Christmas and New Year

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Summary: Mary is called and she wonders why she is so special..
Style:  Monologue with 2 players.   Duration:  Approx 5 min.
Actors: 1V, 1M/V

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Summary: A play written for adults which, in telling the nativity story, attempts to “put flesh on the bones” of the principal characters and the impact which the events would have had on their everyday lives. Gabriel acts as an independent observer and five further principal characters narrate their stories, touching upon the difficulties which aspects of the story would have entailed e.g. the hardships of the journey to Bethlehem, and imaging their feelings as the tale unfolds. Taking into account the historical background (laws, religious traditions, etc. of the time) it highlights the reality of the circumstances and people (e.g. Mary must have been, in fact, one tough cookie – getting pregnant whilst betrothed, obliged to undertake the journey to Bethlehem in the final stages of pregnancy and give birth in a stable, far from friends and family, and, just when she might have been able to settle into family life, forced to flee to Egypt... yet she came through it all although she was only a country girl in her early teens). Putting the events into context makes the nativity story a truly dramatic tale. 
Style: Largely monologues in blank verse.    Duration: Approx. 45min
Setting: The play requires only minimal props and lighting and, because of its structure, individual scenes could easily be rehearsed within the home.
Actors: 6M, 2F, 1C, 1VO, +V

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Summary: An attempt to describe perhaps what went on within the inn on the first Christmas Eve. Could the innkeeper have been the hero of the hour?
Style: Light Comedy    Duration: 8min
Actors: 1M & 1F
Scripture: Luke 2: 1-7

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Summary: A version of the Christmas story in simple English, as written for a TEFL group at my church's Christmas party, to remind them of the real meaning of Christmas. It could be done by children too. Minimum costume is an option, no props needed except a doll or baby. It is a summary of the Nativity Story from the gospels.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 10min
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1N, 7M, 1F, 2M/F

 

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Summary: A summary of the nativity story from the gospels. It is in simple English, as it was written for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) group at a church Christmas party, to remind them of the real meaning of Christmas. Also suitable for children. Minimum costume is an option, no props needed except a doll or baby.
Style:  Light-hearted.    Duration: 9min
Actors: 7M, 1F, 3M/F

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Summary: A family out Christmas shopping discover there are parallels between the Christmas story and today's world.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 7min
Actors: 3M, 5F

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The following monologues cover the traditional themes of the Advent Sundays: Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope. A fifth, for Christmas Day, completes the set.

A Strong Love: The Story of Joseph

Elizabeth: Weeping Turns To Joy

The God Who Brings Peace: The Message of Isaiah

A Bundle of Hope -- the Shepherds' Story

Mary Ponders


All scripts are available for free use (see conditions at the foot of each script).

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Summary: Isaiah's prophecies regarding the coming of Messiah Jesus are frequently quoted. But it's not always appreciated that God gave Isaiah the words during a time of intense danger for the Kingdom of Judah. An Advent monologue.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 7min
Actors: 1M

 

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Summary: We seldom hear from Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, but she had a significant part to play in God's plan of redemption for mankind. In this monologue, she tells her story.
Style:  Dramatic.    Duration: 7min
Actors: 1F

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Summary: What did it cost Joseph to support Mary when she became pregnant with Jesus? Mary would have been in disgrace -- in danger of being stoned -- but Joseph chose to stand by her. He tells his story in this monologue.
Style: Dramatic.     Duration: 10min
Actors: 1M

 

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Summary: A family with little understanding of Christmas beyond the commercial discover something of the true meaning through some interactive fairy tales.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 10min
Actors: 2M, 1F, 4C, + Various

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Original Story by Nan F. Weeks
Reintroduced to a New Generation of Readers by David Nicholson

Summary: While sitting in my adult Sunday School class, I heard Nan Weeks’ story If He Had Not Come for the first time; and I must say, the story captivated me right from the start. I can remember driving home with my young family that very Sunday morning thinking to myself, “I am going to read this story to my family this and every Christmas to come.” It’s been nearly thirty years, and the tradition of sharing this simple, thought-provoking story continues on. And now, I would like to share it with you . . .

It was Christmas Eve, and after Bobby carefully hung his stocking above the fireplace, he climbed the stairs to his room. Most of the time Bobby didn’t like going to bed, but tonight he wanted to get to sleep so he’d be up bright and early on Christmas morning. He was looking forward to finding out what was in those packages under the Christmas tree!

Before he had gone up to his room, though, Bobby and his dad sat by the Christmas tree for their daily Bible reading. Some of Jesus’ words to His friends in John 15:22 stayed with Bobby and kept circling through his mind even after he had climbed into bed. He whispered them over and over until he fell asleep. The five words were, “If I had not come.

It seemed like Bobby had hardly gone to sleep when a loud voice called, “Get up, Bobby, get up right away!” He sat up and rubbed his eyes. Was it morning? Was his dad calling to him already? He jumped out of bed and pulled on his clothes. He sure wondered if he was going to get the presents he wanted—new skates, a flashlight, a baseball, maybe that model airplane he’d seen at Woolworths! He hurried downstairs.

