You know how when some families and groups gather, they hold “shows” that all the family members or colleagues contribute to (with singing, dancing, skits, poems, displays, all manner of things)? I love it when they call them “Talent-less Shows.” (I attended a party like this once back when I worked at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and that group of eclectic, create folks threw one odd, wild, zany night of entertainment!)
Anyway, if you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party and you need to contribute to the festivities by providing a “talent,” or an act, or a group skit or some-such-thing, I have an idea for you: A dramatic reading (okay, so maybe it’s going to end up being a not-so-dramatic-reading) with the added bonus of ugly Christmas sweater visuals. Picture this — You all stand with your backs turned to the audience. Reader #1 turns around to face the audience. First, the crowd is wowed by his wonderfully ugly Christmas sweater. Then, they are wowed by his beautiful rendition of the first few paragraphs of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Each paragraph or so, the next reader turns to face the audience, and continues on with the next few paragraphs of the poem.
As I read through “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” I realized there’s a wealth of ideas for sweaters that will help to tell the story: Santa Claus, reindeer, a bag of toys, a sleigh, stockings hung from the chimney with care. Lots of good sweater add-on stuff here!
To help out, I’ve printed up the text of the poem for you, along with some sweater add-on ideas. (You could expand the list to include many, many readers, or, smash a LOT of items on just a few sweaters and have just a few readers. Your choice, based on the number in your group.)
For even further inspiration, I’ve included shots of sweaters below from my eShop that have some of the “Night Before Christmas” items that I mentioned above. This ought to help get the creative juices flowing.
Have a wonderful (un)dramatic reading. (I’ll be VERY surprised if you get through much of the poem without breaking up in laughter – so good luck trying to keep a straight face!)
Nancy, The Ugly Sweater Gal