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(a dramatic stage play script for teen actors)
D. M. Larson
Copyright © 2003
All Rights Reserved*
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Cast of Characters
PEGGY: A teen who has found herself on a mission
after her death.
GABRIELLA: The guide upon the
stairway to heaven.
Manager of a 50’s diner.
KATE: Shy teen who is in love with
DAVID: A mysterious man who offers
to help PEGGY in her mission.
RICK: A teen who has lost his
girlfriend in a car accident.
HEATHER: An obnoxious teen who
continually picks on KATE.
Heather’s friends – one or more
girls play Heather’s friend but don’t have any lines.
Time and Place
1950’s at a diner.
[Note: Music is used throughout
the show. The play can be done with
recorded music or more ambitious productions can be done with live music and
actors singing the songs. Depending on
your type of production, please observe copyright restrictions when using
(MUSIC: “Last Kiss” by J. Frank
Wilson and the Cavaliers. Music slowly
fades as cars racing are heard. Honking
is heard and then a crash. Screams. Music
builds and then fades)
(Lights come up on PEGGY, a young
teenage girl who is in white, sparkling robes.
She is standing before a white, sparkling staircase leading to a passage
through a cloudy background. GABRIELLA,
a woman in white steps forward from the passage and is at the top of the
stairs. Her clothing looks similar to
PEGGY but GABRIELLA has wings)
I see you’ve arrived.
I almost thought you weren't going to make it. Modern medicine certainly creates a lot of
uncertainty in my work these days.
Where am I?
You’re climbing the stairway to heaven.
You mean that…
You’ve crossed over…
You could say that.
But what happened? I
don’t remember… anything.
Souls are made to forget the pain and sorrows of life,
especially the end. It’s better that
But I remember so little about my life. I remember that my name is Peggy and that I
like vanilla ice cream…
and struggles to remember. GABRIELLA
comes down the stairs)
Your memories are selected carefully. Too many earthly memories really mess with
But it seems like I’m forgetting something. I hate that feeling. You know, like you know you have to do something
but you can’t remember what and you know you’ll get in big trouble if you don’t
Peace, Peggy dear.
There’s nothing to worry about now.
I suppose not...
still seems to bother her)
I see what they mean…
What who mean?
I was sent to help guide you.
Guide me? Into heaven?
The way looks pretty clear.
It appears so, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
Perhaps I should illustrate. Try going up the stairs.
GABRIELLA funny, shrugs, and heads to stairs. PEGGY stops at the bottom step and can’t seem
to go any further)
I want to… but can’t.
You’re not ready yet.
That doesn’t mean that I’m going to… you know where…
Fortunately, no. You lived a good life and have few blotches
on your record. You shouldn’t fear
going anywhere but heaven. But…
…there’s always a “but” isn’t there?
You will need to earn your wings.
Earn my wings?
You can’t enter heaven without wings. So each soul must earn them. Now some people earn them in life with good
works and good deeds… Mother Teresa for example. Her soul had the most amazing wings when she
So I didn’t do anything good in my life?
You were a good person or you wouldn’t be here. But wingless souls are often wingless for a
reason. Even good people make mistakes
in life. So good
people are given a chance to earn their wings despite problems in life.
Sounds fair. I only wish I knew I knew what I’d done.
It’s better not to know anything about your past life. It will only make earning your wings more
difficult. Let me give you a warning…
your memories are there, but don’t go seeking them. They will only lead you down the wrong path
and will keep you from earning your wings.
What happens if I don’t earn my wings?
You will earn them. I
know you will.
Why? Can you see the
No, but I can see your heart and I have faith that you will
So what do I need to do to earn my wings?
There is some unfinished business in your past life that
must be resolved. You will be without
memory and will appear as a stranger to those who once knew you. Discover the problem and help to fix it. That will earn you your wings.
I have a feeling this isn’t going to be as easy as you are
making it sound.
Actually it is quite dangerous.
Then why send me?
Because we know that you are the only one that can fix the
And what is the problem?
Unfortunately, we’re not sure.
This isn’t going to be easy.
I need to leave you with a warning as well.
Leave me? You’re
leaving me? But we just met.
Don’t worry, Peggy. I
won’t be far away.
I feel so overwhelmed… no memory… trying to solve a problem
I know nothing about… And you mentioned
You must be careful.
Keep your memories buried. If one
tries to seek the past, she can become trapped in it and become a lost soul.