But all was still, and no lights were on. His dad wasn’t waiting for him at the bottom of the stairs, his mother wasn’t in the kitchen making breakfast. And the Christmas tree was gone! No stocking hanging above the fireplace, no wreaths in the window, and no presents!

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Summary: Prophets Micah and Isaiah discuss their visions of the future Christmas.
Style: Light Comedy/Drama.    Duration: 6min
Actors: 2M
Scripture: Micah 5:2;  Isaiah 11:1;  Isaiah 7:14;  Psalm 72:10;  Psalm 72:9

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Summary: A variation on Charles Dickens' story of Ebeneza Scrooge. In this, the Spirit takes Scrooge back in time to see the arrival of Jesus, and subsequent events through to His crucifixion.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 30min?
Actors: A large cast, the majority non-speaking.

 

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Summary:  These 5 monologues are 5 different responses to Jesus’ birth. The scripts are best used in the order given, as they kind of have a succession to them. The characters play off of the previous character's lines a little bit. As the monologues are being delivered, the hearer will be guided through soul-searching questions about their own commitment to Jesus and how they are letting God use them to further His kingdom. Some of the humor would be best suited to be used for Youth. Feel free to tweak these scripts to suit your audience.
Style: Dramatic with light moments.  Duration:  15min
Actors: 4M, 1F, 1M/F

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Summary: The Christmas story told through Matthew and Luke as they expound upon the Nativity in their actual Biblical words while their narration unfolds with the other actors performance. Luke, Matthew, Storyteller, Narrator and Gabriel have larger parts and would typically be given to teens and/or adults, whereas the other parts may be children, teens or adults.
Style:  Drama           Duration: 15min
Actors: 15+M, 2F, 5+M/F, +V

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Summary: The three Wise Men's camels are not impressed with the journey they are being taken on.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 7min.
Actors: 3M/F

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Summary: It is a few years before the year zero CE. The birth of the Messiah has unexpectedly been brought forward, and Archangel Gabriel puts a young and inexperienced Events Management Team in charge of taking care of proceedings on earth. Led by ‘Junior Angel’, the team tries their best, but do not always succeed in achieving their goals. In fact, most of the time, things seem to go wrong.

Message: God’s plans are realized notwithstanding seemingly contradicting evidence.
Style: Comedy, mostly.    Duration:  40min(?)
Actors: 8M/F + 15V small, non-speaking parts.


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Summary: Teenaged Jasmine, granddaughter of one of the Magi, decides 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. Style
: Dramatic.  Duration: 1hour
Actors: 12M, 3F, as many extras as desired
Scripture reference: Matthew 2

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Summary: Reactions to Jesus Birth are portrayed in this “TV documentary” style presentation.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration:  22min
Actors:  9 M, 3F, 3 M/F; doubling possible

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Summary: Gabrielle’s visit leaves Mary with an unsettling choice.  Demons try to discourage Mary from accepting God's plan while David, Ruth and Rahab encourage her to submit.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration:  6min
Actors:  3F, 2M, 4M/F.
Scripture references: Luke 1-2, Esther 4, Isaiah 49:6, Hebrews 11 & 12, Psalms 23, 2 Corinthians 6:2

 

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Summary: A silly Christmas (or just after) comedy set in the Stellar Departure Department of heaven. The egotistical stars, a frantic Mr. Sandman and one lost child will have the audience laughing Mr Sandman can't figure out what he is to do with the newest star who shows up without orders.
Style: Light-hearted.     Duration:  15min
Actors: 1M, 3F, 2M/F, 1C

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Summary: Folks are startled when an alien lands and wants to know what Christmas is all about, but not nearly as much as when they realize how shallow their attitudes are.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 1min
Actors: 5M/F, 1C, +V
Scripture reference: Matthew 2, Luke 2

 

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Summary: The nativity story in dramatic format for mature casts. At the Nazareth community well, young women respond to Mary’s pregnancy with near vicious gossip and speculation while her parents are concerned and bewildered. Only Joseph and Elizabeth truly believe her claims to have seen an angel. The final scene occurs at a well in Samaria with Jesus talking to a woman who came to draw water. 
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 25min
Actors: 10F, 8M with doubling possible. Extras as angels, Magi, shepherds and servants.
Scripture reference: Luke 1-2, Matthew 1-2

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Summary: Young parents find out that both sets of their parents are coming to visit for Christmas, to be there for the baby’s first Christmas.  One set is staid and conservative, the other is ex-hippie and charismatic.  
Style: Dramatic, with light touches.   Duration: 30min (approx)
Actors: 4M, 3F

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Summary: Christmas raises the question of whether we are available to do what God asks us to do. This script contrasts different attitudes to being willing to fit in with God's purposes. 
Style: Light-hearted.    Duration: 10-15min.
Actors: 1N, 3M, 1F, 2M/F, + extras

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Summary: Anna and Simeon share their thoughts as Jesus is being brought into the temple for dedication. This was written as part of an Advent series. Others in the series are Gabriel, Silent Thoughts, and Mary Ponders.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration:  Approx. 5 minutes
Actors: 1M, 1F
Scripture: Based on Luke 2: 22-39

 

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Summary: Two friends mull over the significance of Christmas.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 6min
Actors: 2M/F

 

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Summary:   This skit focuses on hope.  We see the wives of the Wise men getting ready to send off their husbands and their fears and hopes for the journey.
Style: Dramatic, with light touches.   Duration: 7min.
Actors: 3F

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Summary: This drama is portrayed as a live television reality show hosted by Mr. Jeremy Kyle and his team of trained researchers, medical and psychological experts.  They endeavour to assist the guests who contact the show to find solutions to  their personal, matrimonial or family conflict with the aid of mediation, counselling, polygraph and/or D.N.A. testing or drug/ alcohol rehabilitation.
Style: Dramatic.     Duration:  10min
Actors: 2M,1F

 

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Summary: A one act monologue, in which Joseph the carpenter tells his side of the story about Mary’s pregnancy with our Lord, Jesus Christ. He talks about his feelings and how he decides not to divorce her.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 5min.
Actors: 1M
Scriptures: Matthew 1: 18 - 24, Luke 1: 26 - 56.

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Summary: Neither Mary's family nor Joseph believe that the baby she is bearing comes from God. Only her cousin Elizabeth understands.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 5min
Actors: 3F, 1M

 

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Summary: Four shepherds look through a new Gift Experience catalogue, trying to choose from the various options on offer.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 6min
Actors: 5M, 1N

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Summary: The birth of Jesus from various points of view. Humorous in tone but shows that those who got to witness the events surrounding the birth were ordinary people in an extraordinary time.
Style: Light-hearted   Duration: 15-20 min
Actors: 2M, 2F, 5M/F

 

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Summary: Two characters discuss the reason for and meaning of Christmas.
Style: Light-hearted             Duration: 5+min
Actors: 2 puppets or 2M/F

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Summary: Two broadcasters are discussing possible content for their Breakfast show when news comes of an amazing event that has happened overnight in Bethlehem. As they hear about it, they discuss the possible significance of what has occurred and whether to broadcast it.
Style: Light-hearted              Duration: 5+min
Scripture: Luke 2:8-18
Actors: 3M/FCharacters:

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Summary: This play is structured to be performed by, and appeal to, teenagers. Most of the cast have few or no lines. The play begins with a sister who does not believe in Jesus. Her youngest sister accepts Jesus at a friend’s church. God then transports the unbelieving sister to Bethlehem at the time of the census, then to what is going on in the devil's kingdom of darkness, to show what the world would be like if Jesus never came. The unbelieving sister finally believes when she “sees” Jesus in the simple faith of her little sister.
Style: Dramatic          Duration: 30 min
Actors: 4M/F, 4M, 6F

 

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Summary: Christmas is a time when so many focus on Christ. However sometimes it is hard to focus on the relationships within our own families, and on those that still need to learn to trust and love Him.
Style: light-hearted   Duration: 12 mins
Actors: 2M, 3F

 

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Summary: This humorous sketch is set in a fictitious Department of Floods, Plagues and Pestilence who used to handle the big events for God – the flood for Noah, the ten plagues in Egypt, etc. There hasn’t been much work recently and now they are to be put out of business by the birth of Jesus. (By the way, if it’s not clear, a BOGOF is Buy One, Get One Free.)
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 7min
Actors: 2M/F

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Summary: An Introduction to the Christmas Season. Sometimes we get our priorities a little mixed up during Christmas. This short skit features a father and his teenage son where the father learns a lesson about the giving of time to others instead of himself. Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 4min.
Actors: 1M, 1 teenage M

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Summary: Santa has lost his reindeer and his enthusiasm for the job so he has nothing to give to a group of children coming to see him. But his helper suggests he reads them the true Christmas story, one which he has not heard before.
Style:  Dramatic.   Duration: 12-15min
Actors: (Speaking) 1M, 1M/F, 4C; (non-speaking) 4M, 4+M/F

 

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Summary: The angel Gabriel has received orders to appear to a girl called Mary. He turns to his colleague Michael to help him prepare to deliver one of the most important messages of all time.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration:  10min
Scripture:  Luke 1:1-28
Actors: 1M, 1M/F

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Summary: The Santa in this department store is no ordinary Santa, and he goes on an extraordinary journey after he encounters three very unusual time travelling visitors. (Note: Setting: The play is initially set in The Magic Cave in a Department Store and later moves to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole and later still to the stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born.)
Style: Light dramatic.   Duration: 50min (?)
Actors: 8+M, 1F, 9+M/F, 2+C

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A Play by Adults for Kids

Summary: The Christmas story told by the most famous participant in the story, but who remembers it least. There are three levels to this play, the story and the characters, the small kids who are sitting and listening to the play, and the ‘tweens’ who are doing what they do best… whispering and making comments about how boring things are…
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 20min
Actors: Puppets, or if live:  2F, 5M, 5+M/F, 2VO

 

