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*** Advent - Christmas Pageants, Plays, Mimes and Reflections ***

Advent Gathered Pageants" are dramas for worship that tell the nativity story through the eyes of two main characters. They follow the ancient tradition of enacting the biblical story with pageantry and shared music. These events invite everyone in the room to enter the unfolding story, through scripted and silent participation, creating a new experience of the story and its meanings in our lives.

 

There is a small core of "actors" each of whom has a small speaking or movement part. Congregation members who wish to do so may come dressed in nativity character costume, or take up a costume at the worship entrance. Worshippers are invited to join the crew by sitting at the front after their main character has had a brief interaction with the 2 leads.

 

Gathered pageants narrow the acting job down to a dedicated few (instead of a harried group of children and parents just before Christmas) and yet everyone in the congregation enters into the story in the worship.

 

The two lead characters hold the bulk of the acting and have one “broadway musical” style song to sing at the beginning (sometimes reprising at the end). However, this theme song can be sung by a choir or ensemble. The rest of the music amounts to carols (1 or 2 verses each) to punctuate the action, to allow congregation members to come up to sit with their "lead" and to give time to reflect on what just happened. Each of these places is also an opportunity for a group or individual to sing an anthem or solo.

 

The entire pageant takes no more than 30 minutes to present, and ideally serves as the "Word" portion of an advent service.

 

Cost

$10.00 for the whole package which includes script and sheet music.

$40.00 copying royalty, licensing you to make as many copies as you wish.

Members of Linnea Good's Music & worship Subscription Group receive a pageant free of charge, with royalty covered (free) under the subscription agreement. 

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Round the Back Door

by Linnea Good, Bari Castle and Gary Paterson

Two servants are expected to clean up the inn and its stable in anticipation of very rich and important clients in census season. When each of the various nativity characters arrives, the Innkeeper is heard telling them that there is no room at his inn, so the servants make room for shepherds, sheep, angels and an expectant couple. Later, 3 magi arrive but fend off the innkeeper's gushing attempt to get them to stay in his rooms, saying they are looking for one born in a lowly stable. The Innkeeper learns that God loves all, and appears as a child "round the back door". 

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The Way is Clear

by Bari Castle and Linnea Good

The story takes two lost angels (Estelle and Lucius) on a journey seeking the rest of the heavenly choir, on the biggest concert night of their lives. Their celestial map and various nativity characters (including the loquacious Lead Shepherd) give them direction until they find themselves in “just the right place”. They conclude that, "when God has a message of love to share, we often end up in just the place where God intended us to hear it"

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It's a Wonder

by Bari Castle and Linnea Good

Shep and Esperanza are on the trail of ALL of their sheep, who mysteriously and suddenly left them, one star-studded night. When found, the creatures have bedded down in a quiet stable, where a couple is caring for their newborn babe, and visitors are arriving. Highlights include stupefied shepherds and their heckling angels. Shep decides to gift the new baby with his treasured "blankie" – a travelling comfort. Esperanza invites us to consider what led us to this night of devotion. The theme song can serve as a stand-alone anthem - in worship as well as in secular celebrations of the season (from Sometimes Christmas II – backing tracks available.

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Peace is Here Today

by Bari Castle and Linnea Good

Olive the Architect and Burl the Builder are enlisted in Bethlehem to help a client find "peace". Trying - unsuccessfully - to build a wall of increasing size to block out the intrusion of humanity in the next-door neighbour's yard (an Inn with a stable slowly overflowing with shepherds, livestock, angels, magi and a couple with a newborn), they discover that true peace is really found through connection with others and trust in God's loving presence.

 

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Count on It!

by Linnea Good and Bari Castle

Census-takers, Una and Octavius, are attempting to draw up an accurate count of all the inhabitants in the town of Bethlehem. Their efforts are, however, confounded by the constant arrival of evanescent angels, shepherds and meandering sheep, visiting magi and the couple and newborn baby that all are seeking. Our heroes conclude that an event like this birth and God’s gift of love are immeasurable, and they lay down their forms and clipboards in his service. Theme song included is “Children Go Where I Send Thee”.