A lost soul?
A lost soul is a person whom some people know as ghosts.
I could become a ghost?
goes up stairs)
Only if you are not careful. Remember, you are someone else now. No one will remember you. No one will recognize you. But if they do… then you could be lost.
How will I know what to do?
You will know. Only
you know the way.
to of stairs)
Good luck, Peggy.
(Exits and lights fade to a
spotlight. PEGGY steps into the
spotlight and now is in common street clothes [which actress wore under white
robe]. PEGGY looks around into the darkness
and sounds can be heard. Faint and unrecognizable at first. Then the sounds grow
stronger. Lights come up across the
stage on a 50’s style diner. 50’s music
is heard now. Waitresses, bus boys,
cooks, customers are in the diner. PEGGY
watches from her spotlighted area)
SONG: “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and his Comets
waitress who managers the diner)
Clean up on table 7.
Where is that girl?
(Rushes in. KATE is a
teen about PEGGY’s age)
Sorry. I’m on it.
slowly fade on PEGGY)
Where were you anyway?
teen who is a customer sitting with friends)
Watching Rick no doubt.
Rick? Who is Rick?
Nobody? He’s only the man of Kate’s dreams.
He is not.
You should see Kate when she’s around him. Serious puppy love.
Hurry with that cleanup, Kate. I need you to go get a jar of pickles out of
(As KATE comes near she drops
something on the floor in front of her so she steps in it)
Ooops. Better clean that
up too, Kate.
laugh and Kate looks upset and slowly bends down to clean it)
and helps KATE)
Here, let me help you.
clean it up and stand)
she needs another name)
And we’re hungry.
Where’s the food, Kate?
Hurry up with the pickles, Kate.
up and looks at PEGGY)
So who are you? I
haven’t seen you around before.
I’m new in town. I
sort of dropped in.
Well, you better learn quickly who are the
right people to hang out with and who are the wrong people.
enters with jar and gives it to ALICE)
That girl over there is the wrong people.
We, on the other hand, are the right people.
(KATE comes with food for HEATHER
and friends. HEATHER sits and looks at
So what makes someone the right people?
You know, the people with the right
families, the right cars, the right friends…
Kate, what is this?
I ordered Cheddar cheese not Swiss.
I swear this place is run by a bunch of retards.
eats it anyway)
Obviously, not the right personality.
I’m sorry, Heather.
I’ll get you another one.
Look, I’ve been waiting here long enough. Now you’ve gone and ruined it. I’m not paying for it.
But Alice will
take it out of my paycheck.
That’s what happens when you get the order wrong.
Says here on the ticket that you ordered
I swore you said Swiss.
Girls? Did I say Swiss?
shake heads no)
See. I have witnesses.
Fine, Heather. Okay…
(KATE exits upset. PEGGY gives HEATHER a dirty look and
follows. Lights fade on diner and come
up on KATE who is crying)
Kate? Are you okay?
I’m sorry. I
shouldn’t be so upset. I should be used
to it by now.
Used to what? Being
abused? I don’t think anyone should get
used to it.
Every week she comes in here and does that. She orders something, says I get it wrong and
then it comes out of my paycheck.
That’s not fair. Doesn’t
your boss do anything about it? She’s
want to make Heather mad either.
Heather’s family is very powerful and no one wants to cross her.
That girl needs to be put in her place. She’s a spoiled brat who…
is staring with an exciting/scared expression)
Oh, my gosh.
What is it?
Who is Rick?
He’s only the cutest guy in school.
You like him?
Of course. Every girl does.
So he’s not your boyfriend?
No, he doesn’t even know I exist.
He’s more Heather’s type anyway. He’s the right kind of people. I’m not.
From what I can tell, you’re the right kind of people.
Well, you’re the only one who thinks so. I’m the wrong kind of people, from the wrong
side of town, with no car and no father.
I’m a big loser.
I’ve only known you for a few minutes, but I can tell you
are a good person, who is a hard worker, and you care about others. That makes you the right kind of people in my
Thanks… what did you say your name was again.
remember the name she said)
Nice to meet you, Paula. I better get back to work.
off stage where Rick would be)
He is cute.
He looks so sad though.
That’s because he lost someone recently.
Who are you?
(DAVID enters and is wearing a
nice black outfit. He’s close to PEGGY’s age)
I’m David. I’m here
to… guide you.
You were sent to help me?