PAGEANTS AND CHRISTMAS PLAYS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
3W, 9M, or more, and children
Fifty five minutes
The skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to confront his miserly past as his former
partner Jacob Marley sends him the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Convinced of his folly, Scrooge vows to
be a new and better man forever after.
COMMENTS: This version of
the very familiar story uses virtually all of Charles Dickens' dialogue and almost nothing else. It can stand on its own,
of course, but, as Act 1 of TWO CAROLS FOR MR. SCROOGE, it is also intended to precede ANOTHER CHRISTMAS CAROL, which together
make both a rounded story and a coherent piece of Christian theology.
See details under "Plays"
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS CAROL
W, 7 M, or more, and children
Forty five minutes
On his deathbed, Ebenezer Scrooge looks back on his life since his amazing encounter with the Spirits of Christmas,
and realizes that he has been trying to do the impossible: to earn the grace that he can never earn, but that God offers as
a free gift.
COMMENTS: A startling but logical conclusion to Scrooge's
story, and one of profound theological import. Based on a story by David G. K. Howe. Can be staged by itself, or as Act II
of TWO CAROLS FOR MR. SCROOGE, with A CHRISTMAS CAROL as Act 1.
THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS
The Christmas story told– in rhyming couplets – by children, from
the children’s’ point of view. A unique view of the familiar story.
elf tries to pull Santa off course.
THE CHRISTMAS VISIT
6 W or M
One set – interior of a shop
The shoemaker learns
that Jesus is going to visit the shop, but the distractions of interruptions by some children, a derelict, and an old person,
leave no time for preparation. Perhaps He didn’t come at all? Then He reveals that He is present in every person in
COMMENTS: One of our best. Can be performed by, and for, young or old.
CONSTANCE THE SHOEMAKER
A Christmas pageant introduced by Constance, who tells the story from the point of view of the footwear of the participants!
A unique way to look at the Christmas story. Uses traditional carols.
FIVE KINDS OF CHRISTMAS
under "Young Audiences"
6 W, 1 or more M
Sister Louise, struck by the plight of "bag ladies," sets up a mission
house for them. The work is difficult and the "ladies" often enigmatic, but a community develops, only to be damaged
when one of the ladies is killed by a mugger. But the work will go on.
Suggested by the work of a group of nuns in Manhattan. This simple play is almost anti-dramatic in tone, a series of scenes
almost like photographs, yet its portrait of the homeless ladies and the people who care for them is powerful, as is the conclusion:
"When God looks at us, what God sees is Jesus."
A PAGEANT OF ANGELS
The Christmas story as seen
from the point of view of the angels who announce it. Original songs.
A SETTING OF CAROLS
A very simple Mummer’s Play – an informal Medieval assemblage
of dialogue, dancing, juggling… whatever might be presented in celebration of Christmas, as a group of singers gathers
and intersperses various acts between songs. Two speakers of dialogue, plus shepherds, wise men, animals, and angels.
TWO CAROL FOR MR. SCROOGE
A Christmas Carol
Another Christmas Carol
See details under "Young Audiences"