The Big \puppet/ Powerhouse Christmas Extravaganza

				 SYNOPSIS

                                    By

                             Timothy Sheridan

                                 (c) 2010

                               215-242-8340

                             info@theubie.com

                        4 Pgs, Re:96 pages +6 songs




 LOGLINE: 
 A theater group is evicted by a wrecking ball and books a much 
larger venue for a night of Christmas entertainment amid a snowstorm.
But they must provide their own food service.  As the show progresses 
the cast dinner is ruined and one character must go into the magical 
Christmas eve to buy more.


 OPENING ACT SYNOPSIS

 OPEN

 	PLATE with Obsequious Announcer:

   	       "The Big! \Puppet/! Powerhouse!
      		    Christmas Extravaganza"


 EXT. AN OLD THEATER

A fourth floor walk-up with a large theater marquee.

Theater players practice on stage. Upstairs some of them
assemble to choose a Christmas show.   The accountant
reveals they are behind on their lease and must exit by
today. They have enough money for ice cream --but only one
scoop.

A wrecking ball appears at the window. Some of them think
its a Christmas decoration. Others argue weather it was a
"Klunk or a Thump". Some suggest it "could be decorated".
Then they realize it's a wrecking ball and call the lease
company. The critters discover their theater is going to
become a 'bulk food mega store', they are heartened to
see the wrecking ball leaving.

But it promptly returns and they retaliate by launching
stage props, office furniture and other harmless effects
from the balcony/fire exit. One critter jumps on the crane
biting it. Other players, practicing on stage, topple the
Christmas tree and push it out the back into a truck.  
One critter is alone cleaning up as the plaster begins
to fall. The ball swings in through a newly wrecked window
and swings back out carrying a clump of clinging critters who
drop to the street below. The crane-biter lands threateningly
on the windshield of the crane.

In front of the theater, the battle rages as critters swing
brooms and cones at workmen. The crazed biter jumps on a
jack-hammer and rides it like a pogo stick, Left, right,
chasing workmen, through caution tape, bumping into the crane,
over a see-saw/saw-horse, through a sand pile (muffled) and
over the power cords causing an explosion of fireworks.

The lead critter runs into the building to get the forgotten 
cigar box containing the last of the ice cream money.

The critters are successful at thwarting the crane operator who
flees the puppet attack.  But the crane spins slowly out of
control dragging the ball through the roof of the building and
collapsing it as the critters all watch from the street. From 
the cloud of debris comes the leader with the last few dollars 
for ice cream.              
Fade
The players sit alone in front of the tall rubble pile, cleaning
themselves, darning and de-linting.

--end opening scene--



FULL SYNOPSIS

OPEN

    A struggling theater group plans their Christmas show but is
interrupted by a wrecking ball and their behind-rent venue is
destroyed. After a tense but loony battle they are on the street
with only enough money for ice-cream. 

They go for the ice-cream but are heckled as they walk the streets
tattered and unemployed. They quickly discover the source of their
troubles, a giant super cinema 24 just around the corner.

 The critters decide to join forces with the establishment. But the
local movie theater won't rent them a space. So the dejected players
overextend and book Lincoln Center. The only catch, they must do
their own food service. (What could go wrong?) So they call the trucks
and rescue a small plush-toy (fuzzy bunny) from atop the rubble pile.  
They leave a sign on the door directing people to the new location.

 The weather turns snowy as the players leave in two trucks. But the
crazy driver follows signs to a ski party and makes a detour down the
ski slope. They swerve side to side, roll sideways, roll end-over-end
and escape the icy lake at the bottom. But later the truck with the
Christmas tree is lost in a snow bank on the turnpike.  
(Fun miniature work)

 The players arrive at the theater and unpack with teamwork and gags.

 The night begins. There is a duet and floor-show. And their cook begins
a cast dinner in a kitchen under the stage.  But as the headliner acts begin,
one helpful character interrupts the cook and flubs the cast dinner.
Slips-and-falls ensue.

