Christian Plays

Christian Plays & Musicals

Some of these plays are biblical. Some are religious. Some are “secular,” but about virtues, morals or character growth. Most are comedies, and can be produced with minimal resources.

These shows are suitable for churches, schools, or any group looking for plays compatible with a Christian worldview.

Babushka’s Basket

Exhausted by “holiday season” commercialism? Looking for a more heartfelt and rewarding alternative to staging yet another Christmas pageant?

Babushka's Basket CoverBABUSHKA’S BASKET is an uplifting one-act drama inspired by the cherished Russian folk tale about a peasant woman whose grief-inspired compulsiveness prevents her from joining the Wise Men on their journey to meet the Christ Child.

This emotionally honest and ultimately heart-healing play offers a challenging yet rewarding role for a middle-aged actress, with an inter-generational supporting cast. The simple set and minimal production requirements make BABUSHKA’S BASKET ideal for performance on a budget, in a variety of settings.

With a hint of humor and large helpings of hope, audiences will be moved and inspired by BABUSHKA’S BASKET, a beloved yet non-traditional Christmas redemption story.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

The Beggar and the Wolf

— The townsfolk of Gubbio are howling mad when a lone wolf stalks their medieval village.

Based on the popular 13th-century legend of St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio, this easy-to-stage, single-set, 45-minute comedy with a flexible cast of sixteen, is loaded with outrageous puns, slapstick humor, and quirky characters.

When all else fails, Mayor Gasbaggio fetches Francesco, a renowned holy beggar from the neighboring village of Assisi, who is reputed to have a wondrous way with animals.

Audiences will sit, stay, and roll over with laughter as they witness the hilarious and heart-warming antics of The Beggar and the Wolf.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

The Death and Life of Everyman

–Moldy Medieval Morality Play turns out to be contemporary, funny and relevant! Who’d have thought it?

This modern and comedic adaptation of the classic allegory concerns a man who learns he must meet his Maker, and then does! As his doom approaches, Everyman discovers that family, friends, and fortune cannot accompany him and that even strength, beauty, intellect, and emotion are no match for the Grim Reaper; yet faith, hope, and charity prevail.

This timeless tale is especially intended for groups ready to move beyond religious skits and homily dramas to do something more challenging, less preachy, and more theatrical. And did we mention funny? This boldly theatrical show takes on a serious subject in a playful environment.

With a flexible cast of 7-17 and minimal set requirements, this 80-minute show is ideal for those with a limited budget or who wish to tour.

Buy and stage this script! You’re eventually going to die anyway, but maybe this show will help you crack a smile along the way.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of The Death and Life of Everyman today. Published by Eldridge Christian Plays and Musicals.

Fair Game

Learning about choosing priorities and life values has never been so much fun.

Three teenagers are lured into malevolent Professor Carny Barker’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Traveling Career Fair. There they are tempted with futures of glamor, riches, and power by warped and wicked counterfeit pretenders from the military, medical, legal, and business professions. The teens, with the oddball assistance of a janitor, weigh what they’re willing to trade off to achieve “success.”

This 45-minute modern morality play is loaded with slapstick comedy, wry satire, and a flexible ensemble cast of over-the-top comical characters.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of FAIR GAME today! Published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

Heaven Sent (Tobit)

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— The Book of Tobit is the most free-wheeling, fun-loving, supernatural fantasy adventure and romantic comedy in the entire Apocrypha!

As an answer to prayer, the angel Raphael helps a hopelessly naive lad fight a demon, marry a damsel in distress, and heal a father’s blindness. Found in many Bibles, Tobit is one of the greatest literary hits from the period between the Old and New Testaments. Surprisingly true to the original, Heaven Sent is filled with contemporary sensibilities, clever dialogue, sight gags, and slapstick humor.

Heaven Sent is an easy-to-stage full-length comedy that has a simple set, easy costumes, and delightful roles for four men and three women, plus an active comic ensemble. If your church or drama ministry is ready to step up to the next level, Heaven Sent will get you there, and provide an entertaining, edifying, theatrical experience for your audiences.

CLICK HERE to purchase a reading copy of Heaven Sent today! Also available on Amazon-Kindle.

Imperfections

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In this provocative fifteen-minute comedic play set in the near future, Chip and Cissy make an appointment to genetically engineer their first child at Build a Baby Corp. After selecting traits such as hair and eye color, the couple learns that they must choose an “imperfection,” a flaw in their test tube baby which will create a challenge to overcome and so facilitate character development.

Humor, a sprinkling of real science, flexible casting and no-hassle production requirements create a compelling vehicle for an intriguing ethical dilemma. If you had to select a genetic anomaly for your child, what would YOU choose? Cast of 1M, 1F, 1 either, simple furniture set, contemporary costumes. (Amazon-Kindle)

Nutcracker

Nutcracker CoverTchaikovsky’s Nutcracker without toe shoes!

No dancing or choreography is required in this swashbuckling comedy that leaps back to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale and spins comic gold. The short and silly children’s musical adaptation of the classic holiday fantasy combines Tchaikovsky’s famous score with cute and clever lyrics, arranged and simplified for young voices by Bill Francoeur.

On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeier presents brave Marie with an unusual Nutcracker. That night she is awakened by a band of renegade mice, led by the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker, joined by a Ballerina, Feline Legation, and Mistress Clara, battle the rodents. Marie defeats the Mouse King by hitting him with her slipper. The heroes travel to the Land of Toys to rescue Princess Pirlipat from the wicked Mouse Queen and her hilarious helpers. The Nutcracker and the princess are reunited, and the curse is broken. Marie and her toys return home in triumph.

