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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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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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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.

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An Empty Tomb

Actors 16:  Minutes: 6

This script is a dramatic retelling of the story of Jesus' resurrection from Luke 24:1-12. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Joanna went to anoint the body of Jesus and found an empty tomb and two angels who told them Christ is risen. They told the disciples and were met with disbelief until Peter saw the empty tomb for himself.

 
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Let There Be Light

Actors: 3 Minutes: 6

This script is a dramatization of Genesis 1-2, retelling the story of God creating the heavens and the earth, light and dark, sky and sea, plants and animals, and ultimately, humans.

 
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Seeing Is Believing

Actors: 5 Minutes: 4

This script is a dramatization of John 20:24-31, when Jesus appears to Thomas. When Thomas doubts the resurrection, it takes seeing and touching Jesus to help him believe.

 
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Judas Ate Too

Actors: 2 Minutes: 5

This scene examines the feeling we sometimes have that we are not “Christian enough,” and how Jesus has grace for us all, whether we think we deserve it or not.

 
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Step Inside The River Reeds

Actors: 2  Minutes: 8

This script presents options to go simple or go all-out to bring the story of baby Moses on the riverbank to life. As an interactive skit, the audience gets to step inside river reeds with Miriam as she tries to save her baby brother. They learn that God is always there for us when we trust Him.

***Part of the Step Inside series

 
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Step Inside The Lion's Den

Actors: 2 Minutes: 5

This script presents options to go simple or go all-out to bring the story of Daniel in the lions' den to life. As an interactive skit, the audience gets to step inside the lions' den with Daniel, as they learn that God is always there for us when we honor Him.

***Part of the Step Inside series

 
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Actors: 1 Minutes: 6

This script presents options to go simple or go all-out to bring the story of Jesus' empty tomb to life. As an interactive skit, the audience gets to step inside the empty tomb with Mary Magdalene after Jesus is crucified and has risen. They learn that God is always there for us when we put our faith in him.

***Part of the Step Inside series

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The Prodigal Son

Actors: 3 Minutes: 5

This scene depicts the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32. The story illustrates God's unconditional love for us.

 
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How Gabby's Garden Grows

Actors: 6 Minutes: 6

Gabby planted a strawberry plant in the hopes of harvesting its fruit to make a pie for the church social. When the plant doesn’t grow, she becomes discouraged. But with a little help from her friends, Gabby learns how the Holy Spirit makes our gardens grow.

 
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The Visitor On The Road To Emmaus

Actors: 8 Minutes: 5

This scene depicts the story from Luke 24:13-35, "On the Road to Emmaus." After Jesus' death and resurrection, some of His followers encounter Jesus as a weary traveler.

 
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Go Fish

Actors: 2 Minutes: 5

Two siblings play a game of cards where the loser has to do the winner’s chores. But what they both learn is that it is important for everyone to help in any way they can, win, lose, or draw. This skit is a modern-day adaptation of the scripture, “Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet.”

 
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A Voice in the Night

Actors: 3 Minutes: 5

This script is a dramatization of the scripture, The Lord Calls Samuel. It tells the story of a young boy Eli, who hears God calling out to him at night.

 
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Step inside the Belly of the Whale

Actors: 2 Minutes: 5

This is an interactive skit, where the audience is invited into the belly of the whale alongside Jonah. They will learn that God loves them and forgives their poor choices.

***Part of the Step Inside series

 
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Abram's Call

Actors: 4 Minutes: 7

This skit presents the story of Abram, his wife, Sarai, and his nephew, Lot. When Abram hears the voice of God commanding him to move his family to the land of Canaan, he heeds that call, doing God’s will without question.

Actors: 4 Minutes: 7

 
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Out of the Water

Actors: 4 Minutes: 6

When Pharaoh orders all baby boys to be killed, a young mother, Jochebed, and her daughter, Miriam, vow to save their baby boy. Tearfully, they place him in a basket in the Nile River. But God had plans for this small child and guides him into the arms of the Pharaoh’s daughter, Bithiah.

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Let My People Go

Actors: 5 Minutes: 6

In this dramatization of the Old Testament scripture from Exodus 5 and 6, Pharaoh forces his Israelite slaves to make bricks without straw, and God calls upon Moses to help deliver the Israelites to the promised land.

 
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Hide and Seek

Actors: 5 Minutes: 5

In this modern adaptation of the story of the lost sheep, Miss Stacey’s class plays a game of hide-and-seek outside during recess. When Josh goes missing in the rain and cold, he doesn’t think anyone will find him, until Miss Stacey comes to the rescue.

 
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A Special Place

Actors: 3 Minutes: 6

While making a birdhouse together, three siblings learn how God gave us everything we need when He created the world. He wants us to be creators as well, using the gifts He has given us to help those around us.

 
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An Unexpected Friend

Actors: 6 Minutes: 7​

This modern retelling of the good Samaritan tells the story of a girl who encounters bullies. Jill looks for help from her friends, but they are too busy to help. Jill feels alone until Drew, a kid she has never met before, stops to help her.

 
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Layaway

Running Time: 10 minutes

Speaking Cast: 3 either, 3 total cast

Parable: The Unforgiving Servant

Joe can’t pay his rent, but his landlord forgives his debt. Then at work, when a financially strapped woman can’t pay off her son’s birthday gift, Joe shows no mercy.

 
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Get That Groom!

Running Time: 10 minutes

Speaking Cast: 3 females, 2 males, 5 total cast

Parable: The Wise and Foolish Virgins

An eligible bachelor on a game show interviews three women vying to be his bride. Their show-and-tell items reveal who is best suited to receive half his heart and who just wasn’t ready.

 
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School Night

Running Time: 10 minutes

Speaking Cast: 3 either, 3 total cast

Parable: The Friend at Midnight

It’s midnight and Julie is trying to finish her research paper, but her former friend, Angela, keeps trying to sneak in through her open window. Her persistence pays off, and Julie finally lets her in.

 
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The Baker's Apprentice

Running Time: 10 minutes

Speaking Cast: 2 either, 2 total cast

Parable: The Leaven

It’s a comedy of errors as a klutzy newbie baker tackles cinnamon rolls. She is genuinely baffled, though—how can tiny grains of yeast make a big batch of dough rise? (Bonus recipe included!)

 
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Thanksgiving Dinner

Running Time: 10 minutes

Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 3 either, 5 total cast

Parable: The Great Supper

It’s turkey and all the trimmings, but three distracted young adults don’t have time to come home. Mom and Dad pack up their feast for the soup kitchen just as their kids show up after all, hungry and confused.

 
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Moving Day

Running Time: 10 minutes

Speaking Cast: 2 females, 3 males, 5 total cast

Parable: The Laborers in the Vineyard

Kelly’s brother does all the heavy lifting, lugging furniture up nine flights of stairs. Then her new neighbors carry one light box, and her bro is upset when they partake of “his” pizza.