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Actors: 42 Minutes: 45

Presented in several entertaining television styles, this easy-to-stage Christmas play can be performed by actors of all ages and tells the story of the birth of Jesus in a variety of ways. Perfect for in-person or virtual performances, this play will surely delight your audience. This play can be performed virtually or live, and the characters can be double casted.

 
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Once Upon a Manger

Actors: 18 Minutes: 20

This easy-to-stage Christmas pageant requires no rehearsal and has a role for everyone! Children can be the primary participants or the whole congregation can get involved (including the pastor)! Guided by a storyteller, participants get in on the act in this memorable pageant celebrating Jesus’ birth.

 
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And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Actors: 24-30+ flexible   Minutes: 60

A guy with an invisible drum, a medieval restaurant host who won’t break character, a milkmaid who just wants to get rid of some cheese, and a dancing snowflake in the world’s ugliest costume. These are just some of the characters you’ll find in “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”  This 60-minute holiday play weaves together 12 five-minute scenes based on the well-known verses of the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” With a basic set and hugely flexible cast from adults to children, this play uses humor and heart to remind us about the gifts we give and receive… and not just the ones you can buy in a store.  Two endings are provided, one secular and one religious.

 
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'Twas The Week Before Easter

Actors: 22 Minutes: 30

This 30-minute play is the story of Easter week told by a storyteller in familiar rhyme. Monologues and small scenes featuring people who were there for Holy Week are interspersed. Written for a live, socially distanced, or virtual performance for children.

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How To Survive Your Church Christmas Pageant

Actors: 19 Minutes: 38

This hilarious one-act play has a role for everyone and illustrates the chaos and fun of putting on a church Christmas pageant while weaving in the story of Jesus' birth. The play culminates in a traditional nativity scene.

 
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Pages: 40 pgs

Cast: 10 m, 6 w, 11 flexible, 3 children, extras, doubling possible

Sam Nazareth is a bumbling, down-on-his-luck private eye who will be out on the streets if he doesn’t get a case soon. Enter Delilah, a mysterious young woman whose boss wants to know why a certain bright star has suddenly appeared in the sky and where it leads. In this film noir-style tale with plenty of humor Sam (including his inner voice) and friends agree to help Delilah solve the mystery. Following that bright star, they take the audience on a journey across the desert to Bethlehem where we meet two silly shepherds, a no-nonsense census taker, and an innkeeper and his wife. Finally, they arrive at a stable where they, with shepherds and wise men, find the Messiah. The star appeared and shone so bright so that all who seek to worship the Son of God would know where to find Him. About 60 minutes.

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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Mystery

Actors: 23 Minutes: 60

When the time comes for the Lambert family to place the baby Jesus in the manger, they discover the figurine is missing. With the help of the hilarious Detective Smart, e family members become suspects while clues and motives are revealed. With all the elements of a classic who-done-it mystery mixed with the heart of the nativity story, this easy-to-stage one-act Christmas play is sure to charm audiences of all ages.

 
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Twas the Night Before Christmas

Actors: 10 Minutes: 20

In this one-act, children's Christmas Eve play, the story of Jesus' birth is told. As the storyteller narrates in rhyme, Joseph, Mary, the Innkeeper, and a Shepherd share their stories.

 
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No Room at the Inn!

Pages: 48 pgs    About 55 minutes.

Cast: 3 m, 6 w, 13 flexible, 14 or more kids

Starlight Inn, a small, quaint hotel with a lot of charm, but not a lot of guests, is struggling to make ends meet. In fact, business has been so bad that on this snowy Christmas Eve, Emily, the owner, has decided to finally break the bad news to the staff: The inn will be sold to a local condo developer and torn down. As they lament the impending doom of their beloved hotel, a major snowstorm hits, forcing travelers to seek shelter. Suddenly, the hotel has several guests: a newlywed couple; a Hollywood diva and her entourage; a traveling church choir; a rock band; a weary family; and a group of business travelers. The klutzy and comical bellhop, Baxter, frantically tries to get all the travelers settled, while Chef Vicki works on a new menu fit for a picky Hollywood star. But when a sudden power outage deprives everyone of modern conveniences, Emily realizes that while she won’t be able to join her family in church to witness the story of the Nativity, the story of Jesus’s birth may have found its way to her instead. 

