Everyone was worried
By Kevin Penner
A play to involve all ages, this light-hearted drama with rhymed narration
involves the prophets of old looking down to see how their prophecies are
being fulfilled. Their worries are reflected in the anxieties of all the
characters of the Christmas story. To this day, Christians are reminded
that God is working out everything according to His plan. (see production
notes at foot of the script)
A cast of approximately 25 children, teens, and adults.
Everyone was worried at that first Christmas time
But dread turned to delight, into real joy sublime
Let's look at the characters, one by one
And learn from their story, before we are done.
(lights come on to a table with 5 prophets, arranged with Moses
in the middle, Isaiah and Micah on one side and Zechariah and Isaiah on
We start with the prophets, those good men of old
They wondered if things would come out as foretold
But they needn't have worried, for God had a plan
He figured it out before everything began.
Moses: I've called this meeting to dispel some rumours that
have been going around heaven that God's plans for His people are not coming
Ezekiel: With all due respect, Moses, it's been over a thousand
years since you gave that prophecy, and I quote: (picks up scroll and
reads:) "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me
from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him." (sets
Micah: And with due respect to all the prophets present, I don't
think any of us fit the bill.
Isaiah: Furthermore, it's been four hundred years since the
last prophet, Malachi was sent. What's going on?
Ezekiel: God has not been so silent in the whole history of
Isaiah: It is unusual, to say the least!
Micah: It's unprecedented!
Zechariah: Un, un, . . . unparalleled!
Moses: Gentlemen, gentlemen! If you would allow me to
quote from a psalm which I wrote some time ago: "For a thousand years in
your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the
night." Don't you see that God does not consider time in the same
way as we do. His ways are mysterious, but His will always prevails!
May I remind you of all the references in the Torah that I wrote with my
own hand, of the seed of Adam and Eve that would one day crush the serpent's
head? And how God promised to bless all nations through the seed
of Abraham? Well, let me tell you that God will fulfill all at exactly
the right time.
Ezekiel: And I thought all would be revealed in Heaven!
It was hard enough back on earth, not even knowing what we were talking
about, but now this!
Micah: What were you talking about, Ezekiel? You wrote
some weird stuff. Even stranger than Daniel.
Ezekiel: I object, your honour! We just relayed on the
message God gave us.
Moses: Yes, yes, there was a lot of mystery in what we said.
So many symbols in the Passover and the Tabernacle, in Abraham's almost
putting Isaac to death. I can't wait to find out what it all means.
And gentlemen, (dramatic pause) I have reason to believe that the
time has come for God to act!
Isaiah: Really? How do you know?
Moses: Just watch. The story begins with a man Zechariah (Zechariah,
the New Testament character enters)
Whose son would announce the coming Messiah
The angel's prediction was met with some doubt
The old man couldn't speak when he came out! Zechariah (the prophet):
Good name, eh? Zechariah! He's named after me!
Moses: Ssh! Listen!
Everyone was worried the old man had a stroke
They listened intently; only silence he spoke
No sound was forthcoming and to their consternation
Only Elizabeth could keep up the conversation
(Zechariah, the New Testament character tries to speak but no words
Zechariah (the prophet): What's the matter with him?
Moses: Ssh! Listen! (Elizabeth enters)
Elizabeth: Zechariah! What happened? You look like
you've seen a ghost! (he nods) You did see a ghost? (he
shakes his head, flaps his arms) No, you saw . . . a bird? (he
shakes his head, makes a circle motion around his head like a halo,
then clasps hands together). You saw an angel? (he
smiles broadly and nods vigorously) What did he say? (Zechariah
makes elaborate gestures indicating an enlarged belly, carrying a baby,
etc.) You are going to have a baby? (he shakes head, points
at her) I am going to have a baby? (she shrieks, and then quickly,
flapping arms, etc.:) Oh no, I think he's had a stroke. Here
my dear, come lie down! Somebody call a doctor! (she helps
him walk offstage)
Zechariah (the prophet): Let's hear it for the senior
citizens, eh? Way to go, Zechariah and Elizabeth! (The prophets
all clap and cheer. Zechariah the prophet looks offstage overhis
shoulder) Do I hear a second to that motion, Abraham? Eh?
