Charlie Brown may not be great at selecting a Christmas tree but he does develop a solid fix on the meaning of advent, and ideas about how we should treat advent today.
An easily staged comedy, useful for sermon starter.
Bible Reference: Philippians 1:6 and Luke 15:1-10
Cast: 2 (made to appear children, male and female)
Set: blank set
Lighting, Sound: standard
Costumes: costumes making the actors appear as children, could be as simple as a bow in Lucy’s hair and a ball cap on backwards for Charlie
Props: a very scrawny pine tree branch
Sample of script:
Charlie comes on stage carrying a very sparse tree branch,
Charlie: Just you knock it off Woodstock!
I am glad you went and fell outta your tree, Woodstock!
Hope you hurt yourself real good is what I hope!
Laughin’ at my Christmas tree!
What does a dumb yellow bird know about Christmas trees anyhow!
(holds the branch in various positions, examining it)
I don’t care what anyone says, this is a great Christmas tree.
It’s got . . class . . . that’s what.
Class . . . We need more of that in our Christmas trees today.
(looks at the branch)
Not everyone’s gonna like my Christmas tree, I know that . . .
I can just hear Lucy . . .
“You’ve done it again Charlie Brown!
“You went and picked a really sick Christmas tree, Charlie Brown!
“Just take a real good look at that tree Charlie Brown!
“That is a loser tree Charlie Brown!
(shakes head, sighs)
Seems like I never get any respect.
I mean like you take Schroeder . . . he plays a real mean piano.
And Lucy, she likes the way Schroeder plays the piano.
Even Snoopy, he’s only just a dog, but every year come Valentines, Snoopy gets a ton of Valentines . . .
And me? . . . I would be over the moon if I only just got one measly Valentine.
And now it’s Christmas and I will just bet no one will say . . .
“Good job pickin’ out a tree Charlie Brown!”
“You for sure know how to pick a Christmas tree Charlie Brown!”
Is it too much to ask? . . .
Just one time, give me a little respect for something!
Lucy comes on stage, ignores Charlie, pacing, scratching her head, thinking
Charlie: OK Lucy, why doncha just go ahead, get it outta your system, OK?
Lucy continues pacing, thinking, talking to herself under her breath
Charlie: I am waitin’ Lucy! . . . Go for it! . . . Tell me how I messed up again!
Lucy continues to ignore Charlie, Charlie stands right in front of Lucy, making her stop
Charlie: I can take your abuse Lucy! . . . tell me just how bad my Christmas tree is!
Lucy: Get outta my face Charlie Brown! . . . Can’t you see I am busy thinking and all!
Charlie: Likely thinking how you are gonna cut me down with cruel comments about my Christmas tree!
Lucy: What Christmas tree are you talking about Charlie Brown? . . All I see is a miserable puny little reject of an excuse for a needle-free branch.
And I have no time or interest in telling you what I really think of that stupid looking Christmas tree, Charlie Brown!
Charlie: I do feel better when you level with me on your thoughts like that Lucy! . . I feel better now.
Lucy: Charlie Brown, I have no time run you into the ground about your latest mess! I have much bigger fish to fry, Charlie Brown!
Charlie: You are gonna fry some fish Lucy? . . Can I try some of your fish Lucy?
Lucy: Good grief Charlie Brown! . . It was a figure of speech Charlie Brown! . . An off-the-cuff figure of speech was all it was Charlie Brown! . . Now then, back to my thinking this thing out. . . .
Lucy starts to pace again
Charlie: Maybe I could help you with your thinking Lucy, maybe?
Lucy: Good grief Charlie Brown, this is not a time to bother me with your sick attempt at humor! . . I’ve got to get focused, thinking about the advent season.
Charlie: For sure I can help you with the advent season.
Lucy: You know about the advent season Charlie Brown?
Charlie: Do I know about the advent season? . . Do fish like waterfalls?
Lucy: No, actually fish don’t like waterfalls Charlie Brown.
Charlie: Regardless, I do know lots about advent.
Lucy: OK then Charlie Brown, just you go right ahead and tell me all you know about advent . . Do it Charlie Brown!
Charlie: Well, thing is I know lots about advent but just not when folks come out and ask me about it, OK?
Lucy: You are a real mess Charlie Brown!
Charlie: OK, tell me all you know about advent, if you are so smart Lucy!
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