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Santa's Elves & the Shoemaker 


Santa's Elves & the Shoemaker

by Kevin M Reese]

(This is a special Holiday version of our popular play,
The Elves & the Shoemaker.  To see how the two scripts differ, see Detailed Plot below.)

Available in Musical & Non-Musical Versions

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Detailed Plot:
After a silly preshow (ONCE UPON A TIME) by the two actors who will be playing the elves, we meet the poor Shoemaker and his... demanding... wife. Times are tough when you don’t have enough money to buy the leather you need to make shoes– and the stress is taking its toll on their lives (I’M A SHOEMAKER). He stays up late to make a shoe out of his last piece of leather and soon fall fast asleep. Enter Ricci and Nicky, the two Elves. They are two of Santa’s Elves who have been re-assigned to “Good Deed Patrol” because they are constantly arguing. The “Big Guy” told them they could return to they regular Elf duties only after they learn to work together and help someone in need. They have learned of the Shoemaker’s difficulties and are here to help. They set in to make him a pair of shoes– after all, how hard can it be? (WE GOTTA WORK). Proud of their accomplishment, and confident they will soon re-join their regular Elf crew, the two depart just in time for the Shoemaker to awaken the next morning. He discovers the two shoes and is amazed– until his wife arrives. The problem, as his wife so pointedly points out, is that there are two left shoes! The next night, the two elves return to fix their mistake (as usual, arguing the whole time). They endeavor to make yet another pair of shoes (WE GOTTA WORK AGAIN). Again, they leave just in time for the Shoemaker to awaken. He is at first happy– until his wife points out (again!) that there is a problem with the shoes. This time, the left and right shoes are two different colors! His wife is so upset, she packs her bags to go stay with her mother. The shoemaker decides to stay up all night to see who is making the shoes. When the two elves arrive to try to again fix their mistake, he catches them in the act. With the help of the shoemaker, the two elves make another pair of shoes– this time, they succeed (WORKING TOGETHER). Before they leave, the elves grant the Shoemaker a wish: he wishes his wife could be happy again. They reluctantly grant his wish and exit, fully confident they will soon be back in good standing with Santa. The next morning, the Shoemaker’s wife enters. She has thought it over and decided not to leave! After she sees the new shoes, they both marvel at the quality. After the Wife exits, the two elves arrive one last time to say goodbye, they are on their way to the North Pole to join their Santa’s Elf Unit. The Shoemaker thanks them for putting the spell on his wife. They reply that they didn’t use any magic– once the stress of not having any shoes was removed, she became nice all by herselfSuddenly, we hear Santa coming as he make his way down the audience aisle. He has come to have the Shoemaker check his boots.  He sends them back to the North Pole and exits with the Shoemaker to look at some new jingle bells for his boots. (WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS).

NOTE:  The section is RED indicates how this version differs from the original version "The Elves & the Shoemaker."  Other than that, the two scripts are identical.

Most of the action takes place in the Shoemaker's shop: Workbench CS, bench SL, lots of empty shelves. The Elves' crossover scenes take place either in front of the curtain or in an aisle of the audience.

Original Cast: 5:   3 Men, 2 Women played 5 characters

Responsibility, Unnecessary Worry, Tolerance.

Running Time:  40 Min.  

Target Audience: Ages 2 - 10, Families.

Characters:  4

Short Description:
The poor Shoemaker and his very demanding wife are going through rough times. Then one night they are visited by two silly, bumbling elves. Their assignment is to help the Shoemaker make shoes. The results are as silly as the elves.

1: ONCE UPON A TIME - Narrators (Elves)
2: I'M A SHOEMAKER - Shoemaker
3: WE GOTTA WORK - Elves
5: WORKING TOGETHER - Elves & Shoemaker
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - All

Original Production
SANTA’S ELVES & THE SHOEMAKER was first presented by the Children's Theatre of Medford (OK). It opened December 7, 2000, and played five performances. It was directed by Kevin Reese and costumed by Audra Wiese.  The cast was:

Ricci . . . . . . . . . . Janelle Reese
Nicky . . . . . . . . . Kevin Reese
Shoemaker . . . . . . Bruce E. Davis
Wife . . . . . . . . . . Sharon Ramsey
Santa . . . . . . . . . . Himself


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