†† †The Big \puppet/ Powerhouse Christmas Extravaganza

          ††††††††††††††††  † † † † By

          ††††††††††††††††† †Timothy Sheridan

         ††††††††††  ††††††††††† (c) 2010

          †††††††††††  ††††††† 215-242-8340

          ††††††††††††  †††††info@theubie.com

          ††††††††††††††††† 96 pages (+6 songs)


	--
	  NON SPOILER:
          This is a wonderfull colorful and thrilling ride

          Its Food, Friends and Music --The Holidays.

          Themes in order of appearance:

          Practice, Money, Crazyness, Dejection, Fundraising,
          Rejection, Rescue, Travel, Mishap, Setup, Deadlines,
          Showtime, (christmas songs) Accidents, guilt, consolation,
          making it right, things not ready, Exaustion, Rescue,
          (sana's candyland), leaving candy land, tecnhical planning,
          Saftey, Deals, Sacrifice, Payng the man, Fixes (El Mopo
          frees the dinner) Food, togetherness, Rebuilding.
         --






          OPEN

          TITLE PLATE -RED WITH GOLD LETTERS

          The Big Puppet Powerhouse Christmas Extravaganza††

          Red background, fancy gold letters. Music in the style of
          the Honeymooners. Orchestral waltz/rag w/bells & ending
          gingles. (notes: G (up octive)G, Gb, D C A ||)

          (notes: G (up octive)G, Gb, D C A ||) (ending up scale G B D
          (up octive) G (up octive) G

                              VO
                    The Big Puppet Powerhouse Christmas
                    Extravaganza...

                                                           CUT TO

          Shots of Busy Christmass street near theater.

          Excited Music (It's the most wonderful time of the year)

          

          EXT. THE THEATER MARQUE' - DAY

          

          A clasic theater.

                                                 ZOOM IN AND DOWN
          INT. THEATER Lobby

          The candy counter Being stocked by SUZIE. A bouquet of candy
          sits on the Counter.

                              SUZIE
                    hmm..hmmm..hmmm..

          INT. Balcony Track

          A kid with glasses polishes the brass handrail.

                                                    ZOOM TO STAGE
          INT. STAGE
 
          Musical performers are rehearsing. A few Players(players)
          toot and buzz their instruments lazily. Under the MUSIC
          DIRECTOR's tootalage. A giant Christmas tree with decorations
          stands in their midst.

                              ALL
                         (Jingle bells, slow)
                    Buzz buzz buzz toot toot..

                              MUSIC DIRECTOR
                    Uhh Oh well ok there.. uh huh..
                    Mmmm.. We are going to need a
                    little more focus.. Come on now..
                    Give me excitement! Excitement. A
                    two and three.. One two three..

          INT. UPSTAIRS MANAGERS OFFICE -DAY

          The Theater gang is planning their Christmas show. They are
          gathered in the room at above the balcony at the top of a
          three story single flight of stairs and down a short hall to
          the right. They sit at a table with receipts, a cigar
          box and a mechanical calculator. There is a window to a fire
          escape, A pegboard and 30s style office furnature including
          a water cooler desk roladex and old liberty bell shaped
          black phone.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Hmm.. now last night's performance
                    of Merchant of Venice didn't do
                    that well.

                              DIVA
                    I thought I was spellbinding as the
                    young maiden!

                              VLAD
                    Yea it was good.
 
                              DICK
                    Oh, Well this Christmas show should
                    do a little better.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea, We can still make it if.. uh..
                    do we need lights?

                              BILLY
                    Don't we have some batteries and
                    candles in the prop room? Oh..

                              DICK
                    We really need a holiday Hit,
                    Something with glamor, action.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea, action and romance.

                              DICK
                    Any ideas?

                              ALL
                    no.. nah..

                              DICK
                    Come on guys we need something.
                    Something with a big budget and
                    lots of excitement and..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Well there's one problem.

                              DICK
                    What's that?

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Well I didn't want to tell anyone
                    but.. we've been behind on our
                    lease..

                              DICK
                    How far behind..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    About 10,000 Dollars

          Room of startled Players gets back up from the floor..

                              DICK (GULP)
                    That um.. Well How much is in the
                    box?
 
                                ACCOUNTANT
                    Oh uh lets see.. Its Enough for everyone...,

                              ALL
                    Ahhhhhhh. mmmm. goog.,

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    ..to, get an ice cream cone..,

                              ALL
                    Mmmmmmm! Yes, Ahaaa. very good.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    But, only one dip.,

                              ALL
                         (Shock commotion)
                    Ahh! What do we do.. oh uh Dick!

                              DICK
                    Oh.. now let's not panic..

                              ALL
                    Ohhh! Oh dear. Oh no.

          More shocked and more commotion.

                              DICK
                    Now were not out on the street yet.

                              ALL
                    (even more panic and lament)

                              DICK
                    Now wait! There's no reason to
                    worry as long as we have our lease.

                              ACCOUNTANT
          	    Well that, I was going to mention 
		    also..

                              DICK
                    The uh.. our lease..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    ohh..uhh..

                              DICK
                    Um, ACCOUNTANT? Is there something
                    you want to tell us?
 
                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Uh.. well I didn't want to disturb
                    the artists..

                              ALL
                    Yea.. uh huh.. good point..

                              DICK
                    Yea.. uh that's fair..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    But we have to be out at noon on
                    friday.

                              DICK
                    But ACCOUNTANT, today is friday.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Well I know that's the part I
                    didn't want to tell you.

          The room rumbles with a crashing noise.

          INT. ON STAGE

          Reaction shots to plaster falling

          INT. UPSTAUIRS MANAGERS OFFICE

          A wrecking ball is poised near the window. Bshhhhhhh!

                              ALL
                    Ahhh!

                              DICK
                    What? Huh?

          They gather at the window to see the crane and trucks.

                              VARIOUS
                    ... What is it?† A Christmas
                    Decoration.† / Maybe they're
                    building a large clock. / You guys
                    thats a wrecking ball! / Well I
                    have to call our leasing company
                    right away. They must have the
                    wrong place.
 
                              VARIOUS
                    Maybe it will leave. / It could
                    leave. / Nothing lasts forever.†
                    /Well it could be a decoration. It
                    just need's a little ribbon to make
                    it festive. / It seems harmless
                    enough the way it is.

                              DICK
                    wait hold it right there..

          dials phone.

                              DICK
                    Hello?†
                         (The groups comes to listen)
                    Hello Is this united mega
                    properties? yes I'll hold.
                    Hello?† Yes.† Um well uh it seems
                    there's been some kind of mistake
                    there's a truck outside our
                    theater. Oh They did? How much? Oh.
                    
           Dick Hangs up.

                    They bought our theater and are
                    going to turn it into a Bulk Food
                    Mega Store.

                              ALL
                    Mega Bulk Food mega bulk Food Mega
                    store Bulk.

                              VARIOUS
                    Well if we decorate it then nobody
                    would notice.

                              VARIOUS
                    We could do that.

                              ALL
                    Yea.. agreed.. good point.† Way to
                    go!

          The Ball bumps into the building.† Ka-thunk

                              ART
                    What was that?

                              BILLY
                    Somthing klunked the building.
 
                              ACCOUNTANT
                    It was the decoration. It thumped
                    the building.

                              SCIENTIST
                    Well it was more of a klunk.

                              WILL
                    I though it was a thump.

                              BILLY
                    Wait its going away.

                              ALL
                         (sign)
                    Ohh.. good.

                              DICK
                    No It's coming back!

                              ALL
                         Ahhhh!

          Wrecking smashes the building. The critters become
          frenzied. They run back and forth and on to the fire escape
          throwing garlands and stage props.†They launch brooms and
          plungers with an archers bow. A manikin, a suit of armor,
          goblets, chairs and other materials.

			      DIVA
                    They cant do that!† Come on Lets
                    get em!

                              ALL
                    Ahhh Uhhhph Errrr EEeeeee..
                    Haaaaaaa... ohhhh... awww....

          The Players launch more props from the balcony. A fish 
	  bowl, a rolladex, a wastepaper, filing cabinate, desk lamp
	  are launched with an improvized slingshot. 

	  Others bring a ladder. One jumps from the balcony to the crane 	  	  biting and pulling at it.

          INT. THEATER STAGE

          The theater company begins saving the theater equipment, the
          decorated christmas tree is topled and pushed out the back
          door into a truck. Several crates, are stored in the other
          truck.† HARRY begins collecting claning supplies on a dolly.

          EXT. THEATER FRONT
 
          The wrecking ball swings in the open whole int he balcony.
	  But the wrecking ball swings then swings back out with the
          players holding it.† They drop onto the street below
          unharmed.

          The biter jumps from the crain and lands on the crane's 
	  windshield with outstretched arms and a large toothy grin.

          The thesbians defend by waiving brooms and cones at the
          workmen. Pressing them back against the caushion tape.

          Then they attack the crane operator. But they're shaken off
          (slow-mo) and land in a pile one by one.† The crane operator
          continues his work.† The thesbians attack again. Others try
          to prevent the crane from spinning but they can't.

          Others continue to wave brooms and cones.

          The crazy crane  jumper DENICE rides the jackhammer, bumping 
	  into the crane, riding through up a plank then down again.† 
	  Rakes and shovels fly into the air as he rides over them. 
	  The workmen flee from the out of control jackhammer, left,
          right, chasing workmen, through causion tape, over a
          see-saw-saw-horse, through a sand pile (muffled).

          The gang gets the last of the props out on the sidewalk as
          the wrecking ball continues.

          HARRY finally pushes his dolly of cleaning supplies out the
          door.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    That's all of it.

                              DICK
                    Are you sure? Oh!

                              HARRY
                    Dick come back.

          Dick runs in to the collapsing smashing room ducking into
          doorways as the wrecking ball hits, avoiding falling debris
          and he takes the cigar-box of ice cream money as the ball
          smashes through the room. He runs.

          Outside DENICE is still ridding the jack hammer as work men
          continue to flee back and forth. 

	  The Crane Operator filally flees screeming.  

 The crane operator shakes and screams.

                              CRANE OPERATOR
                    Ahhh! Ahhh! Oh! Get them off of me!

	  Then DENICE runs over the generator's power cable and 
	  fireworks fly out of the generator!
 
	  But the crane now swings out of control.
	  
	  The whole theater company watches as the spinning crane 
	  steadily rips through the top floor of the building.

	  A beat.

          The building implodes neatly into a very tall pile of
          bricks and a lopsided front door.

	  Then Dick emerges from the clowd of smoke with the cigar 
	  box and the last of the money.

          EXT. A LITTLE WAYS DOWN THE STREET -AFTERNOON

          The evicted players sit in front of the rubble pile and 
	  enguages in lint removal and sewing. BILLY sews MANAGER.
	  ART uses the lint roller on Dick.

                              BILLY
                    Just hold still.

                              ART
                    A little more on the side.. There.

                              MANAGER
                    Ehhuhh!?

                              DICK
                    It's good. (MANAGER's arm) But I
                    think tonight's performance may be
                    something of a problem. Although we
                    do have some money left. So let's
                    just stay calm and think
                    rationally.

                              ALL
                    Yea.. Uh huh.. Good yea, good idea.

          EXT. STREET

          Puppets with ice cream cones.

                              BILLY
                    Well I guess this is it, Huh ART?

                              ART
                    Awww..

                              DICK
                    Now let's not judge harshly. Look
                    at the bright side. We had money
                    for cones.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea and enough left over for a pack
                    of cookies.
 
                              DICK
                    Aw... Thanks ACCOUNTANT..

       OVER EATER eats the cookies.

                              ALL
                    Yea..

                              DICK
                    Ok we had a setback. but we wont
                    let that slow us down. We just need
                    to get ready for the show tonight.

                              DIVA
                    The Show?

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    The Show.

                              DICK
                    Yea the.. The Show must go on! We
                    are actors. We make it happen! The
                    lights, the makeup.. the.. all that
                    other stuff. Of course most of that
                    is under a big pile of rubble. But
                    the show must go on! (Pause
                    reactions) But uhh.. Oh Right..
                    Well we will have to look for
                    another place! Come on, lets go.

          The group begins to leave.

                              SHABBY
                    Hey.. How about a little help here.

          EXT. STREET -EXODUS/NO ROOM AT THE INN

          Music -Hardship (as to: slow "mini the moocher")

          They drag their gear(and Shabby's can) onward around the
          corner and there is a giant 'Cinema 24 Multiplexiverse' (or
          Cinimatwentyplex).

	  STORE OWNER sweeps sidewalk, scowls at the homless players 	  shaking his head.

	  A couple people turn to look at them with disdain.

			      CHATTING BYSTANDER 1
			(under his breth)
		    Lazy.

			      WOMAN CLASPING CHILD
		    Don't look at them honey.

			      PASSER BY
			(dissaprooving)
		    Get a job.

          EXT. CINIMA 24 MULTIPLEXIVERSE -DAY

          Music stops.

                              ALL
                    Gasp.

                              BILLY
                    What is it.. ?
 
                              ART
                    It's a theater..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    ..around the corner from our
                    playhouse.
 
                              DICK
                    How come I don't notice this
                    before?

                              VLAD
                    It's a miracle.

                              BILLY
                    Yea that would be the good.

                              ART
                    If only we could play in a place
                    like this.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea. We could set up here. But were
                    out of money.

                              DICK
                    Out of money. Oh, right. Now we
                    can't let that stop us. We'll just
                    have to earn it back.† Some on
                    everybody, you know what to do. Are
                    we thespians! Are we talented? Are
                    we broke? Yea that's right.† Now
                    let's do it!

                              ALL
                    Yeaa Ahhhh!!!

          EXT. STREET -AFTERNOON

          MUSIC (ragtime?)

          The group begins moving road blocks, trash cans, old ladders
          from the alley way and card board boxes.

          The troupe stages street performer acts.(Pick three) WILL
          does a little softshoe with cane. ACCOUNTANT Does a stand up
          act. DIVA does a little singing. Then the Two little Puppets
          do a punch-and-judy sward fighting act. The group cordoned
          off all the side streets to funnel tourists to watch.† The
          Vlad does a non sensical non-Magic) show with two ladders a
          large crate and a sheet.†

          EXT SIDEWALK PARK -AFTERNOON

          The groups assembles at the end of the day. Dragging their
          junk back together.

                              DICK
                    Well? How did we do.
 
                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Um let's see. That's 200 dollars.

                              ALL
                    gasp..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    ...and ten cents.

                              ALL
                    mmm..

          They all look at the dime and watch it being put in the box.

                              DICK
                    Ok that should be enough. Let's
                    go.† Let's make history.

          They drag their stuff onward around the corner.

          EXT. FRONT OF CINIMA 24 MUTIPLEXIVERSE -LATE AFTERNOON

          ACCOUNTANT gives Dick a tie from a trunk. BILLY takes a
          business-like fedora. ACCOUNTANT dons sunglasses. DIVA takes
          a tiny white parasol.

