Summary:  The Master of Ceremonies is in big trouble when he runs out of wine at a Cana wedding.
Style: Light-hearted.   Duration:  10min
Actors: 3M
Scripture: John 2 v 1-11

JOHN – Disciple
LUKE– Follower of Jesus
ZAC – Friend of both disciples. Hired hand at the wedding ceremony
MC – Master of Ceremonies (not seen or heard)


(Setting: Wedding reception at Cana. John and Luke are sitting mid stage at a table. On the table are a water jug, a glass of water, a glass of red wine and crisps  in a bowl. They are relaxing after the wedding ceremony, enjoying themselves, nibbling and sipping. Off stage L is a jug of “red wine” and glasses. Off stage R is an empty jug. MC is offstage R. The miracle happens offstage L.

LUKE:     [John is drinking wine and giggling. Luke is drinking water.] Don’t drink too much John – it’s not good for you. I’m a doctor, I know these things.
JOHN:        [Wine glass in hand] Luke, this is my first glass… well, maybe my second. Anyway, you don’t know where that water came from do you? There might have been a dead sheep in the stream.
LUKE;     Huh! [He was about to drink but examines the water. Looking unnerved, he puts the glass down]
JOHN:        I’m having a good time. This wedding is mirry! [meaning “great”] It’s good being with Jesus,
when he gets invited, we get to tag along.
LUKE:        Yeah, Cana is cool! [Looks around] This place is really posh, isn’t it?
JOHN:     [He nods and sniffs, then drinks more wine washing it round his mouth] I’d have expected a better
wine though – this is a bit... er…cheap?
LUKE:     Stop whining. Whining, get it?
JOHN:     [laughing] Very funny!
[Enter Zac L, rushing across the stage]
LUKE:     Isn’t that Zac? [he calls after Zac] Hey Zac!
[Zac doesn’t hear. He exits R]
JOHN:     He looks like a man on a mission. He works here doesn’t he?
LUKE:        Yes.
[Zac rushes from R to L empty wine glass held aloft in his hand. He sees the disciples for first time]
ZAC:         Hiya. Can’t stop, I’m serving the Master of Ceremonies! [Zac exits L]
LUKE:     Oooh! Master of Ceremonies – an MC– very la-di-da!
[Zac enters L to R walking carefully holding a full glass of red wine. He exits R]
JOHN         There he goes again.
LUKE:        [Luke sips hesitantly at his water and grimaces] Yuk!
JOHN:        Why don’t you try the wine. It’s not that bad.
LUKE:     This water is really disgusting. I think I might go for some wine after all.
JOHN:     Mirry! I’ll get you a glass. [ John exits L]
ZAC:         [Zac enters from R with empty jug, hassled.] The MC wanted a jug of wine, not a glass! [Exits L]
LUKE:     Cool.
JOHN:     [John rushes onto stage from L, excited at bringing breaking news] You won’t believe this!
They’ve run out of wine!
LUKE:             [He whines] Oh? What am I going to drink then?
JOHN:     Never mind that, Luke. Don’t you get it? An upmarket venue like this can’t run out of wine –at
a wedding! They’ll never live it down. [He exits L]
ZAC:    [Zac enters from L] Oh no! We’ve run out of wine! The MC wants some more right now, but it’s all been drunk.  
[Zac exits R]
LUKE:        [He picks up John’s glass of wine] This must be the last drop in the place. [He finishes it in an
exaggerated fashion]
[Zac enters from R and stands R stage towards the back. He turns his head to his left at every hesitation looking off stage R - Zac is repeating what the MC is saying from off stage R. Zac clears his  throat]
ZAC:    Er, hum. Ladies and gentlemen. Your attention please. The Master of Ceremonies is sorry [looks at MC]…regrets to say [looks at MC]…regrets to announce that the wine is off [looks at MC]…sorry. I … due to a technical error [looks at MC]… today’s liquid refreshment is no longer available… There is, however…[looks embarrassed] plenty of …[mumbles] water.
[Luke picks up the glass of water from the table, grimaces to the audience, stands up and parades around holding his throat to show it is dangerous to drink it. He shakes his head and wags his finger in warning to others not to drink it. Luke sits down again.]
ZAC         [comes to sit with Luke] I know. The water’s off, too. What am I going to do now? I’m going to
get the sack.
LUKE:     It’s not your fault. Stop whining! Whining get it?
ZAC:         [moodily] Not funny!
JOHN:        [pokes his head onstage from L] Hey, come here Luke – there’s something happening in the back
room. [he beckons, Luke approaches him]  Come and see. Mary’s had a word with Jesus and it looks like Jesus is going to sort out the wine problem!
[Luke exits L. Zac( depressed) gets up and walks around. {SOUND: Big cheer}. John enters excited and amazed]
JOHN:     Zac! You won’t believe this!
ZAC:        What?
JOHN:     I have just seen with my own eyes… 120 gallons of water change into wine!
ZAC:         [Zac shakes his  head not believing] Don’t be silly.
JOHN:        [he exits L then enters with glass of wine, supping it. To audience:] Now this… [points to wine] this
is an excellent vintage.
LUKE:        [Enters with glass of wine, supping it. To audience] This is good. This is really good!
ZAC:        Luke, what happened?
LUKE:     Well, Jesus got the servants to fill up six massive pots with water, [he gesticulates] he said a prayer and it just turned red! Just like that. We couldn’t believe our eyes. Jesus is…amazing!
JOHN:     He turned water into wine! This is mirry!
LUKE:     It’s cool. Water into wine, that’s never been done before. What shall we call it?
JOHN:     A Mirry-Cool?
LUKE:     Yes. A Mirrycool!
ZAC:        Quick! Let me taste it. [Zac tastes it and exits L. He enters L, rushing, with jug of wine and exits R.
Zac enters R with glass of wine behind his back, clears his throat to make announcement] Ladies
and gentlemen. The master of ceremonies is pleased to announce that by some kind of…
JOHN & LUKE: [together] Mirrycool
ZAC:        …miracle, fresh and bountiful supplies of the most excellent wine have…er… appeared.            Please help yourselves everybody. [Zac looks relieved and happy]
ZAC:         [Zac produces the glass of wine from behind his back and joins the disciples.] A toast to Jesus – the
most excellent of wine makers. [They stand and raise their glasses]
LUKE, ZAC & JOHN: [together] To Jesus
[They clink glasses and freeze]
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