Musicals & longer productions

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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Christmas

3 Shopping Days Till Christmas

Dur: 60min

L

Large cast

Finding the true meaning of Christmas among the intense commercialism of the season is explored in this play, which includes extracts from two other scripts, making a full-length production. The two scripts are: 'Christmas carols vs scripture' by Bob Snook ©1999 Bob Snook. http://www.fea.net and 'Away with the Manger' (author unknown), which can be found elsewhere at the Dramatix site.

A Brand New Star

Dur: 40min

D

9M, 1F, 5M/F, +V

A very simple traditional Musical Nativity Play for children. Suitable for children 5-13 and special needs pupils. (Author: Freddie Green)

A Christmas to Remember

Dur: 45min

D

8M, 3F, 6M/F

Scrooge is meddling around his theater office trying to get ready for an upcoming show he is supporting, not knowing the play is titled "Under a Star", which of course is a Christmas play. When he discovers it is a Christmas play he decides to sabotage the show. He goes home only to find Jacob Marley waiting for him. When threatened to fix the mess he created at the theater, Scrooge is met by the Ghost of the past. She takes him to the manger and shows him Jesus. Then he is taken to the crucifixion where he is torn by the sight of the baby he saw a few minutes ago covered in blood and dying. He awakes in his room with the ghost of the present to show him the people in his town that were grateful for their lives even though they had nothing to be rich about. Horrified, he awakes again to see the Ghost of the future there and he is taken to the world he creates as a person who is all negative. He sees his grave and discovers he was murdered because of his boasts of money and cruelty to people. He awakes on Christmas morning after a frightful night and sets about making things right. (Author: John Charles Siedenberg II)

A Feast of Ages (madrigal dinner)

Dur: 90min

L

5M, 7F, 7M/F + V

An ideal script for a theatre restaurant. The Audience is transported to Medieval times and are treated to music, food, hilarious dialogue and action. They end up learning the story of how the King and his Queen met. Before the fortnight celebration even gets through the first night, the kingdom goes to war and the audience is taken back to reality. (Author: John C. Siedenberg II)

A King for Me

Dur: 45min

D

4C, 2F, 1M, +V standard Xmas characters

A stage play about a stage play. The Children’s Director becomes exasperated with one particular cast member while rehearsing for the church’s annual Christmas pageant - an ADHD problem-child, Evan. When things reach a breaking point, the traditional story is portrayed as seen through Evan’s eyes. (Authors: Peggy Barnell and Diane Cornett)

A Place to Call Home

Dur: 60min

D

4M, 7F, 5C

Esther's adult children can't believe it when she asks them to work with her on a quilt as a Christmas project. (Author: Peggy Barnell)

Bethlehem Buddies

Dur: 60+min ?

L

4M, 3F

The INN is a usually a crazy place to work, but things get really zany when the everyone comes to town to pay their taxes. Mordecai, the innkeeper, tries to keep control but we know the workers are really the ones running the place - so when Mary and Joseph show up at the inn, the workers put their heads together and do something really great for GOD! (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Christmas Eve Reflections

Dur: 40min

D

7M/F

Not your basic warm-and-fuzzy Christmas Eve service. A trio of choral readers recite the scriptures while the innkeeper and a shepherd reunion cast a different twist on the traditional approach. This can easily take 20-30 minutest to perform. Note: Response to this piece has been mixed; some people prefer to not challenge, or be challenged, on Christmas Eve. (Authors: John Kenneson & John Wayne Samples)

Christmas Animals

Dur: 45min?