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Summary: Terry Topper, is a TV presenter and journalist, no longer believes in God and sees little sense in Christmas, until he gets a surprise visitor.
Style:  Dramatic.   Duration: 30min
Actors: 2M, 2F, 1C

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Summary:  (A Reader’s Theater Presentation) A visitor is sent to earth. He‘s been here before and doesn’t want to come back. Earth people are violent and unpredictable. Yet his world has encountered difficult times and his commander wonders how such a violent people as humans have survived all these centuries. So he sends Travillion back once more. . ..
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 45min(?)
Actors: 7+M, 2F, 3+M/F

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Summary:  A sketch to illustrate how easily we can become deflected from finding the real meaning of Christmas.  It presents the quest to discover the truth about Christmas as a train journey to Bethlehem, with a second character boarding the wrong trains. 
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 12min
Scripture: Luke 1: 5-7, 11-14, 57-66
Actors: 4M/F

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Summary: William Green had the perfect gift for his mother. It was wrapped and ready to go under the tree until a mugging. Stranded in town without any money or phone, William finds a friend in Joseph Fritz, a charity bell ringer, who shows him the story of Jesus from birth to death, and death to eternal life. In the end, William realizes that there is only one thing perfect, and he gave us "The Perfect Gift". (Note: This is not the full script. For a copy of the full script, contact the author, whose email is at the foot of the page.)
Style: Dramatic.     Duration: 60-90min
Actors: 15M, 4F, 4+ M/F

 

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Summary: When Theatre Producer Ebenezer Scrooge discovers that his theatre is being used to host a Christmas Play, he decides to sabotage it. That night he is warned by his old partner Jacob Marley of three ghosts who will soon be there to change his outlook on life. He is taken from the Manager scene to the crucifixtion, and the home of his employee Bob Cratchit to his own grave. Based on Charles Dicken's A Christmas to Remember, this show helps show the true "Meaning of the Season", with moments of laughter and fun, and seasoned with enough carols and songs to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. (Note: the following is only an excerpt from the play. To obtain a full script, write to the author, whose email is at the foot of the script.)
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 60-90min
Actors: 8M, 3F, 9M/F

 

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Summary:  Old George, owner of a gas station, has not celebrated Christmas since his wife died. But a chain of startling events on Christmas Eve show he understands the true spirit of the time.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration:  15min
Actors: 7M, 3M/F

 

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Summary: A one-act play, based on a famous TV game show, used to highlight the real meaning of Christmas. This play was performed, as part of the service, on Christmas Eve of 2011 at St. James Centennial United Church in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. Les Kovacs wrote the original script but members of the cast later added many of the lines. Feel free to personalize the lines to suit your cast. We did.
Style: Dramatic.     Duration: 15 - 20 minutes
Actors: 4M, 1F, 4M/F

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Summary: It’s the day after Christmas Day, and a typical suburban family struggle to deal with the aftermath, all but one missing the real point of Christmas.
Style: Dramatic.     Duration: 12min
Actors:  4M, 4F

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Summary: A late-night radio host fields a variety of comments from listeners about Christmas.
Style:  Dramatic.  Duration: 8min
Actors: 1M/F, + 5M/F (voice only)

 

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Summary: The Christmas story from a different point of view. Suitable for Epiphany, Christmas or New Year. It is the night before the Magi visit. Our scene is the inn in Bethlehem. Mary, Joseph and Jesus are absent – they have moved out of the stable into a house in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:11). The Magi will visit tomorrow. The characters are the innkeeper who let them use his stable, his wife, and one of the servants of the Magi.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 12min
Actors: 2M, 1F
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-18, Luke 2:1-20.

 

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Summary: A short skit featuring the Christmas hymn, O Holy Night. One stormy Christmas Eve, a burned-out Pastor begins work on his sermon for Christmas Day. Inspiration is lacking and even God doesn't seem to hear his cry for help. Will he overcome his painful past or will this Christmas continue to be haunted by memories of what could have been?
Style: Dramatic.   Duration
Actors: 1M/1 F.

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Summary: A shepherd and one of the three wise men experience the peace of Christmas together as a result of an unexpected meeting.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 7min
Actors: 2M
Scripture: Luke 2: 7-15 Matthew 2: 1-2, 7-11

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Summary: Christmas uncut is a re-telling of the most wonderful story of all time, of how God came to Earth that first Christmas. We wrote, then performed it at St Thomas’s Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, UK, on Sunday morning, 18th December 2011. It would need some adaption to your situation, but essentially the stories are timeless. It is aimed at everyone from about 7 to 100+. It is ‘uncut’ to help us appreciate what actually happened here on Earth, when God became vulnerable and shared our vulnerability, as we shall see. But the story does not end there, because when ‘Emmanuel’, God with us, comes then life is not the same again.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 60min (?)
Note: The service should flow without instructions. Stand when instructed on the sheet, sit afterwards. Then after the verse of ‘In the Bleak Mid-winter’ at the end we shall say one of God’s blessing and the very end is sharing God’s peace together. It took 75 minutes including songs – we think you will want to choose your own and insert them as you wish.
Cast:  It needs about 24 people, although we doubled up some parts

