Never Too Old for Christmas

Book By: Vicki Lake
Play #: 1512
Pages: 20 pgs
Cast: 3 m, 5 w, numerous extras, choirs, optional pianist

Convinced that God doesn’t really care about the elderly, 84-year-old Beatrice has become the resident Scrooge of her nursing home. No matter what her roommate says, or what Bible stories the expectant nurse’s aide reads, Beatrice is adamant. “God doesn’t care about the elderly. His supposed only Son didn’t even live past 33 years, so how does He know what it’s like to be old!?” she declares. But during a church service she reluctantly attends, she falls asleep and dreams of bits and pieces of the Christmas story she is hearing, scenes of the nativity involving others at the retirement home, and even herself as the wife of the innkeeper. Beatrice eventually has a change of heart and attitude. She realizes that you are never too old for Christmas, never too old to allow Christ into your heart, and never too old to ask forgiveness for your sins. Performance time from 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon music selections. 

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1 Performance(s)
BRISTOL, GA 12/22/2019
1 Performance(s)
LAFOLLETTE, TN 12/22/2019
TOWEE FALLS BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
TELLICO PLAINS, TN 12/21/2019
CEDAR FORK BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
PHILADELPHIA, TN 12/16/2019
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
RAYVILLE, LA 12/15/2019
RIVERSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
WAYNESVILLE, NC 12/1/2019
WELCOME INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CH 1 Performance(s)
MILTON, NC 12/23/2018
SOUTH HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
LACROSSE, VA 12/23/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
ROSE HILL, NC 12/23/2018
HODGES CHAPEL PH CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CHOCOWINITY, NC 12/16/2018
YADKIN VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CLEMMONS, NC 12/9/2018
WARWICK BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HOBBSVILLE, NC 12/26/2017
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
SAINT JOHNS, MI 12/17/2017
WOODWAY CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
JONESVILLE, VA 12/17/2017
EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
DUNLAP, TN 12/17/2017
EL SOBRANTE UNITED METHODIST 4 Performance(s)
EL SOBRANTE, CA 12/3/2017
ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
SHELDON, IA 12/3/2017
FAITH UMC 1 Performance(s)
KOKOMO, IN 12/18/2016
WILLIAMS CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
SPRINGFIELD, TN 12/18/2016
FOUNTAIN GOSPEL CHAPEL 1 Performance(s)
NEW CREEK, WV 12/18/2016
NEW BEGINNING BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CLYDE, NC 12/18/2016
BRUSH CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
INDEPENDENCE, VA 12/18/2016
CASHIERS BAPTIST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
CASHIERS, NC 12/17/2016
SNOW HILL MENNONITE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SNOW HILL, MD 12/16/2016
LANEFERRY BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
LAKE PROVIDENCE, LA 12/20/2015
WELCOME HOME BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
LAUREL SPRINGS, NC 12/20/2015
LUSK CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HOT SPRINGS, NC 12/19/2015
WORD FOR LIFE 1 Performance(s)
KALAMAZOO, MI 12/19/2015
PARKVIEW UNITED METHODIST CHUR 2 Performance(s)
CUMBERLAND, WI 12/18/2015
TAZEWELL FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER 2 Performance(s)
TAZEWELL, VA 12/15/2015
COBB MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
ROCKINGHAM, NC 12/13/2015
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CHILDRESS, TX 12/13/2015
BRUSH ARBOR BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
RUFFIN, NC 12/13/2015
DENVER FIRST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
ENGLEWOOD, CO 11/21/2015
COVE CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
GRANDVIEW, TN 12/21/2014
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN BOOKS 1 Performance(s)
CALHOUN, GA 12/21/2014
KELLY SPRINGS BAPTIST 1 Performance(s)
TALLAGEDA, AL 12/21/2014
DEEP CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
BRYSON CITY, NC 12/17/2014
FREE UNION CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
COLUMBIA, KY 12/14/2014
FBC FAIRFIELD, TX 2 Performance(s)
FAIRFIELD, TX 12/13/2014
CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH OF LAG 2 Performance(s)
MISSION VIEJO, CA 12/6/2014
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
READING, PA 12/24/2013
SIDELING HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MCCONNELLSBURG, PA 12/24/2013
FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURC 1 Performance(s)
CONCORD, NC 12/22/2013
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
CANTON, NC 12/22/2013
LIFELINE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
JUDSONIA, AR 12/22/2013
CANTON BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
NEW LONDON, NC 12/22/2013
JEFFERSON AVE CCCU CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CHILLICOTHE, OH 12/21/2013
KELLYS FERRY 1 Performance(s)
TRENTON, GA 12/15/2013
BEAVERDAM CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CLARENDON, NC 12/15/2013
FAITH UMC 1 Performance(s)
WILLISTON, ND 12/15/2013
HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
KENSINGTON, MD 12/13/2013
OLD WASHINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
DAYTON, TN 12/8/2013
THE REFUGE CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
PERRY, GA 12/23/2012
DRAMA MINISTRY 1 Performance(s)
KOSCIUSKO, MS 12/23/2012
HERNSHAW U METHODIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HERNSHAW, WV 12/23/2012
NEW BETHANY 1 Performance(s)
SWEETWATER, TN 12/23/2012
SMYRNA BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
BLACKSBURG, SC 12/23/2012
SULPHUR WELL UNITED METHODIST 1 Performance(s)
EDMONTON, KY 12/22/2012
PLEASANT RIDGE CH OF BRE 1 Performance(s)
NEEDMORE, PA 12/22/2012
COLESBURG UMC 1 Performance(s)
COLESBURG, IA 12/22/2012
MAPLE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
NORTH WILKESBORO , NC 12/19/2012
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
SUGARLOAF, PA 12/16/2012
OAKEY MOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MOUNT AIRY, GA 12/16/2012
ELBA MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
GRETNA, VA 12/16/2012
BEAVERTON CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, MS 12/16/2012
WHITE CREEK CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CLERMONT, GA 12/16/2012
UNION GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MARYVILLE, TN 12/16/2012
LOCUST GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
KINGS MOUNTAIN, KY 12/16/2012
STOPOVER CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
STOPOVER, KY 12/15/2012
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST 1 Performance(s)
BERLIN, PA 12/15/2012
CHURCH ON THE ROCK 1 Performance(s)
BEREA, KY 12/9/2012
ROCK MILLS UNITED METHODIST CH 1 Performance(s)
ROANOKE, AL 12/9/2012
CORNERSTONE CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
COLLINWOOD, TN 12/9/2012
BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY 12/9/2012
ROSEDALE COMMUNITY CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CAMPTON, KY 12/8/2012
LITTLE PINE CHURCH OF BRETHREN 1 Performance(s)
ENNICE, NC 12/8/2012
BERLIN CENTENARY UMC 1 Performance(s)
BERLIN, NJ 12/7/2012

Behind The Scenes

Playwright Vicki Lake Talks About

NEVER TOO OLD FOR CHRISTMAS

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: My mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s for four years. After she broke her hip, we had to admit her to a nursing home. While I visited her every day, I studied personalities and enjoyed interacting with many of the residents. I could always spot those who had personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Also, because the church my husband pastored was across the street from a nursing home and our church members held a church service for the residents every Sunday, I would enjoy times of rolling the residents in their wheelchairs to the service.

 

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY?

A: I enjoyed contrasting the personalities of Bessie and Beatrice. Scene Eight is probably one of my favorite scenes when Bessie and Bernard tell Beatrice that God does care for the elderly and read to her how Simeon and Anna were part of the Christmas story. Perhaps, the exchange between Bernard and Beatrice are my favorite lines.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?

A: They are based on composites of people I met while visiting in nursing homes through the years. The mix-up of the eyeglasses in Scene Two is a true story, involving my mother-in-law.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I wanted to show how a person might struggle to “let go” and “let God” change him or her – regardless of age. Jesus makes the difference. I also wanted the audience to feel comfortable among the elderly in a nursing home situation. It can be very entertaining yet rewarding!

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?

A: I am especially touched that Eldridge wanted to publish this play because the two people who played Beatrice and Bernard, Sharlene and Bill Mellencamp, died as a result of an automobile accident this past year.