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					Intro Sketch
SFX – Your “Intro Sketch” theme music.

                                            Tyler enters looking at a calendar. He counts out
                                            loud.


                                            TYLER
              15th, 16th … and today is the 17th … which means today is my birthday! Yes! I
              can’t wait to see what everyone has planned!


                                            Tyler is freaking out and dancing when Lucy enters.


                                             LUCY
              Tyler! Glad to see you. Think you can take a second to help me out?

                                           TYLER
              Sure, Lucy! What can I do ya for?


                                            Lucy hands Tyler a bag of balloons.


                                             LUCY
              Well, here’s the thing. I’m swamped and have to run to the store to buy a zipper
              for a project I’m working on. You think you might be able to blow up some of
              these balloons for me?

                                         TYLER
              Why do you need me to blow up balloons?

                                            LUCY
              Because they’re aesthetically pleasing! Now can you do it?

                                             TYLER
              Yea, sure.

                                             LUCY
              Great! Now if you could get to work on that, I’ll be back in just a few minutes.


                                            Lucy starts to exit.
                             TYLER
            (trying to be smooth, but not succeeding)
Hey, Lucy, do you have any, like, plans for later on today?

                            LUCY
Hmmm … not that I can think of. OH! WAIT!


                              Lucy approaches Tyler, giving him false hope.


                               LUCY
There is one special guy that I have to wish a very, very happy birthday to. And
that special guy is … Abe Vigoda! …(Thinks for a moment.) Wait … he was born
in February. Nope, nothing I can think of. See you later, Tyler!


                              Lucy exits. Tyler opens the bag of balloons, takes
                              one out, and starts blowing it up. As he gets one
                              almost all the way full of air, JJ enters right behind
                              him.


                                 JJ
Tyler!


                              Tyler, surprised, lets the balloon go. It flies around.
                              Tyler gasps for air.


                            TYLER
Woah! JJ! Don’t sneak up on me like that. I was just blowing up these balloons
for Lucy and …

                                 JJ
That’s great, buddy! Listen, can I get you to do me a big favor? I need to find
some candles. Can you keep an eye on the cake I have in the oven?

                            TYLER
Sure, but why are you making a cake?

                                 JJ
Tyler, surely I don’t need a reason to make a cake.
                            TYLER
You have a good point, J Man!


                              JJ gestures toward backstage.


                                  JJ
So, like I said, just keep an eye on the cake and make sure it doesn’t burn. That
would be a major bummer.

                            TYLER
Got it! Ummm … would it be possible to maybe get a piece after it’s made?

                                   JJ
                                (aghast)
Tyler! This cake is for the birthday boy. Why would you want to take Abe
Vigoda’s cake? He has so few pleasures left.


                              JJ exits.


                          TYLER
Hmmm, this Abe Vigoda must be the new kid at school. I gotta meet this guy.


                              Tyler is blowing up a balloon and craning his neck
                              backstage to keep an eye on the cake. He looks
                              super awkward. Megan enters in a spot Tyler can’t
                              see.


                             MEGAN
Tyler!


                              Tyler, surprised, lets the balloon go and spins
                              around wildly. He is out of breath.
                              TYLER
Whoa! Megan, I didn’t see you coming! I was just working on blowing up some
balloons for Lucy and JJ told me to look out for the cake and I …

                             MEGAN
Right! They told me. BUT, just really quickly, could I get you to do something for
me?

                              TYLER
Uhh … sure. What is it?


                              Megan hands Tyler several rolls of streamers.


                               MEGAN
I need to go to the store to get some more drawing supplies. Could you unroll
some of these for me?

                            TYLER
Sure, but why do you need them unrolled?

                             MEGAN
Because they’re aesthetically pleasing! Now can you do it?

                               TYLER
       (snaps to attention, less enthusiastically than before)
Yes, Megan! Hey … can you think of any reason this day might be … I dunno,
special?

                        MEGAN
Hmmm … special day. WAIT! I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT!