 The dejected sad-sack blames himself and is consoled by the hostess. Then
he volunteers go into the night to buy more food where he is assisted by a 
spirit of Christmas lady and buys more food.  But he soon becomes exhausted 
from carrying the large sack of food and is rescued by Santa and waylaid to 
the north pole. 

They travel past the statue of liberty, Effile tower and Great pyramids. 
As they fly down the ice silo the little critter discovers the
non-stop-happy-singing-elf-culture. ("..in the crystal snowy,
frosty magic, happy crunchy, Winter wonder land..")  The critter is
laden with toys, treats and garlands.

 But as he sits in his golden chair overlooking the endless fun, he
realizes that the people he loves are more important than all the
toys, joys and candy in the world.

 So he returns with the help of Santa (Santa does 2 runs these days). 
We see the eleborate and high tech launch preperations for the 
sleigheide. They fly past the Pyramids, the Eiffel tower and the 
Statue of  Liberty, landing on the roof of the theater. Santa offers
a small gift and departs with bounding cheer.  The critter tumbles down
through the roof vent and through the building landing on the table
in the kitchen under the stage.

 The little critter delivers the bag of food. But the cast dinner is
impossible, because it's only a bag of bread.  Then, magically, a small
girl finds a danish stuck to the bottom of the bag.  The chef has an
epiphany. He orders the construction of a large hi-voltage cyclotron
to create Christmas dinner, from bread alone (plus the squashed danish).  
The contraption looks like four aluminum donuts stacked in the shape of
a Christmas tree, with a tiny faucet and a light bulb near the top,
sitting on a box with two doors.

 As the big act approaches, the janitor, -- a self styled matador/gaucho
named  "El Mopo" (guitar twang) -- appears and insists that the mythical
 "Doce Dias" (the 12 Days of Christmas opera) is an impossible legend
and too dangerous for the female lead. However, he agrees to allow the
act if he can open with his own motorcycle juggling. (we see only shadows
and stunned faces of the audience during El mopo's intro.)

 The crowded '12 Days of Christmas' act is a big success with
dancing milkmaids, cows, leaping, chickens, ballet, pipes and drums.
And a kaboom (under the stage) as the dinner nears completion.

 There is a minor miracle when one critter, who was asked to "make
ice-cubes", is found out back shivering and must go on as baby Jesus
while another critter who is rummaging in the attic for tree decorations
accidentally opens the trapdoor above the stage, flooding it with light
(angelic chorus).  The two briefly exchange silent hello's.

 Then as the finale draws near, the improvised Christmas tree is not ready.
And the orchestra fixes the tree by generously decorating it with their
instruments, and performing the prelude on kazoos.

 The small gift from Santa is an electric cord which is opened and
electrifies lasers and a disco ball above the stage for the closing
rock number.

 Its a miracle -- The evening is a success. The curtain closes.
 
 Back stage, they pay the band. ("one.. two .. three..") And the players
assemble for the Christmas dinner. But the high-tech lid (covering the dinner)
is stuck. Several players attempt to free it with tug of war, rockets and
dynamite, but are unsuccessful until the mysterious janitor-gaucho, 'El Mopo'
(guitar riff) appears and frees it with a flick of his trusty mop.  The troop
leader offers thanks and the cast dinner commences. Santa rides through the night.

The next day, the players hang a large neon sign on their newly rebuilt theater.

 The End



 Scene Outline:

 OPEN
 
 Christmas meeting
 Wrecking ball battle,
 Panhandling performers,
 Movie theater rejection,
 Saving fuzzy bunny,
 Truck ride and ski-slope detour ,
 Theater setup,
 Opening  monologue (&'Christmas song' with ‘Most wonderful' floor show)
 Helping the chef (country song: 'White Christmas' (alt 'Better not shout')
 Back stage banter (gag: comic chorus)
 kitchen disaster (kid song: "i'm not a snowman")
 Consoling the klutz (comic song: "silver bells")
 Into the night, food run, trip to north pole. ( gag: comic chorus)
 Kitchen miracles (extra song: snow princess Vegas show solo)
'El Mopo' and 'The 12 Days of Christmas' super act (The "Doce Dias")
 Nativity miracle and Tree rescue
 Closing Number: ‘Wonderful Christmas' and 'Coming up')
 Cast dinner, stuck turkey lid, Rebuilding the theater,
 
