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Yule Tell Tales

A presentation from the Junior playwrights pitching the students' Holiday story ideas to the Junior illustrators
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Alainna Whatley

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A multi-departmental collaboration Winter Tales Whoville
Mount Crumpit
Cindy Lou Who’s house Setting Grinch
Max
Little girl (Cindy Lou Who)
Mother
Father
Whos (Townspeople, Max’s original Who family, Cindy Lou Who’s family)
Mother dog and other puppies Characters Max and Mr.Grinch By: Ashley Oplinger Whoville does not need to look like the Dr.Suess version, but it would be nice for it to still be whimsical and fantasy like.
The characters overall “look” also does not need to stick to the original story.
This is meant to appeal more to a younger audience. Details that may help!  This is the story about how Max, met the Grinch. The pair were both social outcasts of their group, and run away to Mount Crumpit. The two become each others only friends. They live in seclusion, hating the Whos and Christmas together. One year on Christmas Eve Max slips of the mountain and rolls into Whoville, within the crowd, a little girl finds him and takes him in. Max experiences his first “real” Christmas with singing, and gift giving, and family. Max knows he has to leave and returns to the Grinch. He doesn’t understand why Grinch hates Christmas so much, so when his masters diabolical plan to steal Christmas comes about, Max isn’t up for it. On the last leg of the trip that next Christmas eve, Max realizes they are in the same house that he spent his last Christmas in. He goes to the little girls room to find her asleep, she wakes up. The Grinch sends her off to bed with a glass of warm milk. After Grinch’s heart is changed, Max gets to spend Christmas with his two best friends. Synopsis More Pictures Pictures Ashley Oplinger
Zain Mann
Sam Brinson A children's story about magical
and imaginary beings and lands Fairytales Tiffany Staples
Abbie Kellett
Morgan Harrison
Kelsey Smith Folk Tales a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk Lily Weaver
Alexis Bueford
Sydney Prewitt
Ca'Rinthya Johnson
Alainna Whatley Legends A traditional story sometimes popularly
regarded as historical but unauthenticated. Kristen Sauer
Manuella Rodgers Myths a fictitious story invented to explain the beginning of something Where: Nairobi, Africa
When: Christmas Eve
Who: Jauhaur, Malaika, Messenger, Mother, Hazina.
What: Twist on the story of Mary & Joseph in the Manger
How: There was no room in the inn’s for baby Jesus, just as there is “no room” in the inn for baby Hazina- the twist on the relation between the two stories is – the inn owners, are taking in a child that isn’t theirs into their inn – hence the initial title, “There is Indeed Room in The Inn”.
Why: Jauhaur & Malaika know the feeling of being discriminated against because of the virus that struck their family, the two were not able to have children- that's the reason why Malaika was eager to mother the child, Jauhaur took the child in because he relates to the life the child will soon have to experience. It’s Christmas Eve & there’s miracles in the making . . Any Questions? It was a cold windy night, Malaika – meaning Angel, the wife of the inn owner, Jauhaur – meaning Jewel , is taking out the trash when she spots a frantic woman by the dumpster about to place an object in there . . Malaika can’t contain her nosiness and asks the woman if everything’s ok. The woman proceeds to tell Malaika how the hospital is full and there’s no room for her sick newborn. Malaika invites the woman in, but the two haven’t noticed the woman standing in the alley with them – watching their every move. Malaika rushes off to tell her husband who comes in the room, only to find it empty – they believe the woman has stolen something when they hear a faint cry and notice the bundle in the basket by the doorstep, there’s a letter on it reading, “Siwezi kuchukua huduma ya mtoto huyu, tatu barua neno imechukua yake, tafadhali wala kuachana yake”, meaning – I can not take care of this child, the three letter word has taken her, please don’t abandon her!”