STARS IN THE CHRISTMAS EVE SKY A silly Christmas comedy with a serious message. Set in the Stellar Departure Department of heaven, egotistical stars, a frantic Mr. Sandman and one lost child will have the audience laughing whether you present this as a bare stage, simple set or reader's theater production. Mr. Sandman has himself in a tizzy trying to get the vain and hyperactive stars into the sky on time while trying to figure out what to do with what he thinks is a new star who comes without instructions. In the meantime the Star of Bethlehem explains the events in the winter sky some 2000 years ago. Cast: 3 F, 1 M, 2 either and 1 child (few spoken lines.) Run time 15 minutes. (Two versions. One for before Christmas; one for after.)
If you do nursing or retirement home ministries consider doing After Christmas Stars. From years of nursing home and rehab hospital work I know many groups and organizations do special things for residents before the holiday. Then there is that terrible after-Christmas slump for the residents. Depression and winter blues set in and the death rate sharply increases. This short version can be done to pick up their spirits. If done as reader's theater, it requires very little prep.
JASMINE'S CHRISTMAS STAR Jasmine, a teenage granddaughter of one of the Magi, decides she’s going to disguise herself and join the caravan following the star of Bethlehem, dragging childhood companion Meshach into another one of her “hare brained” schemes. Meanwhile King Herod takes extreme measures to protect his throne from a rival king. Characters: 12 M, 3 F, as many extras as desired Run Time: 2 acts, 45 min.
PROMISED CHILDREN, PROMISED CHILD Starting with Adam and Eve, the script traces Jesus’ lineage and the prophesies about his coming. It includes some of the “black sheep” ancestors of the Lamb of God mentioned in the Matthew and Luke genealogies and Hebrews 11 and shows the fulfillment of God’s promises in the birth of Christ. An invitation is extended to believers and seekers at the finale. Songs and video can be added. Cast: 23, doubling and tripling possible plus choir. Run time: 45 minutes minimum, songs added will increase length.
DATELINE BETHLEHEM examines the reactions of six people (Mary, Joseph, Simeon, Herod, shepherds and the Wise Man) to the birth of Jesus. A TV Host shows “clips” of a reporter’s interviews with eye witnesses and then invites comments from a Jewish teacher of the law, Antonius, a centurion and Anna, who actually met the Christ child. Can be done with little set and a split stage divided effectively with lighting or video tape the clips and play. Cast: 9 M, 3F, 3 either; doubling possible. Doubling is possible and extra non-speaking shepherds and background people can be added. Run time: 22 minutes.
THE WELL What gossip might Mary have endured when her claims to carry the son of God are made known? Follows the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus with places for Christmas carols or other suitable songs to be added. Final scene takes place at the Well at Samaria with Jesus talking to the woman who came to draw water. Cast: 10 F, 8 M, doubling possible, extras as angels, shepherds, Magi and servants. Run Time approximately 22 minutes without songs.
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