 
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Resurrecting Charlie

Pages: 32 pgs

Cast: 17 m, 3 w, 7-14 flexible

Resurrecting Charlie is a dramatic “play within a play” which tells the story of a traveling Christian drama group who is producing the show, “The Easter Story Spectacular!”  Its star, Charlie, struggles with the poor decisions and mistakes of his past and hopes to get back on track by learning why Jesus sacrificed Himself to save us from our sins. Charlie’s stardom-obsessed costar Logan and his jealous director Kathryn conspire against him, while his friend and production assistant Amanda helps him see the true meaning of the Easter story.  This play tells Charlie’s story, as well as the events of Holy week through actual dramatic performances of scenes such as “The Last Supper” and “The Garden of Gethsemane” while representing other events as parts of Charlie’s own journey.  As we watch Charlie learn the great sacrifice Jesus made, we all remember what makes the Easter story so important in our own lives. Approximately 40 minutes.

 
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A Way...In A Manger

Pages: 24 pgs

Cast: 4 m, 6 w, 5 flexible, 2 youngsters, small children’s choir, and extra adults

The Thompsons like to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus by displaying a nativity scene on their front lawn, much to the dismay of their homeowners’ association president, Mrs. Matthews. Citing "rule 763" she wants the display taken down – immediately! Mrs. Matthews gets her wish when she discovers that the Thompsons’ nativity figures have been stolen by local troublemakers. As Mrs. Thompson's oldest son Joey sets out to find the figures, he meets Maria, a troubled young girl who has wandered onto his yard looking for shelter. With the help of three wise friends, a stressed-out Sunday school teacher, and the family’s good-natured pastor, Joey finds the missing figures and a whole lot more. He and everyone else discover the meaning behind the figures which is God’s enduring and encompassing love for us. This is a large cast, gender-flexible play with humor in a modern setting. With very few props, this a play is easy to produce on any budget.

 
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White Christmas

Running Time: 25 minutes

Speaking Cast: 7 females, 3 males, 2-12 either, 12-22 total cast

Flexibility: 0-30 extras

Everyone dreams of a white Christmas! These kids get one, but it’s not as idyllic as they’d hoped. Prankster Spencer wreaks havoc all around—toppling a snowman and then knocking Emily to the ground with an errant snowball. Her bag of cans scatters—cans she was hoping to recycle for money to buy her brother a Christmas present. When the neighborhood children learn that Emily’s family is lacking, they conspire to deliver Christmas to her house. They go caroling, singing “In the Bleak Midwinter,” then present the family with food, clothing and gifts. Even Spencer’s frosty heart begins to thaw. Any number of children may be carolers. Costumes are simply coats, hats and mittens. Bonus material includes a snow cream recipe and a paper snowflake craft. Includes creative ideas for transforming your stage into a winter wonderland. This focus on the “have nots” could be used to kick off a holiday food or clothing drive.

 
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The Second Annual Christmas Telethon Spectacular!

Speaking Cast: 5 females, 2 males, 16-23 either, 23-30 total cast

Flexibility: 0-20 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible

The diva host, the spacy-sleepy production assistant, the operators on standby, and the talent—this TV telethon has it all! Proceeds go to a soup kitchen or your cause of choice. Enmeshed within the action is a talent show. First up is an instrumental version of "Away in a Manger." Then it’s “punny” stand-up comedy by shepherds Jimmy and Carl. Next up is a puppet show by the stable animals, then a dance, and finally, a soloist sings “O Holy Night.” You may substitute or add other acts, depending on the skills of your church's children and youth. Individual practicing means fewer group rehearsals. In the end, despite operators confused by land lines and other glitches, everyone bands together to give to a worthy cause and put on a great show, beating last year’s total by $1!

 
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Seeking Jesus

Running Time: 20 minutes

Speaking Cast: 11-20 either, 11-20 total cast

Flexibility: 0-10 extras

Children on an Easter egg hunt are baffled when they open the colorful plastic eggs to find objects that seemingly don’t belong. Their teachers explain each object’s relationship to the Easter story: donkey—Jesus’ Triumphal Entry, silver coins—silver paid to Judas to betray Jesus, cup—the Last Supper, scroll—Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, leather strip—Jesus’ whipping with leather straps, crown—the crown of thorns Jesus wore as “King of the Jews,” three nails—the Crucifixion, pair of dice—soldiers’ gambling over Christ’s robe, toothpick—spear in Jesus’ side, piece of cloth—linen in which Jesus’ body was wrapped, and a rock—large stone rolled over the tomb’s entrance. The last egg holds—nothing! It symbolizes the empty tomb and Christ’s resurrection. Concludes with children singing “The Easter Egg Song,” with new lyrics set to the tune of “Lavender’s Blue.” Instructions for making the eggs are included.