          The Puppets enter and ask the ussher at the escelator for
          the boss. They ask him to rent them a room for 200 dollars.
          He declines. They leave.

                              DICK
                    Alright now let me do the talking.

          INT. CINIMA 24 MULTIPLEXIVERSE

          The Group enters the cinema. And asks an usher near the
          escalater.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    ahhh...

                              VLAD
                    hmmm..

                              DICK
                    Ok let's see. Ah.. here we are. Um
                    excuse me sir. I would like to
                    speak to the owner of this
                    establishment.
 
                              TICKET TAKER
                    Uhh that would me Mr. Gluten. Take
                    the escalator up to the top then
                    down the hall and the last door in
                    the middle.

          They ride upward past the great modernist chandalere to the
          third floor.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Wow this is beautiful.

                              DIVA
                    Mmm...

                              ART
                    Yea and so conveniently located.

                              BILLY
                    That's a good point ART.

                              DICK
                    It should draw a lot of business
                    into the ..uh Neighborhood.

                              DIVA
                    hmmmmm.

          The puppets ogle posters for movies..

                             OVER EATER
                    oohhh..

                              VLAD
                    ahhh..

                              DICK
                    Hmmm.. This way..

          The puppets proceed down the very long side hall..to the
          door in the middle. A sign on door says "Moot Gluten
          Manager". They open the door. "Squeeeeeeekk" A long
          forboding dark hall with rows of lights. Light entering from
          a small opening at the other end. The Players proceed
          through to a large and oddly Spartan opulent office with a
          small desk next to a wall of glass. Mr. Moot Gluten sits low
          in his chair chuckling at a small suspended video screen.

                              ALL
                    whah.. huh.. shh.. huh? Oh..

                              DICK
                    Ehem...
 
          Gluten turns from his TV. And remains reclined lifting his
          eyes above the edge of the desk to see Dick and the puppet
          gang. He slurps his giant soda.

                              DICK
                    Uh Hello, Mr. Gluten my name is
                    Dick I represent the Great Flying
                    puppet Shakespeare Theater Company
                    and Friends. And.. I..

                              GLUTEN
                    ehhh?

                              DICK
                    And I would like to interest you in
                    a uh.. business proposal. If you
                    please.

                              GLUTEN
                    mmmm.. Wha' kind of proposal?

                              DICK
                    uh. Well we have recently found
                    ourselves between theaters and with
                    some effort have acquired the funds
                    to procure an establishment to
                    serve as our, uh, new venue. And I
                    would like to interest you...

                              GLUTEN
                    Ehh.. How much money?

                              DICK
                    uhh Interest you in uhh.. About 200
                    dollars. But we have our own
                    equipment!

                              GLUTEN
                    uh.. nah.. I dont think so.

                              DICK
                    But we have a great company and a
                    lot of talent and we this will be a
                    really good, uh program, a show
                    with music and heart and you know..
                    well uh..† just.. a really good uh
                    christmas show.† Its a christmas
                    show.

                              GLUTEN
                    Nah.

          Gluten turns back to his TV.
           						FADE TO

          EXT. OFFICE

          The Hall door closes. Klunk.

                              ART
                    Well if he's booked up he's booked
                    up.

                              BILLY
                    Yea.

                              DICK
                    Well at least we tried.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea don't feel bad. It's just
                    random market conditions.

                              VLAD
                    Yea and our financing.

                              DIVA
                    Well I am not going to sleep in a
                    truck. So you had better find us a
                    place!

                              DICK (GULP)

          INT. CINIMA 24 MULTIPLEXIVERSE -DOWN ESCELATOR

                              ART
                    What are we going to do Dick?

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea what are we going to do?

                              BILLY
                    Yea that's a good point.

                              DIVA
                    mmmm..

                              DICK
                    Uh.. Well I have, of course, a few
                    ideas, uh for the troupe, which
                    I've been, uhh working on. Come on.
                    Let's uh.. I'll make a few calls.

          EXT. STREET PAYPHONE -AFTERNOON

          Dick talks on the phone and the group waits. Dick hopples
          back to the group.
 
                              ALL
                    ehhh?

                              DICK
                    Ok I found a place. It's a little
                    far but it should work for
                    tonight's performance. I had to
                    promise them we would provide food
                    service but I booked some extra
                    acts to fill the lineup. We just
                    need to do one thing.

          EXT. DEMOLISHED THEATER "REFORMATION"

          Dick nails a sign to the lone standing door in front of a
          tall pile of rubble next to a small piece of wall which is
          also still standing with a poster frame on it. The Sign:
          "Tonight's performance moved to ADDRESS.."

                              DICK
                    Ok that should do it. Now we just
                    need to get to the new place and set 
	   	    up.
                             
 			      JIMMY
                    awwww..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    What is it JIMMY?

                              JIMMY
                    JIMMY need his bunny. (points up...)

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Waaa?

                              DICK
                    Bunny? Oh..

      	  OVER EATER climbs to the top of the rubble pile and retrieves
          JIMMY's fuzzy bunny. Dick holds a pole on top of which stands
          ACCOUNTANT with a broom on top of which stands

          ART holding a chair on top of which stands BILLY on top of
          whom stands OVER EATER

                              DICK
                    Just a little farther. There.

                              OVER EATER
                    Haaaah, yea got it.
 
          EXT. STREET

          BILLY climbs down the pole Dick holds... then OVER EATER
          with the bunny. OVER EATER gives JIMMY his fuzzy bunny.

                              ALL
                    Ahhh..

                              DICK
                    Ok let's get to the theater. ohh
                    look snow!

                              ALL
                    Ohh.. Ahh..

          EXT. FRONT OF THEATE -DUSK SNOW FLURRIES

          The drivers show up. (in two 18 wheelers) The group waits
          for the two trucks.

                              DICK
                    Ok they should be here in a minute.
                    There they are.

                              ALL
                    oooh.. wow..

                              DRIVER1
                    Mummm ummm.

                              DICK
                    Hi. Everybody this is Yon and Lars.
                    Uh I'm Dick and this is ACCOUNTANT,
                    Cooky, DIVA, ART, BILLY, JIMMY and
                    Vlad.

                              VLAD
                    Good evening.

                              DRIVER2
                    Hmm mhmmmm.mmmm.

                              DRIVER1
                    Mmm hmmmhmm..

          EXT. BACK OF PLAYERS TRUCK

          Dick standing on shoulders of BILLY who is on the shoulders
          of ART to push door of truck closed. Hopping to the ground,
 
                              DICK
                    Good. That's everything. Right.
                    Yon, Lars, You're driving Bessie.
                    With the tree and the decorations.
                    Well take Homer with everything
                    else. Here. Dick hands Lars a map.

                              DRIVER1
                    mm.mmhmm..

                              DICK
                    Alright let's go. It will be dark
                    soon and we'll want to beat the
                    storm.

          Yon and Lars are in the truck before anyone notices.

                              DICK
                    oohh. Come on.

          They climb up one another to get in the large tractor
          trailers.

          INT. PLAYERS TRUCK

          Adjust seat order oops.. uh.. oh.. here.. you.. um.. there..
          good.. Oh sorry.. (JIMMY was underneath pokes up), They
          Marshal Controls

                              DICK
                    Let's see we just.. (klaaakkkkkk
                    Crunck! Bzeeee!) There.. Ok..
                    FOLLOW US!

          Reaction Yon and larz. (Rummmm!)

                              DICK
                    Now keep an eye out for the
                    highway. Look for the signs,
                         (signs pass,trucks pass)
                    There should be a map.. Check in
                    there..

          ACCOUNTANT ducks into the glove box area... ..Use the Map.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Got it.
                         (opens the map)
                    

                              DICK
                    Oh.. and there's the highway.
 
          They turn on to the turn pike.. (reaction)(Swerrrrrrve)

          The trucks pass by..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                         Ok steady as she goes.
                    

                              JIMMY
                         (at the glass)
                    Ahh..

          Fade to dark (the triumphant outwardly bound music fades)

          FADE TO

          INT PLAYERS TRUCK

          Skisloap detour 2012

          The passengers are asleep.† The two truckers in the other
          truck are awake.

          ski sloap signs begin appearing: 'big mountian ski resort'
          (smiling faces of happy skiers). Dont miss 'big mountian
          "fun and food" next right (smiling faces), Big mountian SKI
          PARTY Turn here with(smiling faces with bigarrow).†

          The crazy drier swerves, noteing the sleeping pasengers. the
          truckers follow as they slowly drive around through trees.
          Skiers slide this way and that. they pass signs for SKI
          party --> they slowly weave past the Ski lodge, pass the
          upper ski lift, "Big Party this way -->".

                              TRUCKERS
                    mumble mumble? mumble mumble?
                    

          The players truck emerges from narrow isle of trees and
          noses out over the edge of the ski sloap before careening
          downward.

          The players truck stopps at the edge. The truckers behingd
          them cannot see whats the matter.† DENICE tries to go
          backward. It won't go backward.† The players truck tips and
          slides over the edge. The truckers follow and are shocked to
          drop over the edge too.

                              DENICE
                    uh oh.

                              †TRUCKERS
                    woaaaa!

          The two trucks slide down, overtaking skiers, taking out a
          few trees. Then, avoiding trees thet begin to side to side
          down the slope. They are sking with 18 wheelers. 

	  The truckers mumble back and forth frantically.

                              TRUCKERS
                    mumble mumble!, Mumble mumble!

          The Yon and Larz see the parking break and try to use it.
          But this causes snow to pile up in front of the truk and
          they begin tumbling end over end.

          DENICE tries to avoid a ski lodge and player's truck begin
          to roll. Shot of disapointed driver rolling rolling
          rolling.† The platyers do not wake up.

          The tree flys out fo the Truckers' trailer as they tumble
          then the tree falls back in.† The truckers land upside down
          and slide over some bumps, take out several more trees, roll
          right side up and stop on an icy lake.†They spin the wheels.
	† The ice cracks loudly beneith them.† The mumble nervously.† 
          They jam it into 1st and slowly roll off the ice.† 
	  As the last wheel is about to depar the lake.. a large
	  peice of ice cracks away reveiling the frozen water.† 
	  They spin more and jam it in to 1st and slowly exist the lake.†

          The players truck is still rolling. It comes to rest upside
          down on a bluff then titers slowly and flops upright onto
          the highway.

          The slightly humbled driver drives off. The bump wakes the
          players.

                              ALL
                    Oh..† (Strech) mm.

                              DICK
                    Oh.. I must have dosed off.† How're
                    we doing?

                              DENICE
                    Ok.

          INT. LARGE SHABBYS STYLE STAGE

                                                   PAN LEFT RIGHT

          Screen Plate opening titles.. Music: (Slowly striding
          Orchestral ragtime waltz theme song)
 
                              ANNOUNCER
                    From! the () theater () it's The
                    Big! puppet! Powerhouse Christmas!
                    Extravaganza staring.. DICK,
                    !, Mrs! DIVA!, (Hot Young
                    Hostess)!, (Comedian Personality)!,
                    (Pop Diva)! And (Rock Legend)! Also
                    Staring Danny The Cook!, TALL,
                    PUPPET!, ART!-and-BILLY! And! the
                    whole puppet gang.

          {COMERCIAL} (THEN REPEATE INTRO W/ TITLE AND MUSIC ONLY)

          EXT TURNPIKE

          Driving all the characters are asleep.

          MUSIC: Crescendo, Mystery Segue, reverb Fade

          INT. SHOW TRUCK DRIVING -NIGHT

          Bump.

          Bump.

                              LITTLE PUPPET
                    Is it much farther?

                              DICK
                    Ok..We're a little late, but the
                    show doesn't start till 8 o'clock.
                    That should give us plenty of time
                    to set up the decorations. Of
                    course those are all in the other
                    truck. Where are they?

          Bump.

                              DICK
                    We should be there by now. Where is
                    it?

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    About 40 Miles according to this.

          A sign passes.

                              DICK
                    No there it is!

          Truck swerves. "rrrrrrrrrrhhhh" Another sign passes.
          ACCOUNTANT Turns map right side up.
 
                              DICK
                    We'll be there pretty soon.

                              DIVA
                    Good I'll need time to rehearse
                         (clears throat --twice)

                              BILLY
                    I'm kind of hungry

                              DICK
                    Don't worry the cook is going to
                    make a great big cast dinner.

                              DICK
                    Where is that other truck?

          EXT. TREE TRUCK -NIGHT

          Driving in heavier snow storm.

                              MUMBLING TRUCKER
                    Mehmmmehmehmm.. Huh?

                              OTHER MUMBLING TRUCKER
                    Uhhh..

          He turns map right side up. Suddenly bright lights ahead!

                              OTHER MUMBLING TRUCKER
                         (pointing)
                    Uhhhh Aeeeeee!!

                              MUMBLING TRUCKER
                    EEhh?

                              BOTH TRUCKERS
                    EEEEEHHHHHHH!

          Screech, Sliiiiide, Hornpassing, Truck hornnnnnnn,

          Plouff!!

          The truck is lodged in a snow bank. The cab and drivers are
          covered in Christmas decorations.

                              MUMBLING TRUCKER
                    Uhhh, Mmmmmubumbmumb

                              OTHER MUMBLING TRUCKER
                    mmm..
 
          Yon tries door handle to no avail.. Lars holds up an
          adorable ornate twinkly decoration.

          INT. FIRST TRUCK -NIGHT

                              DICK
                    Now just keep an eye out Cause were
                    AHHHHHHHH!

          Dick sees a large green highway sign, screams, DENICE
          screems and they all scream after him and screech to a halt
          at a stop sign on the off ramp. A old hunched puppet lady
          crosses very slowly immediately in front of the truck. The
          group leans to the glass and watches the lady cross then
          sits back and sighs.  The continue driving.

                              DICK
                    Whew, that was close. Look There it
                    is !

          MUSIC: Angelic chorus. The group strains to look.

                              GROUP
                    Oooohhh.

          PLATE Lincoln Center photo, snowing.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    That's nice Dick I hope it wasn't
                    expensive.

                              DICK
                    Uh well. Gulp. Hehheh. I just hope
                    everybody shows up.

          INT. LOBBY -NIGHT

          Group walking (bobbing) through the lobby. Group discovering
          (bouncing to) the ticket window a couple Players enter.

          The now smaller group seeing the usher.

                              ART
                    Oh you know, this is really, nice.

                              DICK
                    Yea Uhh..We better get back to the
                    truck.

          EXT. TRUCK REAR -NIGHT LOADING DOCK -SNOWING

          Truck backing in "blub,blub,blub,blub,blub,blub,-pshhhhhht".
          The truck is backed into place. It sits motionless as the
          engine runs a few seconds.
 
          INT. TRUCK

          Reaction shot. Engine off.

          EXT. TRUCK REAR

          Dick on someone's shoulders undoing the truck latch.