L

13+C

The Christmas story like you've seen it before - through the eyes of the AnimAls of Christmas! (Main Message: "Jesus loves you no matter what you smell like, and so do we!") Everyone is welcome at the feet of Jesus! (Authors: Troy and Genie Nilsson)

Christmas Past

Dur: 40min

D

7M, 2F, V

The Nativity story told from the Innkeeper’s perspective. The Innkeeper and his wife are about to lose their inn to their less than scrupulous cousin. Due to the wife’s recent and serious illness the innkeeper was forced to borrow from his cousin. Now that his wife is well again business is resuming but not fast enough to keep the cousin from claiming ownership of the inn. The couple decides to pray for a miracle but not to let the children in on what is going on. All the while the children have overheard the conversation and vow to help all they can. Their son learns that there is to be a census that will bring many customers to the inn. Surely, he thinks, that will help to earn the money they need to pay their cousin. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Christmas Reunion

Dur: 60min +

D

5M, 10F, 5C

The mid-west town of Walden is preparing for its annual Christmas festival, when festivities are disrupted by a sudden snow storm. While sitting out the storm, a group of former friends who have returned for a high school reunion discover what has happened in the intervening years. (Author: Shannon Le Grand)

Joe and the Night Visitor

(Note: There are two versions of this script, one using multi-media techniques, the other not. Click here for the non-multi media version.

Dur: 45min?

D

3M, 4F, 1C, 3M/F (some parts are non-speaking, some can be doubled)

A Christmas play for those who don't believe in Christmas (or who have lost what it's about). Joe Davidson is a driven, self-made man. Born into a poor family, with hard work he has made a name for himself as a property developer. A small, dilapidated house, once owned by his parents, has been both his inspiration and his obsession. Following the death of his wife, Joe has become obsessed with a determination to buy the property, pull the house down and build a new apartment block. But the property is now owned by the City Mission, which uses it as a community drop-in centre. The conflict comes to a head when, on the anniversary of Miriam's death, Joe receives an unusual night visitor. (Author: John McNeil)

Making Room

Dur: 40min

L

5M, 5W, 1C

Susan and Tom are descended upon by unexpected relatives at Christmas. On top of that, they have to cope with a strangely changed mother. The resulting chaos causes them to question what the season is all about. (Author: Mike Jessup)

Manger Mania

Dur: 40min?

L

17C

This is the story of Christmas. . . told in a unique fashion! You've seen them all over the place. . . you know, all those NATIVITY SCENES! This is the story of Christmas as told through the perspective of each of the pieces of the nativity. . . in this musical you'll meet some of the animals who were displaced by the birth of Christ, and the Innkeeper who hesitantly gave up the manger for the weary parents. You'll meet three "cool eastern guys" who outwit the nasty Herod. . . it's a Christmas party like you've never seen before! (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Manger Menagerie

Dur: 40min?

L

(See script)

The story of 7 animals (three sheep, a donkey, a rooster, a chicken, and a cow) who, the day that Mary and Joseph come to the Inn, are arguing about the overcrowded conditions in their barnyard. Then Mary and Joseph show up, and the animals form an "alliance" to find out why these humans have invaded their already limited space. (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Messiahmas

Dur: 60+ min?

D

3M, 2F, 1M/F

A young Jewish lady learns about her Messiah from her best friend and visits from prophets in her dreams. This musical focuses on three of the main prophecies that were fulfilled by the birth of the Messiah. He would be born in Bethlehem, be a descendant of David, and born of a virgin. This is a free musical, including all of the original music. (Author: Dan Olds)

Nick of Time

Dur: 60+min

D

7M, 4F +V

Three teenagers interested in time travel inadvertently bring the historical St Nicholas, bishop of Myra, to the 21st century. Nick is disappointed to find out that people have made him into the center of the event and corrupted the true message of Christmas. The kids try to take Nick back to his own time and place, but end up in Palestine more than 300 years too early. There they meet a group of travelers who turn out to be wise men from the east. Trying again, they end up in Bethlehem on the eve of the first Christmas. Back in the 21st century, the kids briefly recap the return of Nick to his home and their own return to the present. They also discuss some of their discoveries. (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

Not That Far

Dur: 45min

D

4M, 4F, 1C, + Choir

A Christmas play with choir music. Brad and Jenny are successful 20-somethings who were raised participating in church but believe they have “moved on” in life. God uses a trip home for Christmas, the faith of a homeless mother, and a personal crisis to get their attention and begin to draw them back to Himself. (Authors: Ruth & Wright Eavenson)

Papa Martyn's Christmas

Dur: 50min

D

5M, 3F, 10-12M/F

Tolstoy’s classic tale about a shoemaker who dreams that Jesus is going to visit him the following day. He spends the day watching and waiting amid a few interruptions from people needing his help. At the end of the day he is feeling sad that Jesus didn’t come to visit, but hears the Lord telling him that he came in each of those helped, and commending him: “What you did for others, you did for me.” (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

REVISED Song of Mary

Dur: 50-60min

D

6F, 10M, 1M/F, +V

The inside story of Christmas, told by Mary as an older woman to doctor and historian Luke. Note: This play 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 with original music is available. (Author: John McNeil)

Tell Me The Story

Dur: 50min

D

10M, 8F, 1M/F, +V

A Christmas musical, featuring Mary as both an older woman as well as the young girl who gave birth to the Messiah. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to read. (John Pattison)

The Christmas Cruise

Dur: 30min

D

1F, 4C

Imagine four young kids stuck out in the middle of the Caribbean on a cruise with parents on CHRISTMAS EVE. . . with nothing but a bunch of silver-haired folks around! It would spell disaster if these four kids didn't put their minds together and determine to celebrate Christmas anyway!This easy-to-perform musical features one solo for a girl's medium-range voice, and 5 great choir tunes, along with a script that focuses on the real meaning of Christmas. (Author: Ray Lombardi)

The Christmas Star

Dur: 60min

L

9M, 7F, 1C

Christmas means Christmas Lights, and Christmas Lights means big money for CLI. So what happens when one little girl brings Jesus into the picture? This drama is funny, with characters such as "Moodolf the Bucktooth Heifer" and "Barry, Burley, and Bo", but is very serious about reaching out to the lost, and reminding us all of what Christmas is really about. (Author: Jarrod Midkiff)

The Cost of Christmas

Dur: 45min

D

5M, 1F, 11M/F (some parts can be doubled)

This is a dramatic narrative of the Christmas events, staying close to the biblical texts with emphasis on the personal cost to the characters involved. It does not include the involvement of kin, Herod or the birth of John the Baptist. It does include Epiphany. The narration is aimed at keeping children on board as much as possible and so is 'all age' worship material. (Authors: Peter & Mary Minson)

The Evening News Hour

Dur: 45min?

L

Full cast

The channel seven evening news hour reports on the birth of the new Savior. With several field reporters interviewing all the characters to set up the creche scene. With humorous commerical breaks throughout the script. The scipt is made for a full Sunday school production. The music is from well-known Christmas carols. (Author: Kim Saunders)

The Manger Masterpiece

Dur: 40mi

L

V?

In this fun musical you'll meet Bernardo Da Vinci, artist-in-residence to Caesar Augustus. . . who has been commissioned to do a landscape scene on the slopes of Bethlehem. He encounters an innkeeper and his wife, Mary & Joseph, some shepherds, the wisemen. . . and this provides him the inspiration to create a "Manger Masterpiece!" Featuring seven songs and a simple script. (Author: Ray Lombardi)

The Mysterious Christmas Card

Dur: 30min

D

2M, 4C, 1F, +V

Just what everyone wants. . . a good mystery! That's what a group of young friends find when a mysterious Christmas card arrives at the mailbox of one of the children - a card that would lead them on an adventure to the Post Office, the home of an elderly widow, and a church dinner for the homeless. In the musical the children truly learn the real meaning of Christmas! (Author: Ray Lombardi)

The Rose Came With Thorns - a Christmas Cantata

Dur: 40min

D

7M, 3F, 2C

A woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and due on Christmas Day resents her condition. She becomes reconciled as she discovers the Christmas story. Music is available for this script. (Author: Steve Tichenor)

The Tree of Light

Dur: 90min

D

8M, 3F + V

A Messianic Musical in two acts. Once upon a time in the land of Israel, the families of Shimon and Hannah preprared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hannukkah. This is the account of Shimon's search for wisdom, that would create ripples in the history of the world. (Words: Larry Heather; music: Helen Hooker)

Wait! It's a musical

Dur: 45min

D

3+M, 2+F

A 45 minute Biblical Pop/Rock Musical about people waiting for a leader. (Author: Chris Anderson)

Welcome to Pauly's

Dur: 60min ?

D

5M, 7F, 2M/F, +V

A small-town diner called Pauly’s provides the setting where several lives regularly intertwine. A cast of colorful characters sort through the joys and struggles of every day life during the Christmas season. A variety of scenarios are taking place: a newly widowed man struggles with grief, a young pastor questions if he is really doing God’s work, a woman becomes convicted about an immoral relationship, and the town gossip wants to be in the middle of it all. (Author: Peggy Barnell)

Easter

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)

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: 45min (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)

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)

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)

Seven Words

Dur: 30min

D

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

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

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 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 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 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)

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)

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)

Other

A Different Kind of Love

Dur: 60min

D

6F, 2M, 1M/F

The story of Sister Faustina Kowalska, a simple Polish girl who had an influence well beyond the walls of her convent, and was eventually declared a saint. (Author: Elizabeth Lyulkin)

A Handful of Miracles

Dur: 90min

D

7M, 6F

A lesson in love and forgiveness is learned from a group of poor and homeless. (Author: Peggy Barnell)

A Thousand Horses

Dur: 45min?

D

3M, 3F

Anne has been overly protective of her handicapped son to the detriment of her marriage. She herself has reached the breaking point when she finds help from an unexpected source. (Author: Nadine Laughlin)

Alice in Space

Dur: 60-90min

L

Various

The great-great-great grandaughter of the original Alice is migrating with her parents to a new planet when their spaceship is pulled towards a Black Hole. (Authors: John & Claire McNeil)

Beyond the Grave

Dur: 60min

H

2M, 3F, 7M/F

The story opens with three student victims in a Christian School bombing. It attempts to show God's hand at work in all situations and circumstances, and visits Christian role models from the past. (Author: Terri Lee)

Bring it on

Dur: 45min

D

9M/F

A musical about school bullying, and being victorious against tough obstacles. (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Came Darkness: The Curse of Job

Dur: 60-90min

H

2M, 4M/F

John Donne delivers a Lenten sermon to King James and his court on a text from Job. Donne introduces and comments on the dialogue between Job and his 'friends' (accusers). Gradually, Donne is drawn into the dialogue himself, and confides his own fears. God speaks, and Job is reconciled. Eight years later, Donne delivers his last sermon, and he also is reconciled, after a fashion. (Author: Terence Kuch)

Choices

Dur: 60min

D

4M, 5F, 13-20 M/F

"Choices" is a musical play which tells the story of a group of early teens who are influenced by a few of their number to make some dumb decisions. One of them learns to stand up for what is right through the wise words of a friend's grandmother using 3 enacted biblical examples. (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

Cind-Aerobics

Dur: 20min

L

2M, 4F, 2M/F

This is an attempt to write a pantomime with a difference. It was originally written for a staff of teachers to entertain their children. (Author: Sheila Hamil)

Family Secrets

Dur: 60min?

D

5M, 3F

Sixteen-year-old Toni struggles with depression which her successful, self-reliant family refuses to acknowledge. When she rejects everything she's been taught, her mother, father, and older brother are forced to examine their own lives. A long-hidden secret surfaces. Will this drive the family apart? (Author: Nadine Laughlin)

Father's Heart

Dur: 60min+

D

7F, 4M 4M/F +V

'Father's Heart' is a story of relationships between people: there are people who oppress others, those who are hurt by them; there are those who are indifferent to the suffering they see, and there are others who care. Primarily it is the story of two very different sisters and the Father who loves them equally. The younger of two daughters is sick of working in her father's orchard business and leaves her father and sister to make a name for herself in the city. Her father sets out to find her, doesn't succeed, but finds and forgives a private investigator who has wronged him. He also rescues someone from the merciless private investigator. Later, when his daughter is mugged, she is aided by the same rescued someone who has learned to 'pass on grace.' On returning home she finds her father ever-loving. You'll have no trouble recognizing the main story as that of 'the Prodigal Son'. You will also likely recognize 'a good Samaritan' among the characters. Besides these two well-known parables, there are five others that crop up at other points in the play. (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

Hey Joe

Dur: 60min

L

18-25M/F

A musical telling the story of Jonah and his voyage to Ninevah. Suitable for school performance. (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

Incapable

Dur: 25min

D

4M

Four close friends are separated on the cusp of High School. They vow to remain friends no matter where they live and to meet up again after school. Fifteen years later the four of them reunite by chance on a plane on a trip to Los Angeles. During a stop over in Hawaii each of them reveal how life hasn't really been what they had expected or hoped it to be. Note: This play was written for an audience of 16+ as it deals with some pretty big issues. Ultimately it looks at how God is the only one in life who always cares. It also deals with cultural relevance, virginity and bisexuality (all in a Christian context), but keep your audience in mind when performing this. Basically nothing that isn't addressed in any school playground (or classroom) today. It's challenging, funny and hopefully touching. (Author: Lachlan Meurer)

It's Not Too Late

Dur: 55min

D

5M, 6F

'It's Not Too Late' is a Christian musical-drama based on the Columbine tragedy. It takes place during a typical day in a high school. It tells the story of Katie Smith, a new student in school, as she struggles to fit it, to make a friend or two, and learn some things about life in the process. (Author: Dick Lentz)

Journey into Oblivion

Dur: 45min

L

4M, 1F, 2M/F

Based on ideas from the science fiction comedies 'Red Dwarf' and 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Written in three short acts, this play has the objective of presenting the gospel to children around 10-16 years in the form of futuristic fable.  Each scene is sketch-length, around 5 minutes, and designed to form a part of a wider programme - so there can be breaks of up to half an hour in between scenes or it can be presented as a whole. (Author: Neil Kiley)

Lazarus, Friend of Jesus

Dur: 90min ?

D

12M, 3F, 3M/F +V

Imagine being friends with a simple carpenter, only to find out one day that this seemingly ordinary man was, in fact, the Messiah. Imagine learning that your friend is more than just a man: He can heal lepers, He can call crowds of thousands, He can move hearts with just a word, and He has made powerful enemies. What would it be like to be this man's friend as all this goes on? What would it be like to grow ill and need your friend's healing? You grow sicker, but your friend never arrives to help you. What would it be like to lay dying and have your friend, the one who could save you with a word, not show up? How would you feel? Angry? Betrayed? Would you still have faith? (Author: Charles B. French)

Leave A Light On

Dur: 50min

D

The story of one man’s search for meaning in life and his encounter with a pair of bumbling, not-so-bright church custodians. The pair are comparable to ‘Dumb & Dumber’, but they take the job of caring for the house of the Lord very seriously, as well as the task of “leaving the light on” for the lost who may pass by . (Author: Peggy Barnell)

Let's Party

Dur: 50min

L

7M, 2F, 1M/F

Moses, Esther, Ruth, David and Isaiah have been asked to organise the arrangements for the millenium's big event, the birth of Jesus. (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Louisiana Bones - Ultimate Journey

Dur: 40min

D

2F

Louisiana Bones, adventurer and archaeologist, is searching for the "glorious riches" written about in her grandfather's journal. With student and friend Katie by her side, Louisiana goes on a journey that requires physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. Note: This script was written for a women's conference with the theme "Strength for Life's Struggles" based on the scripture Ephesians 3:14-19. The conference seminars were divided into a woman's various areas of life: Physical (domestic violence, self-defense), Emotional (relationships, communication), and Spiritual (how Christ can make a difference in these areas). (Author: Becky Heffner)

Narnia stories

 

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New Clothes, Same Old Lie

Dur: 60min

L

7M, 1M/F, 3F

Peer pressure and doubt are examined in this retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, the Emporer's New Clothes. (Author: Denise Busenitz)