. Malaika jumped at the opportunity to mother the child, for she is inable to have children herself, Jauhaur is taken back by the whole situation and sits in awe as he pieces it together. The hospital’s in fact – weren’t full . . They refused to take the child in because like himself, she has HIV. The couple don’t hesitate to take the child in as their own, naming her – Hazina which means “Treasure”, the story wraps up and the two make plans to visit the next village to see Jauhaur’s doctor. Surprisingly – the woman in the room has gone unnoticed, even when she says, “There’s no word more powerful than Mungu’s favorite 4 letter word, LOVE” and exits. The Story . . As told by Tiffany ;) The hospital was an actual inn? How about if the inn owners couldn’t have children due to the husband being infected with the rapidly spreading HIV virus?
The wife of the inn owner did spot the mother of the child frantically looking around the dumpster, before the woman drops the child off there, the wife stops her . .
In the story, the hospital nurtures the baby back to health . . But what if no one would make any room in the town hospital for the baby girl? But what if . . It was a cold, windy night in Nairobi, Kenya with sheets of tropical rain beating down throughout the evening. In the huge slum adjacent to our St. Mary’s Mission Hospital an unwanted child was born in secret and thrown out naked into a fetid garbage pile. All night long this child lay exposed to the rain and cold. The next morning some kind people from the slums discovered her in the garbage pile and brought her to St. Mary’s. She was gray, wet-wrinkled from the rain, so cold a thermometer couldn’t record her temperature, and barely alive with only feeble remaining gasps. Using hot water bottles to gently warm her, oxygen, glucose, and liberal amounts of love, St. Mary’s nurses were able to bring this little child back to life. Bugs from the garbage pile that had crawled into her mouth and ears were removed. By the next day she was able to begin bottle-feeding. Named "Hazina" (meaning "‘treasure"’ in Swahili), this tough little child is now a happy resident of our newly opened Maternity Ward. We thank God for the gift she is to us as a "Catholic Center of Health Care Ministry In Service To The Poor.“ Perhaps this child holds a Christmas message for us to ponder. Within our own lives, each of us responds to love offered by others. We can experience Christ’s nourishing love within our "life-story" this special season and be richly nourished by it. The Story! The Inn An adaption of the African Christmas Story:
There is Indeed, “Room in The Inn!” Cont. They all eventually go to sleep, except Adalet.
St. Nicholas arrives at house with 3 bags of gold, but does not want to wake Memluk for fear he will think the girls asked for help and beat them.
St. Nicholas takes a ladder from a nearby barn and props it up against the house. He climbs up the ladder and gets on the roof.
Adalet hears St. Nicholas on the roof.
St. Nicholas drops the 3 bags of gold down the chimney with a note attached saying that it’s the same amount the salve owner was going to pay at that it is no longer necessary to sell off his daughters, and climbs down the ladder.
Adalet hears the money drop and goes to check it out. She can’t read what it says so she awakens Safire to read it.
Safire reads the note and gasps. She awakens Layla and tells them to quietly get their coats because they are leaving immediately. Setting Kaleköy, Turkey (Kal-AY-koy)
Seaside village that clings to the side of the rock. With only 300 inhabitants living practically on top of one another, the town is too small to even have a street; a haphazard non-system of paths weaves around the village houses. There's no such thing as trespassing -- it's just blissfully simple.
They live in a small, one room house with only two small windows on the east and west sides. There are two cots; one for the father, one for all of the daughters to share. There is no inside bathroom, only a small mirror in the corner over a bowl of water. There is a primitive wood-burning stove and a small sink stacked high with dirty dishes.
Outside in the snow
The barn Origin Saint Nicholas gave three bags of gold to a merchant so he would not sell his 3 daughters into slavery. Legends say these bags were deposited through the chimney.

