Yes Virginia, the Musical Sensory Friendly Guide

YES VIRGINIA, THE MUSICAL, set in NEW YORK CITY, 1897.

 

CHARACTERS and COSTUMING TO EXPECT:

Townspeople—Men, Women, and children in streetwear appropriate for 1897.

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News kids- various children that sell the newspapers. They carried rolled newspapers and most wear hats.

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Jolly Gentleman- Festive man in a suit and top hat. He has a real white beard.

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Virginia—sweet young girl of about 8 years old.

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Ollie—Virginia’s friend, also about 8 years old.

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Scraggly Santa—kind and fun-loving Santa in a tattered Santa suit with a white beard and wig.

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Pigeons—4 girls dressed in gray costumes that have fabric wings and headpieces.

The Librarian—female narrator of our story.

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Mr. Church—tall and grumpy newspaper editor. He wears a suit and top hat.

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Charlotte—bossy little girl of about 8 years old, who is sometimes unkind to Virginia.

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Mrs. Whiskers- Charlotte’s white kitten, played by a young girl. She wears a white cape and dress, kitten ears, tail, paws, and whiskers.

Eight Around the World Santas—these Santas are from 8 different parts of the world. (pictures to come!) They wear different Santa-type costumes according to their country’s traditions. All Santas wear white beards and wigs.They come from America (St. Nick), Armenia(Gaghant Baba), France (Pere Noel), Hawaii (Kanakaloka), Russia (Ded Moroz who carries a stick), Holland (Sinterklaas), and Sweden (Jultomten), and Father Christmas—Santa Claus!

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Books from around the world- played by 7 children wearing a soft book like a sandwich board, that matches to each of the Around the World Santas

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STORY SYNOPSIS

Scene 1, Set in New York City on a city street outside of the library.

The city dwellers move about with holiday activity. Virginia and Ollie sing “Santa Claus Will Soon Be Here” about how excited they are for Christmas, and Virginia has made a book for Santa that she plans to share on Christmas Eve. They run off to find Santa. The City Dwellers sing “A Broadway Carol” and we meet Scraggly Santa for the first time, ringing his bell for donations. He used to work for Mr. Church, but was fired from the newspaper. Mr. Church walks through the street in a grumpy way. All he cares about is selling his newspapers and sings “Cold Hard Facts” with the news kids. Scraggly Santa sees a shivering woman with a baby and gives her his ragged coat. The dancing pigeons are happy with his good deed and they sing and dance to “Spending Christmastime With You.” Charlotte and Mrs. Whiskers come by and take Virginia’s book and tease her and say believing in Santa is “Baby Stuff.” Virginia is sad and wants proof that Santa is real. She goes to the Library to find it.

Scene 2, Set in the Library

Librarian and Books from Around the World introduce the different Santas from around the world, who magically appear. Virginia and Ollie enjoy learning about the different Santas, but she wants more proof that Santa is real. She decides that if is printed in the newspaper The Sun, then it is the real truth.

Scene 3, Set in Virginia’s house

Virginia is setting at her desk sings “Dear Editor” as she writes a letter to the editor of The Sun, asking if there is a Santa Claus. She puts the letter in the mailbox.

Scene 4, Set in Mr. Church’s office at The Sun

Mr. Church receives Virginia’s letter. He crumples it up and throws it away, but it misses the trash can.

 

Scene 5, Set back on the New York City Street

The City Dweller sing “Fa La La Fugue” as they continue to bustle with holiday activity. Virginia and Ollie bring Scraggly Santa a brand new coat they bought with money from Virginia’s piggy bank. He is very happy and they all sing “Make a Wish Come True.” Charlotte has found Virginia’s crumpled letter in the street and she and Mrs. Whiskers tease Virginia that is was the “Perfect Gift” and continues to mock her with “Dear Editor.” Virginia cries and runs out. Scraggly Santa reads the letter and goes to Mr. Church for help to see if he would print it in The Sun that there truly is a Santa Claus. Ollie rings Scraggly’s bell while he’s gone and sings “Ollie’s Observation.” He wonders why people don’t believe and are sometimes mean. Mr. Church and Scraggly return and Mr. Church sees how sad Virginia is and that she lost her faith. He decides to write back to Virginia, and places his famous editorial in The Sun, saying Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. That is the proof she needs, because she believes if it’s printed in The Sun, it is true! The entire cast rejoices in the magic of Christmas and sing “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” The Jolly Gentleman enters and returns Virginia’s pop-up book that she had thrown away when she was sad. He’s the real true Santa! Even Charlotte and Mrs. Whiskers now know he is real!


THIS SHOW WILL RUN ABOUT 60-70 MINUTES LONG. THERE WILL BE A FAKE SNOW EFFECT THAT OCCURS IN THE LAST MUSICAL NUMBER. THE STAGE WILL NEVER BE COMPLETELY DARK. 2 OF THE CHARACTERS MAKE  LOUD EXCLAMATIONS AT 2 DIFFERENT POINTS IN THE PLAY BUT WILL DECREASE THEIR VOLUME FOR THE SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TOUR THE THEATER AND SEE COSTUMES AND CHARACTERS BEFORE THE PRODUCTION, PLEASE EMAIL SARA AT sara.barbisch@yahoo.com. WE COULD SCHEDULE A PRIVATE VISIT ON MONDAY NOV. 20, OR TUESDAY NOV. 21 AFTER 5PM.