Susie Snowflake, manager of the North Pole Employment Office, has just had an interesting client step through her doors—a Mr. Nicholas Claus looking for work. Being the enthusiastic person that she is, Susie begins by asking Mr. Claus a series of questions about his past jobs and personal experiences. Through a series of flashbacks, Susie finds out that Mr. Claus has worked as a chimney sweep, a baker, a mailman and a toy maker.
She also discovers he is extremely efficient, an excellent problem solver, and dedicated to quality work. Mr. Claus also tells a few personal anecdotes which reveal that he’s a night owl, a geographic genius, an animal lover, and one who has an extreme fondness for cookies. So, after reviewing his employment history, gathering a list of his personal skills, and learning a lot about his past, Susie believes she’s found Mr. Claus the perfect job.
The North Pole Employment Office
Adjustable up to 22 players
3 Female, 6 Male, 13 Female or Male–Flexible
Approximately 45 minutes without an intermission
Production Notes (included with the playscript)
The two largest roles in The Perfect Job are Susie Snowflake and Old Man Nicholas. Everyone else’s role is fairly small—which makes this play a nice option when you have just a couple of actors and actresses up to the challenge of memorizing a lot of lines. The scenes are short, too, which makes rehearsing this play relatively easy if you just want to do a little here and a little there. Endless combinations are possible to fit the number of cast members you have. I designed it so that the nine reindeer, nine students, and nine elves can all played by the same nine individuals. However, if you find yourself with more cast members than what the play calls for, then you can certainly separate those roles out. You can also easily remove or add students, reindeer, or elves in those particular scenes. Young Man Claus and Teenager Claus could also be played by the same actor if necessary—just add a beard for the scenes with Young Man Claus. The same actor or actress could play a chimney sweep, the post office worker, and the baker if necessary. It would just involve some simple costume changes. Also, the roles of the reindeer, students, elves, chimney sweeps, post office worker, and baker can all work for a girl or a boy.
The background and stage set-up should look like the North Pole Employment office with Susie Snowflake’s desk set off very far stage left, leaving the rest of the stage open to play out the scenes that take place back in time. On the desk there needs to be a nameplate saying “Susie Snowflake” and a clipboard with paper and pen. A sign on the front of the desk should read “North Pole Employment Office,” and a monthly calendar open to November should be mounted somewhere nearby. A second chair should be positioned beside the desk. When seated, Old Man Nicholas and Susie Snowflake should both be in a position where they are not a distraction from the scenes that are flashbacks. They, like the audience, should be able to easily change their focus to the main part of the stage. If you have the ability to light up different parts of the stage, this would also help to draw the audience’s attention alternately between the North Pole Employment Office stage left and the main stage.
Many of the props are simple ones—things that can be easily gathered from home. I think it would be a nice touch if there was some sort of simple sleigh that could be pulled in for the last scene—nothing elaborate necessarily, a large cardboard version would be just fine.
The cookies that show up in so many different scenes should be relatively small—two biters, since your cast is constantly eating them. You want them to be able to fit into their costumes by show time, after all!
Old Man Nicholas, Young Man Nicholas, Teenager Nicholas, and Lil’ Nicholas should all share a similar outfit so it’s obvious to the audience that it is the same character at different ages. They should also grow chubbier as time goes on. Old Man Nicholas dons a Santa coat, hat, and gloves in the very last scene, so it would be best if he can quickly put this on over his original costume. If you have kids doubling or tripling up on the roles of the students, reindeer, and elves, then a neutral outfit of black pants and gray shirt would be best. Then it’s just a matter of putting on reindeer horns, elf hat, or some other accessory.
Since Santa’s love for cookies is a major plot point, they would be an appropriate choice for refreshments following the play. The ones mentioned in the play are as follows: gingerbread men, frosted sugar cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate crinkle, oatmeal raisin, and peppermint sandwich cookies.
One option you might consider is recruiting a much younger child for the role of Lil’ Nicholas. Lil’ Nicholas only has a few lines to memorize, and it would look good on stage to have a true child in that role. A hyper younger brother of one of your cast members, perhaps?
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.
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