                              DICK
                    Let's see it just.. just..

          EXT. TRUCK -PROFILE

          The doors fly open and a wall of puppet material gushes out.
          They all greet as they leave.

                              VLAD
                    Ooow dat was bumpy.

                              PUPPET
                    Thanks Dick.

                              PUPPET2
                    Hi Dick.

                              PUPPET3
                    Hey Dick.

                              PUPPET4
                    Hia Dick.

          The Loading dock now full of Players. They enter.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Throwing the large light switch. Kachunk-buzzzzzzzmmmmm..

          INT. THE STAGE

                              DICK
                    ehem.. uh..Well it certainly is
                    big.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Yea.

                              DENICE
                    AHHHH..  

                              BILLY
                    mmm. Found a penny.
 
                              DICK
                    Ohh.. We better get the truck
                    unloaded.

          EXT. LOADING DOCK

          Dick stands at the doorway.

                              DICK
                    Ok Guys let's go!

          EXT. TRUCK PROFILE

          A stream of Players begin unloading box after long box and
          crate after large crate. Dick ushers them through the dock
          into the building.

                              DICK
                    Good.. Ooh right there. Watch that.
                    Ohh. Good.. Ok.. Come on.

          Dick aside reaction.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Players going this way and that, with the boxes, lost in the
          interiors of Back Stage.

          EXT. LOADING DOCK

                              DICK
                    Ok is that it?

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Just one more.

          EXT. BACK OF TRUCK

          The Players struggle to pull out a box the same size as the
          opening of the truck. They pull it just beyond the edge of
          the truck doors and begin breaking down the box into smaller
          boxes which are halled away. HOGAR appears standing
          behind the large box. As the the large sections are hauled
          away, HOGAR (sighs) and steps out, BILLY closes the
          truck. Dick holds the door.

                              HOGAR
                         (sigh)
                    Umphhh..

          Dick Reaction.
 
          HOGAR walks across the lift and enters past Dick with
          gaping dullness and high-fives Dick. Dick closes the loading
          dock door from the inside.

                              DICK
                    Hmm.

          Shabby settles in near the trash in the loading bay as
          HOGAR hangs a mirror there and sits on a crate.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Players carry boxes around. DIVA takes the larger Dressing
          room door, then switches the larger star from the smaller
          door to hers, then sticks a smaller on it.

                              DIVA
                    Oh.. Hm.. Humph.

          Vlad pics a door with cobwebs. "Ah ha.. ohh.." Several
          smaller characters bounce off one another and enter several
          small panel sized doors near ground level. TALL PUPPET doesn't
          fit in to any of them and just sits next to the door at the
          end. Dick ducks briefly into a normal sized room.

                              DICK
                    I guess that'll do.

          INT. MAIN BACK STAGE

          Boxes piled high. The cast sitting around. Dick takes the
          fore.

                              DICK
                    Uh Umm Hi Everybody.. I just want
                    to say it's great working with you
                    all.. Um. And we have a lot to do.
                    You are all professionals. (uhh
                    yeaa.. thanks) Now we are missing
                    one truck with the tree and
                    decorations. I'm sure they'll be
                    along soon. But the Good news is
                    that we have umm....five minutes
                    so.. AHHH!! Let's get started!!!
                    Ahh..

          Puppet helterskelter. STAGE DIRECTOR With megaphone.

                              STAGE DIRECTOR
                    Ok. Open the boxes!† Makeup, Props,
                    Wardrobe, backdrops, instruments!
 
          Players running the same direction. Players running into one
          another. Players popping up behind boxes. Prying open large
          crates. Long wardrobe racks rolling out of slightly shorter
          boxes. Carrying large scrims out across view. Taking out
          costume pieces, horn helmet, jeweled jacket, scepter, tutu

          cook looks at Pots and Pans in one box, takes them and runs
          off. HOGAR on ropes, HARRY on the other side. HOGAR
          pulls as HARRY is lifted away. MANAGER (stage Dir) and Kid
          look at lights from catwalk. Things rolling past, things
          carried past, TALL PUPPET hanging things in high places. Dick
          directs work men to TALL PUPPETs' Dressing room door as it is
          already being painted yellow and stenciled. Players moving
          back and forth.

          INT. BASEMENT -UNDER STAGE KITCHEN

          cook, Lights on in basement kitchen (under stage). An old
          boiler.. a stove.. plumbing.. electric.. (side shot) cook
          throws pots and pans onto a large table. (establishing shot
          again) The table is pushed into frame.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          JIMMY up in lift hanging things. MANAGER (stage Dir) hanging
          from gantry, plugging in a light high above. HOGAR and
          HARRY Pulling up scrim. Musicians filling the orchestra pit
          and tuning instruments. Kid Turns on Projector (back stage
          lights up with changing colors behind the closed curtains)

          Stage Dir MANAGER slips off a gantry holding an electrical
          cord and swings past the Conductor who simply lowers briefly
          as he swings by. He clings to a vertical truss on other side
          where kid uses MANAGER's cord to plug in the lights. Players
          pushing things in place. Projector screen changing colors in
          the background.

          INT. ORGAN ROOM

          VLAD enters organ room, plays on the organ first three notes
          of Bach's cantata.. then testing keys lazily one at a time
          then BILLY enters and joins him. The random syncopated 'play
          notes' become one stream of random notes. The notes create
          geometric blotches on the projector (or video wall).
          
	  INT. STAGE

          Curtains begin opening and closing. Scenes partly revealed
          and withdrawn. The computer projector now flashing wildly
          with the random notes. Light flickers the scene.
 
          INT. KITCHEN

          cook standing on the table and a large soup kettle.

          INT. THE STAGE

          cook looks up through the trap door in the stage. Orchestra
          tuning crescendo ends. (All quiet with light hammering and
          sawing in background) TALL PUPPET and ACCOUNTANT walking and
          nodding at the quick work on stage pass opening in curtain
          and notice the audience and flee.

          INT. DRESSING ROOMS

          The guys hammering and sawing to enlarge TALL PUPPET's dressing
          room door - stop.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Pandemonium of Costumes, dancers, camels, musicians passing
          in tight hallways. Guest Shows up and is greeted by one or
          more cast members. DIVA passes wearing Horn Helmet defiant.
          MANAGER and Bear are looking at the script held by OVER EATER.

                              BEAR
                    Uh yea.. Here and here. Happy
                    Smiles, Happy Smiles.

          ACCOUNTANT gestures to Dick.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Hey Dick. Exciting huh? Huh?

          TALL PUPPET Tells Dick they're here.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    Um Dick, Dick.. They're here..
                    they're here.

                              DICK
                    Oopps! Thanks! (he looks..gulp)

          ACCOUNTANT With walkie-talkie.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Um Hey BILLY

                              BILLY
                    Oh Hi..

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Hi.

          Dick enters.
 
                              DICK
                    It's time' It's time.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Oh Hey Dick.

                              ACCOUNTANT
                         (To walkie talkie)
                    Dick's here

                              BILLY
                    Hi Dick

                              ACCOUNTANT
                    Oh It's time. It' s time.."

                              BILLY
                    Oh

          INT. THE STAGE

          The Audience from stage, The Stage from the balcoany

          INT. TICKET BOOTH


          INT. CONDUCTOR PODIUM

          Light dim.. CONDUCTOR taps. Silence ensues. A few people
          sniffle or cough. The conductor leans slowly forward and
          turns a page to open the score. He leans in to see it. He
          cues orchestra (a little brassy now).

          INT THE STAGE

          Obsequious Announcer Guy (short bit) w/ Title sequence
          reprise etc..

                              ANNOUNCER
                    Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to
                    the Big puppet Powerhouse Christmas
                    Special! (stage name of the film)

          The camera begins swooping around the hall as lights roam.
                    With DICK!, DIVA! And!

          Guys sawing and hammering TALL PUPPETs dressing room door now
          in tempo to reduce noize.

                     The whole! puppet, Cast! With!
                    Hosts! (Hostess)! And! (Famous
                    Comedian)! With performances by
                    (COUNTRY Star)! (Pop Diva)! And!, a
                    special! appearance by (Rock
                    Legend)! Now, here he is, the one
                    and only, Man you've known for all
                    these years.

          Dick is back stage as his face is rolled with a lint brush.
                    
		    Mr. Dick Puppet!

          INT. CONTROL ROOM

          Assistant sits with headphones at the sound board.

          MUSIC (Tympani/Theme reprise)

          Kid works the spot light. Frog bounces excitedly across the
          long stage...

                              DICK
                    Tha.. Than.. Thank.. Yes.. Oh..
                    Tha.. Thank you. Tha.. Thank You.
                    (improve) What an amazing crowd.
                    (pause) Yes.. Yes.. (Pause) We're
                    really happy to be here in Lincoln
                    Center. (pause) Thank you... It's
                    been a difficult climb from       
                    a failed theater project to this
                    amazing venue...

                              DICK
                    Oh.. um uh... It's so nice to see
                    you all here at Christmas time. We
                    Have a gigantic show for you..!,
                    (pause) Yes. !..So let me introduce
                    (HOSTESS)!!! -

          Theme Music
 
                              HOSTESS
                    Yea. Yea. Awesome. Hi Yea. (wave)
                    Thank you.. Thank you Dick. Yea.
                    Wow. My gosh. It's great to be here
                    in NY. Yea.

                              DICK
                    So Hostess, what do you think?

                              HOSTESS
                    Well.. you're right this is a big
                    theater. But, you know, you're
                    taller than I thought.. no really.
                    Am I right?

                              DICK
                    Well thanks. And uh So are you.
                    Uhrr..

                              HOSTESS
                    Thank you. You know, Christmas is
                    such a beautiful season of year.
                    It's so wonderful to watch the
                    people in central park, and see the
                    children playing in the show. And
                    this is my first puppet special. So
                    well, It makes me think of a
                    song...

                              DICK
                    Oh, uh, what song is that? Oh, uh
                    heh heh..

          Dick is surprised the scene is changing.

          Musical swirl.. (harp strings)

          Hostess dons a scarf and flips it over her shoulder then
          hangs one on Dick not obstructing his bow tie.

          Opening Duet: "Christmas Song"

          Simple projected stage set: Lonely snow covered glen.
          (perhaps red, purple, blue upper sky..) a small cabin in the
          distance and a sleigh by an ice-lake. Walk to place. Sing.
          (vulnerable simplicity with a hint of magnificent)

                              HOSTESS
                    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
 
                              DICK
                    Jack Frost, nipping at your nose.
                    Tiny tots, with their eyes all
                    aglow

                              TOGETHER
                    ...will find it hard to sleep
                    tonight.

                              DICK
                    They know that Santa Clause is on
                    his way. He's bringing lots of toys
                    in his sleigh.

                              HOSTESS
                    And every mother's child is gona
                    spy to see

                              TOGETHER
                    if reindeer really know how to fly.

                              HOSTESS
                    And so I'm offering this simple
                    phrase, For kids from one to ninety
                    two. Although It's been said,

                              DICK
                    many times many ways

                              TOGETHER
                    ...Merry Christmas, To You.

          MUSIC BREAK---They ride a cardboard shadow of a sleigh, They
          throw projected snow balls (background image), They run and
          slide (pause and sway) together as if spinning on ice
          (background image) Doe-see-doe. Dick walks on an unseen log
          then runs to center and slides a little more on the ice, end
          horn break with piano riff by Hostess, then guitar solo then
          back to song.

                              TOGETHER
                    And so I'm offering this simple
                    phrase... ...for kids from one to
                    ninety two

                              HOSTESS
                    Although It's been said,

                              DICK
                    Many times many ways,

                              TOGETHER
                    Merry Christmas to You.
 
          (applause...) We see the audience, stateside MANAGER waits
          with affirming look from Dick. Performers turn to center
          then exit oposite.

          Opening Number Continues...

          MUSIC: Spangled "Most wonderful time" overture. As the
          couple turns the set turns to evening glimmer and the sets
          roll onto stage pushed by elves.

                              CHORUS
                         (high:overture slow)
                    Christmas... Christmas... (mid)
                    Dong Ding Dong Ding... [Repete]
                    Christmas... Christmas... Christ
                    Mass, is Here, A Gain... (fast
                    part) //REPETE
                    (Christmas time... Christmas
                    time...//repeteing)
                    It's the most wonderful time - Most
                    wonderful time. Most wonderful time
                    Christmas... Christmas... It's the
                    most... Wonderful Time... Of... The
                    ... Year... Most wonderful time...
                    Most wonderful time. Most wonderful
                    time. Christmas... Christmas...
                    It's the Most... wonderful time...
                    of the year! (fast part)

                              SUB CHORUS:
                    There are Carolers caroling, Sleigh
                    bellers barreling, Everyone out in
                    the snow... There are Turkeys a
                    thawing and cold slawers slawing
                    for roasting and stories of long
                    long ago...

                              CHORUS
                    It's the most wonderful time - Most
                    wonderful time. Most wonderful
                    time. It's the most wonderful time
                    - Most wonderful time. Most
                    wonderful time. Christmas time...
                    Christmas time... Christmas time...
                    Christmas time...
 
                              SUB CHORUS
                    Its the hap hap hap happiest, sap
                    sap sap sapiest, funniest time of
                    good cheer. There'll be nap nap nap
                    napping and clap clap clap clapping
                    and joy when our loved ones are
                    near!

                              CHORUS
                    It's the most... wonderful time...
                    of the year. (brief fast part)

          --Masterful rhythmic bridge for 4 beats--
                         ( Bawdy part: Alto )
                    Once, a year, it's Christmas time.
                    Ev,ery year, we do just fine. He
                    packs his sleigh, and brings us
                    joy. And every year, a brand new
                    toy.
                         (break)
                    San-ta clause, he's' got his
                    tricks. Now lis,ten up for old
                    saint nick!"
                         (drop one beat) (Fast part)
                    

                              CHORUS
                    Christmas, Christmas"...† It's the
                    most wonderful time... ..."

          Short Musical bridge--
                         (bawdy in falsetto Soprano, )
                    Once, a year, it's Christmas time.
                    Ev,ery year, we do just fine. In
                    snow and cold, he packs his sleigh.
                    And brings, another toy to play. We
                    won't sleep long, Were up at dawn,
                    to sing, another Christmas song.

          Chorus: "Ahhh"

          Chorus fugue: Fast "Christmas Time" w/
                    It's the most wonderful"
                    "Christmas" "Most wonderful"
                    "Christmas" "Most wonderful" "It's
                    the most wonderful time of the
                    year!"

          Fast bridge part run around -End with next set on stage.
 
          Hostess AND Dick to center: Clapping. Gaping. Smileing.

          (Hostess Mouthing) Yes. (Dick nodding) u-huh u-huh u-huh.

