Naughty/Nice (One-Act Version)
Naughty Nice ONE ACT
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In this perfectly profane and wickedly funny Christmas revue, a flurry of children’s letters to Santa are brought to life by four performers. You know these kids, or maybe you were one of them: the boy who dances to his own unique carol, the girl aching to mother a dolly, the brutally naughty brats who insist they're really nice, and the needy, greedy, and profoundly selfish boys and girls who misunderstand the true meaning of Christmas. Subversive and darkly comic, Naughty/Nice is an original, holiday-themed musical revue for grown-ups that seeks to reveal the other side of Christmas.

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Four quick-changing actors play a multitude of quirky, profane, heartbreaking and hilarious kids who are aching to have their wishes answered by Santa Claus in this epistolary musical revue. The large community of children spring from a core foursome— two boys, two girls— introduced in the opening number, ("Dear Santa"), in which the kids put pen to paper to write to Old St. Nick. The four emerge as a unit later in the show, but also spin off into their own solos, duets and backup roles.

Enter June, a dainty, tap-happy, Shirley Temple-type moppet hoping that Santa will "Bring Mummy" a spirit-filled (preferably 90 proof) gift. Meet Ben and his groovy backup girls. He's been raised on disco, pop and Motown hits of the '70s. "The Only Thing I Want in the World," he declares, is an action figure all his own. (Watch out, Barbie!) A foursome of Carolers makes its first appearance asking Big Questions associated with the season ("Winter Wondering 1"). In the show's title number ("Naughty/Nice"), another quartet of kids brightly reveals grand acts of naughtiness, bordering on sin, but insist that— underneath— really they're nice. Meanwhile, in Greenwich Village, Barbra Joan, raised on one too many torch songs, has a very special "Wish for a Daddy." Over in merry England, brother and sister Noel and Gertie, upper-upper-class tots, implore "Don't Bring the Reindeer 'Round."

The four Carolers return with more "questions in the snow" ("Winter Wondering 2"). Yet another dysfunctional foursome advocates "Canceling Christmas," explaining in a mix of song and confessional monologue why Santa should avoid their neck of the woods. Over in Germany, Jenny has made her mind up that she's addicted to American baked goods ("The Ballad of the Easy Bake Oven") in a Weill (or rather, vile) cabaret turn. Another brother and sister, Susie and Ricky, overcome their speech impediments (or do they?) to present a counterpoint wish list ("Sibling Duet"). Over in the heartland, a folk-friendly kid versed in both Dickens and the Scriptures asks Santa to end suffering around the world ("An Eleemosynary Christmas").

The four Carolers wander and wonder anew with "Winter Wondering 3." In "Trunk Song," a fresh foursome of disappointed kids revisits the crappy gifts Santa brought in years past and beg him to learn from his mistakes. Down in Brazil, "In the Shadow of Corcovado," a bossa nova-loving boy named Antonio desperately seeks Santa's help with social change, The Man Upstairs, and a worrisome health issue. Over in the suburbs, a girl sings a waltztime "Lullaby" about a dolly, taking a cue from how her mother raised her. The spotlight then hits a boy actor who has delusions of showbiz grandeur. He invites Santa to attend his school Christmas pageant, in which predicts his turn as Wise Man No. 3 will be a "Show Stopper." The four Carolers complete their pondering ("Winter Wondering 4"), realizing the questions (not the answers) keep hope alive.

In "The Last Letter," we hear four spoken accounts of the painful moment each of the four kids first realized that Santa might not be real, signaling a transition that is both personal and theatrical— they transform into adults and step into the final number. Now dressed in urban black, they ruefully reflect on their bittersweet memories of past holidays. The act of remembering allows them to reach for a brighter future— reconnecting, on a snow-kissed Christmas Eve, no less, with something innocent and optimistic again ("Part of Me").


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone is treated to a little sugar and spice. 

Girl 1 – A soprano who can be legit and brassy. Her solos include a Liza/Judy/Barbra-worthy torch song ("Wish for a Daddy") and a gentle waltz ("Lullaby"). Approx. vocal range: Soprano with high mix belt.

Girl 2 – An alto who can play bright and dark. Her solos include a tap-happy Shirley Temple number ("Bring Mummy") and a German cabaret number worthy of Marlene Dietrich and Lotte Lenya ("The Ballad of the Easy Bake Oven"). Approx. vocal range: Alto/Second Soprano.

Boy 1 – A tenor with a light, vulnerable quality. His solos include a bossa nova for Brazilian boy at risk ("The Shadow of Corcovado") and a pop number for a gay kid ("The Only Thing I Want in the World"). Approx. vocal range: Lyric tenor.

Boy 2 – A baritone with a robust quality. His Big Number shows a kid desperate for the spotlight in the Christmas play ("Showstopper"), and he's in Noel Coward vein for "Don't Bring the Reindeer 'Round." Approx. vocal range: Baritone.

Casting Notes: The show is written for adult actors. Don't be afraid to cast people in their 30s and 40s. Skewing older tends to be funnier.

An option to expand the cast exists, with your best resident talent taking on the solo/duet tracks that best suit them. Group/foursome numbers (opening, closing and title number) should be sung by the same performers. "Winter Wonderings" can be cast at your discretion.

Setting: Quintessential Christmas locations— a typical American Christmas household, outside in the snow, etc.

  1. Opening: Dear Santa one-act
  2. Bring Mummy one-act
  3. Winter Wondering Part 1
  4. The Only Thing I Want In The World one-act
  5. Naughty/Nice one-act
  6. Don't Bring the Reindeer Round (Optional)
  7. Winter Wondering Part 2
  8. In The Shadow of Corcovado
  9. Wish for a Daddy
  10. The Ballad of the Easy Bake Oven
  11. Winter Wondering Part 3
  12. Sibling Duet
  13. Lullaby one-act
  14. Show Stopper one-act
  15. Winter Wondering Part 4
  16. Finale: Part of Me one-act

Performance Royalties are based on theater particulars.

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement. To download the show rider for Naughty/Nice, click here.

"Naughty/Nice proved to be a sold-out, hit attraction in two benefit concerts produced by ASTEP/Artists Striving to End Poverty in Manhattan. Audiences howled with laughter and had their hearts touched by this quirky and fresh approach to the holidays. Raising money and awareness for our organization in a creative way— using rising performers and writers and new songs that draw on the heritage of musical theatre— was right up our alley." –Mary-Mitchell Campbell, founder, ASTEP/Artists Striving to End Poverty

"If you mashed up A Charlie Brown Christmas and Broadway's Spelling Bee, you'd have the wild sleigh ride that is Naughty/Nice. The hilarious barebones revue had audiences at our concert at Caroline's On Broadway screaming for more!"–Michael Milton, The Producer Circle Company

Materials: Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for Naughty/Nice includes:

  • Cast Scripts
  • Vocal Books
  • Director's Script
  • Stage Manager's Script
  • Orchestrations
  • Logo Pack
  • Piano/Vocal Score


  • Piano

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Optional Materials:

  • Reference Recording - Audio recording for reference purposes only