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Summary: A comedy based on the Shepherds going to see the new born baby. The setting is firstly based on a hill where the story is told by a father & son and then follows the shepherds journey to Bethlehem.  
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 12min
Actors: 5M, 1M/F + 1M, 1F (non-speakng)
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20

 

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Summary: A Christmas Carol is based on the classic book by Charles Dickens, but with a twist. The good and kind characters around Scrooge are Christians hoping and praying that Scrooge will be saved.  They are not preachy, but instead show him Christ through their actions and the way they live their lives. The script includes notes for music that may or may be applicable to other performance groups.  For further information or clarification of this play please fee free to contact the writer.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 60min (?)
Setting: Ambiguous.  Could be Dickenss England or (as it has been successful performed) modern day USA.
Actors: 4F, 7M, 9M/F, 15-17C + various numbers of party guests at Fred's, Dancers at Fezziwigís Party, Carolers, Townspeople (Many characters are such that the one person can play 2 or 3 roles)

To download the script, click on the link below.

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Summary: A pantomime-style version of the arrival of the Wise Men at the palace of King Herod.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 15min
Actors: 6M, 1F

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Summary: A skit that explores promises. Our lives are filled with promises. We promise to this, we promise to do that. We promise to keep this a secret. We promise to be faithful to God, our spouse, our friends, We make a lot of promises. So many times, however, our promises come up against some opposition and often we break those promises. Join this cast of characters as they explore what it means to be truly faithful. Join with them as they learn about the faithfulness of God as they hear about the birth of Christ. Then be challenged to believe in the promise Jesus gives that he will come again. This is a group of Christmas sketches that has been used for Christmas but could be used at any point throughout the year.
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Actors: 12 (5M, 3F, 4M/F)

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Summary:  A humorous play in which animals in the manger discuss the arrival of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 20min
Actors: 11+ M/F

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Summary: Joe and his wife Marilyn have to travel across several States to get to a new job that Joe desperately needs after having been long-term unemployed. Their present-day story is paralleled by the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Style: Drama   Duration:  30min
Actors: 7M, 6F, +V

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Summary: Sheriff Goody, J.I. Jill, Rap the Raptor, Bobbie Doll, Mrs. Tomato Head, Walkie & Talkie are toys that want to be loved by children at Christmas. However the prospects don’t look good with one shopping day left. In their attempt to escape a lonely Christmas in the store (not to mention fleeing from their arch nemesis Knock’m Bop’m Robot), they come across a rare nativity doll named Mary who points them to the real meaning of Christmas. This encounter re-evaluates their purpose resulting in joining their comrade Fuzz Lightfear in “Operation Toy Drop”. Follow the antics of our plastic and plush toy friends as they try to rescue Christmas.

Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 70min
Actors: 5M, 5F, 3VO

 

A royalty payment is requested for this script. To read the 1st Act free of charge, click here.

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Summary:  This skit is set at a cooking competition where different characters whip up their version of Christmas.  The audience can compare for themselves the emptiness of Christmas without the vital ingredients. (Note: This script contains quite a bit of Australian slang. If you need a translation, to fit the script to your own circumstances, don't hesitate to contact the author.)
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 12min
Actors:  1M, 3F, 1M/F

 

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Summary: Our Sunday school teachers were discussing how to have a nativity play which included the Wise Men given it is generally assumed the magi weren't there at the actual birth.  I piped up with the idea of "Where were you when it happened" style interviewing and the final result is this Special News Report script.  Possibly there is something similar out there but I hadn't found this web site or anything similar until after the fact.
The play is introduced with an audio-visual component which highlights our own contemporary society and some of its ideas about Christmas.  It then flows into on-stage interviews with the people who were actually there, encouraging us to think about what Christmas really is all about.  There's not a heavy emphasis on the Christmas story details, rather a focus on those who participated and their perception of events, trying to get the audience to internalise and relate to the ideas.  It finishes with a final simple audio-visual component challenging the audience to experience Christmas the way it was originally - all about Jesus.  I used Windows Movie Maker to put the video bits together.
Inadvertently it was also a great way to incorporate the older kids who were getting too cool to participate in the "little kid's" play.  They loved doing the "television" stuff.  We also used songs at points I've marked in the script.  I haven't included the music details.  You could use anything you like in those spots.
Style:  Drama.   Duration: 15min
Actors:  16+ M/F/C

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Summary: These letters are being written by Mary and Joseph. The words in parentheses are them talking to themselves as they write.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 8min
Actors: 1M, 1F

 

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Summary: Bible characters come on stage in ones and twos and line up across the stage. At the conclusion all characters hear the baby Jesus cry and turn to look. (“Like the stone on the surface of a still river, driving the ripples on forever, redemption rips through the surface of time in the cry of a tiny babe.” – Bruce Cockburn, Cry of a Tiny Babe on Nothing But a Burning Light, 1991.)