          Extended gaping smiling and clapping.. STAGE MANAGER checks 
	  OVER EATER's clipboard, visited by BILLY, Comedian narrowly 	  	  	  avoids two silly Players who sword fight back stage 
          (hi-fives OVER EATER).
          Other Players are pacing around saying "la la la" and "fa fa
          fa".

                              HOSTESS
                    Ladies and gentlemen,

                              DICK
                    (Comedian Personality) !!

          MANAGER gives cue.

                              COMEDIAN PERSONALITY
                    Hi, Thanks, (wave) (punch air) Yea.
                    (punch air again) Yea. Thanks it's
                    great to be here. You know I just
                    want to say... Nothing, expresses
                    Christmas, better than these two
                    amazing kids. HOW BOUT A HAND!
                    YES.. YES. You. You were amazing!
                    No. I am. Yes, Yes, How about it,
                    Yes. You know, Christmas is a
                    wonderful time, of the year. It's
                    known all over the world. It's a
                    time when we look forward to being
                    near to the ones we love. This next
                    song tells that like no other. GIVE
                    A HUGE HAND FOR (COUNTRY STAR)!

          SET: COUNTRY, spit rails and hey rolls and lazy autumn skys.
          Sitting.. as the little critters gather around. Camera in..
          the critters gather around the half drum fire..

          SONG: "White Christmas" :

                              COUNTRY STAR
                    I'm Dreaming of a white christmas ...

          SONG: (encore) "Santa Clause is coming to town"

                              COUNTRY STAR
                    You better not shout ... ... ...

          COUNTRY Star Bows, Enter Comedian
 
                              COMEDIAN
                    (COUNTRY STAR) everybody!

          More Bows Enter Hostess, more clapping Pull away

                              HOSTESS
                    Our next act is very unique...
                    (fade) they are a three very
                    talented artists who have a such a
                    knack for music.. and you know, it
                    is the season to be jolly!

          INT. SIDE STAGE -GAG ACT

          Side stage we see the act roll into place. 2 Unicyclists
          with Penny whistles do circles around a juggling Elf.
          - 'Tis the season...FaLaLaLaLa' (no singing)

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Pencil interview of COUNTRY Star and Dick. Host passes by. A
          Mupett documenentarian askes (COUNTRY Star) a few questions.

                              INTERVIEWER
                    Mr. (COUNTRY Star) Hi. Glant
                    Rockwell. Tell me about your start
                    in COUNTRY music.

                              COUNTRY STAR
                         (Ad lib)
                    Oh that's a funny story back in
                    something-rock Texas and
                    rattlelsnake this and cactus
                    that...

          We see the Unicycle pennywhistle act on stage.

          INT. DRESSING ROOM HALL

          Various critters pass in the dressing room hall as Comedian
          and hostess pass DIVA who feels rivalry.

                              COMEDIAN
                    Hello, DIVA

                              DIVA
                    Hello Bill.

                              COMEDIAN
                    It's nice seeing you here.

                              DIVA
                    Hmmm.
 
          Stage director MANAGER looking at OVER EATER's clipboard,

                              MANAGER
                    I need singers together.. singers..

          MANAGER runs off camera..,

          Camera descends to kitchen.

          INT. KITCHEN

          The cook is singing and carrying a large tray. He sets it
          down as others carry pots and pans left and right. cook
          directs uncertain helpers in between verses,

                              COOK
                         (singing in italian)
                   yada da ta da ta..da da daa daa 
                   

          The helpers continue uncertain and grabbing other things to
          carry around. Things are clanging. cook sees JIMMY he asks
          him to go find the ladel.

                               COOK
                    Hey why dont yous go make the
                    icecubes?

                              JIMMY
                    Huh?
 
                               COOK
                    Ice cubes. You know?† Ice.† We gota
                    have ice.† For da dinna.

                              JIMMY
                    Huh?

          cook hands JIMMY the ice trays and points to the ice icicles
          on the chalk board..

                              JIMMY

          Uhhhoo. You want me to, freeze the water in these trays,
          into ice cubes.

                               COOK
                    Dare ya go.† That's a good kid.

                              JIMMY
                    Oh Ok.

          JIMMY exists. Enter Dick

                              DICK
                    Um Hi, How's everybody doing. I
                    just though I'd see if you needed a
                    hand.

                               COOK
                    Ay you know it's under control. Ehh?

          cook yells to some other kitchen helpers who all reverse
          directions. And klang some more.

                               COOK
                    No No the utter way.

          Enter HARRY..

                               COOK†
                         (to Dick)
                    You needda do somthin?

                              DICK

          Uh.. hmm.. Well do you need a hand?

                               COOK
                    I-needa-ladel

                              DICK
                    Huh?
 
                               COOK
                    For da soup.

          HARRY and Dick are perplexed cook goes to a chalk board to
          left and draws a ladle with his deft gloved hands.

                              DANNY
                    Dis thing.

                              DICK
                    Oh..

                              HARRY
                    Uhhhhh! Dat's a ladle!

                              DICK
                    Yea.

                               COOK
                    yea dare ya go.

                              DICK
                    You need someone to find the ladle.

                              DANNY
                    Yea for the soup.

                              HARRY
                    I can do that. I can look for the
                    ladle.

                              DICK
                    Oh thanks HARRY. Good work.

          cook is satisfied and turns to the helpers in the kitchen.

                              DANNY
                    Yea, don't be long its gata happen!

                              DICK
                    Uhh.. well good. Come on cook, you
                    need to get up there. cook and Dick
                    exit hastily.

          INT. DRSSING ROOM HALL

          TALL PUPPETs' room still not done. The work Players continue to
          saw and hammer and paint. DIVA opens her door and receives
          flowers, Knock...

                              FLORIST
                    Uhhh let's see Flowers for DIVA
                    from, --same.
 
                              DIVA
                    Oh I'll take that. Thank you.

          INT. ON STAGE

          Hostess enters frame to applause.. clapping

                              HOSTESS
                    And now the puppet singers.

          Puppets sing -"Let it snow"

          Cast: Cook, Assistant, Hogar and Over Eater

          Acapella humming and doo-wap

	  Humm Humm Humm Ooh Ahh humm..

          -page of arraingement removed-

          Finale' Hold notes then.. Full group Key change down, up,
          up, down, up hold... bells: "ring in good chear" hold
          note... end full orchestra with base drums roll, then loud
          base drum note (with reverb).. (Screaming applause)
          {COMERCIAL}

          INT. SIDE STAGE

          The Hosts return to the stage.

          INT. THE STAGE

                              HOSTESS
                    Weren't they amazing.

                              HOST
                    There are just so many acts you
                    don't see every day. This is one of
                    those acts.

          ĺ, Light stage, crane in [Plate Twirlers "Rocking around..
          (the Christmas tree)"],

          INT. BACK STAGE

                              HARRY
                    I got to find ladle for cook. I'm
                    looking for ladle.
 
          HARRY goes to the loading bay, pokes in, looks around. Then
          leaves. HOGAR "humpf.." HARRY goes far back stage, down
          long halls and dark corners, turns on lights, then turns
          them off again, checks closets -wardrobe falls out, cups,
          swards, canes, pillows. He does not wear the crown or fez,
          looks up into access door of air vent shaft, climbs up on
          crates, looking in crates, popping out of crate, moving
          crate on back, prying a crate open, looking in. HARRY walks
          back down the dark hall and sees the makeshift tree under
          way as the plate twirlers pass. HARRY nears the make-shift
          tree. It falls down when he arrives.

                              HARRY
                    Um excuse me, anyone see a ladle?

                              EVERYONE
                    uhh no..

          HARRY leaves the tree. HARRY moves along a curtain then
          pokes head around curtain. HARRY looks through a pile of
          chairs and tables and sees a stray crate on the table. He
          pulls it down and it breaks open. Kazoos spill out -he toots
          one. Then sees the ladle poking out and grabs it.

                              HARRY
                    Ah hah..

          HARRY moves along the halls, to the stairway door marked
          basement. HARRY enters stairs with ladle.

          INT. BASEMENT KITCHEN

          HARRY through door, down stairs. There is still pandimonium
          as the helpers are carrying the large cooking drum to the
          table and others are scurrying around.

                              COOK
                    Get that over there. And this over
                    here.† Be careful with that.

          HARRY interrupts.

                              HARRY
                    Ehem.. um Mr cook. Mr. cook. Look I
                    found the ladle..

          The team drops the giant pot of soup.

                              TEAM
                    Huh? Huhh.. Huhhhh. Uhhhhhh!
                    Wooooooooo!
 
          Kersplashhhhh! Kaklang klong kling klung
          ka-klang-a-ang-a-ang-a-ang an gang ang ng ng ng ng.

                              TEAM
                    mmmmm.

                              COOK
                    Oooohh.. flumux

          Reaction HARRY.

                              COOK
                    Oh, gadzooks. Da soup is blooped.

          The helpers start moving around slipping and
          falling..Klanging. Kagoing-oing.. caflump. Swoop boing.
          Ka-berk. Swoop boing. Swoop boing. Reaction shot cook.
          Reaction shot HARRY. HARRY slowly slumps. There is self
          reflection. HARRY retreats

                              COOK
                    Oh, hey, watch it. Woa. Now. Easy.†
                    Oh.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          HARRY sulks past the [sitar- snake charmer "Jingle bells"]
          HARRY slogs past the interviewer with Dick showing dressing
          rooms, TALL PUPPET is retrieved from her now completed
          yellow-special-shaped dressing room door with a star. HARRY
          tells Dick of the kitchen disaster with interviewer -Dick
          smiles it off as "stage talk".

                              HARRY
                    Dick.. Dick..

                              DICK
                    Oh ah here's one of the team. This
                    is HARRY.

                              HARRY
                    There's a big mess in the kitchen.
                    Dinner is ruined.

                              DICK
                    Oh huh huh. That's uh what we call
                    stage talk. Good job HARRY. Keep up
                    the good work! Uhh..

                              HARRY
                    But I..
 
                              DICK
                    Now over here are the fancy
                    dressing rooms.

          HARRY slunks away..

          INT. THE STAGE

          We listen to the [sitar- snake charmer "Jungle bells"] a
          while they finish. Lights down, then up on background, Host,
          Hostess enters, intros the next act

                              HOST
                    Thank you.

                              HOSTESS
                    Aren't they amazing?

                              HOST
                    You know (Hostess), of all my great
                    friends from TV. Here is one of my
                    favorites. She may be covered with
                    feathers. She may have gigantic
                    feet. But to us she's just like a
                    little toe. Here she is! Our very
                    own, little toe, Ladies and
                    gentlemen, CLARE

          CLARE enters, dressed like a bird. There is a dark stage and
          a snowman.

          (TALL PUPPET) ďIím not a snow manĒ †† †© Tim Sheridan 2009

          Played Notes: f#dafdc, D79, Am7, D7, Gsus6Ö

          G†† ††† †D†† ††† †Am†† †D79††††† D7

          Iím not a snow man. †† †Iíve got feathers, and wings.

          †† †Am†† ††† †D7†† ††† ††† †Am7 ††† †† D7†† ††† ††† †

          Iím not made of snow.† And my eyes arenít coal.

          †† †D†† ††† ††† ††† D7†† ††† ††† † †† † G††† G

          Iíve got no carrot nose.†† IímÖ†† just a bird.

          D†† ††† ††† † †† ††† †D Am†† ††† ††† ††† ††††† D7†† †

          I donít melt in summer.††† I donít weigh that much. †

          † Am7†† ††† ††† D†† ††† †Am†† † Gsus6 †† ††† †D7

          I eat little worms and like to †† †strut-my stuff.
 
          G†† ††† †† Am†† D7†† ††† † †† † †† † G

          Iím, not, a snow-man.††† Iím just a bird.

          † Am†† ††† ††† ††† ††† D

          A snow man doesnít flap his wings.

          †† Am†† † †† ††† †D

          He doesnít toot his beak.. ka-haaaa!

          † Gsus6†† ††††††††† D7†† †

          A snow man isnít made-of-fluff. †

          † Am7†† †† ††† †††† D†† †

          A snow man, rarely sings.

          Gsus6†† †D†† ††† ††† † ††† ††† †G†† ††† †G

          Iím not a snow man.† Iím, just a bird.

          ††††† D†† ††† ††† ††† †Am

          Heís snowy like a ball,

          †† ††† †G†† ††† ††† ††† †D

          (spoken) Iím yellow.† Youíve heard.

          G† D7†† Am†† †

          I donít melt. †

          † †† ††† †† D†† ††† † Gsus7†††††††† D7/†† †D79(sung)†† ††† G

          (spoken) I flap and flutter and fuss † because Iím,† a bird.

          D†† ††† ††† ††† ††† ††† ††††††† G

          I-donít-melt like a snowman.† Iím a bird.

          G†† ††† †Am†† ††† †† D7 †† G

          Iím not a snow man.† Iím a bird.

          (applause) †

          TALL PUPPET flails joyfully toward the audience then flails
          joyfully away.

          Bird act completed, Hostess (only) returns and soaks up the
          cheering.
 
          INT. KITCHEN

          The pratfall-cleanup continues. Ka-klang wooops, kaflop,
          kaflump, klank-plunk

                              COOK
                    Oh the sloppy muck. Come on. Woa.
                    Heasy there. Easy.

          INT. KITCHEN

          HARRY pokes his face in and checks on the kitchen, he sinks
          with regret, leaves.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          HARRY is followed by Prince Charming who carries
          a pail of spoiled dinner past the make-shift Christmas tree.
          The tree is full of Players hanging by their knees and
          extending polls with rope, He walks to the loading bay.

                              PRINCE CHARMING
                         (singing)
                    Her I am, I'm coming through ooh
                    ooh ooh With a bucket of goo ooh
                    ooh ooh
                         (talking prowdly)
                    I'm coming through!

          EXT. LOADING BAY

          Prince Charming enters, He passes HOGAR. He proceeds to
          the trash. Shabby is delighted.

                              SHABBY
                    ooohh Dinner is served! Oh Yea..Omn
                    num umna numn"

          HOGAR is nonplussed (sigh) -he replaces his earplugs.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          HARRY finds a place to sulk, he extends to look on stage,
          glimpses
          INT. ON STAGE

          [Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker part 13 Slow motion marching in
          snow storm. Spotlight two people with a lantern and a horse
          marching in place against a make-beleive wind, snowing.],

          INT. BACK STAGE
 
          HARRY slumps back. HARRY sits reflects on his timing. Dick,
          wandering about on the way to the group trying to decorate
          the makeshift broomstick tree which falls down again. "Aw"
          Dick offers Duct Tape.

          INT. THE STAGE

          (End [Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker part 13 Slow motion marching
          in snow storm]) Hostess

                              HOSTESS
                    Wow how about that. Thank you, yes.
                    That was just like being there. And
                    one of a kind! This next act is a
                    timeless Classic, and a beautiful
                    song, that makes us all think of
                    this season of giving. Please give
                    a big hand for (Comedian
                    Personality)!

