With the holidays just around the corner, high school drama clubs across the country are gearing up to showcase their talents through a variety of winter performances. From dance to drama to literature, there are so many theatrical performances that traditionally take place in winter for drama clubs to recreate. These theatrical performances are always a fun way to kick off the holiday season and are sure to be an activity that your family will look forward to year after year. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your own school’s winter performance for years to come or wondering what type of performance you might see your local high school’s drama club put on, read on for few of the most popular and a couple ideas of our own!
- Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is thought by many to be the greatest Christmas story of all time. Filled with strong, memorable characters and images, the theatrical opportunities in the form of sets, costumes, and lighting are endless. Most importantly, A Christmas Carol is a story about one man’s transformation from cruel and miserly to generous and unconditionally loving through honest self-evaluation and change of heart.
- The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker ballet, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the most visually beautiful and fantastic performances of the holiday season. While traditionally performed by professional ballerinas and dancers, students with a lesser knowledge of ballet techniques can modify the dances by providing their own take on the music through interpretive or creative dance. The sets and costumes in The Nutcracker are typically colorful and joyful, another reason it’s a great piece to perform around the holidays.
- White Christmas
White Christmas, originally a movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, is a heartwarming musical that combines the warmth, snow, and sparkle of the Christmas season with a glimpse back into post WWII culture. The story is upbeat and the original film incorporates song and dance at every turn. A high school drama club would do well taking a few scenes or songs to create a White Christmas montage or mash-up.
- It’s a Wonderful Life
While this story has strong Christian undertones, it communicates a powerful message about the value of human life and how our generosity of spirit touches others in ways we may never know—perfect themes for high school aged students coming into their own as young adults.
- Multi-Cultural and Literary Monologues
Instead of choosing one play or performance to recreate, high drama clubs may enjoy the dynamism and creativity provided by performing a series of monologues from winter literature. Among some of the most memorable are Edgar Allen Poe’s dark poem, “The Raven”, which takes place in December, Mark Twain’s “Letter from Santa Claus”, and Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicolas.” Folklore from other cultures can be woven in such as the Ukranian folk tale, “The Mitten”, or a Kwanzaa story. Finally, Hanukkah stories like the Hanukkah lights tale will round out the showcase of multi-cultural winter tales.