The Mouse's Discovery: Chancel Plays for Young and Old
Tomorrow We Go to Bethlehem -- A Christmas Play, by Patricia Wells (5m, 4f). Through the wonder of time-warp, a group of 21st century tourists arrives in Bethlehem just as Mary and Joseph come along looking for a place to stay. A Word with You -- A Christmas Play, by Marney Heatley and Brian Martin (3m, 4f, 1 infant, real or imaginary). Simon, a shepherd, misses work one night when his wife gives birth. The same evening Jesus is born and Simon witnesses strange events leading to adventure and discovery. The Third Wish -- A Play for Christmas, by James Taylor (6m, 2f, 1 young girl or, alternatively: 3m, 5 f., 1 young girl). Three Wise Ones, called Islam, Buddhist and Hindu, remind us of the religiously pluralistic context in which the Christmas message is set. The Mouse's Discovery, by Marion McTavish (12 children or more, m or f, except for the boys playing Joseph and Herod, and the girl playing Mary). A Christmas pageant for children of all ages featuring some very human looking mice who happen to be on the spot one night as shepherds gather, a king plots, and a special child is born. The Good Samaritan, by Richard Coleman (1m or 1f). A pantomime based on the famous parable with people in the audience providing an echo. The Face of Jesus, by Patricia Wells (2m). Two modern day prisoners meet on death row reminding us of Jesus and Barabbas.
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