          (Comedian: does Sad Hobo "Silverbells" (as though Martin and
          Lewis were just one guy who talked to himself...)

          INT. SET

          Street with 19th century shop fronts.(with soft blue
          backdrop and silhouette shops, Enter Comedian Personality
          the first 3 inches of a top hat crumpled slightly into a
          fedora.. . Grey fingerless gloves, a bit of coal dust on
          upper cheek and opposing jaw... forehead, neck, fingers,
          possibly left nostril)

          He looks in a couple trash cans.(music hovering overture)

                              SHABBY
                    Hey Hey This can is taken.

                              HOBO
                    Oh, I was just going to say the
                    same thing myself.

                              SHABBY
                    Well this is a private can.

                              HOBO
                    And you do very well with it. I
                    might say.

                              SHABBY
                    Yea I decorated for Christmas.
 
                              HOBO
                    Ah Christmas. Doesn't that just put
                    a spring in your step?

                              SHABBY
                    Right. Ok. Well, move along.

                              HOBO
                    Yes indeed.

          Bell ringing.
                    There it is.. (ringing) Ah, That
                    sound.

          MUSIC: Silver bells,

          Hobo Adjusts lapel. Leans momentarily over the apple cart.
          Looks suspiciously down the backdrop ally. Sits momentarily
          on the taller of two crates. Puppets walk past window
          shopping (fabric store and fish shop) Sullen, Disaffected,
          unsuccessfully cheery.

                              HOBO
                    Silver bells, silver bells. It's
                    Christmas time in the city.
                    Ring-a-ling, Hear them ring. Soon
                    it will be Christmas day.
                    City sidewalks, Busy Sidewalk,
                    Dressed in, holiday style.

          Touches a pine garland hanging from lamp post. Someone walks
          past holding their child close from him.(or woman clutching
          purse close)
                         (to spotlight)
                    Everywhere, there's a feeling, of
                    Christmas....
                         (to Shabby)
                    Children laughing, people passing,
                    greeting smile after smile.

          Tips his hat to an unmoved passer by.
                    And on every, street corner, you
                    will hear.
                         (hand to hear)
                    Silver bells

          Glockenspiel pong ping ding (piccolo-Bird) too da loo(trill)
                     Shill fer bells

          Glockenspiel pong ping ding (piccolo-Bird) too da loo(trill)
                    It's Christmas time in the city.†
                    Silver bells. Silver bells. It's
                    Christmas time in the city.
                    Ring-a-ling. Hear them ring. Soon
                    it will be Christmas day.

          (Church bells) klong klong kling. (Break) Check in trash can
          (see Shabby), pick up a penny, walk a straight line, swing
          on lamp post, sit on ledge.
                    Silver bells (band) Silver bells
                    (band) Hear them ring. Ting-a-ling
                    Soon it will be Christmas Day.
                    (Bells) Soon it will be Christmas
                    Day. (Bells)

          Bell ringing returns..Salvation army puppet with bell "kling
          ka-kling".

          Two women pause a second regard him. He lifts his head and
          fixes his lapel. And bids adu.

          Music ends, lights, He bows, (waves out others), All Bow.
          Hostess returns to join applause.

                              HOSTESS
                    Thank you. (Comedian Personality)!
                    (more applause)

                                                CUT TO BACK STAGE

          Here's a favorite I'm sure you will remember.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Comedian leaves stage (grabs towel for face) sees the still
          unfinished tree. Tilts his head. (we hear the next) The tree
          team still working on now erect tree of brooms, mops, hat
          rack and snow shovel. Unsure what to say Comedian leaves.

          INT. STAGE

          Cut to [Lederhosen "we wish you a merry christmas"] act on
          stage.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Hostess encourages HARRY
 
                              HOSTESS
                    What's a matter HARRY?

                              HARRY
                    I'm not good at things. Tree keeps
                    falling down.
 
                              HOSTESS
                    Oh.. (pause) Not everyone is good
                    at things the first time. Ohh.
                    Cheer up. I'm sure you'll work it
                    out.

                              HARRY
                    Cheer up?

                              HOSTESS
                    Yea. Cheer up. After all it's
                    Christmas And you're here with all
                    your friends right?

                              HARRY
                    Right. I'm here with friends and it
                    is Christmas!

                              HOSTESS
                    Well see? That's what's important.

                              HARRY
                    I see.

                              HOSTESS
                    Yea.

                              HARRY
                    Thank you.

          Hostess intros next act.

                              HOSTESS
                    This next song, known today as
                    "Carol of the bells" Was written by
                    Ukrainian composer Mykola
                    Dmytrovych Leontovych. First
                    performed in.. 1916 This choral
                    melody was Inspired by a New Year's
                    chant known as "The Generous one"
                    Reaction shot of ASSISTANT and equally
                    silly counterpart on sound. Here
                    with "Ring Christmas bells"...
                    ...Our very own, puppet Singers!

          The "The Generous one" ("Carol of the bells" 'Christmas is
          here, Bring in good cheer')

          Funny Nonverval Accapello 1 min ...

          VLAD: Merry Christmas Every Body, Merry Christmas.
 
          DIVA: Thank You, Thank You, and You. 

	  ASSISTANT: Hi..

          --

          Comedian Personality and Hostess:

                              HOST
                    Oh Yea, Yea. (cut away) Here now a
                    piece I know you will recognize
                    right away.

                              HOSTESS
                    Oh Holy Night !

          Begin [Flamenco "O Holy Night"]

                                                           CUT TO

          INT. BACK STAGE -TREE AREA

          HARRY sees the tree is not working very well. He softly
          offers something else to put on it (a scrap of shinny paper)
          but they are already trying something else the tree falls
          down again. crash. HARRY sulks away. We see the act in the
          wings.

          INT. DRESSING ROOM AREA

          DIVA needs another bowl of fruit for her dressing room

                              DIVA
                    Ehemm.. uh Ehemm.. oh uh.. stage
                    steward? This bowl of fruit.
                    Ehemm.. It is empty.

          Stage steward (MUSIC DIRECTOR?) nearly sticks his head into
          the bowl and observes.

                              MUSIC DIRECTOR
                    Oh, you're right. I can see that.
                    I'll get that right away DIVA.

          Then she sees the interview team.

                              INTERVIEWER

          And here's DIVA and the stage steward.

                              DIVA
                    Oh, ha ha... Thank You. Hello.
                    Oww.. Uh Hem.. uh Mmm.. It was
                    empty! Hmm.
 
          She closes the dressing room door. Perplexed interviewer(s).

          INT. KITCHEN

          Dick follows the stais to below the stage. He enters past
          HARRY. The and sees cook looking all around. And helpers
          looking all around. (klaning klang..)

                              COOK
                    We got no goulache so we need
                    somthing.† Now find it.

                              DICK
                    Wuh? Wuh. What are we looking for?
                    We seem, uh,it looks like, we can't
                    find something.

                              KITCHEN HELPER
                    I don't know. But we have to find
                    it. Or we can't make dinner.

                              DICK
                    Oh (reaction shot) Well we better
                    find it. HARRY returns from stage.
                    Oh Hi HARRY. Were.. uh.. Looking
                    for something. Something to make
                    dinner with.

                              HARRY
                    Oh HARRY not too good at things...

          HARRY begins looking anyway..

                              COOK
                    Oh dont say that.† you found the
                    ladle, right?

                              DICK
                    Uhh Good. Um.. well Say.. Um cook?

                              COOK
                    Yea?

                              DICK
                    Uhh.. Just what are we looking for?

                              COOK
                         (dizzy with frustration)
                    Some gulache helper, some fixens,
                    viddles.. you know.†
 
          cook draws picture of arrow to a large cooking pot on a
          chalk board he uses in the kitchen.. This begins to draw the
          attention of others.

                              DICK
                    Ohh.. I think he wants something to
                    put in the kettle.

                              OTHERS
                    uhhh?

                              DICK
                    Yea he wants some more food, to put
                    in the kettle. But all the food was
                    spilled.

                              OTHERS
                         (slump)
                    Ohhh... yea..
                    

                              DICK
                    So uh we. We... We need more food!

                              HARRY
                    Yes HARRY spill all ingredients.

                              DICK
                    Uh, Well let's see. uh we'll need
                    to find more. HARRY! Can you find
                    more food?

                              HARRY
                    I need to find more food.

                              COOK
                    Ahhh! there you go. Right. Food.
                    Yea if you put it that way.

          cook retrieves money and hands it to Dick who then hands it
          to HARRY.

                              COOK
                    Here this aught to cover it.

                              DICK

          Here HARRY, can you buy more food?

                              HARRY
                    I feel responsible. HARRY go buy
                    more food. HARRY sulks out.
 
                              DICK
                    Oh well good. Ok.

	  		      TECH GUY
		    Hurry back Harry.

		   	      LITLE GIRL
		    Yea Hurry back harry..

          Dick looks around as the cook is scratching his head and
          helpers are reflexively still looking around. Dick leaves.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          HARRY walks past act, [Flamenco Matador "O Holy Night"] He
          leaves through the front door.  And pushes out in to the 
	  deep fluryying snow.

          EXT. THEATER (FRONT)

          HARRY goes into the cold night. He walks across the
          concourse. He walks along the street. He walks some more,
          looks at newspaper boxes, He walks some more, He walks along
          the road, He walks and cars pass, he turns a corner, he sees
          an alley of questionable characters, dumpster/trash can
          Players, He walks some more and sees a snow plough pass, the
          snow is high and he can barely see above it. HARRY finds a
          steam vent and warms his hands on it, then he sits in the
          steam. He looks up at the night sky. He sighs. Then an
          ethrial Spirit of Christmas Lady appears. He sees her and is
          shocked. She gives him directions and the love of good
          wishes.

                              SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
                         (with slight aura)
                    You are seeking. And you are cold.

          He nods.

                              SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
                         (pointing)
                    Dear child. Go, until you see the
                    lights. You will find what you are
                    looking for.

          He nods HARRY finds the grocerystore but it has just closed.
          Dejected again.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Dick is looking for HARRY

                              DICK
                    where's HARRY?

          No body knows.
          INT. STAGE

          [Digeridoo, soda bottle, Jaw harp "Hark the herald angels"]
 
          EXT. TALL PUPPET'S DRESSING ROOM

          Comedian (HOST) leans on the corner. He is being interviewed

                              HOST
                    You know, I think it's really, all
                    about the feeling. The performer is
                    like... like a fine cook, Preparing
                    a banquet, for the audience.

          The fascinated interviewer is writing this down.

          EXT. THE STREETS

          HARRY wanders dejected. He discovers an open deli. He
          approaches excitedly.

          EXT. DELI

          We see the exterior of the Deli. HARRY enters.

          INT. DELI

          HARRY looks up at the rows of bagels in clear containers.

                              HARRY
                    Ohhhh.

          EXT. DELI DOOR

          HARRY exits the deli with a large full bag ovr his shoulder.
          He wanders the streets dragging/carrying the sack. He drags
          it across the street with the light. He drags it past the
          steam vent. He drags it along the sidewalk. He is exhausted
          and comes to rest in front of a fire hydrant. He tries and
          tries but he can't pull it any more. The neon sign blinks.

          Then he hears jingling bells. He looks around and does not
          see the source. Then he looks up and there it is. He gapes.
          He gapes more. He gapes in really, really, close-up.

          The Sleigh lands! HARRY is mesmerized.

                              SANTA
                    Ho Ho Ho.

          Santa (We see only his boots.) jumps from his sleigh in
          slight slow motion and walks to HARRY.

                              SANTA
                    What do we have here? Lost your way
                    huh?
 
          HARRY nods.

                              SANTA
                    Well not tonight. Come on.

          Santa grabs the sack (we see only sleeve and glove) and
          hefts the bag into the sleigh.

          INT. SLEIGH

          HARRY sits in the sleigh which gives off a slight amount of
          sparkle dust as the wind and reindeer take it onward. Santa
          shaking the jingling reins.

                              SANTA
                    Heaaah.. Come on boys.

                              HARRY
                    Waaaaaoooooo!

                              SANTA
                    Come on girls.

          Santa strip to north pole

          The Sleigh passes the Statue of liberty, the Eiffel Tower
          and Great Pyramids. HARRY oggles the crowds and stars.
          The sleigh flys straight down into a silo of ice in the
          middle of a vast tutor and post modern industrial complex.

          		   SANTA
		  Hold on to this.

	  SANTA gives HARRY the reings.

			   HARRY
		  You deliver the toys. 

			    SANTA
		  Yes all over the world. But you 
		  know theres a lot more people these 
	          days. We do two whole runs now. Ill 
		  just need to stop at the house, you 
	  	  don't mind. Now hold-on this part is 
	 	  new. I just love this thing. Whoooooo! 

	  Santa lands flying straight down into the vertucal 
	  takeoff and landind vtol silo at the north pole. The 
	  buildings are eclectic.. English tutor, stone cabbin, 
	  gothic and igloo with a few ultra modern additions all
	  glommed together in a large complex.

          INT LANDING BAY -NORTH POLE

          Santa and HARRY get out of the sleigh and are attended by
          hosts of elves. A large group fawns on the pupet as they
          sing.
				 ELVES SINGING
		       (fast singing)
		    Santa's Home. 
	   	    Hes all we know and merry ho ho ho.
                    He's a happy playful toyfill magic man.

		    We dance and play and work all day
		    We're a playful candy, toyful happy band,
		    in a chrystal, sparkle frosty, magic
	            snowy, crunchy winter land.

		    He's a Happy jolly wonder special man.
                    With Joyfull magic, sparkle palace, frosty 
		    crystal marvle special jam.
                      
		    In a happy snowy, sprinkle frosty, crunchy 
		    magic snowy winter land.

	Slow elf anthem: 
		    (barber shop quartet and humming)
		    The man, in the beard, might seem weird,
		    but he gives us all, the pudding we can, eat.
		    His red, and furry suit, might seem quite,
		    a hoot, but not when, he's out in the cold
		    bringing back, the, smorgesborg.

	Resume fast singing:
		    He's a able chunky wizbang mega man,
		    With a super special great big christmas plan, 		    
		    In a crispy snowy, magic happy, sparkle showy 
		    winter wonder land.

			      BACKGROUND ELVES
	 		(background singing)
                    ...Reindeer to their stall, a place
                    for one and all, we dance and sing
                    a merry thing, and a happy happy
                    happy home --for all.† Cause its
                    christmas, christmas, christmas
                    christmas christmas time...

          The reindeer are lead away to stalls down one isle. they are
          still in the long tutor livery hall/runway of the ice silo.
 
                              SANTA
                    Oooh I just love that.† Well here
                    we are.† Fella's this is HARRY.†
                    You take good care of him. You make
                    your self at home now. Any thing
                    you want, just ask. You've always
                    been a favorite of mine.

                              HARRY
                    Ahh, thank you, Santa.