No Church in Churchville

Dur: 30min

D

5C, 2M, 1M/F

Division has come to town. . . and is he ever a devil! Division has arrived in Churchville, and is bent on breaking up the last church over the use of a contemporary hymnal.  But there are a group of kids who are just as determined to keep their church together, and devise a plot that will bring the arguing factions back together! Our 5 heroes see the problem and set out to help the new, young minister keep his church together. (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Noah and the Rainbow Ark

Dur: 50min

D

8M, 4F, 8M/F

Noah and his family are hard-working, honourable people, in contrast to the "wild people" of the valley. God is angry with these "wild people" who are spoiling the world by littering, fighting, stealing etc. Noah must build an ark to preserve each species of animal and to save his family and thus mankind. The "wild people" are sceptical and conflict occurs when they attempt to destroy the ark. (Author: Freddie Green)

Pippsi and the Tea Party

L

1M, 3F, 4C

This is one scene from a full length play, inspired by the Pippi Longstocking books. (Author: Jeanette Jaquish)

ReFusion: A Tale of the Oracle

Dur: 60min?

D

2M, 1F

A play in the mold of Tolkien's 'The Silmarillion'. The Oracle is intended to be a guide to the races of the world. But the Dragon wanted it for itself, and brought enmity between the races. (Author: Colorado Tolston)

Rexque Futurus

Dur: 90min?

D

5M, 3F, 4M/F

King Arthur returns to life in the 20th Century in this full-length drama. (Author: Colorado Tolston)

Revelation: The Musical

Dur: 90min?

D

(Details online)

“Revelation – The Musical” is a full-length musical drama relating to the end times. There is war, pestilence, famine, destruction, history’s most evil dictator and genocide. The complete script and song lyrics are online, plus instant translations into 8 languages. Since the drama is based on prophecy, a 'Prophecies' section presents evidence of the past, present and future fulfillment of God's will. (Author: "Vojo")

Sanctuary

Dur: 90min?

D

9M, 4F, 1M/F

A three act drama about commitment in a time of tribulation. In all the turmoil, a group has formed to help Christians in need. Known as the Sanctuary Group, they are sought by those in dire need. The group has tried to lend a healing hand by bringing in the lost and needy. Unfortunately, the Sanctuary Group is constantly moving around to protect themselves from capture, making it hard for others, even Christians, to find them. Many have perished trying to find the Sanctuary Group, while the members themselves are also in grave danger. (Author: Richard Huxley)

Separation of Church and State

Dur: 45min

D

4M, 5F, 10+ M/F

An illustration of how Thomas Jefferson would possibly view the court rulings that have came about as a result of his letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802, concerning separation of church and state. This particularly deals with prayer in schools. (Authors: Jon Segroves and Tangelia Cannon)

The Garden of Paradise

Dur: 30-40min

D

6M, 4F, 1M/F +V

A retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen folk tale. With the help of the East Wind, Prince Regalis flies to Paradise to seek the lovely Princess, but loses all through his disobedience. (Ňuthor: John Schaper)

The Gleeman

Dur: 90min-120min

D

6M, 2F, 1M/F, 2C +V

A classic 'good versus evil' drama. This full-length fable has echoes of The Pied Piper, but roles are somewhat reversed. (Author: John McNeil)

The Peasant Queen

Dur: 40min

D

7M, 5F

A modern rendition of the story of Esther, Queen of Persia. (Author: Aruneshwar Singh & Mark Harris)

The Play of Anne

Dur: 60-90min

H

2M, 2F, 4+ M/F

This play, based on historical characters and events, brings vividly to life the struggles of the early English Reformation under Henry VIII, where a wavering king, passionate Calvinists, and adherents of the Pope vie not only for supremacy in the church, but for the success or fall of the Tudor line, and life or death for themselves. The heroine is Anne Askew, “a poor knight’s daughter,” accused of not believing in the miracle of the Mass, and put on trial for her life by the Church. But the secular forces are also interested in Anne, not for her heresy (which they care nothing about) but because she may incriminate the Queen, their enemy. In the midst of the trial King Henry himself unexpectedly appears, ready and eager to interrogate Anne personally (as he did, historically, in several heresy trials). The outcome turns on Anne’s determination to defend her conscience against both Church and State, and against the extreme Protestants who see her as a tool in their own power struggle. (Author: Terence Kuch)

