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DLTK's Christmas Plays
A Crossword Puzzle

written by Leanne Guenther

This is a 15 to 20 minute play about Santa's reindeer.  Activities during the play include 3 songs, some speaking roles and some simple line dancing.  You're welcome to use it free of charge for any school, church, daycare, etc function but please don't copy it and sell it to people -- it's meant to be free *smile*.
 

Parts:

You can let the kids come up with their own costumes.  I've given some ideas

Speaking/Acting/Dancing Parts:

Acting/Dancing Parts:
 

Dancing Parts:    

Singing:  

It's up to you whether you want your speakers/actors/dancers to sing too.  You'll likely find they have enough challenge doing their acting/dancing without singing at the same time so you might want to have them focus on the acting/dancing and skip the singing.
 

The Play

Set up:  You'll need one area for the family to be standing.  One area for the reindeer/Santa scenes to take place and a third area for the choir to stand.  If you have a small stage in a gym, try having the choir on the floor in front of the stage.  the reindeer/santa scenes on the stage and the family in front of the choir (on the floor of the gym).

To start:  Mom and Dad are making supper.  Grandpa and Uncle Joe are playing checkers.  Little Sister is watching Grandpa and Uncle Joe.  If you don't have an Uncle Joe, make dad play checkers with Grandpa. 

School Boy is frowning at his crossword puzzle.

School Boy:  I need some help with my homework *sigh*.

Mom:  Sure honey, what do you need?

School Boy:  I have to finish this Christmas crossword puzzle but I'm stuck on one question.  How many reindeer have pulled Santa's sleigh?

Dad:  That's an easy one -- eight.

Little Sister:  Eight?

Dad:  Yup.  Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen

while dad is listing them Little Sister and School Boy can be counting them off on their fingers.

Scene Change:  Light fades from the family and moves to the 8 reindeer on the stage (if you have a light). 

Choir:  Thirty-two Feet and Eight Little Tails

Scene Change:  Light fades from the reindeer and moves to the family again (if you have a light). 

School Boy:  Uh dad...

Dad:  Yes son?

School Boy:  Eight doesn't fit.

Dad:  It doesn't?!

Mom:  That's because nine reindeer have pulled Santa's sleigh, dear (pats dad on shoulder)

Little Sister:  *giggle*

Scene Change:  Light fades from the family and moves to the 8 reindeer on the stage (if you have a light). 

Choir:  Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer

Scene Change:  Light fades from the reindeer and moves to the family again (if you have a light). 

School Boy:  Oh oh

Dad  What's wrong?

School Boy:  (fidgets) Nine doesn't fit either.

Mom:  Are you sure you're spelling it right?

Little Sister:  *giggle*

School Boy:  Mooommmm.... (your typical exasperated "mom")

Grandpa:  There's 10 (gruffly)

everyone looks surprised that grandpa said something ... he usually doesn't talk when he's concentrating on checkers.

Little Sister:  I didn't think Olive counted

Mom and Dad:  Olive?

Little Sister:  Yeah!  *giggle*  You know... "All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names"  (sing the line from Rudolf the Red nose reindeer)

Mom:  Olive the other reindeer?  Oh!  All  of  the other reindeer.  Very cute dear.

giggles and snickers from mom, dad, brother and sister

Grandpa:  Hmpphh.  I don't know about any Olive.  Tenth reindeer goes by the name Leroy.

Brother and sister look at each other and say  Leroy!? in surprise.  Mom and dad look at each other and raise their eyebrows.

School Boy:  (in shock) Hey!  Ten fits!!

Uncle Joe looks up from his game and nods in agreement with grandpa.

Song:  Leroy the Red-necked Reindeer
(Grandpa and Uncle Joe say the first verse)

Grandpa:  Well you've all heard the story about Rudolf and his nose.  But I'll tell you a Christmas tale that never has been told.

Uncle Joe:  You may think you've heard it all.  But you ain't heard nothing yet...

Scene change:  light fades from family and onto stage

Choir:  About that crazy Christmas that the North Pole can't forget.

Choir sings verse two while Rudolf and Leroy "talk" on the phone on stage.  You might want to put an ice pack on Rudolf's head or wrap him in a blanket to get across the idea that he's sick. 

Pause song after the second verse (where it says he jumped in his pick up truck).

Scene change:  light returns to family

School Boy:  Pick up truck!?

Little Sister:  Reindeer don't drive trucks, they fly!

Grandpa  *chuckle*  Leroy ain't one of them hollywood reindeer like Dasher or Blitzen.  He's a workin' class reindeer.

Uncle Joe  Ayup.  Leroy works 365 days a year not just on Christmas Eve.  A pick up truck comes in mighty handy when you don't have a magic sleigh and a bunch of elves to help haul yer stuff around.

Uncle Joe and Grandpa nod to each other in agreement.

Scene change:  light returns to stage

Choir sings verse three while the 8 reindeer, Leroy and Santa act it out on stage (8 reindeer snicker and point at Leroy and then Santa steps in to say Leroy's the boss)

Choir sings verse four (which is actually the chorus) while Leroy works on getting all the reindeer into position and teaches them the line dance (while they struggle and can't get the dance right...  They get better at it as the verse nears an end).

Choir sings verse five -- for the first 4 lines Leroy and the 8 reindeer finally do their line dance perfectly together.  In line 5 (which mentions Santa), Santa joins the group and starts line dancing too and you see the family starting to arrange themselves to join in

Choir sings verse six (which is actually the chorus being sung a second time) -- the family starts doing the line dance in and all of the Western Dancers run onto the stage with the reindeer and/or with the family and join in too.  (depends on your space and how many Western Dancers you have)
 

And that's the end!!

 

The Line Dance

The difficulty of your line dance depends on the age of your kids.  If you have a fairly eager group you can even let them design their own!  (maybe that can be a job for your Western Dancers to do).

Here's a simple one to get you started:

Tap right heel on ground and then return to standing position
Tap right heel on ground and then return to standing position

Tap left heel on ground and then return to standing position
Tap left heel on ground and then return to standing position

Hop, hop, clap  

Wiggle, wiggle, clap        (wiggle wiggle = swing hips left and right)

 

That sequence should take you the length of:

And it was Leroy the Red-Necked reindeer
Hooked to the front of the sleigh

So it would work like:

And it was Leroy
Tap right heel on ground and then return to standing position
Tap right heel on ground and then return to standing position

the Red-Necked reindeer
Tap left heel on ground and then return to standing position
Tap left heel on ground and then return to standing position

Hooked to the front
Hop, hop, clap  

of the sleigh
Wiggle, wiggle, clap


 

Question:  I am trying the Christmas play on your site with my sixth grade class.  There are two songs I have never heard and would like to know if there is such a song with music.  They are "Thirty-two feet and eight little tails" and "Leroy the red-necked reindeer." Please answer as soon as possible so I know if I need to start looking.  Thanks.

Answer:  You can purchase the sheet music to 32 feet & 8 little tails at http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0043210&bd=Index&bl=/SheetMusic/index/GuitarPianoVoice/html/defaultT.asp (though I'm sure if you had a book of many Christmas songs you'd find it... perhaps one of the parents has it). You can print the first page of the music off from the site for free (the chorus) if you need to check whether the difficulty level is appropriate for your pianist/guitarist. There are other versions of the music as well (mostly with just the melody, but I found this to be the best for someone who can play piano fairly well).

Leroy the red-necked reindeer is a country and western song by Joe Diffie. You can buy his Christmas CD at most music stores or through amazon.com (again, depending on the music tastes in your part of the world, you might be able to get it from one of the parents) 
http://spikesmusic-christmas.spike-jamie.com/pdf/LEROY-THE-RED-NECKED-REINDEER.pdf has the guitar chords if you're interested in having the music played instead of using the CD. I haven't found piano music for it.

 

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