		   	      SANTA
		    This is crystal, shimmer, sparkle,
                    glimmer, and fleck. They'll help
                    you settle in.† Ho Ho..† You run
                    along. And have a MERRY CHRISTMAS 
	            Ho Ho Ho Ho..

			      ELVES
                    Hi HARRY, Hi HARRY, Hi HARRY, Hi
                    HARRY, Hi HARRY..

          They elves offer of trays of treats. They shower HARRY with
          different toys. Shiney trucks, fuzzy bear, various bicycles,
          roller scates, romote comtrolled bird, bat and glove.

           		     ELVES
                         (singing continued)
                    Its a candy candy, candy
                    candy,candy candy land.

                    Its a joyfull toyfull playfull land
                    of fun..

                    Its a happy happy, happy happy,
                    happy happy song. In a joyfull
                    toyfull candy home.

		    In a happy chrystal, sparkle frosty, magic
	            snowy, crunchy winter land.

                    Its a happy toyful place.
		    And a magic buzzy space.
		    We're a magic candy, toyful happy band.
		    We dance and play and work all day in a
		    Crispy snowy, magic happy, sparkle showy 
		    winter wonder land.
                    
		    It's our winter magic wonder special plan.
                    In a Toyfull magic, sparkle palace, happy 
		    crystal marvle special jam.
                      
		    In a snowy sparkle frosty, crunchy 
		    magic snowy happy winter land.

			     CRYSTAL
                    This is the sleigh bay. And those
                    are the reindeer cabins reindeer
                    bay, And here's the cristmas
                    portico, and this is the holiday
                    paddock, and this is a glacier
                    streem, theres lots to do. You'll
                    always be busy.. 

 	  The elves show him the Toy Foundery sport testing buz 
	  technical with bycicle gantery and a parts conveyer.

			      GLIMMER
		    And this way is the Toy foundery.
		    That's where we make all the toys.
		    	      
	                      SPARKLE
		    Lots of toys.

		 	      SHIMMER
		    So many toys.

			      FLEC
		    Come on you'll see.

          They take him through the toy (wearhouse) piling him up with
          gifts and food and apparel, toys. Shiney trucks, fuzzy bear, 
	  various bicycles, roller skates romote comtrolled bird, 
	  bat and glove,

             	             ELVES
		        (SINGNG)
                    We make the toys for girls and boys
                    and everything that makes such noise
                    and floppy cloppy wirling flapping
                    klunking swirling ringing dinging
                    snapping clapping clatter racket rides!
                    with a beeping, blinking, tooting
                    hooting, twilnkling, shniney fancy 
		    cringle pride.
                     
		    In the snowy sparkle magic happy frosty 
		    crunchy chrirtmas wonder land...'

 		    Testing besting, making, breaking,
                    fixing, nixing, tiny frils and
                    happy trills, toys that danse and
                    sing and jump and squirt and buzz
                    and pump. and whirl and spin and
                    twirl and wiz and thump.(thump?
                    shrugs) Games and saddles, balls
                    and paddles,..
                    We Pound and tweak and bend and
                    squeek, and glue and weld and
                    solder..† we out in parts and with
                    package arts and and little bits of
                    stuffing.† we sew and press and
                    clean and dress and strap and shine
                    and polish. in a playful joyful
                    toyfull magic land. (three song
                    limit?) ...electric bleepers, nazal
                    tweezers, kanes for geezers,
                    teazers! every kind of toy and
                    plafyll band. in a happy playfull
                    toyfull joyfull magic happy toyful
                    magic land.† or-in a happy joyfull
                    toyfull magic playfull happy happy
                    magic land.

  			    CRYSTAL
		    And this is the caffeteria.

	  INT FOOD AREA -NORTH POLE

          Elves take him to the cafeteria (wearhouse) and give him
          a tray of tray piled high with food. Where we sing and dance
          and work and toils along. (Commons, work area, cafeteria,
          candy place) The elves introduce themselves.
			
			    CRYSTAL
		    This is gumdrop, dimple, stipple
		    twinkle, giggle and bink.  They
		    help in the kitchen.

			    ELVES
		      (singing)
		    Oh... Pumpkin pie, bread pilled high, 
		    and pork and beef and ham, 
		    and brustle sprouts 
		    and soda founts and baby candied yams.

		    Endives, oysters, crackers, souflet, 
		    samon, mangos, waffles, tai and 
		    trouffles, jack and pepered cheese.

		    You can have just anything and more 
		    then if you please.

		    There's Potatoes mashed, cranbaries 
		    splashed, and corn cobs stacked so high, 
		    with gravy boats, rootbeer floats, and 
		    mellons piled real high. 

		    There's icecream fried, puddin pie, 
		    jello molds and big soup bowls, and 
		    everything that stuffed and gulped and 
		    savored. 

		    And chomped and chewed, slurped or 
		    spewed and, ,sipped and lightly tasted.  

		    Its an endless super, greatfull special,
		    massive mega, perfect feast. 

		    With every kind of great big roasted 
		    beast, and vegies from the garden world 
		    chopped and shipped and pearled. With 
		    samon roses amd candy poses, chocolate 
		    castles, cake with tassles, buttered 
		    cashues, tripple decker pies.  With every 
		    thing and double sause, and all piled 
		    high and wow thats boss.

		    You can have just anything and more then 
		    if you please. Its an endless super special 
		    greatfull massive mega giant feast. weather 
		    chomped or sniffed, or licked or bit, Or 
		    stuffed and gulped and savored. Spewed and 
		    slurped and chewed and burped, and sipped 
		    and lightly tasted.  

		    In this super magic, happy spastic, 
		    endless world fantastic, 
		    special giant gourging major meal.

		    In this super magic, happy spastic, 
		    endless world fantastic, 
		    special giant gourging major meal...

                              HELPER ELF
                    Were so happy to have you Harry.
                    I'm gingle. This is sherbert,
                    glimmer, fleck, blister, thumbs.
                    Noodle, gimp, and fernando. This is
                    the north pole. We have everything
                    you could want.† if you need
                    anything just ask. Just relax and
                    enjoy.

	  They laden him with fluffy treets and cancy garlins.

                     	    SECOND HELPER ELF
                    "dont forget your coccoa ...".

                              HELPER ELF
                    Were so happy to have you Harry.
                    I'm gingle. This is sherbert,
                    glimmer, fleck, blister, thumbs.
                    Noodle, gimp, and fernando. This is
                    the north pole. We have everything
                    you could want.† if you need
                    anything just ask. Just relax and
                    enjoy.

	  They laden him with fluffy treets and cancy garlins.

	  The ELVES take harry to his room.  An open space romanesque 
	  suite ovelrooking the various warehouse floors below on 
	  different sides. They put him in a golden chair and give 
	  him purple robes and red and gold garlands,
          scarfs.† The attendants warm fire. And hot coccoa.

                              SECOND HELPER ELF
			 (again)
                    "dont forget your coccoa ...".

	  They run away. Weee hehe hehe hehe.. The song ends..santa is
          gone.. HARRY†sits in his golden chair covered in garlands, robes 
          scarfs and toys. The songs continue in the background.. 
          He watches the goings-on through various balconies and verandas 
          through the endless higlty piglety mideval, gothic, tutor and 
          modern complex. He remembers he was on an errand..

          Foggy flashback.. "Hurry back Harry."

          Harry gets up holding his garland of gold.. He walks to find
          santa..


          INT SANTA"S DRESSING ROOM

          Santa is in his dressing room.

                              HARRY
                    Ehem.. Uh.. Santa..

                              SANTA
                    Ah HARRY, how are you gettimg on.
                    Hard to leave isn't it. I thought
                    you might want to stay. What do you
                    think?

          Santa holds cardboard beards to his face..

                              SANTA
                    This one or that one? or this one?
                    Ive been doing this along time.

          He turns.. His face has changed..

                              SANTA
                    ".styles change.. "

          Turns again.. another beard appears.

                              SANTA
                    We wouldn't want to dissapoint..
                    There, this one.

          HARRY shows his sack of food.

                              SANTA
                    Oh but i see you have a job to do too.

          HARRY nods.

                              SANTA
                    Well lets do it! Cilantro, Crystal,
                    my coat! Thissle, Dimple. Ready the
                    raindeer! Garland, stipple! Bring
                    the sleigh!
 
          Santa and HARRY walk through the myriad complex amid massive
          stone arches and log cabin walls and ultra-modern glass.

                              ELVES
                         (singing)
                    Happy happy winter snowy.† Santa..
                    Santa.. Santa.. Clause.† Hese ready
                    on his way, hes gona ride the
                    sleigh, he's got a super list, and
                    christmas just can mis.
                    Santa clause.† Mr Old St Nic. Hes
                    gona he's gona a make his way,
                    another holiday.† Santa..† Santa..†
                    Santa..† Santa...!

          They enter the long takeoff ready room. High tech equipment
          had been mooved into place. it make trinkling glimmer tech
          sounds.

                              SANTA
                    We modernoze now and then.

          A large funnel is positioned over the sleigh and several
          metal rods begin to shake it fittng the packages into the
          giant sack.

                              SANTA
                    I love that thing.† Have to make
                    two runs these days.† but this
                    helps.

          A computpr calculates the shortest route to every city. A
          giant button downloads this to his wath in a flash of big
          screen closeups. Santa takes a moment to memorize it.

                              SANTA
                    And there.† Toys?

                              ELF3
                    Toys sir.

                              SANTA
                    Weather?

                              ELF4
                    Snowy sir.

                              SANTA
                    List?
 
                              ELF5
                    List sir.

                              SANTA
                    Ahh..hmm..

          He eyes the list.. (the list is an ancient book with loose
          papers and leather binding) Takes pencill from, behind his
          ear fixes an entry.."mm" Fixes anotjer entery..

                              SANTA
                    no, no.. There.. Thats better. Oh..
                    Heh heh this one is my favorite..
                    Good.. Elves, readdy?

                              ELF6
                    Readdy sir,

                              ELF7
                    readdy..

                              SANTA
                    Then on we go.. Here you get in, i,
                    There just watch your step.. And
                    were off! Merry christmas!

          Santa sprinkles him with a small amount of pixy dust..

                              SANTA
                    On Dasher,on Dancer, Prancer on,
                    Vixen. On comet on cupid on Donner
                    on Blitzen ! Hoooo!

          The riendeer sleigh soars upward throigh the vertical
          takeoff silo of ice. The puppet hangs off the back of the
          sleigh..amazed.. They pass the pyramids the Eiffle tower..
          Over the sea. The moon Shines off the endles ocean. The
          there is the statue of liberty.

                              SANTA
                    I love this part. (singing) I got
                    to be me!† I've got to be Me!† The
                    dream that I see, makes me what I
                    am!

          They fly over the city and land on the roof of the concert
          hall.
 
                              SANTA
                    Hooooo!† Thats a good dear.† Here
                    you are HARRY. Safe and sound.†
                    Your friends will be expecting you.
                    Oh and here, this is for the band.

          Santa hands HARRY a small package.

                              SANTA
                    Your comming back is very nice.
                    Always a good one. I won't forget.†
                    See you next year.

                              HARRY
                    Ahh thank you santa.

          Santa smiles at him.

                              SANTA
                    On donner on blitzen on prancer on
                    vixen On dasher, on dancer om comet
                    om vixen! Hoooo!


          EXT. ROOF OF THEATER

          Sleigh bells jingle then louder then louder. The sleigh
          lands atop the theater. Kaklunk..

                              SANTA
                    Woah... There. That should do it.
                    Now you get to your friends. Oh,
                    and here. This is for the band.

          Santa gives him a small parcel for the band. (an "extension
          cord" shhh..)

                              HARRY
                    Wahhh?

                              SANTA
                    Go on now.

                              HARRY
                    Thank you Mr. Santa.

          Santa hefts the bag of food out of the sleigh and climbs 
	  back in. Santa nods.

                              SANTA
                    Ready Dear? Haaa! Ha Ha Ha, Ho Ho
                    Hoooooo! Ohhhh!

          The sleigh soars away with a surge of orchestral music.

          HARRY finds only vents on the roof but one is open.. he
          throws the sack in but its stuck.† He jumps on it to push it
          down then suddenly slides down the vent.

                              HARRY
                    Umph.. Umph.. Waaaaa!

          He bobbles through the duckting 'klunkle klunkle knlnkle.."
          He rattles through the silver tube past the catwalk, through 
          a brick wall down through the backstage floor ...

          INT. KITCHEN

          The cook bides his time. Looking fecklessly at a couple pans
          and bowls. Mumbling.

                              COOK
                         (sigh)
                    What a mess.† All we can do is fold
                    napkins.

          Klunkle Klunkle Klunkle Waaahhhhhh! Ka-smash flump. HARRY
          lands in the kitchen.

                              HARRY
                    Mr. cook ! Mr. cook! I got the food
                    for the dinner.

                              COOK
                    What?† My gouache?

                              EVERYONE
                    Horary!!

                              COOK
                    He got the food!† I can make the
                    goulache!† We'll have turket and
                    giblits and pouding and Pie!

          Cook looks in the bag. But there are only bagels..

                              COOK
                    Huh? Hmm.. Huh? Hmm. Huh? Hmm. Huh?
                    Rrrrr.. This is'nt goulache.

          He holds up bagel after bagel..

                              COOK
                    Huh! ... No.. Huh!... No No. Not
                    goulache. No.† It's only bread.
                          (sigh)

          Cook is sad.

                              EVERYONE
                    Aww.. he can't make dinner.. He
                    can't..? He cant..? "Awwwww" Too
                    bad.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    Sorry HARRY.

          A little girl looks at the bag and finds a Danish stuck to
          the bag.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    Oh.. but what is this?

          Cook holds up the Danish and Bagel.

                              COOK
                    Huh? Mmm.. That's it, That's it.!
                    I've got it! This give me an Idea!
                    This could be my goulache!

                              EVERYONE
                    He can!, He can?, He Can! He can
                    make the dinner! Horayyyyyyy! Good
                    work HARRY, Yea Good Work! HARRY's
                    a hero!

          Orders are given but nobody can understand.

                              COOK
                        (draws on chalkboard)
                    I just need a confabulating matrix
                    and a souflet pan, and a strainer a
                    heating coil. Here. Get, eh this.†
                    and this.. And this.. 

	Cook still drawing on the chalkboard.

                              EVERYONE
                    What? Huh? What? What's he saying?

                              COOK
                    This would make the base and then
                    the soup and. Turkey!† Yes.† With
                    refrigeration and a mixing element.
                    Gravey!† And decant the sucrotic
                    element then this would be. Icecream!

                              ASSISTANT
                    He needs a mixer and a fan and a
                    light bulb. uhh..
 
                              COOK
                    Yea Thats the way.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    Wait ASSISTANT understands.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Uh then we need a big bowl and
                    rolling pin and the ladle.

                              COOK
                    Yea the ladle. (keeps writeing)

                              TALL PUPPET
                    ASSISTANT can translate! Go on ASSISTANT.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Yea he can make the dinner.† We
                    just need to find these things to
                    make it with.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    He says we can help cook !

                              ASSISTANT
                    Yea Yea we can.

                              EVERYBODY
                    Yeaaaaaa!

          ASSISTANT writing.

                              COOK
                        (on chalk board)
                    Now this part spinns.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Ok Ok got it.

                              COOK
                    And this part blends the mix. Uhh
                    and. mixes the flavior. This makes
                    it fluffy.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Yea yea yea.† Got it.

          ASSISTANT writes this all down and gives pieces of paper to all
          the Players. HARRY leaves kitchen as those remaining
          congratulate him on his good work.
 
          INT. BACK STAGE

          HARRY exits the stairs and crosses the curtain. We see
          (Brief view of [Handle's Massiah 'Hallelujah...']).	  Others arrive and the interview team is there.

                              INTERVIEWER
                    And here's HARRY. Mr. HARRY can you
                    share a few thoughts with us?

                              BYSTANDERS
                    Oh HARRY saved the dinner. He found
                    more food. Yea he's a hero.

                              INTERVIEWER
                    Oh Really? And how do you know
                    HARRY?

                              EVERYONE
                    I know him because we work on
                    costumes. I know him from doing the
                    curtains. I know him from helping
                    with the music. HARRY is a friend.
                    I like HARRY. Yeaaa HARRY.

          Reaction HARRY gaping with amazement and joy..

          INT. STAGE
                         Hostess
                    Ladies and gentlemen, (Pop Diva)

          (Pop Diva's) "Do you hear what hear?" (snow princess...),
          (encore: "I'll be home for Christmas" (Lanterns)) 
          Begin close pull back to Christmas phantasm of ice and snow
          and poinsettia. Snow princess on pedestal surrounded by white
          fractal ice crystal orbs.

          Enter Hosts return: clapping, lights, Bows. Cut away.
          {COMERCIAL}

          INT. BACK STAGE -TREE AREA

          Harry, is now happier. HARRY finds the tree is not done. 
	  (tree now with rope and two-by-fours) Harry looks into the curtain 
          hollow as STAGE DIRECTOR and DICK ask..

                              MANAGER
                    Where is he?

                              DICK
                    Where's JIMMY?
 
          ART follows HARRY to the tree and tells of his dinner
          save. Interviewer crew takes note. They ask HARRY (now a
          hero) for more decorations.

                              ART
                    Did you hear? Did you hear? HARRY
                    Saved dinner. The cook and the
                    food. That was HARRY.

                              EVERYONE
                         (separate voices)
                    Ohh.. HARRY. Yea. Hey. Thanks.
                    HARRY can you help us with the
                    tree? We need Decorations.

                              HARRY
                    I can look for decorations. Ok.

          HARRY leaves looking for deccorations.

          EXT. LOADING DOCK

          HARRY looks in the loading bay -no decorations.. He looks
          outside and finds JIMMY shivering with the ice trays.

                              HARRY
                    JIMMY, what are you doing out here?

                              JIMMY
                    f-f-f-f-f-f-f-Freezing uh-uh-ice
                    c-c-c-c-c-c-c-cubes.

                              HARRY
                    JIMMY you need to come in. You're on
                    next.

                              JIMMY
                    Ohhhhh k-k-k-k-k-kay

          HARRY leads JIMMY in, And regards JIMMY.

          INT. SIDE STAGE

                              DICK
                    Oh...uh has anybody seen JIMMY?

          INT. THE STAGE
	  
          ["Hallelujah"] act ends Hostess exits backstage for center.
 
          INT. LOADING DOCK

          HARRY gives shivering-JIMMY a blanket then picks up ice
          trays. HOGAR opens the door for HARRY. They walk from
          loading bay.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          DICK sees HARRY, takes the ice cubes and thanks him, sees
          tree. hes worried about the tree. Back stage people pass in
          robes and puppet camels etc.. The Comedian is tanning
          w/magazine, We see new act [Bagpipes "Silent Night"]

          INT. KITCHEN

          HARRY passes through the kitchen which is now commotion of
          all kinds.. people walking back and forth with large shiny
          metal objects, pieces of cable and small mixing bowls.

                              COOK
                    Uh that works. Get me more. More
                    metal parts.

          INT. ORCHESTRA PIT

          HARRY checks the orchestra for decorations (a door from the
          kitchen into the orchestra pit) HARRY tells a musician of
          his plight. The musician nods 'no' and whispers to the next
          who also nods 'no' etc.. They begin a whisper campaign.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          The nativity act gathers by the curtain. Dick passes. Others
          ready for the '12 Days' act. The tree isn't ready.

                              DICK
                    We need those decorations.

          Host and Hostess 3/4 Intro the [Nativity background Act]

                              HOST
                    This next act is very special. It
                    symbolizes the heart of Christmas.

                              HOSTESS
                    It begins on one special night long
                    ago.

          (applause), The Nativity players are in place and a curtain
          opens.

                                                           CUT TO
 
          INT. BACK STAGE

          ASSISTANT in a closet, removes a lamp, pie plate. He pulls 
          an "extension cord" (stage lighting becomes dims. Elsewhere 
          DENICE is rumaging and it goes dark. He is surprised.

          INT ON STAGE -NATIVITY SCENE

          Stage light becomes darkened slightly from the extension
          cord having been removed.(repeated) JIMMY tiptoes across the
          active stage and slips into the nativity scene manger.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    They came to a small town and
                    looked for lodging but could find
                    none. And they asked the innkeeper,
                    but there was no room. And they
                    asked all around but none could be
                    found.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          ASSISTANT (now carrying bailing wire and a hubcap) borrows arc
          generator from Vlad who is playing cards with SUZIE. We
          see the snowed in truck on his TV.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Uh can I borrow this?

                              VLAD
                    Sure, no problem

          On TV, a Snowed in Truck. They have decorated the cab with
          the decorations as a reporter finds them. On TV, Camera
          comes in close.

                              REPORTER
                    Now weather and the roads, A huge
                    snow storm and difficult driving
                    leaves this truck and it's
                    occupants, stuck here, with of all
                    things, a load of Christmas
                    decorations. Back to you Breck.

                              BRECK
                    A harrowing night out there I'm
                    sure. Now in sports, lints take the
                    fuzzies in the navle game tumble.
                    And the socks, stick to their
                    outside lead, -- down by one.
 
          INT. THE STAGE -NATIVITY SCENE CONT.

          Nativity scene continues.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    And a Sheppard told them of a
                    stable with a manger. Where they
                    could keep warm through the night.
                    And they found the stable which was
                    told to them.

          INT. ATTIC ABOVE STAGE

          HARRY searches for decorations in attic he turns on a light,
          looks in boxes. Turns on another light. And looks some more
          boxes then pulls and pulls to opens a trap door. It gives
          way and he slowly opens it.

          INT. THE STAGE -NATIVITY SCENE CONT.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    And the wise men came and learned
                    of the new born child and said,
                    Behold the Baby Jesus. And they
                    gathered round.

          An arc of light pours through the open trapdoor above onto
	  JIMMY (as baby Jesus).
         
         (angelic harmony "Ahhhh")

          HARRY looks down through the trap door.
          JIMMY waves up sheepishly.
          HARRY waves back.

          INT. ATTIC

                              HARRY
                    Ohh heh.

          INT. THE STAGE

                              TALL PUPPET
                    For we were led here by the star in
                    the sky. Surly He will bring us
                    goodness and light. HARRY pleased
                    reaction shot. Closes trap door.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          (Applause) The many players are ready for the 12 days act.
 
          INT. KITCHEN

          Cook bolts something onto the now shoulder high metal
          object. As he places parts on it with ASSISTANTs help and
          others who bring the parts. At ASSISTANTs request.

                              COOK
                         (singing)
                    Yada hata dah dah dat tah
                    Dah dah dumpthy dah dah daa.   

                              ASSISTANT
                    UM here.. uh.. here it is..

          cook takes another part from ASSISTANT.

                              COOK
                         (singing)
                    Yum de dumt dah dumt dee dumpt
                    dah yah dah de duh dumpt duh dee.

          Someone hands ASSISTANT another part.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Oh and and here..s this one.


          INT BACK STAGE

          The troupe prepares for the '12 days' act. Dick calls for 
          the characters to ready.

                               DICK
                     Ok Ready for the Doce, 
                     I mean, 12 days !
 
          El Mopo: From the noir shadows of back stage, a figure is
          revealed. He steps forward into the light with echoes of
          Spanish guitar. He is a gaucho. He wears a tight, light blue
          janitor uniform tailored into a waist coat with small blue
          wide rimmed hat and drawstring. He carries a pole. His
          expression is confidant. His mauve concave angular face is
          slightly triangle with a spur of a nose and his chiseled
          chin well below his mouth. His quaff of shiny black hair and
          side burns extends well below the minimal relief of his
          ears. His jacket sleeves are ĺ, his faded tangerine tux
          (t-shirt). 
          A man of implacable principle and impecable personal code. 
          He also has (music) after his name. 
          Roughly, the spanish guitar chord (E) (one step low) in
          'Spanish strum' followed by notes a b b-c-b-a b followed
          immediately by the distant vocalizations. 
          
                              DICK
                    Alright everybody let's get ready
                    for the twelve days.. Everyone in
                    place.

                              EL MOPO
                    Excuse me Senior. (guitar twang..)

                              DICK
                    Oh..

                              EL MOPO
                    Did you say... the twelve, days?

                              DICK
                    Un well yes.. that's our next act,
                    the 12 days of Christmas.

                              EL MOPO
                    No, not, (close) the "Doce Dias"!
                    (music pang c7+d#)

                              DICK
                    Um well Yes.

                              EL MOPO
                    No. This, cannot be. There, must be
                    some misunderstanding.
 
                              DICK
                    The act. Oh we've been working on
                    it for a while now.

                              EL MOPO
                    But the "Doce Dias" is only myth, a
                    children's song.
                    It is an illusion! -- a fantasy.
                    The "Doce Dias", It is like the
                    wind. It could never be, performed.

                              DICK
                    Well, we worked out a nice number.

                              EL MOPO
                    No. It is impossible. There would
                    be too many for the stage. The
                    "Doce Dias", is like the wild animals!
                    -- it could never be tamed.

                              DICK
                    Oh, well DIVA sings the lead. It's
                    pretty good.

                              EL MOPO
                    No! I cannot allow it. It is too
                    dangerous. She would be trampled!†
                    For her safety, I implore you, do
                    not do this thing.

                              DICK
                    Um who are you?

                              EL MOPO
                    I, am, El Mopo, (guitar twang),
                    the Janitor. I cleanse the planks
                    of drama. I polish the footlights
                    of the muses. Where ever the
                    proscenium is soiled! I will there.

                              DICK
                    Oh well thank you mister.

                              EL MOPO
                    El, Mopo (music)

                              DICK
                    We go on in a couple minutes.
 
                              EL MOPO
                    Ok, ok, fine. If you want to do it
                    your way. I will be here. Nice to
                    meet you Mr.

                              DICK
                    Oh eh uh... Dick. uh Puppet.

 			      EL MOPO
                    My pleasre.


          They shake hands (Uh Thanks, yes , nice, Uh huh.)

                              DICK
                    Ok everybody the Doce dias.. I
                    mean, Twelve days. Let's go..

                              EL MOPO
                    Wait.† If you must do this thng.†
                    Then you must allow me perform 
                    the opening act.

                              DICK
                    Oh what do you do?

                              EL MOPO
                    A little juggleing.

                              DICK
                    Well we do have a some time. Ok
                    sure.† You're sure.

                              EL MOPO
                    I am certian.

          INT. BACK STAGE/THE STAGE

          At the tree, Comedian observes the poor progress on the tree
          which is now partly covered with gloves. He proceeds to
          stage side and intros the next act right behind Hostess.

          The nativity scene curtain closes.

                              COMEDIAN
                         (drying a tear)
                    How bout a big hand. Yes! Aren't
                    those kids amazing? They work so
                    hard.

          He glances up briefly at the trapdoor.

          Dick wispers to him.
 
          El Mopo Act: El Mopo agrees to the "Doce Dias" but asks if
          he can open for it. (Dick) agrees and is shocked to read the
          act as he introduces it. "Motorcycle Juggleing" (a family
          tradition) HOGAR brings the bikes and piles them on
          stage.† We never see the actual juggleing, only shadows and
          stunned faces and the bowing afterward then EL MOPO takes his
          broom and dissapears into the night.)

          The Stage opens without intruduction as el mopo enters and
          bows to applause.† Then gasps and ohhs.

                              HOSTESS
                    Wow.† Yea.† Yea. Yea.
                    Our next performance tells the
                    story of Gifts from loved ones near
                    and far. Here they are once again,
                    the puppet players.

          (applause)

          INT. ORCHESTRA PODIUM

          Someone finally whispers to the conductor that the tree
          needs decorations.. (applause stops) Audience, caugh..
          sniff..

          12 Days overture: The conductor leans forward. He turns the
          page to open the score. He leans in closer. He raises his
          baton.

          The orchestra gallops away in the shortest overture.. about
          three bars each section.. beginning roughly: the first 21
          notes of stars and stripes, the theme from Mozart's 29th
          symphony, then the decending bridge of stars and stripes
          before the time change, The William tell overture just
          before the main theme.

          A short cadence comes to rest. De dum de duuuuuhhhhh dahhhh
          dahhhhhh

          An orchestral flourish sees DIVA enter the stage. Ba, de-ah
          da, de-ah da, de ah da, de dah bum.

          (applause)

          Piano: da-ding, da-ding.. (orchestra)
 
                              DIVA
                         (singing)
                    Uh huhm.. On the first day of
                    Christmas My True Love Gave To
                    meeee!.... ...

          -- NOTES for 12 Days operetta:

          The 12 days of Christmas operetta is a bit long so the main
          scene is performed with some adaptations. The details add a
          quality of effort that makes it nice. (First and most
          obvious there is a pause between the gave to me and the
          calling of the gifts then another pause before the reframe
          this allows for suspense and antics) The lead also calls the
          numbers in reframe.
          The DOCE DIAS, FANCY NOTES:

          -Gifts (and gift givers who call gifts) enter behind DIVA
          until the 7 swans. The rest enter in front of her. This is a
          commotion and causes her to grasp to the fore several times
          and at the end for bows and her exit. -Dick waits side stage
          then calls "Seven Swans a Swimming" each round. DIVA does
          "...gave to me.." (2 through 12) and "Five golden Rings" in
          reframe.

          Diva sings the first part then the chorus and diva.
          Responding Chorus is (Men, Women, Soprano or whole) each
          share various gifts. Birds and others leap, jostle or Moo
          when mentioned. Musical Arrangements: mostly
          choral/orchestral intros and reframes, embellished
          instrument choices.