 END


 Major Songs: 25 min 
 Christmas Song, w/  "Most wonderful time of the year" floor show
 White Christmas (country) w/ Santa clause is coming to town.
 Madrigal comic doo-wap of "Jesus joy of mans desire" later "ring in the bells"
 Comic "Silver bells" (variety act)
 'I'm not a snow man" (original for very young person or very tall bird)
 Vegas snow aria: "Joy to the world" or "do you hear what i hear"
 '12 days of Christmas' - opereta stage-show
 McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas" and "coming up" !

 SHORT-Gag - Bits: 1.5 min total (international styles) 
 Silent night (bag pipes)
 Rocking around the Christmas tree (plate twirler)
 Fa la la la la (unicycles, penny whistles, juggler)
 Oh holy night (flamenco)
 We wish you a merry Christmas (slap dancers)
 Jingle bells  (snake charmer w/sitar)
 Hark the herald angels sing (didgeridoo, jaw harp, soda bottle)
 The nutcracker suit 13 --excerpt (there's a short act for this)
 Handle's Messiah (chorus)

 North Pole Elf Song: 
(this is a fast children's chorus)
"We make the toys for girls and boys, and all the things with lots of noise, 
we work and sing and dance and play...In the happy snowy, frosty sparkle, 
merry crispy, magic wonder land..." (various hyperverbal variations)

 North pole "Elf-Anthym": 
(the anthym is a slow solemn ode inside the elf song) 
The man in the beard, might seem weird, but he pays 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 smorgasbord.    (resume hyper-kenetic elf song)

 There's more in the script.
 The weird James bond style office of the cinema 24 manager.
 Two truck drivers who only mumble.
 The Christmas tree pokes through the cab of the lost truck in the  snowbank, 
 filling  it with Christmas ornaments.
 Critters tumbling out of the other truck when the players unpack.
 Sawing the top of the doorway to fit the really tall character. 
 A small horse named 'peaches'.  
 Some sword fighting.
 A pipe organ is connected to the giant video curtain.
 One really large brooding player uses the loading dock as his dressing room.
 Slip n falls in the kitchen when the dinner is spilled.
 Little critter tumbling down the vent after Santa drops him off.
 One critter must climb the high voltage dinner rig to change a light  bulb.
 The horse discovers a better improvised Christmas tree.(a pirate rope ladder)

 Story, song, gags, colorful visceral, fun.

 Its packed.

 Timothy Sheridan

 info@theubie.com

 Discussion:
 This is a fun play with a gripping series of colorful situations, turns and debacles.
 Characters strive for acceptance and explore their autonomy. Its lighthearted holiday
 entertainment with familiar Christmas songs performed by headliner acts and many 
 gag music bits in international styles. 
 (like silent night on bagpipes or fa la la la on sitar).   
 The show is full of kinetic action like a wrecking ball, riding a jack hammer, 
 a truck sliding down a ski slope, making ice-cubes, slipping on goulash, tumbling, 
 climbing, falling, trap doors, heavy objects etc., with gags like choral singers who make
 funny sounds, or the mythical "Doce Dias" (The 12 Days of Christmas operetta) with leaping
 chickens and dancing cows and milkmaids..
 There are a few minor miracles and a visit to the north pole.  
 In the end, the troop succeeds against all odds in doing their show -and having 
 a holiday dinner together.

 Comic Add on: A critter comedian who swore off comedy in reverence for Christmas decides
 to do magic because Christmas is magical. Accidentally makes his equipment disappear. 

 Every holiday product would be an ideal sponsor.  
 Everything from Jello, to stuffing to, floor wax.
 Hope you can find the cash.  









uploaded 7/30/18