Style: Dramatic.   Duration:  10-12min
Notes:
•    This play works well with young children who don’t need to learn lines.
•    This play can be performed with very little practice as the narrator directs activities from the script.
•    This play can easily be adapted to suit the number and gender balance of performers by using different (or more or less) Bible characters.
Actors: 1N, 12C

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Summary: William Green had the perfect gift for his mother. It was wrapped and ready to go under the tree until a mugging. Stranded in town without any money or phone, William finds a friend in Joseph Fritz, a charity bell ringer, who shows him the story of Jesus from birth to death, and death to eternal life. In the end, William realizes that there is only one thing perfect, and he gave us "The Perfect Gift".
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 60min(?)
Actors: 14M, 4F, 1C +V

 

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Summary: A reporter who struggles to believe in God because of hurts in his life gets some help from a neighbour and a special visitor.
Style:  Dramatic.  Duration: 20min(?)
Actors: 3M, 7M/F +V

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Summary: Newspaper editor Sam is having a hard time finding a story, but with the help from an unexpected visitor she is able to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Style: Drama.   Duration: 30min
Actors: 8M, 4F, 3M/F + 2V

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Summary: Children waiting for their teacher (who’s late) discuss the fun they have at Christmas. Eventually they get round to realising what they are really celebrating.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 10min
Actors: 4M, 4F, 1M/F

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Summary: When Emily's four friends stop by the house at Christmastime, Emily is in the middle of putting up the family's nativity. As she unpacks each piece she begins to explain the significance of the individual pieces, and the story then comes to life as we visit Mary and Joseph, shepherds and the wisemen. The children come to understand how the nativity points to the wonderful reality that Jesus Christ came to this earth to save them from their sins.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 60min (?)
Actors: 8M, 4F, 2M/F

To read the full script and order this musical, visit www.lorray.com

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Summary: "Christmas Rapping" is a children's play suitable for Christmas.  The birth of Jesus is depicted as if he were born today in a typical town or community. Raps and an unusual version of "Silent Night" make this an unusual and humorous play that at the same time causes the audience to focus anew upon the birth of Jesus.
Style: Lighhearted.  Duration: 15min
Actors: 10-24C

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In traditional pantomime style. Our team want to mount a Nativity play, but the dastardly Natas and his crew are setting out to try and wreck it.

Style: Light-hearted.   Duration:  60min+
Actors: 1N, 4M, 3F, 2M/F
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Summary:  Three adult men at a shopping mall discuss Christmas and whether the Star of Bethlehem is true.

Style:  Dramatic. Duration: 15min

Actors: 3M

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Summary: A lighthearted play by play commentary of a Sunday morning worship service. Sadly, our two commentators have neglected to heed their own advice. This fact is soon pointed out by a member of the audience...  Note: This was written for a New Years Eve performance but could be performed at any time of the year. Just change the New years Day refrences to be applicable to your performance time. It is important for the two commentators to have rapid fire patter such as is heard on a radio sports play by play.
Style: Lighthearted.   Duration: 5-7 min.
Scripture: Matthew 7: 1-5
Actors: 3M/F

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Summary: A short monologue about the leap of faith that Joseph had to make when he took Mary as his wife.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 4min
Scripture: Matthew 1: 18-24
Actors: 1M

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Summary:  A social work case conference to discuss the new arrival in the Carpenter Family and whether action needs to be taken.
Style:  Drama.   Duration: 7min
Actors: 4M/F

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Summary: A humorous take on the Christmas story, done through the eyes of a TV reporter.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 15min
Actors: 8M, 4F, 4M/F, 1VO

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Summary
How would events turn out if the Christmas story and related events were covered by a major news network like CNN or BBC?
Style: Drama.  Duration: approx 40 minutes
Actors:
12 Male cast members, 5 female and 4 male or female ones plus extras.

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Summary: The Headmaster at the Judah School of Prophecy calls in some pupils whose work has produced some outlandish prophecies concerning the Messiah’s birth.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 8min
Actors: 4M, 1F

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Summary: Derek and Jan Sanford’s life living on a horse farm in New Jersey was filled with chores and routines. School, homework, feeding the horses, grooming, and cleaning stalls were all a part of their daily routine, until one day they stumbled on a discovery that would change everything. On that horse farm lived one old, ornery mule named “Mr. Ed”. Derek and Jan couldn’t understand why their parents insisted on keeping old Mr. Ed around until one day just before Christmas the children discover that Mr. Ed is much more than just an old mule, he is the one and only “Yule Mule!” A fun, yet meaningful new musical for 2009!
Style: Dramatic.  Duration:  Approx. 45 minutes.
Actors: 1M, 11C
Characters:
Mr. Ed/Horace (both characters played by same individual)
Derek Sanford
Jan Sanford
Bobby Murray
Alice Murray
Mark Green
Jody Green
Mary
Joseph
Wiseman 1
Wiseman 2
Wiseman 3

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Summary: The story of Christmas, told through a "reader's theater" style approach using groups of  5 speakers at a time - so the musical can be done with as few as 5 speakers, or each segment can be assigned to a different group of 5 speakers. The concept takes the audience through the Biblical accounts of the birth of Christ, using the traditional King James accounts from Luke and Matthew.  This musical is an easy to perform production that does not require any special set or backdrop. The music is more traditional in nature while being easy to perform. There are musical interludes that form a sound backdrop to the narration. Other than the 5 speaking parts there are no acting or other narration parts.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: approx. 40 minutes.