          Reframes below the five golden rings are baroque chamber
          style. Reframes above more modern. Tracked audio will allow
          selection of different choral groups to call gifts in the
          descending reframe.

          -Partridge/tree, (barer Women) The Diva DIVA receives the
          tree with the bird in it with glee.."Ohh Ohh ho ho ahh
          heh..ooohh!" then the she quickly becomes jaded as the other
          gifts arrive. Each round she returns to center and the
          polite finery of the 18 century orchestration. Orchestral
          filigree extends the timing between rounds. (full string
          intro)(reframe bach chamber style violin cello harpsacord)

          -Two turtle doves (barer voice) "hoooh thank you" (Soprano)
          "coo coo" (Harpsacord Guitar flute) (Reframe Two flutes and
          a violin)
 
          -Three French hens. (barer voice 2) Hens are French..and,
          possibly, Canadian... "uh.. over there.." (Women/Full)
          "B-gock! buck." ) Harp strings woodblocks (reframe accordion
          woodwinds)

          -Four calling birds. Parrots (barer women) "calling birds,
          hello" Hello! Hello! Huhh "Next to the others.." (Chorus,
          Soprano) (Strings piccolo harpsichord) (Reframe Piccolo
          harpsichord brass)

          -Five Golden rings, (triangle) (barer barber shop quartet)
          she says "Ohhh! Give me that ! Thank you Thank you."
          (Full/Men, DIVA/Full) (armonica harpsichord strings)
          (Reframe Harpsichord and Glockenspiel) (no spaces on
          reframe)

          -Six geese a laying "Helerk" (barer women quartet) followed
          by a person picking up the eggs.. "ok" she picks one egg. It
          is taken by a stage hand. (Full, Women) Vibes trombones
          piano cello (reframe woodwinds)

          -Seven Swans flap all over the place. "Halark, Halark" "uhuh
          hhh'(Soprano, Dick says "Seven swans a swimming" w/single
          orchestral pluck) Oboes, flute, strings (reframe piano
          strings trumpet)(no spaces on reframe) Reaction (She gives
          Dick a look.. he shrugs.)

          -Eight maids a milking startle her. ("moooo!" "uhhhh? Ohh."
          Wild eyed cows nose into her. "aehhh!" -5 beats) (Women, Men
          falsetto "eight maids..") (tuba-ratchet) Harp, Tuba,
          harpsacord, piano, armonica (reframe piano harp vibes)

          -Nine ladies dancing. (to London bridge is falling down.-on
          "dancing") then continuing off a dry pause. Lead is pushed
          momentarily off stage but returns "Humph.." (Soprano) Harp,
          flute, piccolo, strings (reframe vibes bassoon) Fugue the
          London bridge and the reframe continuing past the partrage
          and off stage.

          -Ten lords a leaping (Tympani roll) (to London bridge is
          falling down.) surprise her.. "Ohhh! Hah ha Hi.. heh heh
          hello, hello ohh".. (Men) (cello viola harpsacord timpani
          trombones) (reframe strings symbol base-drum) (Reframe Drum
          trumpet flute)

          -Eleven pipers piping.. She is less interested.. (joke:
          OVER EATER looks at the script checks off #11.) (Men: "On the
          eleventh day" Full "of christmas" & "Eleven.", Soprano: "My
          true love." & "Eleven pipers piping.") (flutes piccolos
          bagpipes harpsacord strings)
 
          -12 drummers (slower) they nearly trample her as she
          struggles to stay in frame. (Full) (Tympani drums Brass)
          (Reframe: Bagpipes-woodwind brass) Add one long measure
          cadence.

          -Then the big count down..To allowtime for stage moves. Add
          three beats between gifts 12-11-10, two beats between
          10-9-8-7 and one beat between 7-6. Everything above swans
          leaps to the fore when called until DIVA crowded out of
          view. She Claws her way back each time.

          †"...And a partrage in a pair tree-mooooo." Thump
          "Bgoock!-hernk" "hoodooloo" "hoodooloo" "Buck", "buck".

          Stage thumps from a kitchen explsion at end, Bang-thump!
          Some fog comes out of the trap door. (The Cook's machine is
          working.) They players look around.

          The breathless Diva adjusts her bra without touching it and
          takes her bows. Exits. Ughhh.

          INT. KITCHEN

          (A throbbing hum) Cook's looking in a door to a blue light.

          INT. HIGH VOLTAGE DINNER MACHIENE

          The aura glowing light shines on Cook's face as he looks in.

          INT. THE STAGE

          Host and Hostess return after the diva exits. The Italian
          COUNTRY side scene becomes rune of garlands and poinsettia.

                              HOST
                    Amazing. Yes...

                              HOSTESS
                         (she now holding a copper cow
                         bell)
                    Ohh..
          {COMERCIAL break?}

                              HOST
                    No Christmas Celebration would be
                    complete without the spiritual
                    composition of Johan Sebastian
                    Bach. Ladies and gentlemen the
                    Players.

          ["Jesus Joy of mans desire"] Players hum acapella..Medieval
          Cello, Harpsichord, Violins (cutaway)
 
          INT. KITCHEN

          Cook is now doing weird science amid electric arcs and
          whirlwinds with empowered ASSISTANT and frightened helpers.
          Vlad enters and is impressed. One of the helpers hands the
          Cook a light bulb.

                              COOK
                    Ok heres the Bulb.

          Cook hands ASSISTANT a light bulb.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Ok I just need to change thsi
                    lightbulb.

                              VLAD
                    Ahh. Very nice.

          ASSISTANT is in the buzzing, arcing, percolating rig and adds a
          squeaky light bulb from cook.(whirr) The Interview crew
          enters and stands aback as the arc hums louder and louder
          with the light bulb in place. ASSISTANT poking out from behind
          the roughly cone shaped bulging arcing contraption.

                              ASSISTANT
                    Are you shore this is a good idea?!

                              COOK
                    We've got to make the dinner !

          The Cook puts a pinch of spice into the funnel
          (k-klunk-a-klunk) then a drop of water is tweaked from a
          small faucet above it. The buzz and arcs become a crackle
          then louder, then louder, the machiene blows steam and
          sparks from it's seams. "Bang", then, just a whir with a
          hovering hum. cook opens the door to the contraption and
          peers in. Bright light shines out. He backs away from the
          glowing portal, slowly raises his head, then turns to the
          camera then nods laughing .

                              COOK
                    That's dinner.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Back stage TALL PUPPET exists her specially shaped dressing
          room door and walks to the loading bay. She retrieves
          HOGAR who is being combed by SUZIE in the Loading
          bay.
 
          INT. LOADING DOCK

          HOGAR is being combed by SUZIE.

                              TALL PUPPET
                    Come on HOGAR it's time for the
                    big number.

          They Exit.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          The other characters are gathered in the (ehem) wings. Hosts
          near stage.

                              DICK
                    Come on everybody let's get to the
                    uh hum..tree scene.

          Dick looks in the curtains and is flustered.

          INT. THE STAGE

          We hear more of the Bach piece.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          HARRY wanders through the curtains to the tree area with the
          gift from Santa.

          INT. THE STAGE (Tree area)

          ROCK LEGEND and band stand in front of the large
          makeshift Christmas tree, HARRY enters carrying the gift
          from Santa. (The Bach act ends to applause) HARRY delivers
          the gift (extension cord) to ROCK LEGEND.

                              ROCK LEGEND
        	    Oh Thanks HARRY. Any luck with 
	            the uh?
			(points to tree)

          HARRY (shrugs) He has not found any decorations. The tree
          is still hats and gloves over brooms, coat racks and 
	  two-by-fours

                              BAND MEMBER
                    Wow.. sorry man.

                              ROCK LEGEND
                    That's too bad.

                              OTHER BAND MEMBER
                    Yea.
 
                              ROCK LEGEND
                    Ok..Fellas, it'll just have to do.

          HOGAR enters along with TALL PUPPET and they stand by the
          Tree on the puppet side. (pre lights on, curtain still
          closed)

                              STAGE DIRECTOR
                    Ok Ok Ready Everybody?

          Dick Looking at the tree.

                              DICK
                    I guess were as ready as we will
                    be.

          STAGE DIRECTOR checks to see if everyone is ready. Just then
	  the Orchestra enters and, one by one, they decorate the tree
          with their instruments.(music) (reaction shots)

                              HARRY
                    Uuhhhh?

                              ROCK LEGEND
                    Aww.. now. Look at that.

          Rock Legend picks up the gift.

                              ROCK LEGEND
			(to HARRY)
                    Hey,

          He throws HARRY the gift, HARRY opens it and sees it's an
          extention cord. (Rock Legend) nods 'up there'. HARRY thinks
          a minute, looks, runs behind tree. Band acknowledges. The
          orchestra players are still filing in the tree one by one.

          HARRY looking at the extention cord and the tangle of plugs
          then looking up at the disco ball.† He plugs the cord in.

          INT. THE STAGE

                              COMEDIAN
                    Well it's come that time again.
                    We've had a wonderful evening being
                    here with you all. It's your being
                    here that makes it Christmas.   

                              HOSTESS
                    And here, with our finale', is the
                    amazing, the incomparable, the one
                    and only.. (Rock Legend)!!
 
          INT. THE STAGE

          There is only curtain and orchestra at first. Orchestra does
          an acapella overture ("Christmas song" like) low lights,
          some kazoos (Mystery then serious then ethieral then Vlad
          adds 'the Bach Contatta' cord on organ -hold...) Curtain. We
          see the band and tree in backlight at first. Audience
          reaction shots. (Wait to light stage.) Flash cans (of snow)
          in front of stage. Lights. (HARRY finally gets the disco
          ball plugged in) (cue laser disco ball -slow speed)

          SONG:(Rock Legond) "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas
          Time"

          Segue Encore jam: "Coming Up"... w/ Suggested Riffs: Vocal
          (wooh, ah ha) Sax, Sax, Flute, Base, Drum, Guitar,
          (hyperbole Dick on synth): Glochensphele, Trumpet, Trombone.
          ... steel drums, xylophone, (Vlad) Theremin, (Dick) Harp,
          clarinet, single string violin, Sitar, tom-toms, Cello,
          African percussion (cook and helpers on kitchen impliments)
          - conga line? Fade.

          Hosts enter(on glochensphele):

                              HOST
                    Good Night everybody. yea!

                              HOSTESS
                    Good Night!

          We see, Audience, Cast, Balcony, orchestra Kazoo
          accompaniment , Band cont .. Lights off, Quiet moment,

                                                          FADE TO

          INT. KITHEN

          Cook steadies to grab the handles of the tray inside the
          giant whirligig as the light pours out in his face.

                              MANAGER
                    Ok now watch it. Steady. Aw yea.
                    Good.

          The cook removes a very long tray (longer then the 4 foot
          with of the whirligig the tray is covered with all the
          fixens of a turkey dinner. Including candle sticks...

                              COOK
                    Okey Dokey.† Now that's a baby.
 
                              ASSISTANT
                    Easy easy.. steady steady..

                              STAGE DIRECTOR
                    Yea.. oh yea..

          INT. LOBBY

          Dick's interview

                              DICK
                    And so that's pretty much how we do
                    it. Here are some of the highly
                    talented people who make it all
                    possible.

          Comedian and some of the characters including DENICE and
          OVER EATER.. Goofing into the camera.

          INT. BACK STAGE

          Guests milling past back stage in close hallways. We see
          characters carrying chairs, plates, glasses, flowers.

          INT. BACK ROOM

          Near a hanging light bulb BILLY counting pay to band as the
          ban waits.

                              EARNIE
                    One, two, three.

          INT. STAGE

          The stage is set for the cast party banquet. 
	  Cast party, busy room, taking seats.

          As the casts sits for dinner it is rolled out on a metal 
	  cart under a high tech lid covering the dinner is stuck.† 
	  They try tugging it with ropes, they try dropping it 
	  (it bounces back onto the serving cart) they try
          dynomite, everyone at the table ducks..† But nothing.

          The tech guy explains.

				TECH GUY
		    as the dinner cools the air contracts
          	    and the vaccume preasure holds the lid 
		    down with..† about 900lbs of force.
			
				DICK
		    I'm affraid we're unable to ..

          El Mopo (guitar twang) appears he parts the crowd and twirls
          his mop in an instant then simply flicks his mop handle..†
          the lid opens with a release of air and some beeping (from
          the high tech gadgets and lights on it)
 
          Guests gasp.†

                              COMIC PERSONALITY
                    Truley he is EL MOPO.

          Then the COOK lifts the lid to aplause from the assembled
          guests.

                              DICK
                    Um.. Hi, Emerybody.. Um.. ehem..
                    You know it's been great year, and
                    I um, I just want to say, to
                    everybody, that you have made this
                    the best Christmas ever. I, I realy
                    mean that..

                              EVERYBODY
                    Yeaa.

          Diva kisses leader.

                              DIVA
                    Awww (peck)

          INT. CAST PARTY - STAGE

          cook removes the cover (with lights and electric coils) from
          the turkey. Everyone (ahh, ohh, yea, Mmm.)

          Closing lines: Hostess and Pop Diva flank DANNY THE COOK,
          The many extras, Players, camels, performers sit together.

                              HOSTESS
                    This is wonderful.

                              COOK
                    Oooh huurrr

                              DIVA
                    Yea thank you.

                              COOK
                    Ohh

                              EVERYONE
                    Here here, thanks etc..
 
                              COUNTRY STAR
                    Mighty fine, Gravy please.

                              COMEDIAN
                    Oh, Is that banana bread?

          Dick passes green beans to Rock Legend.

                              ROCK LEGEND
                    Thanks old buddy.

          EXT. NIGHT SKY

          Santa's Sleigh rides into the moonlight.

          EXT. THE NEWLY REBUILT THEATER -MORNING

          Bulldozers hum around in the background. An electric drill
          is heard.††

          Several critters gather behind a blueprint. One holds a
          footlight and a door knob.

                              DICK
                    It's a good thing we kept these
                    plans in the office. Hmm..† Ok
                    that's there.† and we have those
                    from before.. and uh.. We used all
                    the trim?

                              MANAGER
                    Uh Yep.

                              

                              DICK†
                    Ok then that should do it.† You got
                    electrical?

          TECH GUY† Uh Yes right there.

                              DICK†
                    And you got all the plumming?

          Bear nods.

                              DICK
                    And all the little fluffy
                    upolstering things?

                              DIVA
                    Mmm hmmm.

          ACCOUNTANT returns with a can of paint and brush.
 
                              ACCOUNTANT
                         All right now it matches
                         pretty close. So Tell me. What
                         da ya think?
                    

          The same crane that once held a wrecking ball now lowers the
          theater marque' and DENICE into place. Work men bolt it in.

          All sigh.

          Reaction DENICE.

          TO PLATE

          MUSIC: "Wonderful Christmas" reprise. Then to theme.

          Credits.
          END

                              








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