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The Dollmaker
Book, Lyrics & Music by Heather Megill
Based on Charles Dickens' "Cricket on the Hearth"

Christmas, 1860's. British toymakers Caleb and Bertha Plummer (father and daughter) head toward a bright future when Bertha accepts British sailor Edward's marriage proposal. Over the following year, Edward is lost at sea, Bertha is blinded by illness, and their jobs at the toyshop fall into jeopardy. With the support of strong friendships and an unwavering faith in love, they find healing through reconnection and reunion.

Themes: Dickensian Christmas, love, faith, home, family

Show Specifics

Show Style

Musical Drama/Comedy

Musical Style


Cast Size

 7 (4 M, 3 W)  


Piano, Violin I, Violin II, Cello, Percussion


"A story of love and family, The Dollmaker has all the charm of Victorian England, wrapped up in classic Christmas carols and many new songs that will melt your heart and soothe your soul." - Stephi Wild, (Read full preview article here.)

"The Dollmaker is the best holiday gift you can give yourself this year." - Kathy Indermill, Patron

Song List

Deck the Halls (Ensemble)

A Child's Love (Bertha/Edward)

Christmas Time (Dot/Mrs. P/Bertha/Edward/Caleb)

Letting Go (Caleb)

Happy Futures (Edward/Bertha/Dot/Caleb/Mrs. P/John)

How Can I Say Goodbye (Bertha/Edward)

Terrible News (Dot/Caleb/Mrs. P/John)

Broken (Bertha/Ensemble)

New Home (Caleb)

A Child's Home Reprise (Edward)

A Broken Heart (Edward/Caleb)

What a Horrible Year (Dot/Ensemble)

Angels We Have Heard on High (Ensemble)

Tackleton's Proposal (Tackleton)

Edward (Bertha/Ensemble)

Happy Futures Reprise (Ensemble)

Performance History

Megill & Company (Reading), Carlsbad CA 2019

Megill & Company/Vista's Broadway Theater, Vista CA 2021

Happy Futures

Demo Tracks (Full Demo available upon request.)

How Can I Say Goodbye

Available for rental


Piano/Vocal Score

Full Conductor's Score

OrchestrationsPiano, Violin I, Violin II, Cello, Percussion

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