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Summary: Part 6 of a series on based on the Journey of the Magi – it is suggested that this skit be used some time after Christmas – eg, the first day of Sunday School in the New Year
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 12min
Actors: 3M, 3+C

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Summary: Continuing the journey of the Wise Men towards their appointment with the baby Messiah.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration:  7min
Actors: 7-8M, VO

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Summary: This episode of the Wise Men series is a song only.

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Summary: The Magi, having traveled across Arabia from Babylon, inquire about where to find the new-born king of the Jews. They visit Nazareth and approach the Court of King Herod and have to cope with who this Saviour really is – and whether he is worth the risk.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration:  10min
Actors: 5M, 1F, 1N + V

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Sub-title: Wise Persons, Pirates and Camels from the East

Summary: Part Two of a five-part Advent series of plays, tracing the journey of the Wise Men.
Style: Light-hearted. (Monty Python-esque)   Duration:  7min
Actors: 5M, 4F

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Summary: Part One of a five-part Advent series of plays, tracing the journey of the Wise Men.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 6min
Actors: 3M

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Summary: a humorous take on Christmas, with TV presenters and all the usual cast.
Style:  Humorous.   Duration:  15min. 
Actors: 7M, 4F, 4M/F.

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Summary: The cast of a church production of the Nativity play are in the throes of rehearsal. In the first scene, semi chaos reigns. In the second scene, as the cast perform for real, there is a completely different atmosphere.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 50min (?)
Characters: 1N, 7M, 2F, 4M/F, +V
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Summary: A version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with a Barbados accent.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: Approx 60min
Characters: 7M, 3F, 2M/F, 5C, +V
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Summary:  This is a tribute to several classic Christmas movies with a twist. Inspired by A Christmas Carol, Elf, A Christmas Story, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Susan is searching for the true meaning of Christmas, and after visiting the lives of classic movie characters, realizes that Christmas is really a relationship with Christ. Could be used as a sequel to Making Room.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 60min approx.
Actors: 4F, 6M, 1VO, 1N
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Summary: In this musical, the actors and actresses will never have rehearsed, will not know their lines, and will be chosen the day of the performance!! The story of Jesus is told by an adult who is the travel "guide" on the story's path. As the story develops, the guide calls on unsuspecting "volunteers" to come up and take on the various roles of the characters in the story - providing hilarious but inspiring results! Throughout the story the children sing easy-to-learn, fun songs.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration: 30min (?)
Note: The full script, plus CDs with music tracks, can be obtained from www.lorraymusicals.com

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Summary: The three Wexler children are mad. Mad because mom is making them go to Christmas Eve service, because grandma insists. So when the three go to the hall closet to get their coats and find a pine branch sticking out from the garments, their curiosity gets the best of them and into closet they go, only to stumble into a strange and magical land. Here they meet Diego, a very impatient angel who will accompany them on a strange and wonderful mission to the town of Bethlehem, and to the place where Christmas was born. . . and in the process they discover the special task that God has in store for them!  Keywords : Christmas, Narnia, magic land
Style: Dramatix.   Duration: Approx 45min
Characters: 4M, 5F, 2C

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Summary : A parody of the Christmas story, as put on by the well-meaning (but dreadful) members of the South Adelaide Evangelical Ladies’ Guild Dramatic Society. Things go from bad to worse throughout the play as sets are put back to front, props go missing, actors fall sick, and escalating technical difficulties turn the classic story of Christmas into a classic mess!
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration : 45min (?)
Actors: 8M, 5F, 1M/F

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Summary: Horace and Rachael have been partners for almost 11 years, but Horace shies away from marriage, just as he shies away from attempts by his cousin to tell him the real story of Christmas. Keywords: Commitment,
Style: Drama.  Duration: 10min
Actors: 1M, 1F

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Summary: A light-hearted sketch in verse about how the modern trappings of Christmas prevent us from recognising the original story and the true meaning. Keywords: Christmas, no room
Style: Lighthearted. Duration: 7min
Actors: 13M/F or 13C
Scripture reference: Luke 2:4-7 (very loosely)

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Summary: When her children approach her with their "Christmas Lists", the mother decides it's time for a good heart-to-heart to help her kids know what Christmas is really about.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 12min
Actors: 1F, 2C

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Summary: Mary and Joseph trying to find a place to stay for the night. There is one room, though they don't get to stay in it - or know about it. The irony is that the room stays vacant all night while Jesus is born in the manger. Keywords: no room, Christmas, innkeeper, inn.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 9min.
Actors: 2M, 2F

