Easter

Note: For obvious reasons, the durations against each script are only very approximate.

Key:
L
= Generally lighthearted;
D
= Drama;
H
= Heavy

N=Narrator; M=Male; F=Female; C=Child; M/'F=optional Male or Female; VO=Voices only; V=Vary to suit needs

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3 Witnesses

Dur: 6min

D

2M, 1F

Three witnesses of Christ's life, death, and resurrection find forgiveness, healing, and redemption. Length 4-6 minutes (Author: Annette Wetherbee)

A Collector of Fine Things

Dur: 7min

D

2M, 1VO

This sketch follows a thief through a few of his robberies until he is arrested and crucified next to a very familiar man. He hears the words of Jesus throughout his career, but doesn’t really listen until it’s too late. (Author: Stan Peal)

A good day...

Dur: 8min

D

2M

Two business people stand some distance from the crucifixion site, watching what is going on. (Author: Neil Dodgson)

A Light in the Attic

Dur: 15min

L

1M, 1F, 2C

A modern day one-act Lenten play. Following a sermon about the Lenten season at church, the Taylor family has vowed to give up some of their possessions to the families at the local homeless shelter, instead of their usual fasting of cheese and French fries during the Lenten season. As the story unfolds, each family member makes a difficult decision about parting with something special. (Author: Kathy Hart)

A Servant's Memory

Dur: 7min

D

1F

A monologue based on the experience of a female servant who was outside the trial of Jesus. (Author: Fred Lane)

Above All

Dur: 4min

D

1M, 5M/F, 1N

An Easter dance/drama/mime, designed to accompany the Rebecca St James song "Above All", from her album, "Worship God". (Author: James Houston)

Am I the One?

Dur: 10min

D

3M, 1F

It is the time of the Passover, and the apostles are ready to celebrate. They are appalled when Jesus announces one of them will betray and one will deny.  Three apostles give a short monologue relating their past lives and how they became followers of Christ. Each apostle wonders if he will be the one to betray Jesus. The fourth character in this drama is a woman of modern era. She too relates the change Christ made in her life, and her fear that she may be tempted back to her old life. (Author: Christin Kuck)

An Angel's Longing

Dur: 10min

D

1 M/F

A monologue that looks at Jesus' time on earth (Christmas to Easter) from the perspective of an angel who doesn't always understand what is happening to Jesus. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

And Now He's Gone

Dur: 20min

D

1N, 3M, 4F

Set in the time between crucifixion and resurrection, some of the principal characters of Easter reflect on what the death of Jesus has meant to them. (Author: Dorothy Kraljev)

Awaiting Orders

Dur: 7min

D

2M, 1M/F/C

Two soldiers watch the final moments of Good Friday. (Author: Andy Jackman)

Bad Friends

Dur: 4min

D

5M

A teenager forgetting his friend for a concert ticket is compared with Judas betraying Jesus.  Showing that it is often the ones that we are closest to the most that can really hurt us. (Author: Josh Powell)

Barabbas the Brigand - rap

Dur: 3min

D

1N, 2M, + crowd

A bible reading set to "rap" music. It can be done solo or with a small group, and accompanied by a keyboard's special effects. (Author: Sheila Hamil)

Between Two Thieves

Dur: 7min

D

4M

3 criminals (one of them Barabbas) discuss their prospects of being forgiven the punishment of crucifixion (Author: Dan Wilson)

Breaking The Chains

Dur: 7min

D

4M, 1M/F

A mime based on the Seven Deadly Sins. The Devil binds us with chains we forge for ourselves. Jesus can free us, but at a cost. (Author: John McNeil)

CSI Jerusalem

Dur: 15min

D

2M, 4M/F, +V

The cast from the TV program CSI examine the evidence of the crucifixion. (Author: Bob Grinsell)

The Day God Died

Dur: 90min-2 hrs

D

Large cast

A full-scale Easter passion play, beginning with the Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, and continuing to the resurrection of Jesus. This has been written for an outdoor production, but can easily be adapted for the theatre/church. The script is designed to allow scenes to take place in multiple places around the set. (Author: John McNeil)

Debt and Resurrection

Dur: 10min

D

V

A play examining the significance of the Easter message through a parable of two financial institutions. (Author: Ruth Seadon)

Definitely Daft

Dur: 10min

L

2M, +V

At the local bar, a member of the guard posted at the tomb of Jesus tells a friend his story of what happened. (Author: Ray Markham)

Easter Celebration

Dur: 10min

D

9 M/F

Using a "split scene" technique, four social liberties that Americans have are contrasted with the lack of freedoms in some other nations, specifically: freedom of open corporate worship, freedom to own and possess a Bible, freedom of corporate prayer. (Author: Melanie Gordon)

Easter Morning

Dur: 7min

D

3M, 1F, 2+ M/F

Use this as a dramatic reading for the very beginning of worship on Easter morning. If there has been a good Holy Week schedule with a somber Good Friday service with folks meditating on the cross, the grave and the events of Friday then this leads into Easter where they are at…. We have used this effectively at Bethel Lutheran Church in Ericksdahl, Texas. (Author: Don Heller)

Easter Shadow Dramas

Dur: 3 x short

D

V

These three short dramas - Palm Sunday; Good Friday and Easter Sunday - were written for a 'Kids Praise' activity morning at St Mary Magdalene, Longbenton, UK. A large white sheet and a strong light source is needed so that the children's shadows mime the actions, while the narrator reads out the poem. (Author: Sheila Hamil)

Easter Vignettes

Dur: 1-2 min (x6)

D

6F

A series of very short vignettes which can be performed separately or all together. They were originally designed to complement an existing Easter musical that did not have female roles. Consequently, these are all female parts. The roles can be changed to men, if they fit. (Author: K. Dawn Miller)

Easter Without Dad

Dur: 45min+ (?)

D

5+ M/F

After the tragic death of Tommy's Dad, Tommy is a wreck, especially since his Dad loved Easter. This year Tommy is in an Easter play and he is very upset. But as the rehearsal of the Easter Play progresses, he starts to realize that He isn't going to have an Easter without Dad! (Author: John Siedenberg II)

Eyewitness 1,

Eyewitness 2,

Eyewitness 3

Dur: 40min (x3)

D

V

A trilogy of multimedia Easter dramas. Each drama is 35-40 minutes long. Part 1 : The Original Easter; Part 2 : The Conversion of Saul; Part 3 : “Behind The Scenes” – Easter from a cosmic perspective. Parts 1 and 2 are set in a juxtaposition, with period-style costumes and closely based around the Biblical events, while at the same time using modern technology of television and telephones. “Flintstonian” in a sense, and it works well. Part 3 is more radical, kind of a cross between “The Screwtape Letters” and “Lord Of The Rings”. Pre-recorded VCDs for the multimedia segments are available on request (for a fee – these are professional productions). For copies, write to the author. (Author: Russell Stedman)

Families

Dur: 12min

D

1M, 2V

Three first century characters independently talk about themselves. Each person has had some relationship with the Christmas story, and each one is profoundly affected when the Easter story takes place. (Author: Rick Borger)

Father, Forgive Us

Dur: 15min

D

3M, 5+ M/F

The work of the greatest Missionary, as seen through the heart of His Father. Modern day setting. (Author: Sandy Erb)

Feeling the Heat

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1M/F

Simon Peter tells why he denied Jesus in the courtyard of the High Priest. (Author: Andy Lund)

From Darkness into Light

Dur: 20min

D

4M, 5F

A sequel to "Tidings of Great Joy". David, Leanne, Jenna and Sarah all experienced first-hand the impact of the First Advent of the Lord in first century Palestine. They came back to 21st century Canada renewed and invigorated to live for Him. Or did they? Sarah has continued to be faithful, Leanne and Jenna are excited and serving God. But, David has slipped back into his old habits of being a workaholic and seems to have forgotten how much the first Christmas has meant to him. God is about to work another miracle in his life. (Author: Heather Cooper)

He is Risen

Dur: 15min

D

11M, 1M/F

How the news of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is received by and impacts the 11 disciples. (Note: This is written to reflect the speech patterns of the Caribbean.) (Author: Gregory Ritchie)

I AM : The Jesus Incident

Dur: 20min

D

4M, 1F, 5M/F

This 20-minute play is a modern newscast covering the Crucifixion of Jesus. It starts out with subtle humor, then pulls in the audience with its serious message as various characters wrestle with what they are discussing and reporting. (Author: John Schreiber)

It is Finished

Dur: 60-90min?

D

11+M, 4+F, 4M/F +V

This story starts with an Easter Presentation by children. Two friends watching it discuss the problems of life. Throughout the show they go over the Easter story and realize that God is always there! (John Siedenberg)

It Wasn't Me

Dur: 7min

D

3M

A modern-day businessman realizes that he is responsible for the death of Jesus. Suitable for Lent. (Author: Mike Blumhorst)

Jerusalem Encounter

Dur: 90min?

D

20+M, 4+F, 3+M/F, 1C

A full-length production recreating the events of the first Easter. Scenes occur around the perimeter of the audience. (Authors: Stephen Allen, Allen & Naomi Bartlett, Kaathy Woollett)

Josiah's Journey

Dur: ?

D

1M, 1F

The owner of the house where Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Last Supper reflects on the Easter events. Can be used as continuity for a Communion Service. (Author: Annette Wetherbee)

Journey of a Lifetime

Dur: 60min

D

7M, 3F, 4C, 4M/F, +V

A modern-day family on a visit to Israel trace the events of the Gospels from the Nativity to Easter. (Authors: Rick Gerber & Peggy Barnell)

Judas Iscariot

Dur: 8min

D

1M

A narration in which Judas explains why he handed Jesus over to the authorities. (Author: Marshall Marsden)

Just Doing My Job

Dur: 7min

D

2M

During a sleepless night, just after Christ has been crucified, Caiaphas and Pilate encounter each other in a garden and begin to question what they’ve done. (Author: Stan Peal)

King Jesus

Dur: 10min

D

5M, 1F, 2M/F

An extension of Jesus' confrontation with Pontius Pilate, in the form of a courtroom drama. Explores the idea of what Jesus' kingship might have meant to those around him. Themes of truth, divided loyalty, authority. (Author: Marnie Barrell)

King of Kings

Dur: 10min

D

1M/F

A simple monologue from an anonymous person in the crowd the day Jesus was crucified. What would a normal Jew do when they heard this man being called their King? (Author: Sarah Nixon)

Lawbreakers

Dur: 7min

D

11 M/F

An Oral Interpretation of Drama (O.I.D) or Readers Theatre script. An interpretative drama that demonstrates God's love in an effective and moving way. May have uses for Easter. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Mary Monologue

Dur: 10min

D

1F

A monologue, in which Mary the mother of Jesus reflects on the events of the first Christmas and of the first Easter. (Author: Katy Pent)

Mary - Much Forgiven

Dur: 10min

D

1F

Mary Magdelene shares the story of Easter from one who was forgiven and loved. (Author: Tricia Robertson)

Mary - Resurrection Reflection

Dur: 10min

D

1F

A reflection by Mary on the events leading up to Easter, a year later. (Author:Glenn Hascall)

Nailing Hope Against the Wall

Dur: 12min

D

1M, 1F, 1VO

A woman hangs a painting of Jesus on the cross on her livingroom wall, to the derision of her husband. Later he comes to appreciate its value. (Author: Michelle Pitman)

Next Day in the Garden of Good and Evil

Dur: 10min

D

2N + V

An Easter sequel to the Christmas play, 'The Garden'. This parable - in which the animals destroy their park through disobedience to the Gardener, and then kill the Child of the Gardener - attempts to put the need for Christ into context of the Fall and need for redemption. The two plays may be combined into one. (Author: John McNeil)

Paid in Full

Dur: 7min

D

1M

A sacrifice of love brings an end to a long-standing feud between two families. (Author: John McNeil)

Poirot and the Mystery of the Missing Body

Dur: 10min

D

6M

Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, investigates the resurrection. (Author: Ray Markham)

Recipe for a Resurrection

Dur: 12min

L

2N, 5M, 3+F, 1M/F

The disciples take a lot of convincing that Jesus really has risen. (Author:Warren Judkins)

Return to the Stable

Dur: 4min

D

1F

A monologue. On a return visit later in life to the stable where it all began, Mary reflects on the events started by the first Christmas.

Sara's Easter Gift

Dur: 10min

D

1N, 1M/F, 5C

A very sick girl teaches her classmates about God's best gift. (Author: Glenn Hascall)

Seven Words

Dur: 30min

H

N, 3M, 4F, 1C 2M/F

A multimedia presentation based on the seven sayings of Jesus on the Cross. (Author: John McNeil)
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Simon's Cross

Dur: 7min

D

1M, 1F

Simon returns from his day in Jerusalem and Ruth gives him an earful for being late until she learns that he helped carry a condemned man’s cross. Simon tells her there was something very special about the man who was to be crucified. (Author: Stan Peal)

Song for a Sunday Morning

Dur: 2min

D

N

A reflection on the reaction of Mary arriving at the garden tomb on Easter morning. (Author: John McNeil)

Symphony of Blood

Dur: 8min

D

6N

Sounds and symbols of the passion of Jesus are presented by a "Greek Chorus". (Author: Dan Wilson)

The Basin

Dur: 7min

D

2N

The basin - such as that used by Pontius Pilate - becomes a symbol for the way in which mankind down through history has washed its hands of situations. (Authors: Leslie and Mike Poole)

The Caiaphas Conspiracy

Dur: 7min

D

3M, 2M/F, 1VO

Two members of the Sanhedrin are gathered to fabricate a story to explain where the body of Jesus was. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

The Case of the Missing Body

Dur: 45min(?)

D

5M, 1F, 4M/F, +V

A trial which examines the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. (Author: John Porter)

The Cross Beyond Time

Dur:1hr30'

H

16+M, 4M/F

This full-length play has two aims: To look at the Easter story from a cosmic perspective; and to examine more fully the suffering undergone by Christ on our behalf. Not suitable for children. (Author: John McNeil)

The Funeral of Jesus

Dur: 40min?

D

16M, 9F, 1C

Following the crucifixion, bystanders and followers of Jesus are unable to understand how this could have happened, if Jesus truly were the Son of God. (Author: Linda Wyke)

The Good Friday sketch

Dur: 12min

D

3M

Philip and James start Good Friday speculating on whether Jesus is about to reveal his kingship...and end Saturday with the realisation that events have ended differently from what they hoped. (Author: Kevin Penner)

The History of the World

Dur: 12min

L

1N, + puppets

The story of the nativity, Easter, and why Jesus came to earth, rolled into a few minutes. (Author: Dave Taylor)

The Jerusalem Report

Dur: 8min

L

2M, 2F, 3M/F

The events of Easter Sunday are reported by a television journalist, who interviews various Jerusalem inhabitants on their views of the claim that Jesus has arisen. One interviewee is definitely more authoritave than the rest. (Author: Trevor Fletcher)

The Last Supper

Dur: 5min

D

1M, 2M/F

Discusses the significance of The Last Supper and the Communion. (Author: Murray Shadbolt)

The Local News

Dur: 7min

D

2F, 1M, 1M/F

The resurrection of the Lord and two different reactions brought about by it. (Author: Peter Marshall)

The Loss of a Dream

Dur: 15min

D

2M

The events leading up to Good Friday, told by John and Peter, interspersed with video clips and songs. (Author: Alison Hay)

The Passover Meal

Dur: 20min

D

13M, 2F, 2C

The famous painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is brought to life. (Author: Kurt Jarvis)

The Next Great Script

Dur: 7min

L

3M/F

Three screenwriters are discussing what to do for their next project, several ideas are rejected until Kim brings up an idea that may just change Joe's future. An interesting twist to the Easter story. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

The Not So Wise Men

Dur: 30-45min

D

11m, 5f, 3m/f

Two other magi arrive in Bethlehem, 33 years too late to give their gifts to Baby Jesus. Trying to find the man, they learn about His ministry and the real reason for His birth. Keywords: Easter, miracles, life of Jesus, ministry. (Author: Brian Alleyne)

The Petronius Pronouncement

Dur: 10min

D

1M

A monologue looking at the crucifixion from the perspective of a Roman Centurion. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

The Ready Room

Dur: 45min?

D

4M/F, 4VO

The four archangels watch the events of human (Biblical) history unfold from their 'Ready Room', and from time to time are called to play a part. But they struggle to understand the fullness of the plan of God. (Author: Mike McMillan)

The Sculpture

Dur: 5min

D

4M, 2F, 3M/F

A mime. A simple reconstruction of the scene at Calvary. It is not obvious at first what is going on, but by the end all is clear. (Author: Julia Wheeler)

The Soldier at the Cross

Dur: 7min

D

1M

A Roman soldier on duty at the crucifixion thinks back on the events he experienced during the first Easter. (Author: Helen McNeil)

The Thief

Dur: 15min

D

2M + V

The story of the two thieves crucified with Jesus. This is a multimedia production using film clips from "The Gospel of John" and mimes to music (Drimes) to Agnus Dei, The Thief, and Obsession. (Author: Heather Cooper)

The Turramurra Passion

Dur: 75min

D

15M, 2F, 2M/F

An interactive and slightly modern interpretation of the Passion Play tradition, based on The Message translation of Luke's Gospel. It is a contemporary and challenging work, that suits a younger audience, not one who wants to see a re-run of Stations of the Cross. It is a character based telling of the Easter story, rather than a historical one, and uses minimalistic sets and costumes, along with multi-media elements, to convey the story in a timeless way. There are 6 settings, inside and out, and the audience and the cast mingle in most scenes, so the audience participate in, rather than observe, the action. (Author: David Cornford)

The Word

Dur: 90min-120min?

D

11+M, 3+F, 5+M/F

A rock opera, telling the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, taken directly from the scriptures. (Author: Lionel De Leon)

The Writer

Dur: 12min

D

N + V

An allegorical dramatic poem based on John 1:1-12. Suitable for dance interpretation. Also suitable for times other than Easter. (Author: John McNeil)

Those Eyes

Dur: 15-20min

D

1M

It is just after the day of Pentecost. A former Zealot tells the members of a synagogue why he became a convert to Christianity. (Author: Tony Stuckless)

Three Wise Dudes - The Easter Encounter

Dur: 25min

L

8M/F, 3VO, 5M, 3F, C Various

Based on the Christmas play "Three Wise Dudes", by John McNeil. This Easter version traces the journey of Three other Dudes who did not make it to the Nativity in time to see the baby Jesus. Instead, they arrived some 33 years later. Many parts are suitable for younger children. (Authors: John McNeil and Vicki Reeves)

Undeserved Freedom

Dur: 10min

D

1M, 1N, 1V

A convicted criminal asks a guard to tell him what he sees when Jesus is being taken to 'the place of the skull' for crucifixion. You only see Barabbas. The guard is off stage. (Author: Glenn Hascall)

Up, Up and Away!

Dur: 30min

L

4M, 5C

Flavius, an overweight, not-to-bright centurion, is on a quest - a quest to find the risen Christ! Rumors have it that he's been seen all around the city. . . so Flavius enlists the help of some of Jerusalem's street "urchins" to help him find Jesus before he goes back to heaven! Along the way the children learn about the real reason Christ came, and also a thing or two about disabilities. This fun musical features two solos, and and great accompaniment trax. Good for right AFTER Easter! (Author: Ray Lombardi)

What If?

Dur: 4min

D

3M/F

Three people are playing a word game called "What if?". They are trying to figure out what the world would be like if something had not happened. The nearness of Easter prompts the question, what if Jesus had not been crucified. (Author: StreetSignz)

Why Isn't Jesus Here?

Dur: 30min

D

12M, 1F, 4M/F

On the Sabbath that Jesus lay in the tomb thousands came seeking Him. This is their story. (Author: Jim Pappas)

With Arms Wide Open

Dur: 60min?

D

Large cast

The story of Jesus and the early church as seen through the eyes of the apostle Luke. (Authors: Peg Barnell, Linda Coburn, Rich Gerber, Cindy Studebaker)

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