Scripts for the play were found online. However, it left out a few parts. We added a few lines and a few characters, too. We had the soundtrack to the Charlie Brown cartoon, which was good for the scene where all the children dance.
Here are some photos of the props for your enjoyment:
Here is the sign that was posted outside of the ballroom for the play.
You're invited to A Charlie Brown Christmas Play Performance. Date: Mon. Dec. 21st, 2009. Time: 12:30. Location: Ballroom. Free cookies.
Christmas tree decorated. Of course, you’ll notice it is a different tree. It was more colorful than shown in picture. It had fiber lights that were different colors, which, in my opinion were very pretty. Camera flash prevented these colors. One of the children had hidden the “Charlie Brown tree” under the table. This tree was shown when the screen was raised giving the impression that the children had quickly decorated Charlie’s tree. It was a surprise that shocked the audience. They didn’t know about that little trick.
Snoopy light decoration featured in picture above. Teacher, Kim H., picked this decoration up for the play.
Eleven characters were in our performance, including: Woodstock, Snoopy, Pig Pen, Frita (with naturally curly hair), Rerun, Charlie Brown, Linus, Shermy , Sally, Shroder, and Lucy.
Therapeutic Benefits of Play
Therapeutic benefits for play. Of course, children are at our residential treatment facility for therapy. They’re there to get help. Although this play was designed to be fun and entertaining, it also served a greater purpose in accordance with the kid’s therapy needs. The play allowed the children to work on several of their own needs.
Each kid in the play had therapeutic goals that were achieved through the use of this “play/ recreation activity.” Goals varied according to individual needs of the child. Here is an example of one goal: a.) increase confidence and esteem as evidenced by performing in front of a live audience. Here is an example of another goal: b.) increase teamwork and co-operation as evidenced by working together with peers to practice for play and to create stage props.
Other skills enhanced by this play included: socialization, creativity, leadership, to learn to listen more attentively, be aware of what’s going on, be responsible and prepared. The kid’s also had greater acceptance of self. Some children who have difficulty with speech even improved their verbalization through the repetition of lines.
Here are a few YouTube Video-Clips of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon for your enjoyment, too: