It’s almost Christmas Eve and everything’s falling into place. That is until a crisis hits: Santa’s reindeer have become terribly sick. Immediately, Santa’s elf assistant Peanut goes into “emergency mode,” trying to figure out how Santa will possibly travel around the world that night without his reindeer.
Peanut has discussions with the reindeer doctor, special visitors to the North Pole, a couple of sleigh mechanics, and the Head Holiday Coordinator, but nothing is coming together. Mrs. Claus and the rest of the elves seem too busy to help. While Peanut grows increasingly panicked about the dilemma, Santa seems maddeningly calm. And in the end, the Christmas crisis is solved, but in a way no one could have predicted.
The North Pole
Adjustable up to 17 players
2 Female, 2 Male, and 13 Female or Male–Flexible
Approximately 30 minutes without an intermission
Production Notes (included with the playscript)
In A Christmas Crisis, the two main characters are Santa and his assistant, Peanut. Played with some confidence, the dynamic between the two has the potential to be very funny. Santa can keep a calm, Buddha-like demeanor while Peanut, in contrast, can be constantly on the edge of a nervous breakdown. The burro roles can be changed to be just about any animal, really. You could choose a four-legged wild animal native to your area or you could choose something even more outlandish like a herd of zebras. Tweak the lines accordingly and you’ll have something just as entertaining. Regardless, the same group of kids can easily play the reindeer and this other animal with a quick costume change. There’s also the possibility of dropping down the number of reindeer/burros to fit the cast size you have. Just remove a few from the middle and adjust the lines accordingly. It’s also possible to drop down from two elf mechanics to one and assign them all the lines.
The background of the stage should be decorated to be the North Pole. On stage, there should be a comfortable chair with a small table beside it. There could also be a tall post with two arrows pointing stage right that read “To the Reindeer Barn” and “To the North Pole Airstrip” and three arrows pointing stage left that read “To the Sleigh Shop,” “To the Elf Offices,” and “To the North Pole Kitchen.” A sleigh can be made from cardboard or some other lightweight material.
Costumes can stay simple with green clothing and elf hats for the elves, a Santa suit on Santa, and a holiday dress on Mrs. Claus. The reindeer can wear something as easy as black pants, brown shirts, and antlers and then change over to some other accessory when they play the other animal.
Mentioned in the play are gingerbread, sugar cookies, and hot chocolate. These would make excellent refreshments following the performance. If you decide to serve hot chocolate, marshmallows are a must, according to Santa.
The song that the burros sing is just a suggestion. Choose your own if you like!
Each playscript comes as a downloadable PDF document, and includes an extensive Production Notes section to help with all aspects of the production, as well as an invaluable Organizational Grid with each character’s costume suggestion and any props needed.
With purchase, you are granted the right to copy this script as needed for amateur performances for a period of one year from the date of purchase. More information on the Copyright page.