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TEEN ANGEL

(a dramatic stage play script for teen actors)

 

by

 

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.

 

ALICE: Manager of a 50’s diner.

 

KATE: Shy teen who is in love with RICK.

 

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

Early 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 songs]



 

(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)

 

GABRIELLA

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.

 

PEGGY

Where am I?

 

GABRIELLA

You’re climbing the stairway to heaven.

 

PEGGY

You mean that…

 

GABRIELLA

You’ve crossed over…

 

PEGGY

I’m dead?

 

GABRIELLA

You could say that.

 

PEGGY

But what happened? I don’t remember… anything.

 

GABRIELLA

Souls are made to forget the pain and sorrows of life, especially the end. It’s better that way.

 

PEGGY

But I remember so little about my life. I remember that my name is Peggy and that I like vanilla ice cream…

(Pauses and struggles to remember. GABRIELLA comes down the stairs)

 

GABRIELLA

Your memories are selected carefully. Too many earthly memories really mess with eternal bliss.

 

PEGGY

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 do it…

 

GABRIELLA

Peace, Peggy dear. There’s nothing to worry about now.

 

PEGGY

I suppose not...

(Something still seems to bother her)

 

GABRIELLA

(Studying PEGGY)

I see what they mean…

 

PEGGY

What who mean?

 

GABRIELLA

I was sent to help guide you.

 

PEGGY

Guide me? Into heaven?

(Points to stairs)

The way looks pretty clear.

 

GABRIELLA

It appears so, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

(Motions to stairs)

Perhaps I should illustrate. Try going up the stairs.

 

PEGGY

(Looks at 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.

 

GABRIELLA

You’re not ready yet.

 

PEGGY

That doesn’t mean that I’m going to… you know where…

 

GABRIELLA

(Smiles)

Fortunately, no. You lived a good life and have few blotches on your record. You shouldn’t fear going anywhere but heaven. But…

(Pauses)

…there’s always a “but” isn’t there?

(PEGGY looks worried)

You will need to earn your wings.

 

PEGGY

Earn my wings?

 

GABRIELLA

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 arrived…

 

PEGGY

So I didn’t do anything good in my life?

 

GABRIELLA

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.

 

PEGGY

Sounds fair. I only wish I knew I knew what I’d done.

 

GABRIELLA

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.

 

PEGGY

What happens if I don’t earn my wings?

 

GABRIELLA

You will earn them. I know you will.

 

PEGGY

Why? Can you see the future?

 

GABRIELLA

No, but I can see your heart and I have faith that you will succeed.

 

PEGGY

(Suddenly determined)

So what do I need to do to earn my wings?

 

GABRIELLA

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.

 

PEGGY

I have a feeling this isn’t going to be as easy as you are making it sound.

 

GABRIELLA

Actually it is quite dangerous.

 

PEGGY

Then why send me?

 

GABRIELLA

Because we know that you are the only one that can fix the problem.

 

PEGGY

And what is the problem?

 

GABRIELLA

Unfortunately, we’re not sure.

 

PEGGY

This isn’t going to be easy.

 

GABRIELLA

I need to leave you with a warning as well.

 

PEGGY

Leave me? You’re leaving me? But we just met.

 

GABRIELLA

Don’t worry, Peggy. I won’t be far away.

 

PEGGY

I feel so overwhelmed… no memory… trying to solve a problem I know nothing about… And you mentioned a warning?

 

GABRIELLA

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.

 

PEGGY

A lost soul?

 

GABRIELLA

A lost soul is a person whom some people know as ghosts.

 

PEGGY

I could become a ghost?

 

GABRIELLA

(GABRIELLA 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.

 

PEGGY

How will I know what to do?

 

GABRIELLA

You will know. Only you know the way.

(Reaches 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

 

ALICE

(Older waitress who managers the diner)

Clean up on table 7.

(Looks around)

Where is that girl?

 

KATE

(Rushes in. KATE is a teen about PEGGY’s age)

Sorry. I’m on it.

(Lights slowly fade on PEGGY)

 

ALICE

Where were you anyway?

