Richest Man in the Valley – Licensing

How Much does it Cost?

For $425 you can perform the show for one season and receive the full packet of DVD’s, CD’s, graphics and more. To Purchase the license and packet CLICK HERE.

How long is the show?

The entire performance is about 1 hour and 40 minutes long. One of the more comical scenes in the beginning of act two can be removed, which will shorten the show by about 6 minutes. There really is not a boring moment in this entire show and all of it is critical to developing the wonderful story. That particular scene is not even in the script.

For more information please call (860) 305-1061 or e. mail us at info@lightsup.org

What do we receive?

  • Full performance on DVD including stage and background information
  • Demo CD’s for your all songs. Your actors can be practicing at home
  • Practice CD’s without demo vocals
  • The script (of course) you’ll receive a Word file for as many copies as you need
  • The performance CD and a disc with uncompressed wav files.
  • Graphics for your promotional needs (jpegs, Photoshop files, etc.)
  • 40 full color 11X17 inch posters. You print your information at the bottom
  • 2 years of performance rights.
  • Free consulting from the writer and creater of this show, Brent Grosvenor

How Many People do we need?

This show can be done with as few people as 25 and as many as you
want to add in for the larger crowd scenes. The specific main rolls are as follows:

Mr. Eastman
Mr. "C"
Mrs. "C"
Mindy "C" (teen)
Cindy "C" (teen)
Sonny "C" (teen)
David (Mr. C's best friend)
Mrs. Hayworth (rich and stuffy friend of Mr. "C"
Bobby (young teen)
Youth Leader
Homeless Man
Young Woman (with child)
Rich Man (with child)
Gold Digger Guy (funny)
Many other small parts
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small acting
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small acting
large acting
simple acting
moderate singing
one verse of singing
ensemble singing
solo (up beat)
solo (ballad)
ensemble singing (optional)
two solos (difficult)
ensemble singing
ensemble singing
solo (up beat, other youth members could sing)
solo (ballad)
solo (ballad)
solo (up beat)
No singing
ensemble singing

What is the basic storyline?

One year ago, just before Christmas, the infamous Anthony B. Cornelius Sr. lost his long fight with Cancer.

His successful company and great wealth was passed down to his only son, Anthony Cornelius Jr.

Before his death, he wrote a letter to Anthony and sealed it in an envelope, which to this day has not been opened.

In scene one (following the short introductory scene) the audience Learns of Mr. Eastman, an old man who works for Mr. C. and doesn’t Make a lot of money. It’s a fun scene with him and a group of children as they sing Christmas carols together. He talks about the meaning of Christmas and answers A few questions about the Cornelius family.

In the next scene we get a true glimpse into the Cornelius family and what Anthony C. is really like.

The following two scenes are during the annual Cornelius Christmas party. During this lively and festive time many things transpire that make life even worse for Mr. C. Most of it is quite funny, but the most important moment is when Mr. Eastman finally finds a moment to tell Mr. C. about a traumatic and vivid dreamed he had. In this dream he learned that by Christmas morning the richest man in the valley will be dead. It is now three days until Christmas. Of course, this devastates Mr. C. and he makes him leave the party.

Seen five is a wonderful scene with Mindy Cornelius and Mr. Eastman at his shack. She sings a beautiful song called “I would be alright” which is one of the most touching songs in the show.

In scene six Mr. C. is alone and a “godfather” mob type character appears in the house. From this point on Mr. C. is paranoid as to who is going to try and kill him or how he might die. It turns out that this person is Anthony’s best friend that he grew up with. This is a wonderful scene. Mr. C learns that his friend David is now a Christian. This bothers him, but he opens up. This brings ACT I to a close.

Act II
It’s now Christmas Eve and Mr. C. is very worried. He falls asleep in his living room with a gun in his hand and goes into an long elaborate dream where his entire world is turned upside down.
This dream begins with a lot of humor, but turns serious as Mr. C. learns that everyone is changed as a result of embracing the reason for Christmas, Jesus Christ himself. His children are different and as various people in need come to his house he also changes while doing the right thing to help each person. Finally, he has a personal encounter with the baby Jesus and embraces the very son of God he is rejecting.

When he wakes up and realizes he is not dead he is instantly back to his old self. He’s frustrated and furious at the old man. When he decides to go give Mr. Eastman a piece of his mind he finds him dead in his shack. After a moment it hits him. The Richest Man in the Valley is dead. Mr. Eastman is the richest man in the valley for other, more important reasons. (The audience doesn’t know this is coming).

Then he remembers the letter his father wrote to him before he died. He rushes home to read. Here we here the father speaking. It’s a very moving moment as it leads into the final song. His friend David sings the song “He’s Standing at the Door.” This leads up to the finally chorus “Come Unto Jesus.” At the end we see the Cornelius family all standing and morning over Mr. Eastman, the man who changed all their lives forever.

All songs and music are original except for the Christmas carols and the chorus, “Come Unto Jesus.”
For more questions not answered here, please e. mail Brent at brent@lightsup.org