At Unique Gifts from Luxurious Yarns (U.G.L.Y.), ugly is beautiful! At the factory of the world’s leading supplier of ugly Christmas sweaters, founder Sam Ebenezer pulls all the strings to make sure no stitch is dropped. With a huge order looming to get out the day before Christmas, the team of Bob Cratchit (“that’s pronounced Crochet”), Tiny Tom and others weave together a plan of attack, while Sam encounters three mysterious visitors who not only help overcome some ugly obstacles, but bring the beautiful good news of Christmas! With apologies to a well-loved Christmas Carol, don your ugliest Christmas sweater, and have a dickens of a good time with A Christmas Yarn!
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Cast List/Character Descriptions
There are 13 speaking roles (10 characters with speaking parts, 3 Scripture readers) and 9 non-speaking characters available for casting in A Christmas Yarn. Any of the roles may be played by a boy or a girl with only slight name modifications in the script. The indications below show how we recorded them on the demonstration recording. Many roles could be played by older youth or adults.
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|Name||Gender*||What They’re Like ...|
|Samantha Ebenezer (Sam)||FEMALE||The head of Unique Gifts from Luxurious Yarns. She is in charge of meeting the big deadline, and the latest in a long line of Ebenezers to run the company.|
|Bob Cratchit||MALE||The head of the weaving department. He is level-headed, kind and capable.|
|Humbug||FEMALE||Sam’s quirky assistant. She always has her tablet close at hand with information and statistics.|
|Tiny Tom||MALE||Tom takes care of the sheep. He means well, but has some off the wall ideas, and one good one.|
|Carole||FEMALE||Carole is the new employee, just starting to work the day before Christmas. She loves the idea of working at a place she’s always revered.|
|Belle||FEMALE||Belle is a faithful employee at the company. She has worked there for many years.|
|Marlo||FEMALE||Marlo is a the first of Sam’s “visitors.” She arrives to help spin yarn by hand since the power has gone out.|
|Fuzzy||MALE||Fuzzy is the second of Sam’s “visitors.” He works for the electric company and has come to get the power back on.|
|Anna||FEMALE||Anna is the last of Sam’s “visitors.” She works for a delivery company and comes and goes bringing and delivering boxes.|
|Bruno||MALE||Bruno is an employee, and the handler of the “ugliest Christmas sweater in the world.”|
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