The Christmas Dragon
Book & Lyrics
by Nance Crawford
Music by Malcolm Atterbury, Jr.
It is Christmas Eve and Sarai, the Royal Huntsman’s daughter,
finds herself lost in the forest. Finding herself face to face
with a young Dragon, she tries to escape, but the Dragon catches up with
her. Not only can the Dragon talk, it also has two very distinct
personalities. The Dragon offers to guide Sarai home. They
stumble upon a forest of Blooming Name Trees, which bestow two names
on the Dragon: Ashley Noel. The appearance of a witch, Rosemary D. Thyme,
flying overhead frightens Ashley Noel and it flees with Sarai. Unknown
to Sarai, Sir William of Linke (Bill) is also tracking them, intent upon
killing the dragon and rescuing Sarai.
In their haste to escape Rosemary, Sarai and
Ashley Noel fall into the Time and Travel Tunnels.
Meanwhile, at the Claus residence, Elfrieda,
the Head Cook, and Ellery, Santa’s Factotum, tell Mrs. Clara
Claus of Elmo's latest clumsy disaster. Elmo is afraid he does not
fit in, but Clara and Ellery reassure him, only to be interrupted when
Elsbeth, Ella and Elyse rush in and candy chefs Elmer and Elias run
on, pulling taffy, to announce that a dragon is approaching.
Clara invites the adventurers to stay for tea
and help trim the tree. Santa,
in a hurry, brings in a huge treetop star and leaves immediately. Clara
sprinkles Sugarcookie Dust on the tiny tree and it grows to the ceiling. When
Santa returns, he at first mistakes the Dragon for a stuffed toy, then
is shocked to find that Sarai is a real little girl.
As Santa is introducing himself to his guests,
Bill crashes in. Restoring
calm, Santa discovers he cannot touch Sarai or the Dragon, for they have
both been exposed to malefactitus.
Rosemary’s flight ends abruptly in a snowdrift. We
learn that she is an abandoned Kitchen Witch gone bad.
Taking charge of the situation, Santa saves the day.
"Whoever heard of a dragon named Ashley Noel?"
"There's never been one, until me. How do you do? I am Ashley Noel,