 

HEATHER

(Snotty teen who is a customer sitting with friends)

Watching Rick no doubt.

(Her friends laugh)

 

ALICE

Rick? Who is Rick?

 

KATE

Nobody.

 

HEATHER

Nobody? He’s only the man of Kate’s dreams.

 

KATE

He is not.

 

HEATHER

You should see Kate when she’s around him. Serious puppy love.

 

ALICE

Hurry with that cleanup, Kate. I need you to go get a jar of pickles out of the pantry.

 

HEATHER

(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.

(Friends laugh and Kate looks upset and slowly bends down to clean it)

 

PEGGY

(Enters and helps KATE)

Here, let me help you.

 

KATE

Thank you.

 

PEGGY

No problem.

(They clean it up and stand)

Hi, I’m…

(Realizes she needs another name)

Pamela.

 

KATE

I’m Kate.

 

HEATHER

And we’re hungry. Where’s the food, Kate?

 

ALICE

Hurry up with the pickles, Kate.

 

KATE

Okay.

(KATE rushes off)

 

HEATHER

(Gets up and looks at PEGGY)

So who are you? I haven’t seen you around before.

 

PEGGY

I’m new in town. I sort of dropped in.

 

HEATHER

Well, you better learn quickly who are the right people to hang out with and who are the wrong people.

(KATE enters with jar and gives it to ALICE)

That girl over there is the wrong people.

(Points to friends)

We, on the other hand, are the right people.

(KATE comes with food for HEATHER and friends. HEATHER sits and looks at meal. ALICE exits)

 

PEGGY

So what makes someone the right people?

 

HEATHER

You know, the people with the right families, the right cars, the right friends…

(Looks at food)

Kate, what is this? I ordered Cheddar cheese not Swiss. I swear this place is run by a bunch of retards.

(HEATHER eats it anyway)

 

PEGGY

Obviously, not the right personality.

 

KATE

I’m sorry, Heather. I’ll get you another one.

 

HEATHER

Look, I’ve been waiting here long enough. Now you’ve gone and ruined it. I’m not paying for it.

 

KATE

But Alice will take it out of my paycheck.

 

HEATHER

That’s what happens when you get the order wrong.

 

PEGGY

(Picks up ticket)

Says here on the ticket that you ordered Swiss.

 

KATE

I swore you said Swiss.

 

HEATHER

(To friends)

Girls? Did I say Swiss?

(Friends shake heads no)

See. I have witnesses.

 

KATE

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)

 

PEGGY

Kate? Are you okay?

 

KATE

I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be so upset. I should be used to it by now.

 

PEGGY

Used to what? Being abused? I don’t think anyone should get used to it.

 

KATE

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.

 

PEGGY

That’s not fair. Doesn’t your boss do anything about it? She’s right there.

 

KATE

Alice doesn’t want to make Heather mad either. Heather’s family is very powerful and no one wants to cross her.

 

PEGGY

That girl needs to be put in her place. She’s a spoiled brat who…

(KATE is staring with an exciting/scared expression)

 

KATE

Oh, my gosh.

 

PEGGY

What is it?

 

KATE

It’s Rick.

 

PEGGY

Who is Rick?

 

KATE

He’s only the cutest guy in school.

 

PEGGY

You like him?

 

KATE

Of course. Every girl does.

 

PEGGY

So he’s not your boyfriend?

 

KATE

(Laughs)

No, he doesn’t even know I exist.

(Saddens)

He’s more Heather’s type anyway. He’s the right kind of people. I’m not.

 

PEGGY

From what I can tell, you’re the right kind of people.

 

KATE

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.

 

PEGGY

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 book.

 

KATE

Thanks… what did you say your name was again.

 

PEGGY

(Struggles to remember the name she said)

Uh… Paula.

 

KATE

Nice to meet you, Paula. I better get back to work.

(KATE exits)

 

PEGGY

(Looks off stage where Rick would be)

He is cute.

(Frowns)

He looks so sad though.

 

DAVID (voice)

That’s because he lost someone recently.

 

PEGGY

(Turns)

Who are you?

 

DAVID

(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.

 

PEGGY

You were sent to help me?