Leave A Light On

By:  Peggy Barnell


The story of one man’s search for meaning in life and his encounter with a pair of bumbling, not-so-bright church custodians.  The pair are comparable to ‘Dumb & Dumber’,  but they take the job of caring for the house of the Lord very seriously, as well as the task of  “leaving the light on” for the lost who may pass by .


Dan Reynolds, a man, age 22-30
Emily, college age woman--Dan’s fiancee
Marie, Emily’s friend - college age
Kristy,Emily’s friend - college age
Leo,a quirky male church custodian, age 30-60
Molly, a quirky female church custodian, age 30-60
Rob, Dan’s business associate, age 30-50 (this guy must be a snake!)
Scott, Dan’s friend, age 22-40
Pastor Duncan, male, the senior pastor 
Sharon, the church secretary
Choir Director, male or female

Production notes

The songs suggested in the play, “Remember Me” and “I Found Myself In You” fit well with the story.  They should be available through any Christian bookstore/music store, (by order if they are not on the shelf)  The song “Leave a Light On” is available through Willow Creek Church resources.  Willow Creek can be found on the net by doing a search under that name.


Scene 1
(A park setting - with the outside of a large church near the park.  The opening song has just finished with  hustle and bustle as crowds leave the park.  3 girls remain.)

Kristy:  I’m so excited, Emily!  I feel like I know him already, you’ve told me so much about him.

Marie:  And we finally get to meet him - the man you’re going to marry! (sighs and some giggles from all the girls)

Emily:  You’ll just love him - I know you will.  He’s...   he’s...  wonderful.

Marie:  From everything you’ve said, he sounds perfect...  (pause)  almost TOO perfect.  Are you sure there’s not some major hidden flaw that you just don’t know about yet?

Kristy:  Ah yes, old girlfriends names and numbers in a little black book?

Marie:  Or maybe he’s a mama’s boy?

Emily:  No, no, he’s-

Kristy:  I know.  You’ll find out on your wedding night that the man has a fixation with Pokemon figurines.  He probably has all 100 of them in his collection.

Marie:  And he has to kiss each one of them individually every night before he can go to sleep in his pajamas with feet in them!

Emily:  Stop it!  You’re not very funny.  Dan is everything I’ve always wanted and none of those things that you said.  He’s handsome and smart and mature and sweet and so... focused.  He told me that he has known since he was a little boy what he  would be when he grew up.

Kristy:  Yeah?  So what does he see in you?

Emily:  Would you guys knock it off?  You’re supposed to be my best friends, but you are making me think that I will regret even introducing you to Dan.

Kristy:  OK, Emme, we’ll stop.  We’re just teasing you.  And maybe we’re just a teensy bit jealous.  But I am very happy for you.
Marie:  Me too,  I’m happy for you.  And I can’t wait to meet him! (hugs and little squeals)

Emily:  I’m so glad you’re both home for a nice long Christmas break.  That first semester was a long, hard one.  And, I want the two of you to put your heads together with me and help me with all the last minute wedding details.

Marie:  It’s so exciting - the first one of us to actually get married!
Mrs. Dan Reynolds...   Emily Reynolds...

Kristy:  Emme Reynolds...

Emily:  It sounds wonderful, don’t you think?

Kristy:  Things can certainly change in a few short months.

Emily:  He should be here anytime... Hey, Dan!  (back to her friends)  Now remember, you’re my friends - be nice!

(Dan enters and picks Emily up with a hug and a whirl around)
Dan:  Hello Emily.  These must be the friends I’ve heard so much about.

Emily:  Danny, I want you to meet Kristy and Marie.

Dan:  Kristy and Marie, how nice to meet you both.

Kristy:  We were just saying that we’ve heard so much about you, Dan, that we feel like we already know you.

Dan:  And I could say the same about you.  I’ve heard so many stories about your many escapades.  The Three Musketeers don’t have anything on you girls.  Or maybe I should say the Three Stooges...

Marie:  I hope you know what a wonderful woman you are marrying, Dan.

Emily:  Marie!

Marie:  And I would like you to promise me right now that you will always treat her well.

Kristy:  Whoa...I didn’t know we’d be doing the wedding vows today.

Dan:  Ah, Marie, direct and right to the point - just like you described her, Emily. Please, do not worry.  I have never felt for anyone the way I feel for this woman.  I am head over heels in love with her. (playfully - he kneels on one knee and presses his forehead against the back of her outstretched hand)  I intend to treat her as my queen.

Kristy:  Where in the world did you find this guy, Emily?

Marie:  Yeah, and do you have any friends, Dan?

Emily:  (laughing) You guys!

Dan:  Listen, Ladies, I wonder if I could have just a few minutes of Emily’s time, alone?

Emily:  Why don’t you go ahead to the coffee house and Dan and I can catch up with you in five or ten?

(Kristy and Marie exit.  Ad libs of good-byes, good to meet you, etc..)

Dan:  I have some news that you may be interested in...

Emily:  Did you?   Did they call?

Dan:  Yes, this afternoon.  I just got the word before I headed out the door to come meet you.  It’s even better than I could have imagined, Emme.

Emily:  Yes!  Tell me, tell me - I want details, details!

Dan:  Well let’s see, six figures to start with, and plenty of room for advancement from there, a new lease car every two years - the full benefit package.  I will have my own office on the 5th floor.  And if things go as expected, I could be considered for partnership within three years.

Emily:  Oh, Danny!  (hug)

Dan:  They told me that I’m the youngest person they’ve ever offered a management position to.

Emily: I am so happy for you.  This is everything you’ve wanted - everything you’ve worked for.  And it’s all happening, exactly the way you said it would.

