To begin? I thought we were going to be adapting another Hearth's Warming play! You know, like last year! A Hearth's Warming Carol? Not only was that delightfully seasonal, but that play had the advantage of already existing in script form, which meant that those who didn't know the story all that well or didn't want to have to improvise everything were able to follow the script. And the audience was able to follow along and see where we were using the original Dickens! (Tangentially, a Canadian actor pretending to be Charles Dickens is going around to the homes of some local people and giving the authentic reading of A Christmas Carol that Dickens actually performed--I saw it a few years ago!) If we go with a story without a theatrical script, we're flying half blind. Which, I mean, is okay--we're creative! Just saying.
And now my thoughts on the individual choices.
1. I'd be glad to help Bardigan write/outline another original play, but the thing is, he's already working on one! I understand it's the third in his Princess Luna's Great Mistakes series. I think the timing may be wrong for another original, unless Vinyl wants to write it with me!
2. But... but Nazis! Pony Nazis! Who are they? Do we actually want a pony equivalent of the German occupation of Austria? I guess it could be a loose, softened adaptation. With griffons? Dragons?
3. As a classic fairy tale, it should be a pretty easy adaptation, but also feels kind of bland to me.
4. Hmmm. I like The Wizard of Oz, but it seems like the least Christmasy choice here. Although I guess the fact that a heart is a plot point makes it somewhat Hearth's Warmingly. And with certain key decisions made, the script does kind of write itself.
5. I feel like there isn't a standard plot for the story of Robin Hood, since he's a legend with many tales told about him. That might be a plus or a minus. This choice would mean the return of Derpy as Straight Arrow, whose hilariously inept performance in the contest in The Night of Two Moons still makes me giggle.
Or should we pick something more holiday-themed? I don't have any particular ideas, but maybe Vinyl does! Or perhaps YOU do!
Edited to add: What about a play featuring the historical characters who starred in the actual traditional Hearth's Warming Pageant? I bet someone's written bunches of stories about Smart Cookie, Chancellor Puddinghead, Clover the Clever, Princess Platinum, Private Pansy and Commander Hurricane.