One week before Christmas, young Frances arrives at the North Pole with his/her mother Dolores. Frances believes that he/she is there for a special week with Santa to enjoy all the delights of the North Pole. In shock and outrage, Frances discovers he/she has been enrolled in the NPRP—the North Pole Reform Program. Frances is the naughtiest kid on the list and has one last chance to turn over a new leaf before Christmas is cancelled for him/her…forever.
Maintaining a very poor attitude, Frances is introduced to the concepts of hard work in the reindeer barn, teamwork in sleigh maintenance, patience in gift wrapping, follow-through in the kitchen, and the spirit of giving in toy wrapping. It’s uncertain until the end whether Frances has learned anything from anyone. It turns out there’s only one way Frances won’t be the naughtiest kid on the list any more, and the answer surprises everyone.
The North Pole
Adjustable up to 19 players
2 Female, 1 Male, 16 Female or Male
Approximately 45 minutes without an intermission
Production Notes (included with the playscript)
In The Naughtiest Kid on the List, the biggest role by far is Frances. The role can be played by a boy or girl, and either way, Frances needs to be very, very obnoxious throughout most of the play—lots of sarcasm, lots of attitude. As the play progresses, there should be a slight shift in Frances to a better attitude, but it should remain uncertain as to whether they have truly made it off the naughty list until the very last scene. The character of Peppermint should make it very obvious they don’t like Frances until the very last scene.
The stage can be decorated with various holiday objects. The most important feature to include would either be a fairly large sized desk with several drawers or a table with a cover so that things can be stowed away out of sight beneath it. This desk or table needs to be placed center stage. A chair should be behind it, and two chairs set to the side of it. The desk/table does not move, but it will serve a variety of different purposes: Santa’s desk in Santa’s Office, the North Pole Kitchen counter, the North Pole Gift Wrapping station, and the North Pole Toy Shop work table.
Inside the drawers of the desk or beneath the table should be stored the following props:
A thick file folder of papers
An egg carton with six plastic Easter eggs
A vanilla extract bottle
Three sugar cookies
An elaborately wrapped gift
For the scene with the kitchen elves, you will need an oven timer that can be heard from off stage. And hopefully for the scene with the toy workshop elves, you’re able to track down a few Mr. Potato Heads. If not, you could just substitute any toy that has several parts that can be easily put together.
Either a flipchart or sign holders should be used to introduce each scene with the following signs:
Santa’s Office, 7 Days Until Christmas
North Pole Reindeer Barn, 6 Days Until Christmas
North Pole Kitchen, 5 Days Until Christmas
North Pole Sleigh Shop, 4 Days Until Christmas
North Pole Gift Wrapping Station, 3 Days Until Christmas
North Pole Toy Workshop, 2 Days Until Christmas
Santa’s Office, Christmas Eve
Costumes can be as simple as green shirts, jeans, and elf hats for the elves and brown shirts, black pants, and antlers for the reindeer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will need some more authentic costumes, but Frances and his mother can be dressed in just about anything.
Sugar cookies would be an excellent choice for refreshments following the play. Ones made correctly, of course, and not by Frances.
There are a number of options for sign holders in this play. You can recruit a shy student, a younger student, or even a fellow teacher. You, as the director, could even do it in a pinch. For someone who wants to be a part of things, but doesn’t want to act, it’s the perfect job.
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.