                              Tyler is very excited.


                           MEGAN
Happy Easter Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve! (Reaches into her pocket and
pulls out a Cadbury Creme Egg®.) Here you go!

                                TYLER
                              (confused)
Oh … I feel bad. I didn’t get you anything.

                              MEGAN
              Oh? That’s okay. I don’t require awesome, thoughtful gifts. Your friendship is gift
              enough. Now, back to those streamers!


                                            Megan exits. Tyler checks all the entrances to
                                            make sure he isn’t going to be interrupted. He
                                            starts blowing up a balloon, unrolling streamers,
                                            and looking at the cake.

SFX – Cell phone ringtone (appropriate for Tyler).

                                            Tyler freaks out. The balloon goes flying and he
                                            flings some streamers across the stage. He looks
                                            around frantically and finally realizes his cell phone
                                            is ringing. He pulls it out of his pocket.


                                           TYLER
              Why does this keep happening? (Answers phone. Still trying to unroll and hang
              streamers) Hey, Mom! I’m glad you called. I’m having sort of a rough … what?
              Yeah, I can go pick up some pizza. What toppings? Sausage and onion??
              (sounds disappointed)… and … that’s it? I just really like pepperoni. But, Mom,
              today is my …(sniffing he smells something burning)


                                            Smoke alarm sounds. Tyler starts freaking out.


                                          TYLER
              The CAKE!!! Mom, I have to go! Love you. Bye!


                                            Tyler rushes backstage. After a few beats he re-
                                            enters wearing oven mitts and carrying a charred
                                            cake pan. (If you can make it smoke, that would be
                                            great.) He puts it down center stage.


                                            TYLER
              Aww, man! I can’t believe I burnt the cake! But why did they give me all this stuff
              to do? And did no one even remember my birthday? I’m trying to be humble, but
              this is ridiculous.


                                            Tyler exits, discouraged. Lucy enters carrying a
                                            shopping bag, doesn’t look up.
                                               LUCY
              All right, Tyler, thanks for blowing up the … (finally looks up) … cake. No amount
              of icing is going to cover that piece of charcoal. Hmm, wonder where he went?


                                            Lucy picks up the cake and exits. She leaves the
                                            balloons and streamers.

SFX – Music – “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore.
Exit Sketch

SFX – Your “Exit Sketch” music.

                                             Lucy, Megan, and JJ all meet at center stage,
                                             coming in from various entrances. They all meet,
                                             talking at the same time. Until Lucy says, “WAIT,”
                                             all dialogue is overlapping.


                                          LUCY
              Do any of you know why these balloons aren’t blown up? We’ve only got a little
              bit before …

                                           JJ
              You guys, what happened to my cake? I checked the oven and can’t find it
              anywhere. I need icing for …

                                          MEGAN
              Heyyyy, these streamers are all over the place. Do we need to decorate a
              different area or is this …

                                         LUCY
              WAIT! What’s going on? Where’s Tyler? I asked him to blow up some balloons
              but then he disappeared.

                                             JJ
              Yea. I asked him to keep an eye on my cake, which is now gone. So …

                                            MEGAN
              Me too! I asked him to unroll streamers while watching the cake and blowing up
              balloons.

                                           JJ
              Why do you need streamers unrolled? Can’t you just hold one end and toss
              them?

                                              MEGAN
                                             (stressed)
              I’m not good with all of this pressure!
                              Tyler enters. He is obviously despondent.


                              TYLER
                     (barely looking at them)
Hey, guys.

                              LUCY
                   (whispering to Megan and JJ)
Ahhh. I think I know what happened. JJ, do you have a backup cake?

                                   JJ
I can use the left over batter to make some cupcakes!

                              LUCY
Perfect! Megan, can you finish blowing up these balloons for me?

                             MEGAN
Yes!

                             LUCY
Wonderful, while you guys get everything ready I’m going to talk to Tyler.


