One year, I got a ham for Christmas. A kid, I mean. Not my kid, but a kid in my middle school class who was an absolute natural on stage. Picture a young Vince Vaughn. A sixth grade version of Robin Williams. A Jim Belushi hitting adolescence. Basically, I had the kid who was a ham in or out of costume. And for a drama teacher such as myself, he was the best gift Santa could have ever brought me.
I wrote our school’s holiday playscript Dear Mrs. Claus that year in large part because of this ham of mine, and it is definitely a show that is near and dear to my heart. I had my young star in the largest role of Buddy the Elf, assistant to Mrs. Claus, and he had the audience in stitches, naturally. But more importantly, everyone else in the cast became better because of Buddy. His confidence, enthusiasm, and star energy were contagious and encouraged everyone else on stage to really go for it. The show was a hit because everyone, not just Buddy, turned into a bit of a ham!
When you’ve got a real star, it’s a gift. I would encourage any drama teacher to use their “sparklers” as a way to light up the rest of their cast. Or maybe you see the star potential in a particular kid. Then I say give them a meaty role! Remember, there’s nothing like a ham at Christmastime!
Dear Mrs. Claus is only one of my fun holiday shows. I have scripts for one and all in my Holiday Play Collection. May you find something that fits the ham, the side dishes, and the desserts in your cast!
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