KORKIEíS GOOD DEED
MARILYN A. KINSELLA
Puppets: Wizard (W), Kangaroo (K), Rudolph (R), Elf-1 (1), elf-2 (2), Santa (S), and one puppet that is raggedy looking as the disguised (D) wizard.
Props: red and white pole with north pole written on it.
D. (to audience) Hello! You probably donítí recognize me. But it is I, the Wiley Wizard of Willoughby Wallow, but, hey, you may call me Wiley. Once a year at Christmas I disguise myself as a poor beggar and try to find a kind animal to help me. When I do, I reward that animal with three wishes. Any three wishes their little ole heart desires. Oh, the wishes Iíve granted over the years have been strange and delightful. There was once an aardvark who wished to be the queen of England and a bear asked for some hot porridge. Then, others ask for the usual pot of gold or big screen TV. It is such a delight to grant wishes. But, of course, if an animal is cruel and unkind, then no wishes are granted and I would, well, I donít know what I would do. The situation has never happened, and Iím sure it wonít happen here in beautiful Australia, the land down-under. Letís see, will it be a kind-hearted koala, a just ducky-billed platypus, or a well-mannered wallaby? But wait, I think I see an animal coming down the path.
Oh, Please help me. Iíve fallen and canít seem to move. If you could just give me your handÖ
K. Are you kidding? Look at you Ė all scudzy and dirty! Iíd have to take a bath for a week just to get rid of all the cooties in my beautiful fur.
D. All right, but could you get me a glass of water? This Australian air is very dry and I feel like I could spit cotton.
K. What do I look like Ė a water fountain? Iíd have to hop all the way back to Sydney and back out to the outback. Get your own water.
D. Very well. Could you, please, call me a taxi?
K. Okay...Youíre a taxi. Happy?
D. No, I mean a cab.
K. Okay... youíre a cab.
D. No, I mean aÖ
K. Look, I know what you mean. And Iím not your messenger. Do you have any idea how much a taxi would cost? You got that kind of moneyÖI donít think so.
D. Well what can you do for me?
K. Nothiní, zero, zilch. Youíre on your own. (starts to walk away. As he does, the disguised animal turns into the wizard)
W. So, Korkie, this is how you treat others? (Korkie turns around)
K. Say, how did you know my nameÖWho are you?
W. It is I, Willoughby Wizard. Once a year I search for a kind animal so I may grant three wishes. But you were cruel and unkind. Your heart is as cold as ice. So thatís where Iíll send you Ė to the North Pole. And hear this, Korkie Kangaroo Ė you will not come home until you do a good deed.
Inka, Dinka, Rinka and Kalamazoo
Itís off to the North Pole with the likes of you.
SCENE I (at the North Pole Ė put red and white candy striped sign with ďNorth PoleĒ on it.)
(Korkie enters one side and slowly hops to the other side talking to herself)
K. BRRRR!, itís cold up here. Not a bit like sunny Australia. This is a desert alright Ė a desert of ice! Only animal I even saw so far was a Polar Bear. If I had asked him how I could help, he probably would have said that I could be his next meal. Oh! I wish I hadnít been so mean to that wizard. But then wishes arenít going to get me out of here. (exits)
R. Oh dear, dear, dear! Reindeer that is. Poor Blitzen is ill and I need someone to take his place. The employment office is closed, and I donít know what to do. Wait a minute, I think I see someone. (K. enters) Excuse me? Do I know you? Have we ever met? Are you a reindeer?
K. Reindeer? No, Iím a kangaroo.
R. Arenít you a little ways from home.
K. Iím lots of ways from home. About as far a ways as you can get. You see, I crossed paths with a wizard, and to punish me he sent me here until I perform a good deed.
R. A good deed! Well, it just so happens that I could use a good deed. Let me introduce myself. My name is Rudolph Ė Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. But you can call me Rudie.
K. ThanksÖRudie, my name is Korkie. But, tell me what can I do to help you?
R. Well, Blitzen Ėmy strong right lead Ė is ill and I need someone to take his place.
K. Iím certainly strong.
R. Yes, and with a set of antlers, youíll pass as a reindeer.
K. Great! Letís go.
R. Of course, you have to fly.
K. Fly? Like up in the air Ė fly? I jump, but I donít fly.
R. Too bad. Iím sure you would have helped us if you could, but Iíve got another idea. I know Santaís chief elf, a fellow by the name of Twinkles. Heís down at Santaís Village. And I just happen to know that theyíre looking for someone to help with the toys.
K. That would be great. Where would I find this Twinkles?
R. Just follow this yellow brick road till you come to this red and white striped pole. Donít put your tongue on it or it will freeze there forever. Immediately after the pole, hang a left at the Domino Pizza sign, and you canít miss it.
K. Thanks Rudie! I hope Blitzen gets better.
R. Me too!
SCENE III (at Santaís Toy Factory)
T. Oh dear, so many toys Ė so little time. Iíll never have these ready for Santa.
K. (enters) Excuse me. My name is Korkie the Kangaroo, and I heard that you need help.
T. Sure do! Go on down to the third cottage. They handle painting and trimming. Just tell Finley I sent you. Welcome aboard Korkie!
SCENE IV (Later that day)
F. PSST! Twinkles, come here.
T. Yes, Finley, what is it?
F. That kangaroo you sent is slowing production down. Instead of helping, she is a big hindrance.
T. What do you mean?
F. She is trying. But her tail knocked over all the paint on one shelf, and we had to reorder from the warehouse, and you know how slow they are. Next she knocked over the ladder with Pippin on it. Now sheís laid up and is suing for workmanís comp. Iím sorry, Twinkles, but I just had to let her go.
T. Thanks anyway, Finley. Perhaps, Santa can help her. Iíll go talk to him. If anyone can fix this, Santa can!
K. Oh, woe is me! I canít fly like a reindeer or paint like the elves. Iím doomed to stay here forever. (cries)
S. Ho, ho, ho. You must be Korkie, the kangaroo Twinkles told me about.
K. Oh, Santa, I tried to help, but everything I did turned to disaster.
S. Yes, I know. But nothing that canít be fixed. And besides, I think I have the answer to your problem. Do you see my bag over there? I caught it on a nail and ripped a gigantic hole in it. Iíll never be able to fix it by tonight. So would you be willing to carry all the toys in your pouch?
K. Why Santa, Iíd be proud to help you tonight.
S. And, as it just so happens, Australia is on my flight plan.
K. Oh, thank you Santa. Iíve sure missed all my friends and family, and you can bet your whiskers that Iíll be kind and helpful to everyone I meet.
S. Korkie, I think you have discovered the true meaning of Christmas while you were here. Iím proud of you. Now, we have lots of towns to visit so letís be on our way. Is there anything I can do for you before we start?
K. If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you make Australia your last stop. It's my home, and I want to be home for Christmas.
S. That would be grand. Are you ready?
K. Yes, Iím ready. Maybe the boys and girls are ready too. Letís all sing ďSanta Claus is Cominí to Town.Ē (sing)
Both: MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL!