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3W, 9 M, 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 voews 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 I 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.
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS CAROL
2 W, 7 M, or more,
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 I.
1 W, 2 M, 3?, plus a flexible chorus
stage, simple set pieces
Gideon has no faith at all to speak of, but God’s angel appoints him to drive
out the Midianites. The angel has to do a great deal of proving, particularly when it tells Gideon he’s got too many, not
too few, soldiers. Gideon leads the troops in triumph. What will he do for an encore?
COMMENTS: A musical taken from
the story of Gideon in the sixth through eighth chapters of Judges in the Bible. Fun, and very easy to stage.
6 W, 1 or more M
Sister Louise, struck by the plight of “bag ladies”, sets up a
mission 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.
COMMENTS: 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 that care for them is powerful, as is the conclusion: “When God looks at us, all He
sees is Jesus.”
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The Day Christ Came to Hometown
A short, lively presentation of the apostle Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch,
as told in Acts 8:26-40. Fun.
THE DAY CHRIST CAME TO HOMETOWN
Available summer 2005
Word spreads that Christ is coming to Hometown for a visit. The town naturally wants to put on its best
face; decisions are made, arguments thrashed out, honors prepared. On the great day, however, Jesus seems uninterested in
ceremony, spending His time in the less reputable parts of town, until the good people pronounce Him a disappointment, at
which point He is found hanging on the large ceremonial cross erected in His honor.
COMMENTS: Based on one of the greatest
sermons ever preached, by the Rev. Dr. Henry P. Mobley. All music, no dialogue; may be staged or performed as an oratorio.
May be presented on its own or as Act II, with Gideon as Act I, of Mighty Acts.
2 W or M
A parishioner drops in on a clergyperson and gets a lesson in rest for the soul. A quiet play.
CAROLS FOR MR. SCROOGE
A Christmas Carol
Another Christmas Carol