Turkey Cont. They sneak out into the snow where they find St. Nicholas trudging back to his house. (they don’t know it was he who gave them the gold)
He recognizes the girls but does not let on that he knows who they are. He asks them where they are headed and Safire tells him they are trying to escape from their father.
St. Nicholas tells the girls he knows of a place they can stay for the night and leads them to an abandoned barn.
They thank him and rest there for the night……..

To be continued Storyline Memluk talks to slave owner about selling daughters.
St. Nicholas overhears conversation.
Father goes and tells girls to pack their things because they are leaving the next morning but doesn’t tell them why because he doesn’t want them running away.
Layla inquires about where they are going and why.
Memluk hits Layla for questioning him.
Safire tries to stop Memluk from hitting Layla but is beaten herself.
Adalet hides in a corner holding her pink stuffed bunny. Characters Saint Nicholas

Memluk (Mem-luke) –Merchant/father

Safire (SA-frey) –Eldest daughter (17)
Leyla (Lay-la) –Middle daughter (12)
Adalet (Uh-DAL-et) –Youngest daughter (7)

Slave owner The Dowry Lily Weaver The End At the Church “Little Drummer Boy”
meets Mexico! By: Kelsey Smith The Flame Leaf The Flame Leaf Christmas in Mexico Santa must fufill all the needs and wants in dividing the gifts of children which consist mostly of technology. Finding himself in over his, he decides to call upon his brother for help. In this story we explore the crisis of being the Santa Claus and the customs of all the santas around the world. Call me Santa
by Alexis Buford Santa lived in North America for many years doing his trade of gift giving. after some time, however, he grew annoyed with children and the constant pestering. So he leaves his home and begins to travel the world in search of a peaceful home to make toys. Eventually he finds a home with the elves at the North Pole. This tale tells the interesting ways of people around the world while entertaining all audiences with the paradox of a cynical Santa. Cynical Santa
by Sydney Prewitt Imagine the familiar scenario of white family going off for the holidays, but their plans are spoiled when they leave their child home alone. The child was happy at first, but soon grew weary and lonely. So when that's when he stays with his friend Hakeem whose African-American family celebrates the holidays differently than he ever has. In this story we explore the value of friendship and family while learning about the rich culture and practices of Kwanza. A Kwanza Tale
by
Ca'Rinthya Johnson Taking a twist on the old story of how the robin's breast is red, this story develops a modern version of the biblical tale. In this, a young man saves orphans from a fire but afterwards is scarred with ugly burns. Everyone can see the burns and judge him. But one person can see the story behind them... The Robin
by
Morgan Harrison RonpoWHAT?
by
Abbie Kellett A young football up and coming goes to visit his grandmother for the New Year's. What he finds out is that she has been suffering from kidney failure for the holidays. When he discovers that he is the only match for her transplant he must make a rushed decision. Does he choose to give up his football career or save his grandma. She is planned to be taken off life support at midnight. Imagine a tragic, holiday Cinderella Story. Countdown to Midnight
by
Sam Brinson This story starts with a Young Boy, Ivan S. Rooge.
He throws a fit and Atticus comes in and Screams “You are ruining christmas.”
He then falls asleep and the ghost of christmas past comes and visits him in the form of Atticus.
Next, the ghost of christmas present, Asher. I just want to warn everybody this is not a happy story. This story will not warm your heart. A Christmas Carol A little boy learns a lesson And finally ghost of Christmas future, Me.
The ghost of Christmas Future tells him if he doesn’t start acting better he will grow up a sorry old teenager.
When he wakes up he is just still the same old 5 year old who thinks nothing of the dreams. He still throws tantrums, he still screams at his mother, he still ruined christmas.
Zoom in the future and you see him with 2 action figures and he takes on in one hand and says “God Bless… Everyone.” ..But that’s not exactly what happened. In the middle of the night, Angelika got an unfriendly visit from Krampus. He swept her away and left nothing in her shoe except a scrawny piece of birch. The next morning, Tom finds the birch in her shoes. He feels as if it is all his fault, and will do anything to get her back. He pleads and cries, and feels as if the world is coming to an end because he has lost his sister. He then wakes up to realize it was all a dream. Candy is in their shoes. He runs to wake up Angel, and apologize for everything he’s done. This turns out tightening the bond between their relationship, resulting in a never-forgotten holiday season. In the final scene, when they leave Angelika’s room together to go look at their candy, the shadow of Krampus is seen. Emphasis on the shadow builds right before the black out. -end- I see this starting off as a classic tale of a middle class family.
Angel is terrified when Krampus takes her away. He is large, terrifying, and any kids nightmare. Dark colors. (dream stage)
After she’s gone, Thomas has a change of heart, and pleads to do anything to have her back. He cries, and regrets all that he’s done. Still dark colors. (dream stage)
He wakes up to realize it was all a dream. They both have candy in their shoes, and Angelika is still asleep. He runs into her room, wakes her up, apologizes, and their relationship ends up being repaired. (bright colors.)
If you go with drawing a happy scene with the kids embracing in the end, maybe Krampus’ shadow in the background would look good. Illustration help: My story takes place in Altenburg, Germany in the home of the Hirsch family. There lives Thomas, 14, who is sometimes referred to as Tom, and Angelika, 10, who may go by Angel. Despite the efforts of their parents, Harald and Edda, the children are constantly arguing. They never seem to see eye to eye, and it has been that way for the majority of their lives. The early death of their birth mother seven years ago on St. Nicholas’ Day was a difficult time for them. Once their father remarried to a woman named Edda two years ago, things just haven’t been the same. Thomas just keeps to himself most the time, and Angelika has been making unwise decisions. She’s been stirring into all sorts of trouble with the kids and teachers at school. Lying, cheating, and stealing are her current habits. The thing she’s best at is annoying her brother. In return, he just ignores her and tries to stay out of her drama. The time of year rolls around again, and it’s just a few days before December 6th. Tom and Angel place their shoes out by the front door, and head to bed, dreaming of the gifts that Father of Christmas will bring to them.. My adaption... For my fable, I chose to research all about the German holiday traditions. In Germany, Santa Clause is referred to as Father Christmas, who brings the presents on December 24th. The 6th of December is known as “St. Nicholas’ day” where he brings small gifts such as chocolate, little toys, or sweets, and places them into children’s shoes which are usually put out by the door on the evening before. Germany However, it isn’t all smiles in Germany. There is a character called “Knecht Ruprecht” or “Krampus” who accompanies Father Christmas on December 6th. He is a large horned monster covered in rags who carries around a birch to punish children who were naughty. He is known for giving birch to those kids for Christmas. He is the one who scares the little children. Kristen Sauer
Playwriting, Pd.3 Christmas Fable Project Angelika: Thomas: Harald:





