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Style: Lighthearted.  Duration: 4 min
Actors: 2 puppets
Summary : Two characters discuss the significance of the cross on the hot cross bun in a humorous way. Keywords: Easter, cross, hot cross buns.

Characters
Two puppets.

Script

1:         [enters, singing] Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!
           One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns!
          
Give ‘em to your daughters, give ‘em to your sons;
            One-a-penny, two-a penny, hot cross buns!

            [#2 enters during the last line]

2:         [puzzled] What are you doing?

1:         I’m singing; what do you think I’m doing?  [sings] Hot cross buns! Hot cross …

2:         [interrupting]     Stop it, stop it! That makes me really cross!

1:         I didn’t think my singing was that bad!

2:         [indignantly] No, no! Not your singing! [Aside to audience] Though I must admit it was pretty bad!

1:         [puzzled] Well, if it isn’t my singing that makes you really cross, what is it that makes you really cross?

2:         [angrily] Hot cross buns! That’s what makes me really cross!

1:         [puzzled] Hot cross buns make you really cross? They don’t make me really cross … I’m too busy eating them!

2:         [sarcastically] Now why doesn’t that surprise me?

[Slight pause]

1:         Well … are you going to tell me then?

2:         Tell you what?

1:         [annoyed] Why hot cross buns make you cross!

2:         There’s no need to get cross!

1:         [irritated] Well, what do you expect? I’m still waiting to hear why hot cross buns make you cross .. and so are the audience out there … aren’t you?

2:         OK … I’ll tell you why hot cross buns make me cross!

1:         [sarcastically] At last!

2:         It’s all because of the cross.

1:         [puzzled] The cross? What cross?

2:         Exactly! The cross they put on the bun isn’t a proper cross at all most of the time!

1:         [puzzled] What do you mean?

2:         Well, the cross on the bun is supposed to remind us of the cross Jesus died on … but the piece where the arms go is about half-way down the cross!

1:         Oh, I see now! That would mean your arms would have to be sticking out of your side and not on your shoulders to be crucified on a cross that shape!

2:         That’s right! And since it’s called a hot cross bun because of the cross shape on it, you think they’d get it right, and put the bit for the arms higher up, wouldn’t you?

1:         I suppose … [makes slurping sound] … but it still tastes the same, doesn’t it!

2:         I just wonder how many people stuffing a hot cross bun into their mouths like you stop to think about why Jesus died on the cross.

1:         Was there a reason, then?

2:         Oh yes! Jesus was taking the punishment for all the wrong things we do, so that we can be forgiven. That’s how much God loves us.

1:         Wow! [Slight pause] You know, I’ve just had a thought!

2:         [suspiciously] Is this another of your jokes?

1:         Not this time, no! I was just thinking … if you look at one of those buns that doesn’t have the right shape for the cross … and you turn it sideways … it looks like a kiss!

2:         [indignantly] I thought you said this wasn’t a joke!

1:         It’s not, honestly! I just thought that a kiss on the bun was a good way of reminding us of God’s love for us in sending Jesus to die on the cross … that’s all.

2:         That’s excellent! So, whatever kind of cross you get on your bun, you’re being reminded of how much God loves you!

1:         So you don’t need to get cross any more!

2:         You’re right there!

[Slight pause]

1:         You know … all this talk about hot cross buns has made me feel very hungry! Let’s go and scoff some! [Exit]

2:         See you later, everybody! [Exit]

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© 2004 Ray Markham  , all rights reserved. The script may not be reproduced, translated or copied in any medium, including books, CDs and on the Internet, without written permission of the author.
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