2 m, 2 w, 1 flexible and chorus
Using historical and contemporary voices, "Supplicants: An Advent Drama" broaches thought-provoking Advent themes that are often overlooked during the holiday season. The play's characters, including a Hebrew man circa 10 BCE, a present-day businessman, a physician, a soldier, and a homeless woman, anticipate deliverance from distress even as they despair of present circumstances. The play features non-denominational Christian spiritual issues and is appropriate for family audiences. About 20 minutes.
Music by Clinton Rusich.
Flexible Cast and staging
As "The Reluctant Shepherd," ten-year-old Toby invents numerous excuses to keep from participating in the live nativity at his church. Later, standing on the cold hillside under the sparkling stars, Toby and the other shepherds bring the true meaning of Christmas to life for passing motorists.
A well used crèche helps bring calm to the chaos as two exuberant children decorate for Christmas without adult supervision. The nativity figures, though scratched and broken, can be used, "One ...
This resource will utilize your whole Sunday School. Younger primary children will enjoy performing and singing in "The Tracks of Christmas" (30 minutes) as they find out about the only perfect tracks that were ever made. In "A Christmas Miracle" (20 minutes) the poor woodsman's family was left wondering who the little stranger was that came to visit on Christmas Eve. A fun skit of pantomime and narration for middle primary students. To round out this package, older students will enjoy "A Christmas Tale at Antelope Springs." (45 minutes) Come along on this we...
5 m, 7 w, extras.
Here's the story of a woman of Bethlehem so caught up in the activities of the day that she missed the very first Christmas. It is also the story of some of the people of our own time who almost miss Christmas for the same reason. A closing nativity scene blends both contemporary and Biblical characters to give a meaningful message. Ten carols add to the beauty of this program. Performance time: 50 minutes.
These short, easy-to-stage pieces make it simple to have your church's youth become an active part of a Christmas worship service or outreach. Included are two reader's theatre works based on classic literature, made fresh for today's audiences: "The Selfish Giant" and "Where Love Is, God Is" require little rehearsal time. Three readings, "The Child of Bethlehem," "Mary's Good Night Song" and "Wise Men and Shepherds," are short works full of big meaning. To round out the collection: "The Gift of Song" highlights the history of six familiar carols and "Central...
6 m (with doubling), 3 w, 1 adult flexible, 1 boy, 2 girls.
See the Nativity through the eyes of a family in the second century, "new" Christian believers in awe of the recent miraculous events. Jacob, a middle-aged shepherd, visits the home of Gaspar and Vashem and their children. The children demand Jacob tell the story of his grandfather, one of the shepherds who was visited by the angels announcing the birth of Baby Jesus. Vashem then tells the next story, that of the innkeeper. Finally Gaspar relates the story of his grandfather Melchoir, one of the wise men, and how he asked for a small strip of Jesus' blanket. ...
5 m, 5 w, 1 boy, 1 girl, extra teens as youth group.
Elizabeth, pregnant with her third child, blames God for the recent car accident which killed her husband, Mark, a young minister. Distraught and grief-stricken, Elizabeth even contemplates giving up the baby for adoption. Her parents, strong Christians, reach out, but nothing helps until their pastor brings a special young woman to visit. The last person to see Mark alive, she tells about the healing comfort he gave her and her husband in the hospital on the death of their infant. The faith of those around her gives Elizabeth the courage to go on. "Unto us a...
2 speaking parts.
A minister, alone in the sanctuary, wants something different for Christmas Eve service, something with a real emotional kick, perhaps a famous person. Then the Voice from above speaks. For every glitzy idea the minister has, the Voice counters it. Finally by recounting Jesus' birth, the Voice seems to get through to the minister. The simple nativity story is best. The minister pulls out a tape recorder proclaiming, "But I do have a celebrity!" The tape, however, has only one voice - his own. The minister realizes the old, old story of Love's greatest gift gi...
1 m, 3 teen girls, 3 teen boys.
Megan, too young to have a job, secretly applies for a position as a waitress in order to buy her mom the perfect Christmas gift, a ticket to visit Grandma. Of course she has to make a few innocent "white lies" on the application to get the job. A co-worker, Denon, who has also lied on his job application, doesn't think his "white lies" and deception will hurt anyone either so they both cover up their lies with more lies, resulting in whirled truth. Finally, the lies culminate into a small disaster in the restaurant, leaving Megan and Denon expecting to get f...