As the Douglas family prepares for Christmas Eve dinner, they are held hostage by two bumbling thieves, who just robbed a convenience store and and need a place to hide. As quirky relatives and neighbors begin to arrive, the question becomes "who is holding whom hostage." A comic Holiday treasure!
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE ESTIMATED AGES OF THE CHARACTERS, HOWEVER, WE WILL CAST ACTORS THAT ARE OLDER OR YOUNGER IF THEY FIT THE ROLE.
Tom Douglas - Lead; Age: 40s - early 50s
Host of the family dinner. Calm, cool and collected, with a good sense of humor, He is patient with his wife’s family and enjoys needling his teenaged daughter, Beth. Definitely the glue that holds the story together.
Beth Douglas - Lead; Age: late teen
Daughter to Tom and Janet Douglas. Smart and quick. Snarky but not snotty, She has no fear, as evidenced by how she handles the hostage situation the family is thrust into.
Bud Nester - Supporting; Age: 40s- early 50s
Tom's brother-in-law. Unapologetically loud and brash. He's an avid fisherman and hunter, and loves to watch bowling and golf. Constantly bickering with his wife’s uncle,
Tracy Nester - Supporting; Age: late teens
Daughter of Bud & Bunny, Tracy is nothing like her parents. She is quiet, bookish, the opposite demeanor of her cousin Beth ,yet the girls seem to be rather close.
Uncle Leo- Supporting: Age: 70s-80
Know-it-all, cantankerous uncle with a million stories, including knowing the story behind Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and that the only ham worth buying is from Schnellendahl’s.
Tony - Supporting; Age: 30s-40s
Unemployed, desperate and completely on edge, Tony's getaway car broke down after he robbed a convenience store. The dynamics of the family grate on his nerves, causing him to get more and more agitated as the night wears on.
Vinny - Supporting; Age: 20s
Dim-witted yet lovable sidekick to Tony’s uptight, stressed-out hostage taker. Vinny is a vegetarian, non-violent kid who comes off like Tony’s lovable, doofy kid brother
Paul Wakowski - Supporting; Age: late teens
The goth/emo/hipster kid you don’t want your daughter dating but know he’s harmless. Paul is the neighbor boy who has caught Beth’s eye. He has blue hair, is vegetarian and wears a dog collar.
Emily Wakowski - Supporting; Age: early teens
Paul’s sweet kid, but annoying, little sister who comes looking for her brother at her mother’s request, only to find herself taken hostage with her brother and the Douglas family.
Mrs. Wakowski - Supporting; Age: late 30s-40s
Paul & Emily’s mother who also ends up taken hostage when she comes looking for why her kids haven’t come home.
Janet Douglas - Minor; Age: 40s - early 50s
An engineer who gets stuck in Vermont on Christmas Eve. Janet finally arrives home to discover more than she expected in her living room.
Sue Draper - Minor; Age: 40s - 50s
The “neighborhood Nazi” She is that busy body neighbor who is constantly dictating how things should be done in the neighborhood -- from the height of the lawns to what time Christmas lights should be turned on.
Officer Henley - Minor; Age and gender flexible
Local cop investigating the robbery of the convenience store.
THE ROLES OF BUNNY NESTER AND AUNT ROSE HAVE ALREADY BEEN CAST