Edda (stepmom): Character & place ideas In the letter he tells his mother to inconspicuously not let his wife hear the next part. The mother sends her daughter in law away and we learn she is pregnant. (or maybe we’ll learn it in the beginning, I haven’t decided yet). We see an oddly tender and deep emotional handshake between the two soldiers. They know that in an hour the fighting will resume and they will be enemies once again. They tell each other that they’ll see each other later and the englishman salutes the exiting german. It goes back to the english house and the mother reading the letter. We hear the voice of the soldier reading the letter, recounting the emotionless fact that nearly 10 days later the german soldier was exiting the trenches to prepare gas bomba retrieve an air-dropped ammunition package when he was shot by a british soldier. Later in that day, the englishman says had shot two german reinforcements one of which died on the spot. He said he may not have been the one that killed his acquaintance, but it was a fellow man of war. He could see that now. In the end, he send his love and ends the letter, but before you can hear his “P.S.” the man’s wife comes in and asks he mother in law what’s wrong. She shrugs it off and tells her the husband has chosen the perfect name for the new coming baby. And she says the name of the german soldier. Cont. By Alainna Whatley A Christmas Truce Nothing is set in stone, I just wanted to leave you with a full picture of the story
The tone of this piece is a little dark
Juxtaposition is a *major* theme of this (the house and the battlefields, celebration and death)
Feel free to take your own spin on this
If you have questions my email is alainna.whatley@gmail.com Just some notes… This will take place between a quaint home in England and the barren battle fields in Belgium. A mother is reading a letter from her son while her daughter in law attempts to put the woman’s granddaughter to sleep. The soldier is accounting the interesting occurrence of a temporary truce that took place between the british and the germans. We first are in the bristish trenches as they light cigarettes and tell each other “merry christmas” as they try to stamp the cold from there appendages. Then we begin to hear the merry singing of german solidiers as the put up a tree holding candles. At first the protagonist solidier is shown reacting callously as he makes offensive statements about the germans to his fellow british trench mates. He tells in his letter that there was tension and they didn’t know how to react. It goes back to the battle grounds and you see people out of their trenches and standing in no-man’s-land. He soldier remains cold until he meets one of the many english speaking german who offers him a drink. After monosyllabic conversation, the soldier learns that this german has a daughter the same age as him. He tells through the letter the details of the german man’s life and goes back to show a tense argument about the politics of war. During this, the german enlightens him about others difference in opinion and drafting, making him realize he went to war to support his family. We see a change in the englishman as he realizes how his prejudice was misleading. My summary During World War I in 1914 an unofficial Christmas truce took place, particularly that between British and German troops. The truce began on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht (Silent Night). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols. The two sides shouted Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were calls for visits across the "No man's land" where small gifts were exchanged. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently fallen soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Funerals took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects. At one funeral in No Man's Land, soldiers from both sides gathered and read a passage from Psalm 23. The truce occurred in spite of opposition at higher levels of the military command. Earlier in the autumn, a call by Pope Benedict XV for an official truce between the warring governments had been ignored. Historical account British uniform German uniform Inspiration Christmas has been a part of life in Honduras since the first Spanish settlers colonized the area, bringing with them their language, customs, Catholic religion, and ,of course, holidays. As unlikely a place as Honduras to have such common holiday traditions as presents, Christmas trees, snow, they have taken these traditions and made the holiday seasons their own.
In my story, I take the viewpoint of a brave and adventurous iguana, a native to the region, who learns of the fabulous traditions (and food) the people enjoy every year. As he travels through the beautiful seaside city of Puerto Cortes, with a population of 165,000, he learns of food such as Ronpopo and tamales, commonly eaten in the holiday season. He also witnesses strange traditions such as a family visiting three houses, symbolic to the story of Mary and Joseph looking for room at the inn. New clothes are worn and huge colorful explosions terrify but entrance the humble iguana. My story is a folk tale because the traditions and stories that the iguana hears are passed down by the people for many generations, practically engraining itself on their DNA. Plot
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