“How Nick Became A Saint”
Written by Frederick Passmore
Copyright 2004 Sheep Laughs Publications
Synopsis: A department store manager gets word that his regular “Santa’s helper” can’t make it so he drafts a store employee to fill in the red suit for the day. The hapless fellow is abused, threatened by a bully kid, barfed on, insulted, given demands, etc. and is ready to throw in the red hat when a little girl comes to see him who wants nothing for herself, only that “Santa” get saved and be happy this Christmas. She witnesses in a simple way and leads him in a sinner’s prayer, after which he is truly jolly.
Soundtrack key: This is the type of script where your actors deliver the lines from the script and the soundtrack supplies the music and sound effects called for in the script.
Length of play: 10-12 minutes.
Number of cast: Eight, plus as many extras as you have for children, parents and shoppers.
Category: Christmas, Comedic, Medium-length skit
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Characters: The Narrator Angel. Nick, the main character. Mr. Boyle, the store manager. Ronnie, his kid. Kid #1, with the list. Kid #2, the crybaby. Kid #3, the disillusioned brat. Angela, the little girl. Various extras in the role of parents.
Costumes: Nick is dressed casually, then in a cheap Santa outfit. Mr. Boyle wears a suit. The Narrator Angel should wear all white, or a white robe and sandals.
Props: Cell phone, box of decorations, empty wrapped boxes, stack of printed pages for the kid’s wish list. Small gospel tract.
“How Nick Became A Saint” Script Breakdown
(A general description of the script; not all details or lines are here, but it gives you a very clear overall picture of what it is like.)
The stage setting is a department store. The main area is set up for kids to come see Santa, so it should be decorated around a tall-backed chair used as his throne. A young man comes onstage, smiling as he looks over the decorations. He is an angel on a mission. Speaking to the audience, he tells why he loves visiting Earth this time of year. But he gets a little sad when looking at the empty Santa throne, thinking about the fact that so many people miss the true joy of the season by seeking to fill their holiday with things, instead of Christ’s love. He brightens up again as he shares his mission this time; to make sure a particular person hears the Lord knocking at their heart. We see that person, Nick, as he comes onstage with a box of decorations, which he uses to make the stage more festive before the store opens soon. His boss, Mr. Boyle, comes in while speaking in his cell phone. He is accompanied by his young son Ronnie, who is about 10 years old or so. As we hear the boss speaking, we find out that he is getting the news that the Santa he had hired for the Christmas season can’t make it. This leaves him in a bind and in a bad mood. He yells at Nick to hurry up, which makes him nervous. As he is moving a box of toys to display, he stumbles and falls, trashing the box and everything in it, comically bumbling and repeatedly falling over the merchandise. This infuriates the boss, who fires him.
Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here: how_nick_became_a_saint_sample_01
Before Nick can leave, however, Mr. Boyle gets an idea…. he puts a Santa hat on Nick, and turns him around. Changing his mind about letting him go, he now sees a replacement fill-in for his store Santa, and quickly talks Nick into accepting. He hurries him out the door to the break room to get into the suit, and he goes to open the front doors for the customers. They stream in like zombies breaking through a barricade, almost trampling the manager. Most of them are being dragged by their kids who want to see Santa, so the manager gets their attention and informs them that Santa will be there momentarily. They are impatient and complaining about the wait. The parents are threatening to leave and shop elsewhere, so the manager announces a sale on the year’s most popular toy and they stampede out to go grab them, leaving the kids to wait in line. At last, Nick comes out, forced onto the stage by the boss as he adjusts his costume. The kids all cheer as he sits down nervously.
As the children come up one by one, we see the selfishness and spoiled nature of the kids who have everything and demand more. The first one brings out a long printed list and threatens Santa if he doesn’t bring everything on it. The second one is afraid, having watched too many horror movies at home where Santa is a killer. The kid tells Santa he smells bad and then loses his breakfast on Santa’s suit, running off crying that Santa made him sick. The third kid is older, and doubts that this Santa is the “real one.” With a series of accusations and questions that debunk Nick’s efforts at an explanation, the kid finally pulls down Nick’s fake beard and screams to warn everyone that this Santa is a fake. Jumping off his lap and punching Nick, then kicking him in the shins, the kid runs off yelling that his mother will sue the store for false advertising.
Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here: how_nick_became_a_saint_sample_02
The boss hurries up to see what the disturbance is, and takes Nick off to the side to warn him to keep the kids happy, and therefore the boss happy, or lose his job for real this time. Dejectedly Nick tries again, with the last child in line, the others having run off after the previous kid’s scene. The little girl asks for nothing for herself, she just wants Santa to be happy. She can tell he is sad, and he tells her that he is sad for the children who want so much. Through a series of seemingly-innocent questions, she shows Nick that he is not happy because he doesn’t know the One born in the manger on Christmas. He begins to understand that he needs the Lord in his heart to not only be happy, but go to heaven as well. She asks him to read her favorite book, a little tract written for children, which she hands to him. As he reads the simple Nativity story to her, he learns the Good News and why Jesus came to the Earth. She asks him to read the prayer in the back to her, but he ends up praying it sincerely as he does. He tells her that he asked the Lord into his heart while he read it, and she is very happy for him, leaving him the booklet and running off.
Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here:how_nick_became_a_saint_sample_03
As the boss comes back, please that they have sold so much merchandise, he commends Nick for his job and says that he has found another professional Santa who is on the way. He gives Nick a bonus check as a Christmas gift, and gives him the rest of the day off. Nick gives Mr. Boyle the tract and says that his son might enjoy it if he read it to him. The boss thinks he would and promises to do it.
The angel that introduced the play comes back out as Nick leaves with a Christmas song in his heart, and he is happy with how things turned out. He hints that he might have been in another form doing his work, and wishes the audience the joy of the season that only comes through finding the Lord for one’s own self.
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South Elgin, Il
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