                              Lucy hands Megan the balloons. JJ and Megan
                              exit.


                              LUCY
Tyler, you don’t seem your normal self. What’s wrong?

                              TYLER
Oh, it’s nothing.

                             LUCY
Come on, now. I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t want to know.

                                TYLER
Well … it’s just been a really hard day. I mean, I’m trying to do what everybody
asks.

                              LUCY
That’s never easy.
                             TYLER
Tell me about it. When you’ve got everyone saying, “Do this, Tyler,” or, “Do that,
Tyler.” And sometimes you just can’t get all the streamers straightened, you
know?

                               LUCY
I think so.

                                  TYLER
But today it’s been really hard because it’s my … I mean, well, I thought it might
be different, but it turns out I’m just last again.

                             LUCY
Last? What gave you the idea that you were last?

                            TYLER
Because I always am. Even today on my birth… I mean even, you know, today,
some kid named Abe Vigoda gets all the attention.

                             LUCY
Well, I know what you mean, Tyler. Everybody feels that way every now and
then. But what if somebody really important went to a lot of time and trouble to
put you first?

                              TYLER
Like that’ll ever happen.

                                 LUCY
It already did. This is the time of year when we remember that Jesus, God’s Son,
gave up His life for us. He died and He did it for you, Tyler. Jesus put you first
when He died on the cross.

                           TYLER
Whoa. That’s pretty awesome.

                             LUCY
Yeah, and His example is a great reason to recognize the people in your life and
put them first.

                                 TYLER
I guess you’re right. I just forgot because today is … well, it’s my … I guess I was
putting me first and not little Abe Vigoda.
                                  LUCY
Tyler … never mind. Look, I think you know how important you are to God. But
there is one thing I’m pretty sure you don’t know, and that’s how important you
are to all of your friends. So I have just one thing to say to you.

                             TYLER
What’s that?


                             Suddenly JJ and Megan explode from backstage.
                             JJ is carrying cupcakes. Megan is carrying gifts.
                             She also tosses some balloons into the air. Tyler is
                             super surprised.


                         JJ AND MEGAN
SURPRISE!

                            TYLER
Whoa! You guys, what is going on? You knew it was my birthday?

                                JJ
Of course. We wanted to throw you a surprise party, but we were so busy doing
your presents that we didn’t have time for decorations. So we enlisted you,
buddy. Speaking of, here are some super delicious cupcakes I made for you.

                           TYLER
Awesome, Thanks JJ! They look so good.


                               MEGAN
And we all pitched in and ordered you a new tri-pod for your camera on Amazon.
It should be delivered this afternoon.


                             Lucy takes a package from Megan and gives it to
                             Tyler.
                                         LUCY
              And I made you a new camera bag with pockets for all of your cords.

                                         TYLER
              What? I needed a new bag! How did you know that?

                                            LUCY
              Your mom told me. And she wanted me to let you know that you can’t stay at the
              clubhouse for too long. She and your dad are going to take you to the
              Videographers Expo downtown!

                                           TYLER
              What?! But tickets were sold out!

                                              LUCY
              They bought 3 tickets months ago! That’s why she got the pizza for your
              brothers. This is a special treat for you on your birthday.

                                               TYLER
              Guys, this is the best! I can’t thank you all enough. I need to head home to make
              sure I’m at the arena on time, doors open at 2!


                                            Tyler exits, then quickly enters.


                                             TYLER
              Seriously, you guys, this is the second best present I could ever ask for.


                                            They do a group hug and exit.

SFX – Music – “Birthday” by The Beatles.
Wrap Up
SFX – Your “Wrap Up” music.

                                             TYLER
              This is the best birthday ever. Thanks, guys. Woo-hoo!

                                              LUCY
              Putting other people first always reminds me of what Jesus did for me. Thanks,
              Tyler, for giving us a great opportunity.

                                                 JJ
                                  (licking icing from a spatula)
And nothing tastes better than cooking up something special for somebody else.

				
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