Artists Production of the SantaLand Diaries featuring Alan Marriott and Sandra-Mae Luykx became the highest-ever grossing production in Presentation House Theatre's history.
Alan and Sandra-Mae have (separately or together) performed in four Edinburgh Festival Fringes, starting as far back as 1987! Alan spent a year and half at the Criterion Theatre in London as part of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Additionally, Alan and Sandra-Mae have been seen at the Leicester Comedy Fest, Brighton Comedy Fest, Glasgow Mayfest, Calgary Improv Fest (with Colin Mochrie), Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Seattle Festival of Improvisational Theatre (SFIT), Ottawa International Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Fringe Festival, and even the Penticton Peach Festival! Alan was also a company performer of Showstopper! - The Improvised Musical for the 2010 Hong Kong tour. Alan and Sandra-Mae have appeared numerous times at North Vancouver's Friday Night Live show since 2014 and additionally played to sold-out houses for the Christmas 2016 run of David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. Beauty and the Beast can currently be seen in weekly performances at the Anne MacDonald Studio in North Vancouver.
The pair have been seen on many television and radio shows including
Wake Up in the Wild Room for ITV/Disney, The New Alexei Sayle Show for ITV, The Jo Brand Show for ITV, The New Bundolo Show for CBC TV, The Happening for B Sky B, The Bootleg Broadway Show for Tyne Tees TV, Now What? For Crucial Productions/ITV, The early Edition for CBC TV, The Impro Musical for BBC Radio 2, Gemini Apes (with Christopher Lee) BBC Radio 4, Journey to Space for BBC Radio 4, Galahad at Blandings (with Ian Carmichael) for BBC Radio 4, Figure with Meat (with Clive Merrison) for BBC Radio 4, Batman-The Lazarus Pool (with Bob Sessions and Michael Gough) for BBC Radio 4. Alan has also voiced many characters in many animated feature films including, Planet 51, Back to Gaya, Globi, Ghost in the Shell (the Akira sequel), and most recently as Cacofonix the Bard in Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods.