Festivals

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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Valentines Day

Because of You

Dur: 5min

D

1M

A monologue from the perspective of a man in his 30s remembering a bride who was taken from him by illness. He is having a conversation with his wife at her graveside a year after her death. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Can't Buy Me Love

Dur: 7min

D

2F

Two girlfriends are comparing notes on their boyfriends. One is a freshman in college, and her boyfriend/fiancee is an upperclassman and is always broke...she has to pay for everything. The other is a high school senior, and has a boyfriend that always buys things for her because she is worth it. They both realize that their situations are similar, in that neither is happy because of money. (Author: Fred Lane)

Dining Out

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F, 1M/F, 3C

A drama to be performed at a Valentine's banquet for married adults. Describing what it really is like for couples who are also parents of small children and how "this too shall pass." (Author: Glenn A. Hascall

False Expectations

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F, 2VO

An easy to perform sketch for Valentine's Day that demonstrates (in over-the-top fashion) how much we can misread another person and come to have false expectations about someone we date. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

God the Matchmaker

Dur: 8min

L

2M, 5F, 1M/F

Adam and Eve had it easy. But finding a partner these days can be very difficult. (Author: Warren Judkins)

Honeymoon Hotel

Dur: 8min

L

6M, 3F (Scope to edit parts)

Different expectations of love are contrasted through the eyes of several honeymooners (and one non-honeymooner). (Author: John McNeil)

How To Instal Love

Dur: 7min

L

2M/F

A Customer Services Representative gives computer style instructions in how to instal love. (Author: unknown) A German translation of this script is available by clicking here.

Sex For Dummies

Dur: 10min

L

1M, 1F

A husband whose sexual relationship with his wife has been less than satisfactory tries to improve it by following a plan outlined in a book. (Author: John McNeil)

Wedding Plans

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F

A bride comes to Pastorís office for counsel for ďirreconcilableĒ differences between her and her fiancee. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Wherefore Art Thou?

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F

The balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet draws different responses regarding romance from a husband and wife. (Author: Marc Harrison)

When the Memory Fades

Dur: 7min

D

3F, 1M

A script that looks at Valentines Day from the perspective of Linda who visits her husband, Harold in a nursing home. Harold doesn't recognize her, but she sticks with her vows to love, honor and cherish. In the end we are all faced with the reality of the high cost of love and the satisfaction that is claimed in that commitment. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Wires Crossed

Dur: 8min

L

1M, 2F

The amusing but sadly real consequences of miscommunication between the sexes are seen in the marriages of two sets of friends. Tony, an insensitive kiwi bloke, who really does love his wife, thinks the differences between men & women are too big to handle. Monica & Brent make the opposite mistake and forget that there is such a thing as gender difference. (Author: Erena Caradus)

You're Not Too Late

4min

L

2F

This script can provide a humorous way to encourage couples to register for a church sponsored marriage retreat using famous and unfamiliar characters from Wonderland. Could also be modified to be a Valentine's Day script. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Pentecost

Fruit of the Spirit

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1F

A young woman discovers that the Fruit of the Spirit have to be worked out in daily experience. (Author: Heather Adams)

NEW! Pentecost

Dur: 7min

D

1M/F

An anonymous disciple and witness to the first Pentecost tells their story. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Pentecost Rap

Dur: 3min

D

V

A short rap based on the events of Acts 2. (Author: Nick Clarke)

Super Human Strength

Dur: 7min

L

2M/F

A boxing ring parable on the difference the Holy Spirit makes in a believer's life.

We Don't Speak the Lingo!

Dur: 4min

L

6+ M

A different look at what happened in the upper room at Pentecost. (Acts 2) (Author: Sheila Hamil)

Mothers Day/Mothering Sunday

A Mother's Day Monologue

Dur: 6min

D

1F

A monologue that shares the joys and heartaches of motherhood. Adoption, miscarriage and stillbirth are all touched upon in this dramatic, yet affirming script. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Fred and Annie

Dur: 7min

L

2M/F

A few days out from Motherís Day, two young people meet and discuss what they are going to do this year (to avoid previous disasters). (Author: Paul Milson)

Many Hats

Dur: 10min

L

1F

Women wear many hats throughout their day. This drama is an amusing way to encourage other women while emphasizing that it's not easy. This is best used during a women's retreat or luncheon. (Author: Terri Savage)

Mom's Day Off

Dur: 10min

L

1F

A monologue of a young mother on the phone to her own mother on motherís day.  She relates the mishaps that follow her young children and their father trying to do the chores she normally does.  Then she tells her own mother how much she misses her because this is the first Motherís Day that they are apart. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Mothering Sunday

Dur: 12min

L

3M, 4F, 9M/F

Four girls discuss the problems of Mums, but find that the solution isn't quite what they expected. (Author: Stuart Neale)

Supermom

Dur: 7min

D

1F or 3F

A woman admits to being unable to cope with life as a Super Mom and in the process discovers what she must do to be an effective mom. Going it alone is no longer an option.

The Inside Story

Dur: 7min

D

3F, 1M

A widowed mother and her two grown daughters are clearing out the attic in preparation for the mother's move to a smaller home. The task underscores the resentment the older daughter feels toward her sister. (Author: Mary Anne Brannon)

The Interview

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 2F

A woman applies for a job that appears to require almost superhuman capabilities. As the interview progresses, we realise it is what mothers do all their lives. (Author: Cooper Family)

The Rest Room

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 3F

A mother locks herself in the rest room and refuses to come out until her family agrees to do their share of the work around the house. (Author: Fred Lane)

The Visit

Dur: 7min

 

2F

An elderly woman lives for the visits of her daughter. (Author: Judy Sadler)

Three Hearts and a Sweatsuit

Dur: 8min

D

4F

An easy to produce Mother's Day or Mother/Daughter event. This drama presents the hearts of three generations and how, in some ways, the more things change the more they stay the same in regards to Mother/Daughter relationships. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Fathers Day

A Father's Love

Dur: 7min

D

2M, 1F

A couple meets up with a carpenter who gets them thinking about what an important role their fathers have played in their lives up to that point. In a dramatic twist, it is discovered that the man they've met up with is no ordinary carpenter. (Author: Cindy Hagen)

A Great Gift for Dad

Dur: 7min

D

2F, 1M

It's the weekend of Father's Day, and 2 sisters are going over the normal Father's Day stories.  This year, things are different because they both are leaving home...one is getting married and the other is going to college.  This year all dad wants is their presence. (Author: Fred Lane)

Circle of Love

Dur: 7min

D

3M

Uncle Henare was rescued from the gutter as a street kid. Now he devotes his life to helping kids who are not making it....including his own daughter. (Author: John McNeil)

Father's Day

Dur: 6min

L

3M, 1F

A new husband is worried whether he is ready for fatherhood (Author: Tom Zander)

NEW! Father's Day Cards

Dur: 7min

D

2M

A young father sends his new son his thoughts in a card, while an older father, perhaps the same one (?) does the same. Purpose: To make the audience -- especially the fathers and the father-wannabees -- reconsider their priorities and their relationship with their children. (Author: John Wayne Samples)

NEW! Father's Day Cards Revisited

Dur: 9min

D

2M

An older father sends his dad his thoughts in a card, while his father, perhaps the does the same. Purpose: To make the audience -- especially the fathers and the father-wannabees -- reconsider their priorities and their relationship with their children. (Author: John Wayne Samples)

Handling Him

Dur: 7min

D

1M, 1F

A young couple discusses discipline; only it applies to her grandfather who is living with them, which is not evident until the end. (Author: Joanne Miller)

I Remember

Dur: 7min

D

1M, 1F

A young wife puts up decorations for Fatherís Day.  Each one holds a memory for her of her own father.  Ends with her announcement to her husband that he is going to be a father. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Just Testing

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F

A young couple have their future neatly planned out only to discover a baby, who was not planned for, is on the way. (Authors: John & Joanne Miller)

Robot Father

Dur: 8min

L

1M, 4C

The Mad Professor just can't program enough features into his creation for it to take the place of a real dad. (Author: Gwyneth Bedford)

Search for the Hero

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F, 2C

What's life really like for the middle-aged super-hero with family responsibilities? (Author: John McNeil)

The Key

Dur: 4min

D

N + V

When we take the Father's name for our own as children of God, that becomes the key to our identity and inheritance. But as this parable shows, by misusing God's name, we rob ourselves. (Author: John McNeil)

The Pensioner and the Mission

Dur: 7min

D

1M/F

Festivals are a lonely time for many. The pensioner goes to the City Mission to share in a community dinner, but even the hard work of the Mission staff to provide a happy occasion cannot disguise his loneliness. Although written for Christmas, this could easily be adapted for Father's Day. (Author: John McNeil)

The Prodigal Father

Dur: 6min

H

1N

Once upon a time a father ran away from his two sons. There were tragic consequences, but there is hope at the end. This can be done as a monologue, or a mime with narration. (Author: John McNeil)

The World According to Mrs Brown

Dur: 7min

D

1M, 1F

Ralph Lindstrum works too hard. It takes the unique outlook of the cleaning woman to help him get his priorities straight. Theme: Ignoring the things in life that are the most important. Good Father's Day Sketch. (Author: Christin Kuck)

Thinking of You

Dur: 5min

D

1M, 1F, 1M/F

A father remembers a son he's never met and a son wants to know more about the man who only wished life for him. (Author: Benjamin J. Stephens)

September 11

Blessing in Disguise

Dur: 7min

D

1F

A monologue in which a daughter is on the cell phone to her mother. Through a series of mishaps, she has missed her plane to get home for Thanksgiving, and she begins to question why God didn't answer her prayer to catch her plane. Finally her father gets on the phone and he is crying. He wasn't aware that she had missed her flight. He just saw a special report on TV that her flight had crashed with no survivors. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Courage Beyond Measure

Dur: 7min

D

2N

A readers theatre meditation on the courage of those who lost their lives helping when the World Trade Centre collapsed. (Author: Mike Humphrey)

False Alarm

Dur: 5min

D

2F

Two women work associates hear an explosion that puts them in a panic because they fear a terrorist attack It turns out to be a false alarm, but the experience causes them to talk about their abilities to be "heroes". (Author: Fred Lane)

Operation Tall Justice

Dur: 7min

D

6M

Operation Tall Justice is put into place after a threat of terrorism. What will be the final response? (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Renewal

Dur: 7min

D

3M/F

A reflection on the September 11 attack, involving a terrorist, a survivor and a Christian. (Author: John Cosper)

Three Month Hope

Dur: 7min

D

1F

This drama takes a look at the one-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks from the perspective of a mother whose child was conceived just before the World Trade Center attacks. She remembers the past and has a renewed reason to hope for a bright future. Suitable for Patriot's Day or other 9-11 remembrances. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Halloween

Redeeming the Day

Dur: 5min

D

1F

Stella answers a phone call from her friend Joan. It's halloween night and Stella has decided not to participate in any halloween events. She is challenged to look at the day from a new perspective. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Thanksgiving

A Matter of Praise

Dur: 5min

D

3N

A Reader's Theater script dealing with the subject of praise, seeking to define it and make its practice more understandable. May find uses in both a praise service or as a special Thanksgiving reading. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Beyond The Blue

Dur: 8min

D

2F

Months following her mother's death, Marianne is sorting through her mother's things. Her task is to get the house ready for a tenant, something she's dreaded. (Author: Mary Anne Brannon)

Blessing in Disguise

Dur: 7min

D

1F

A monologue in which a daughter is on the cell phone to her mother. Through a series of mishaps, she has missed her plane to get home for Thanksgiving, and she begins to question why God didn't answer her prayer to catch her plane. Finally her father gets on the phone and he is crying. He wasn't aware that she had missed her flight. He just saw a special report on TV that her flight had crashed with no survivors. (Author: Joanne Miller)

New! Consider the Birds - a Thanksgiving drama

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1F, 1C

Sydney is worried at the prospect of losing his job, and can't face the thought of a Thanksgiving service. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Full or Thankful

Dur: 10min

L

4M, 2F, 2C

A Thanksgiving lesson in contrasts. See Thanksgiving through the eyes of a hurried, harried family - then through the eyes of a poor but grateful man. (Author: Betty Jo Mathis)

 

Gratitude Games

Dur: 10min

L

10M/F

A televised broadcast of the Gratitude Games pits contestants against each other as they vie for top spot in the overall demonstration of gratitude. When a grandma and her granddaughter stumble onto the field by accident - everyone learns something about being thankful. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Happy Thanksgiving

Dur: 10min

D

3M, 2F

A daughter and her husband are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving with her parents.  The daughter has also invited her Uncle Charlie, her motherís brother.  Her mother is not aware of this invitation.  The mother and her brother have not spoken for 7 years.  The daughter is hoping to bring about a reconciliation, however she has been unable to reach her uncle by phone to confirm that he will come.  The parents arrive and the daughter reveals that she wants to do something the family used to do.  Each person draws a name of someone else who is present and says something nice about that person.  Just as they are about to begin the doorbell rings and Uncle Charlie arrives.  There is a reconciliation, and then they all draw names again. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Hinderfella

Dur: 12min

D

2M, 2F, 3M/F, 1C + V

The real son of a moderately wealthy family feels slighted when the family adopts two more children. His adopted brothers and sisters have learned the idea of being thankful, now they must help Hinderfella begin to understand how much he has to be thankful for. Setting and circumstances are altered in this revised look at a fairy-tale classic. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

It's Not About the Turkey

Dur: 15min

L

4M, 3M/F

Three friends, aided by several prominent historical figures, discuss what they think Thanksgiving is all about. (Author: Jennifer Duncan)

Northside Gratitude

Dur: 12min

D

5C, 1N

A group of orphan children discuss why they should be thankful and learn a lesson from a new boy who has hope in a Father he's never seen. (Glenn A. Hascall)

Not Getting What You Don't Want

Dur: 4min

D

2M

Gilbert only wants to talk about his disappointments. He believes Charles is agreeing with him, but is Gilbert really listening to what Charles is saying. A lesson in Thanksgiving and contentment. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Snowbound and Outbound

Dur: 10min

D

4M, 3F

Passengers on a metro bus stuck in the snow are hesitant to talk at first, then fall into a competition about whose life is more difficult. The only one not complaining turns out to be the one with the most to lose. (Author: Stan Peal)

Thankfulness

Dur: 5min

D

4N

A Reader's Theater script of readings on the topic of thankfulness, taken from the New Living Translation. (Author: Cindi Grovhoug)

Thanksgiving Nic Nacs

Dur: 7min

L

3M, 1F, 3M/F

Several characters used for decoration at Thanksgiving are finding themselves very ungrateful for their place in life. In a humorous way they learn that they have much to re-learn about being grateful. Suitable for either live cast or puppets. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Thanksgiving for Silas

Dur: 12min

D

Up to 25C (can be fewer)

A group of kids attend an annual community thanksgiving dinner - none of them want to be there. They speculate on what it was like to have been a part of the first community thanksgiving meal in their town. The discovery of a journal tells them the story of a boy named Silas that helped everyone acquire an attitude of gratitude. (Glenn A. Hascall)

THANKS-Me

Dur: 12min

L

12C, 1M/F, 1VO

THANKS-ME, a learning machine, helps a class of children to understand the origins and meaning of Thanksgiving. (Glenn A. Hascall)

The Day Perception Met Reality

Dur:10min

L

2M, 2F, 1VO

One morning Judy meets three sets of parents, but which set is her real parents and why hadnít she noticed them before? A lesson in gratitude and contentment. (Author:Glenn Hascall)

The Right Reasons

Dur: 7min

D

1M, 1F

A wife finds a very old diary in the attic and reads part of it to her husband.  Itís written by a frontier wife in the 1840s on their Day of Thanks. (Author: Joanne Miller)

The Thanksgiving Turkey is Out There

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F +V

Mulder is convinced that the thanksgiving turkey reveals another case of alien invasion. (Author: Christin Kuck)

Three Month Hope

Dur: 7min

D

1F

This monologue takes a look at the one-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks from the perspective of a mother whose child was conceived just before the World Trade Center attacks. She remembers the past and has a renewed reason to hope for a bright future. Suitable for Patriot's Day or other 9-11 remembrances. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Yes, I'm Grateful

Dur: 7min

D

3F, 1N

Rosie is bitter and angry about her broken leg. She complains and is very selfish about her situation, not realising that Janet's offer of help comes at great cost. (Author: Michelle Pitman)

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