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Animal Barn

a pre-Christmas “mime” or play for ages 4 and up

by Linnea Good

The farmyard animals learn that people are coming to town (to be registered in a census) and will be staying in all the available houses. The human owners of the house are distressed because everyone knows that this means: all their stuff will be "ruined, wrecked or stolen". This distrust spreads to the animal community until (quite hilariously) all the animals are outright suspicious and unfriendly to one another. Luckily, a resident mouse calls them all back to the gifts that trust can bring – gifts of community and friendship. The animals manage to convince the humans that all shall be well if they trust - and dinner is served (the perfect reward for a hard day's theological reflection and quacking).

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Santa's Green Christmas

by Linnea Good and Bev Krieger

15-minute secular drama with 3 punctuating songs for 7-11 year olds (or mixed ages) inspired by the thoughtful and spirited grade 2 / 3's of our hometown Giant's Head School

Santa is visited by 3 unusual visitors: a coho salmon, a western red cedar and a polar bear. All are asking for a Christmas present. The Coho requests clear waterways so she can go home to her creek and have babies. The Cedar asks for water to hold in her roots, keep as mist in her branches and stay strong to fight off beetles. The polar bear gruffly asks if it's "warm in here", requesting COLD to keep the ice frozen all winter and the permafrost in the ground. Santa assures them he will do what he can, and then thinks hard. Cast sings: What Can I Give You (adapted from What Can I Give Him, available on-line) and Raffi’s free song “Cool It (“Cool this planet down”) is also available as a a rockin’ finale.

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The Very Best Gift Ever

by Linnea Good 

a 30-minute play for elementary school-age children in community or church setting (for Christmas or other occasion)

A very bored, very selfish King wishes for the "best gift ever". He is sent out by a mysterious stranger on a quest in which he is required to give a gift, in order to find the great Gift Giver. As he mistakenly gives away gifts to a poor cobbler, a poor veterinarian and a poor toymaker, he learns that it is his own kingly selfishness that has caused each one of them to be poor. He is left with nothing in the bag, disappointed and lonely. A band of mice shows kindness to the King and to his surprise, he experiences the warm feeling of Friendship - the very best gift ever. (He returns home to fix all the bad laws – so that all can live happily ever after).

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*** Any Season Plays ***

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Stone Soup: The Cantata

by Scott Douglas and Linnea Good

for church and non-church use

Once upon a time two tricksters , Canny and Small, arrive in the tiny village named Oxter (Two Wandering Wonderers). They ask for a bite of supper, but the villagers refuse, so Canny and Small come up with a tricky plan, pretending to make "stone soup" with a magical soup stone (Stone Soup). The villagers are curious and end up adding ingredients from their own pockets in return for a taste of the magical soup. Everyone is so pleased with the soup that the mayor proposes a toast (S*O*U*P) and they all sing (Thanks To You). The villagers decide to pool their money and buy the stone from Canny and Small (We Need That Stone). The two tricksters accept the offer and hightail it out of town with the money. When the villagers next try to make soup, they realize they've been tricked. They chase after Canny and Small (Get Them! Instrumental) and drag them back to town (Get Them! Reprise). Luckily Small convinces the angry villagers that the magic of the soup stone lay in its having brought them together as a community (It Was You). All is forgiven, the tricksters are elected mayor and everyone celebrates (Stone Soup reprise).

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*** Full-on Musical Productions ***

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Stone Soup: The Musical!

by Scott Douglas and Linnea Good

a full-scale comedy musical in two acts

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Creative Intergenerational Worship Services 

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Holy Friday Re-Telling Service

A service of spoken word, dramatic re-telling, scripture and gesture

by Linnea Good

 

What they said about the Holy Friday Re-Telling:

"I was spellbound from the first words - couldn't wait to see and hear what was coming next"

"What a fabulous piece..!"

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