The Prodigal's Song

Dur: 1hr 45min

D

9M, 3F, 4M/F, +V

The story of the Prodigal Son, done as a musical set in the Prohibition Era (1920s/30s) (John Pattison)

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 Selfish Giant

Dur: 60min+

D

20+C

In its original form, Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant has strongly Christian themes. Sadly, many modern editions abridge the story, missing the point that true repentance comes when we meet Christ, and that the Lord rewards love shown to "the least of these." This present adaptation for stage is close to the original storyline and develops these Christian themes through song and dialogue, as well as retaining interwoven imagery of the cycle of the seasons. (Author: Oscar Wilde, adapted by Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

The Stargazers

Dur: 60-90min

D

2-3M, 2-3F

Catherine decides to arrange her own marriage of convenience to Richard, a widower who has vowed never to remarry. Audrey falls in love with Rob, who has commitment issues. Friendship, love, marriage, loss, and betrayal are touched on in the relationship of four friends. How much do past events affect our present lives? Can the redemptive power of love break the chains that bind us? (Author: Nadine Laughlin)

The Tree of Light

Dur: 90min

D

8M, 3F + V

A Messianic Musical in two acts. Once upon a time in the land of Israel, the families of Shimon and Hannah preprared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hannukkah. This is the account of Shimon's search for wisdom, that would create ripples in the history of the world. (Words: Larry Heather; music: Helen Hooker)

The Trial

Dur: 60min?

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10M, 4F, 4M/F, 1N (parts can be doubled)

Christian is standing trial in the Court of Eternity. He represents the entire Christian Community. The Prosecution will seek to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Christians are unredeemable and that God should end the world now. (Author: Cleveland McNeish)

Twilight of the King

Dur: 60min

D

5M, 1M/F

Two Roman soldiers fail to grasp the significance of the occasion when the Magi turn up in Bethlehem. (Author: Colorado Tolston)

Welcome to Pauly's

Dur: 60min ?

D

5M, 7F, 2M/F, +V

A small-town diner called Pauly’s provides the setting where several lives regularly intertwine. A cast of colorful characters sort through the joys and struggles of every day life during the Christmas season. A variety of scenarios are taking place: a newly widowed man struggles with grief, a young pastor questions if he is really doing God’s work, a woman becomes convicted about an immoral relationship, and the town gossip wants to be in the middle of it all. (Author: Peggy Barnell)

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)

Other drama sites which carry longer productions

Note: Many of the following sites are not specifically Christian, but most carry material dealing with moral values and issues, or general entertainment. Listing the site here implies no endorsement; the addresses are provided purely as a service. Many of the scripts require a royalty.

Source Productions

(NZ)

A number of high-quality musicals, complete with backing CDs, can be accessed at this site.

Starkids theatre

(USA)

A range of musicals for children

Plays for Kids to Do

(USA)

Although a secular site, some have spiritual themes.

KMR Scripts

(USA)

Plays and musicals for young audiences.

School Shows

(UK)

Plays suitable for schools. Most are free.

The Dramatic Exchange

(USA)

A secular site with a wide range of scripts, including children's. Some have spiritual themes.

Shoebox Theatre Plays

(USA)

Many longer productions, most with music (tapes and scores available) - royalty required.

Bad Wolf Press

(USA)

Many well known folk stories and fairy tales.

Pioneer Drama Service

Children's Theatre Scripts

(UK)

Plays by Belinda Loxton.

Hortons Stage Page

Musicals.dot.net

(USA)

The script for just about every musical you can think of is listed here.

Mark Wheeller Plays

(UK)

A large range of plays, including many suitable for young people. Most are longer than skits, and many suitable for one-act play festivals. Secular, but some with spiritual themes.

Inkspirations

(USA)

Skits, full-length plays, and short sermon illustrations, some suitable for dinner theatre presentations. Many have a Christian re-working of old classics (eg, Chaucer, and Cinderella)

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