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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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