Summary: These three dramas – Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday – were written for a children’s activity morning. A large white sheet with a strong light source behind it is needed, so that the children’s shadows are shown miming the actions, while the narrator reads out the poem. Shapes such as a cardboard donkey, palm fronds may also be used.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: Short.
Actors: Any number
Jesus rode into the city,
So excited was the crowd
He sat upon a donkey,
And the beast was very proud.
The people waved palm branches,
And they shouted out aloud.
“Hosanna to the son of David,
Blessed be the King.
Hosanna to the son of David
Sing, Sing, Sing”. (Repeat)
THEY WERE VERY EXCITED!
Jesus strode into the temple,
And spotted the temple cheats,
He turned their tables over,
And he threw them in the streets.
“What do you mean by this?” they yelled,
“Who do you think you are?”
“If you want to be our leader,
This won’t get you very far!”
My Father’s house is a house of prayer,
Don’t do that again!
For my Father’s house is a holy place,
It’s not a robbers’ den!”
THEY WERE SO ANNOYED WITH JESUS.
So they took him and they booked him,
And they began to pull his beard,
They poked and they prodded him,
They mocked him and they jeered.
They stripped him and they whipped him,
He was pierced by thorny crown,
They dressed him up like royalty
Put on a kingly gown.
They battered him and bruised him
They beat him with their fists
They taunted and confused him
And then they tied his wrists.
They spat on him and laughed at him,
And were not satisfied,
Till they’d led him to a rubbish heap,
And had him crucified
It wasn’t till the sky went black,
When they had had their fun,
That a soldier, a centurion,
Realised what they’d done,
For I distinctly overheard him say....
“Surely, this was God’s son!”
Mary Magdalene and the women came,
Before the break of day,
They came to anoint Christ’s body,
The tradition of the day....
When Mary saw the stone rolled back,
She cried and pulled her hair,
The tomb was empty, and so she screamed,
“My Lord’s not there!”
Mary ran to tell the others,
exactly what she'd seen,
At first they didn’t trust her,
then they bolted from the scene,
Simon Peter was first to leave,
But then ran out of puff,
He fell behind, but under his breath,
He gasped, “I’ve ‘ad enough!”
John soon overtook him,
And sprinted very fast,
When they reached the garden he was first,
…and Peter was last.
And when they got their breath back,
They both were quite relieved
Mary had been right about the tomb.
And they SAW AND THEY BELIEVED!.
After all was said and done,
And all the men had gone back home
Mary sat there all alone,
Wondering who had moved the stone.
But then turning round, she drew aback,
And nearly had a heart attack,
For there before her very eyes,
Two angels she did spy.
“Why do you weep, Oh woman?” they said
“Tis Resurrection Day”
But she didn’t understand, and whispered,
“They’ve taken my Lord away!”
Her heart beat faRster
Because she saw her Lord and MaRster!
Jesus said, “Mary, my dear,
There is no need to strive,
I am not dead as you can see.
I'M VERY MUCH ALIVE!
© Sheila Hamil, all rights reserved.
These dramas are intended for use in churches, youth clubs and schools and can be photocopied, but they are to be used in no way for personal gain, as I have printed them for you and am gaining nothing myself.