Dan:  I haven’t been able to even sleep for the past week,  waiting and hoping that this would come through.  But I’ve had a lot of time to think, as well. Emily, I want you to know that it would all mean very little without you to share it with me.

Emily:  I am so proud of you, Danny.  But you’re the one who’s worked so hard to get this.

Dan:  No, listen to me.  I’m very happy about the job - I’m ecstatic.  But I’ve wondered what would it mean if you weren’t in my life - and I realized that it wouldn’t mean much at all.  You were the missing part of me.  Now everything is finally falling into place.  I am so happy, and I am so excited about the future - our future.  There is so much I want to accomplish, and I can see it all.  We are going to be so good together.

Emily:  I love you, Danny.

Dan:  And I love you. Come on - let’s go tell your friends.

Emily:  Woo-hoo!  I can’t wait to tell them!    (they exit)

Scene 2
(Enter Molly to sweep the church steps and hum/sing to herself as she works.  She then begins to go through the motions of a wedding ceremony - she moves around a bit to  improvise the role of bride, groom, and pastor)

Molly:  Do you, Molly Louise Zigler take this wonderful man to be your husband? (changes places)  Oh I do, Pastor Duncan, I really do.  (changes places) And do you, wonderful man, take Molly Louise to be your wife?  (changes again)  Who wouldn’t want this beautiful and precious woman? Yes of course, I do, I do, I really do!  (changes again)  You may kiss the bride.  (Molly mimes smooching with her broom and waltzing gracefully down the steps with her broom-husband as she hums the wedding march)

Leo:  (shouts from off-stage)  Molly!  Hey, Molly!  You got the snow cleaned off those steps yet?

Molly:  (mimics Leo and working much faster now)  You got the snow cleaned off those steps yet? Yes, Leo, I got it done. - almost, anyhow.

Leo:  (sticks his head out the doors) Well you’re taking your sweet time about it.

Molly:  Then get out here and help me if you think I’m so slow.

Leo:  (all the way outside now)  Simmer down now.   Don’t go and get your dander up, Molly.  But that wedding party could be arriving within the hour and everything is not done yet.

Molly:  (sigh)  Ah, I love weddings...  Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever see one of my own.

Leo:  (scratches his head to think about that one)  Well they say there’s someone for everyone, but I just don’t know.
Do you know the happy couple?

Molly:  (back to reality)  No, they don’t go to church here.  But I saw 'em once - nice looking young couple.
 (she pulls a wedding day napkin out of her pocket to read the names)  Daniel and Emily...  It’s gonna be a big affair from the looks of the way they got the church all decorated up.

Leo:   Are they believers?

Molly:  Now how in the world would I know that?

Leo:  I dunno.  I was just asking if you knew cause you always seem to know a lot about stuff.

Molly:  Is the dusting all done in the sanctuary?

Leo:  Yep.

Molly:  Did you finish buffing the entry-way floors?

Leo:  Yep.

Molly:  Did you empty all the rest room trash?

Leo:  Yep.

Molly:  Is the-

Leo:  Yep, yep, YEP!  For goodness sakes, Molly, I did everything on the check list - I always do.   I don’t know why you have to ask me every time about everything on that list when I  always do it.  When have I ever NOT done it all?

Molly:  You’re being kinda bossy tonight, Leo.

Leo:  No you’re the bossy one.

Molly:  No, you are.

Leo:  No, you are.

Molly:  No, you are.

Leo:  No, you are.

Molly:  No, you are.

Leo:  No, you are.

Molly:  No, I am.

Leo:  No, I... (puzzled look)

Molly:  Ha! Gotcha!  (They both laugh) OK, this looks good enough out here.   Leo, you know there’s one more question I gotta ask you.

Leo:  I know, I know.

Molly:  Is it on?

Leo:  Yes, Molly, it’s on.

Molly:  Is it up real close to the window, so that everybody that passes by can see it’s light?

Leo:  I said yes.  The light is on, Molly.  It’s close to the window just like you like it.  You know you’re gonna go check it anyway.  You always do.  I don’t know why you always ask me about it when you know you’re gonna go check no matter what I say.

Molly:  It’s important, Leo.  Taking care of God’s house is a big responsibility,  But of all the things we do, leaving the light on is the most important one of all.  We don’t have any idea what all kind of people are gonna be coming to that wedding tonight.  And we don’t know who all might just pass by the church tonight or tomorrow.  Just like Jesus Christ is the light that shined out into the dark world, we gotta shine the light out, too.  People are lost out there. Leo.  They just don’t know that  there’s a God who loves them.

Leo:  I know, I know it’s important.  But how long have we been working together, Molly?  A year and a half?  How many people have you seen come walking into this church just cause we got a light shining in the window?

Molly:  Well there is always the first time for everything.  You never know, Leo.  You just never know.

Leo:  Don’t you think we better get going?

Molly: (checks her watch)  Whoa! Yes, the wedding party should be arriving any minute.  (they gather their supplies)

Leo:  After you, Molly.

Molly:  (looks around and looks puzzled)  After I what?

Leo:  Molly!  I’m just trying to be polite here.

Molly:  Oh, thank you.  (they exit)

Scene 3

(There are no words for scene 3.  We see Emily in the loft, preparing for her wedding ceremony.  She is wearing her wedding dress.  Marie and Kristy are there with her in bridesmaid dresses, assisting her.  Dan enters, in tuxedo (or suit) to stand beside her in a wedding ceremony pose.  As the wedding party gets in place, on stage right a singer in spotlight sings “Remember Me” as the wedding party holds their poses on the loft. At the end of the song, the wedding party exits and Molly appears to look wistfully around at where the ceremony has just taken place.  She then gets her broom and does a little dancing and swaying with her broom.  It is obvious she is again dreaming of getting married herself.)

(To be continued)


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