Can you relate to this guy?
Moses: Okay, Zechariah, you've made your point. But there's
more to come.
Isaiah: Yes, I see. This was the one of whom I prophecied
"A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make
straight in the wilderness a highway for our God."
Ezekiel: In the wilderness? A good old locusts-and-wild-honey
kind of guy! Hey, I think he's one of us! Is this the prophet
who was to come?
Moses: Wait and see.
The next worried person was a virgin named Mary (Mary enters,
sits on chair)
You'd worry too at a vision so scary
A man dressed in white appeared in her room (Gabriel enters, Mary
rises in shock)
With news that a child would appear in her womb
Gabriel: Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord
is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God.
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him
the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the
Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and
he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
Mary: How will this be, since I am a virgin?
Isaiah: Yes! Like I said, a virgin shall be with child! (exchanges
high fives with Micah)
Gabriel: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of
the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called
the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child
in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
For nothing is impossible with God.
Mary: I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you
have said. (they exit)
Moses: Is everyone happy now?
Micah: Well, no, actually.
Moses: What is it, Micah?
Micah: I'm sorry, but I have a major objection, your honour.
I specifically said that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
Let me remind you of what I said (reads from scroll) "But you, Bethlehem
Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will
come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of
old, from ancient times." And now look what's happened. God picks
some girl from Nazareth! That's 70 miles away from Bethlehem.
How's it going to work out now?
Zechariah: And I have another objection: Mary's so young!
Barely a teenager! The fate of the world is riding on this . . .
Moses: You were young once. Did God not have a plan for
you? Did you not carry it out, to the best of your ability?
And now we get to the most worried one of all (Joseph enters,
looking very worried)
Joseph, poor Joseph, his problems weren't small
Mary, dear Mary was found to be with child (Joseph paces,
looking very, very worried)
The thought of losing her almost made Joseph wild!
(Joseph lies down to sleep)
An angel appeared to him in his sleep (Gabriel enters
And told him that Mary, his betrothed he could keep (Joseph
wakes, looking very happy)
Joseph's joy knew no bounds, now his wife would give birth (Joseph
jumps up and down)
The child was from God and would save the whole earth! (they
Micah: Hey, I like this. (to Isaiah:) Did we or
did we not predict that the Promised One would come from the House of David?
Isaiah: We did! (exchanges high fives with Micah)
As I said "A shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse". Both Mary
and Joseph are of the house and lineage of David!
Moses: Let's not forget that it was God who worked this all
out. (Isaiah and Micah look slightly,just slightly chastened, but continue
to grin at each other)
The next worried person is none other than Caesar
Who in his old age became an august old geezer
To know how much tax he expected to figure,
A census would prove that his empire was bigger
Bethlehem turned out to be Joseph's home town (Mary & Joseph
enter, on donkey)
The poor tired couple dusty roads travelled down (innkeeper
enters, other side)
But worries awaited them when they got there (they knock
on door, innkeeper opens)
No rooms were available, not anywhere! (innkeeper shakes
head, closes door)
Ezekiel: Daniel predicted one like the Son of Man, glowing in
splendour. Let me guess -- they'll end up in the palace?
Moses: A palace? Well, I suppose any place is a palace
if the King is there.
Zechariah: I still don't understand. I predicted that
the Messiah would ride a donkey, but how can this be the fulfillment?
He's still inside his mother!
Moses: Keep the faith, Zechariah, my brother!
Joseph worked hard, he did all he was able, (Joseph wrings
The only place that he could find was a stable
He fretted and worried about what he would do
With a wife who looked like she was overdue. (Mary lies down in
(Optional version of last two lines for a more informal group --
Mary has balloon under dress:
He fretted and worried, he just could not stop
Isaiah: I trust in God, but . . . I don't understand. In all
of these troubles I don't see God's hand.
With a wife who looked like she was ready to pop!)
Moses: Uh, you don't have to speak in verse, Isaiah.
Isaiah: Oh, yeah, sorry, I couldn't help it. Anyway, I
don't see how this all fits together.
Ezekiel: And I can't help wondering when this mighty King I
predicted is going to appear? In a stable? With the animals?
Moses: Watch. The time has come.
Mary and Joseph were now past all worry
They hardly had time, they were in such a big hurry
(Optional first two lines for a more informal group:
Then the Lord of the universe split history in two
Mary and Joseph felt a small fearful pang
As baby came not with a whimper, but a bang!
(Mary pops balloon!)
The Lord of all time, made time stand still, too.
Gasping, the small baby entered the world crying (Mary puts baby
A foretaste of how he would leave the world, dying
And into this sick world God came to be with us
Salvation and hope and joy to now give us.
Isaiah: I think I'm beginning to understand. It fits in
with a lot of the stuff I wrote about a suffering servant. Yes, it
is becoming clearer, now.
Ezekiel: But is that it? How will God tell the world?
And now we must pause and give our attention
To a group of young shepherds, it goes without mention
Who were worried that life might be passing them by,
When all heaven broke loose as angels did fly!
But please pardon me, I am real sorry,
That I am getting far ahead of the story
But sitting here in my chair slowly I'm writing
The next scene I find that it's truly exciting!
Young shepherds huddle around a small fire. Shepherd 1 sits
in the middle with 2 & 3 on one side, and 4 & 5 on the other.Shepherd
1 is a dramatic male; shepherd 2 is a sarcastic female; shepherd 3 is a
follower-type male; shepherd 5 (a slightly older, wiser guy) has his arm
around shepherd 4 (a dreamy, romantic girl). A stationary mirror ball scatters
star light throughout the dark auditorium.
1: Bored, bored, bored. There's nothing to do out here.
2: Except freeze!
3: And watch the sheep sleep.
4: And wish we could be sleeping.
1: And get -- bored!
2: I don't think it's fair! Why do the adults all get to sleep,
while us teenagers have to stay up all night?
3: Yeah. We should all go on strike! Then maybe they'd
appreciate us a bit more.
5: You mean, they wouldn't appreciate us at all. Every night
you guys are the same. Grumble and complain. If you want to get organized,
why don't you sleep in shifts, while a
couple of us stay awake?
2: I can't sleep -- I'm too bored.
1: Yeah, When I was a kid, on nights before a feast, I couldn't
sleep because I was too excited. Now I'm just bored, bored, bored.
3: Nothing ever happens in this little town.
2: (sarcastically:) Bethlehem is so peaceful.
1: First chance I get, I'm moving to Jerusalem. That's where
the action is.
5: (sarcastically:) Yeah, with all those Roman soldiers.
You guys just don't know how lucky you are. I've been to Jerusalem
and it can get pretty scary.
3: Yeah, really. What's someone like one of us gonna do in the
big city? Herd sheep?
1: It'd sure beat living here. As I said in the beginning, there's
nothing to do here.
4: How about looking at the stars?
2: (sarcastically:) Yeah, right. Same old stars night
5: If you'd look more closely, you'd notice that every night the stars
have shifted slightly from the same time the night before.
3: Yeah, actually I like watching as the stars move across the sky
throughout the night.
5: And there are the wandering stars. You see that bright one
over there that doesn't blink? It's travelled right across the constellations
and now it's back in the same place as it was when I started taking notice
of the sky 12 years ago.
4: Hey, I bet the people in Jerusalem can't see all these stars.
3: Yeah, with all that extra light and dust and smoke.
5: Most of them are too busy to ever look up. They're inside
their houses now, totally oblivious.
2: (teeth chattering:) Yeah, and totally warm in their cozy
1: Yeah, this really sucks, you know. Our puny little fire isn't
puttin' out much heat.
4: So why don't you put some more wood on?
2: (sarcastically:) Because there isn't any more wood.
1: (to 4 & 5:) Yeah, it's fine for you two, all snuggled
up together, but hey, (he stands) I'm a man; I don't need any woman
to keep me warm!
5: Be quiet -- you're gonna wake up the sheep.
1: Be quiet yourself! Why don't we wake up the sheep? Chase
'em around a bit. Have some fun!
4: Oh, you guys! You're always fighting.
1: Yeah, well at least I'm ready to go. I'm like David: just
a shepherd, but I can wield a mean sling! Comeon, Goliath!
2: Okay, David's my hero, too. But he got to be king.
3: Fight battles!
1: Had the women swooning all around him!
4: What I like about David was he could look up at the stars at night,
and write a poem about it. (looking up, then with reverence:) The
heavens declare the glory of God.
4 & 5: (in unison) The skies proclaim the works of his hands.
3: (holds out fist) He alone is my rock
2: (puts fist on top of 3's fist:) and my salvation;
1: (still standing; puts fist on top of 2's fist:) he is my
1, 2 & 3: (grab fists with free hands, pulling side to side,
in unison:) I will not be shaken.
1: (acting it out:) I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where
does my help come from?
2: My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip.
5: And hey, the next line is good for sleepy shepherds: He who
watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will
neither slumber nor sleep.
4: (after a pause:) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be
1: (with different emphasis on each phrase:) O God . . . You
are . . . my God! Earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where
there is no water.
3: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you,
5: Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.
2: And they say we're just dumb shepherds. Ha!
1: (with growing passion:) The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies
them in his wrath, saying, "I have
installed my King on Zion, my holy hill." (other shepherds look
at shepherd 1 in amazement at his outburst. He laughs, shaking off
his last pose and sits down.)
4: (after a pause:) Who was David speaking about? Himself?
5: No, I think he was talking about a greater king who was to come.
2: Nobody was a greater king than David.
3: What about that "Anointed One" he talked about?
1: Yeah! The Messiah! When he comes, we'll get rid of those
Romans. "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an
iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery."
4: I don't know if the Messiah is ever going to come.
2: Yeah, not in our lifetime.
1: Does God really care about us? I mean we're just a bunch of
5: Moses was a shepherd.
1: Yeah, yeah, I know. (in a singsong style, as if reciting
a lesson:) God used Moses' 40 years herding sheep to teach him the
patience he needed to lead the people for 40
years in the wilderness. (pause) But God spoke to him out of
a burning bush, for crying out loud! When's the last time God spoke
to anyone around here? Four hundred years, and not one prophet!
5: Four hundred years of slavery, then came Moses. Four hundred
years of the judges, then came the kings.
2: (passionately:) We need a king! O God, give us a king!
3: Does God care about us any more?
4: (after a pause, looking back up at the stars:) When I consider
your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you
have set into place . . .
1: Yeah . . . (thoughtfully:) what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
2: (after a pause:) Um, just changing the topic slightly, have
you ever wondered what those stars actually are?
3: I always thought they were angels, guarding the gates of heaven.
5: Some think they might be faraway suns like ours.
4: (in dreamy voice:) I like to think of them as faraway campfires,
with little groups of people gathered around each one, just like us here.
1: You think there might be other people out there . . . somewhere?
3: There's angels out there. (Mirror ball begins to turn;
strong footlight comes up on an angel behind shepherd 2 who is oblivious;
other shepherds gape in growing terror)
2: Yeah, right. When's the last time an angel appeared to anyone
around here? Hey, what are you guys staring at? (she turns around,
and shrinks back in terror, almost sitting on 3's lap)
Angel: Don't be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy for
all people everywhere. This very day, in this town of David, a Saviour
has been born unto you. He is the Christ, the king you have waited
for. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby, wrapped in
cloths and lying in a manger. (Bright lights shine on audience,
who say in strong unison as shepherds turn their stunned attention toward
Audience: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all men
on whom his favour rests!
(lights go out; mirror ball stops turning; shepherds are all talking
1: I don't believe it!
3: Those were angels!
2: This is crazy! Tell me we were dreaming!
4: God heard us! (there is a slight pause)
5: I think we better get going!
2: Where to?
5: To find the baby!
1: Yeah -- the king!
3: What about the sheep?
2: Where are the sheep? (shepherds look around frantically)
4: They're gone! They must have been scared away!
3: Oh no, our parents are going to kill us!
5: No wait! There they go! They're heading towards town.
Let's follow them. (they all get up and start to exit stage left)
(Preschool children dressed as sheep enter from stage right)
Sheep 1: We saw the angel who appeared on that night; we saw the shepherds,
frozen with fright
Sheep 2: We heard the angels, as they did sing; we heard of a baby
who was born to be King
Sheep 3: We know that this might sound kind of odd, but we knew where
to find the dear Lamb of God
Sheep 4: We led the shepherds right to the manger; we know the Good
Shepherdís no longer a stranger
(All in loud unison:) And they say weíre just dumb sheep . . . HA!
(They go to kneel at the manger. The shepherds enter, shepherd
Shepherd 1: Here they are. Itís all right, guys, we found the
right place. (shepherds kneel at manger)
Isaiah: Letís hear it for King David! I had forgotten
that he was a prophet as well as a king.
Moses: I think David would like this next part. He loved
to talk about how all nations would one day come to worship God.
In this next part, weíll see how magi from the East came following a star,
looking for a king.
Micah: Astrologers? And they were able to predict the
birth of king?
Ezekiel: And theyíre not even Hebrews! Whatever is God
up to now?
Moses: Youíll see. Youíll see.
(Mary, Joseph, Shepherds & sheep exit stage)
And now we turn to the very last part
As magi from the East with astrological art
Turned their eyes to the heavens and there saw the news
That a king would be born in the land of the Jews
And just like all of our friends in this story
As they travelled they worried and became sorry
That they ever had started on this wild goose chase quest
But something inside them would give them no rest.
(three magi in royal robes enter)
Melchior: I say we turn around and go home. My feet are
Balthazar: I told you we should have taken the camels.
(sarcastically, with building emotion:) But no you said. Weíll
walk you said. We need the exercise you said!
Caspar: (slowly, with growing exasperation:) Hush, my worrying
. . . warring . . . wearing brothers! You tire my ears with
your endless bickering!
Melchior: Your ears are tired? Ha! My whole body
is tired! When are we ever going to find that God-forsaken place?
Caspar: We are already in the land of the Jews, and we are close
to the end our quest. You would turn back now, after all our travels?
Balthazar: Thatís what you say every day: ďWe are close to the
end of our questĒ.
Caspar: My son, it is the universal reply to the age-old question
of children: ďAre we there yet?Ē
Melchior: And what are we going to find at the end of our quest?
How do we know that the star has not led us on in some kind of cosmic joke?
Caspar: (throwing up hands:) All right, you two!
Go back! Go back to your mothers! Go back to your jobs.
I shall go on alone. If I have to travel the rest of my life, I shall
keep on seeking. I want to find this king.
Balthazar: The king of the Jews.
Caspar: No. The king of the world. The king of the
universe. This is the one whom the prophets foretold, in our country
as well as theirs. If you would look into it, you would find that
all people everywhere are looking for a sign from God that He still cares
about human affairs. ďHe has written his law in our heartsĒ, is how
the Hebrew sages put it.
Melchior: (rolling eyes:) All right, Caspar, you win.
(aside:) You always win.
Balthazar: Heís right, Melchior.
Melchior: Heís always right.
Balthazar: Ah, but Iíve felt it too. That all my life,
I have been searching for this child who will put to rest the war between
heaven and earth.
Melchior: Yes, Balthazar, you too are right. (resignedly:)
I could not forgive myself if I had not joined you on this journey.
And I could not forgive myself if I turned back now.
Caspar: Come, my fumbling, stumbling, grumbling brothers.
The city you see in the distance is Jerusalem, home of the Jewsí present
king, though I understand he is a puppet of the Romans and despised by
the Jews. Let us go and inquire. (they exit, then reappear
on same side)
And so the three came to Herodís big palace (Herod enters,
trailed by his advisors)
They could not have known he was filled with vile malice
They innocently asked where the king had been born
Herod found himself seething, he really was torn
He went to his wisemen, all fretting and fuming
His worrying then became quite all-consuming
ďThis child could wreck all if I let him, I bet,
But donít count me out, Iím not finished just yet!Ē
Herod: A king? Of the Jews? Very interesting!
Excuse me a minute. (Herod turns around and consults with his
advisors -- all you can hear is a buzz of quiet, yet animated conversation.
A few phrases can be heard clearly:) Bethlehem you say? (more buzzing)
A ruler over Judah? (more buzzing, then to the magi:) Star appeared
when? Two years ago? (more buzzing, then Herod turns back to the
magi) You are quite right! Imagine! It takes magi from the east
to tell us of something right under our noses! Thank you, thank you, you
have been most helpful. If you keep on travelling, it is just a few
miles to Bethlehem, where you may well find the baby that you seek.
Oh, and when you find him, could you come back and tell me, so that I can
get rid, I mean, get right into . . . worshiping the child. (all
You probably know how they came to the town
Where they found the Christ child and went kneeling down
Each one gave his treasures and knew in his heart
That they had met God, and it was only the start
Iím sorry that time does not permit us to say
Of how Joseph and Mary had to flee on that day
Refugees they went down to Egypt land
They trusted in God, though they didnít understand
And now we will close in the same way we did start
With the prophets of old, who still worry at heart
Two thousand more years later, Godís ways are still mystery
But God is still King over all of earthís history.
Moses: Iíve called this meeting to dispel some rumours that
have been going around heaven that Godís plans for His people are not coming
Ezekiel: With all due respect, Moses, itís been over two thousand
years since the Messiah first came. And what has happened since?
Micah: And with due respect to all the prophets present, I donít
know when their prophecies are ever going to be fulfilled.
Zechariah: And you think we are worried! Those people
on earth donít know whatís happening
Isaiah: They look for Christís return, but I think many have
given up hope.
Moses: May I remind you of Godís promise to Abraham that I wrote
down in Genesis. That every nation would be blessed through him and
his offspring who is Jesus Christ. Donít you see that this has been
going on for the last two thousand years? The gospel is spreading
and the time will come when God will write the last chapter of history.
Our job remains the same -- to encourage people to look up.
Zechariah: I wonder when the last time these people read the
book of Zechariah
Ezekiel: Or Ezekiel.
Isaiah: Or Isaiah.
Micah: Or Micah.
Moses: This is why we are here. (gestures to audience)
To remind these people of the great things of old. So here we are.
Itís December 17th. (consults a calendar) So it must be Swan
River. Community Bible Fellowship. (You can fill in your own local
Isaiah: Oh yes, I know this place. One of the best students
in my class came from this church. Their pastor Darryl Peters. He
asks so many questions. I like to see that in a student.
Micah: I wish these people would ask more questions. Have
more inquiring minds like their former pastor. Great things are happening
in their world, but theyíre unaware of what God is doing, what He wants
to do, right in their own community.
Zechariah: Instead, they are worried about things.
Ezekiel: Worried about their families . . .
Isaiah: Worried about their jobs . . .
Micah: Worried about Christmas, for goodness sake!
Zechariah: Look at how they run around . . .
Ezekiel: So busy getting ready for Christmas they forget why
theyíre doing it . . .
Moses: (pause) If only they would realize that God is
in control; if they would only give Him the rightful place in their lives.
They need to stop worrying, and start worshiping.
Isaiah: And it all begins by kneeling down, first at the cradle
. . .
Micah: . . . and then at the cross.
Everyone was worried at that first Christmas time
But dread turned to delight, into real joy sublime
Everyone still worries, all except One
And that one is God, the Father and Son
He knows exactly how the story will unfold
There still are some chapters yet to be told
We are called to be faithful, to look up and to learn
Letís worship and serve Him, until His return. .
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in the copies.
("by Kevin Penner Box 2840 Swan River, MB, CANADA R0L 1Z0 email@example.com)
This play is one of my "Last-Minute Productions" so was written in a hurry
(3 weeks before performance) without much re-writing. Feel free to
add or delete stuff to make it flow better, or fill it out, or whittle
it down, or whatever. The shepherd scene could probably stand alone.
I wrote it specifically for a number of classes -- Grades 4 to 12 (shepherds
were teens) and the preschool class. You can adapt it for any age
group. Moses and Caspar were played by adults in our production.
For lighting, we had a bright spot shining down on the prophets' table
which had a white top reflecting the light back into their faces.
Also, the narrator on the other side of the stage had a light that shone
off his script, also lighting up his face; this was the same light
that lit up the angel in the shepherds' scene. We ended up using
an overhead projector (with small holes punched in black paper) for the
stars and only turned on the mirror ball for when the Multitude of the
Heavenly Host showed up. (everyone liked the "disco light"!)
The local references to Swan River, CBF church, and a former pastor (who
died young tragically a few years ago in a car accident on the church driveway)
you can obviously change to your own.