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Summary: This nativity style play tells the classic Christmas tale with a slight twist. The reverence and passion remains but humor and fun is combined to tell the tale of the birth of Christ with all your favorite Christmas carols. It can have a cast of over 40 or less than 10. It is designed to cater to a large class / group with all students having a part of the Christmas story to tell and / act. This play was originally performed in Australia where Christmas is often over 40°c.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 20min
Actors: Flexible cast, from 10-40

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Summary: Mother and daughter are wrapping a Christmas gift to a relative. Mother insists on correct wrapping technique, and daughter wonders why a gift should be given to someone they obviously don’t like.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 5min
Actors : 2F

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Summary: One side of a phone conversation in which an angel is on line organising the first Christmas. Keywords: First Christmas, angels, heaven.
Style: Humorous.  Duration:  5min
Actors: 1M/F

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Summary : Based loosely on Luke 15:25-32, this play gives a glimpse into the life of Stan, the
epitome of the prodigal son's older brother, seen several years following his brother Chip's
conversion to Christ. Stan is the 'Scrooge of another kind,' boasting of his own generosity while accusing others of using their generosity to 'buy people off.' But he is the one knocking himself out in vain to please other people, and buying them off. Because of hidden hurts, he has become more concerned over keeping his precious family heirloom intact than with mending the broken relationships within his own family. Keywords: Prodigal  Son,  elder brother,  family relationships.
Style: Dramatic.   Duration: 40min (?)
Actors: 3M, 4F, 3C
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Summary: Three ladies discuss the merit of three men coming to honor the baby Jesus. We learn that the magi had the right idea after all.
Style: Light-hearted. Duration: 5min
Actors: 3F

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Summary: It’s Christmas eve. A group of church carolers set out to do the same thing they have done for so many years in the past… an act of “service” so they can get on with the holiday. They are unaware of what is about to take place. Their lives are about to change….and so are others. The main thrust of this play is evangelism and celebrating Christmas by reaching out to others as Christ did. The unique twist is the audience becomes part of the play at the end. Keywords: Christmas, outreach, mission
Style:
Drama. Duration: Approx. 45min
Actors: 8 M, 4 F, 5 C
Scripture reference:
John 3:16, Matt. 25:34-45

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Summary: Middle-aged Marjorie is asked to play a part in the Sunday School Christmas play. Puffed up with pride, she wrongly imagines that she has a starring role. She is therefore shocked to find that the BOAD is in fact the backend-of-a-donkey. The play was first performed by a church women’s group which is why the main characters are female in this script, but some could be male. Keywords: pride, Christmas, pageant.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 10min
Actors: 1N, 4F, 1M, 3M/F
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 29:23

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Summary: This is a show to highlight the point that Jesus is the reason for the season. Imagine what happens when Santa gets too wrapped up in his work to tell his own son what Christmas is really about.
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 45min
Actors: 7M, 3F, 1M/F + V
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Summary: A senior devil & junior devil devise a plan to ensure the real message of Christmas is kept hidden from the masses. Obvious nod to CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. Keywords: Christmas, Screwtape, devils, deception, "reason for the season".
Style: lighthearted.  Duration: 12min
Actors: 3M, 1F, 1M/F

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A children’s Christmas Musical
Summary: Mary and Joseph are preparing to leave for Bethlehem. They stop into a rental shop to arrange transportation, and broker a unique deal with the proprietor:  a free, round-trip rental of a stubborn old mule in exchange for Mary and Joseph escorting the shop owner’s children to Bethlehem. Along the way the children discover that Mary is going to give birth to Jesus, and by the time the trip is finished they will have come to understand that the trip they took would be the greatest experience of their lives, and would change their future forever!
Style: Lighthearted.  Duration:  60min??
Actors: 8M, 3F +C

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Summary: This skit takes a look at how the birth of Jesus may have looked if it had occurred in the modern southern hemisphere summer.  Keywords:
Style: Lighthearted style. Duration :35 to 45 minutes.
Actors: N, 5M, 2F.

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Summary: How the Christmas story might read if written from a modern consumerism perspective. (With apologies to Dr. Luke, who could not be contacted at time of publication. Copyright privileges are therefore waived. Similarities between this sketch and part of his work is entirely deliberate). Keywords: Christmas, consumerism.
Style: Lighthearted  Duration:  3min
Actors: 1N

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Summary: The inside story of Christmas, told by Mary as an older woman to doctor and historian Luke. Note: This play (which can also be performed as a musical) is based very carefully on the gospel narrative. It brings to life the personalities of Mary and Joseph, and the tensions of the times, rather than leaving them as Christmas card characters. A CD containing the music score, and a DVD of a performance are available from the author.
Style: Drama  Dur: 50-60min
Actors: 6F, 10M, 1M/F, +V

A copy of the script may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

A video of the original performance can be seen on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMQZQMgPngo

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Summary: How do children view the Christmas story when it’s first heard. Mary, new to the church asks questions that give us a unique view. This is a skit within a skit and has very simple sets. Keywords: Nativity play, Christmas, Children.
Style: Drama.
Duration: 15-20min
Actors: 1M/F, 9C
Scripture Reference: Luke 2, Matthew 2

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