NUTCRACKER is a budget-friendly musical with a cast of 14, plus chorus. There’s even a music CD if your resources don’t include live accompaniment. Your cast and audiences will dance with unchoreographed delight when they experience the jolly joy of NUTCRACKER, the musical.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of NUTCRACKER today. Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

O Holy Knight

O Holy Knight CoverCelebrate Christmas in a Castle!

In this mirthful, medieval, 60-minute Christmas comedy, a blizzard has confined a motley mix of commoners, merchants and courtiers together in the castle’s banquet hall. The ladies-in-waiting are becoming inpatient, Christendom’s oldest squire has the hiccups, and Jabber the Jester’s outrageous antics aren’t helping. To pass the time, and to cheer Lady Dolores, whose husband is being held for ransom in a foreign land, they agree to perform a Nativity pageant, using whatever props and costumes they have on hand.

With a simple set, extremely flexible (and potentially large) cast of colorful characters, loads of slapstick humor and clever dialogue, this genuinely touching inter-generational holiday play even has an inspiring Christmas miracle to warm everyone’s heart. The “pageant within the play” is uproariously inept, yet sincere. The show is easy-to-cast and stage, and is suitable for both church and community theatre production.

O HOLY KNIGHT is sure to become a holiday season favorite for your audiences, whether they be princes or peasants.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

Parable Plays

Coming soon from Christian Publishers. A series of roughly ten-minute contemporary sketches based on Jesus’ parables.

Called or Culled (The Sheep and the Goats) Matthew 25:31-46.  Emanuel King interviews two candidates for Skycastle Enterprises. One’s a good fit and the other…not.

Dragnet (The Casting of the Net Into the Sea) Matthew 13:47-50. Three crooks take the bait and find themselves caught up by their own greed.

Fined (The Two Debtors) Luke 7:40-43. A librarian shows mercy to two patrons, one who owes little, and the other much.

L3 (The Leaven) Matthew 13:33. A talk show host interviews the creator of an internet movement that went viral.

The Shepherdess (The Lost Sheep) Luke 15:3-7. A distraught shepherdess visits Papa’s Fix-It Shop while searching for a lost lamb.

Squatters (The Tenants) Mark 12:1-12. Two hotel employees abandon their jobs, move into a penthouse suite and refuse to leave.

The New Deal (The Rich Man and Lazarus) Luke 16:19-31. During the Great Depression, the fates of a wealthy businessman and a hobo are abruptly and eternal reversed.

The Verdict (The Unjust Judge/The Persistent Widow) Luke 18:1-8. Set in the Wild West, a cantankerous saloon-keeping judge buckles under the persistence of the Widow Mite quest for justice.

STAND-ALONE PARABLE PLAYS

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Bullied

A Parable Play

In this short sketch, a club for bullied students takes a sudden turn.

Some of my Parable Plays are biblical or contemporary adaptations of Bible stories. Some are religious. Some are “secular” like this one, but about virtues, morals, or character growth. Most are comedies and can be produced with minimal resources. These scripts are suitable for churches, schools, or any group looking for plays compatible with a Christian worldview.

CLICK HERE to purchase a reading copy for just 99 cents. Published on Amazon-Kindle.

Cleaning House

A Parable Play based on “The Lost Coin,” (Luke 15:8-10)

Just 99 cents. In this short, two-person sketch, a hoarder misplaces the paperwork for renewing her rental agreement and must find it before the new landlord arrives.

CLICK HERE to purchase a reading copy for just 99 cents. Published on Amazon-Kindle.

Peacemaker

A Parable Play

In the Old West, a lovestruck schoolboy visits a mercantile store to purchase a gun in order to kill his rival and impress a pretty girl. The storekeep’s surprisingly eager endorsement of the plan causes the youth to reconsider the consequences of his actions.

This breezy seven-minute sketch contains deeper themes and a canny perspective on the consequences of violence.

Some of my Parable Plays are biblical or contemporary adaptations of Bible stories. Some are religious. Some are “secular” like this one, but about virtues, morals, or character growth. Most are comedies and can be produced with minimal resources. These scripts are suitable for churches, schools, or any group looking for plays compatible with a Christian worldview.

CLICK HERE to purchase a reading copy. Published on Amazon-Kindle.

Pilgrim’s Progress

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— John Bunyan’s rolling in his grave…with laughter!

In this hilarious, action-packed and contemporary adaptation of English literature’s first great allegorical fantasy, the thrilling adventure of Christian’s perilous journey to heaven is punctuated by uproarious characters and situations.

Favorite scenes from the original classic, though wacky and warped, keep the age-old story fresh and funny. This ensemble comedy has non-stop laughs and dozens of delightful roles, both small and large. It’s perfect for a flexible, intergenerational cast of actors with varying levels of experience. With easy costume accessories, simple hand props and no set requirements, the 90-minute comedy may be presented on a shoestring budget.

Whether or not your audiences know and love the monumental masterpiece of Christian literature, they will rejoice in this upbeat, silly-yet-sublime, faith-filled stage version, then run home to read the original Pilgrim’s Progress with fresh insight.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of Pilgrim’s Progress today. Published by StagePlays and Amazon-Kindle.

Saints for the Seasons

Saints(Four, 20-minute monologues for church or theatrical use)

Put the “holy” back in several popular but misunderstood “holidays.”

Four great Christians with famous names but less familiar legacies step out of history to share the inspiring, often funny, and historically accurate stories of their lives of heroic faith, sacrifice and service in the name of Jesus.

Nicholas of Myra (December 6) — Popularly referred to as Saint Nick, this early 4th century champion of biblical orthodoxy and prodigal generosity sets the record straight on how different he is from “the other guy”.

Valentine of Rome (February 14) — A defender of Christian marriage and sacrificial love, Valentine gladly faces martyrdom during the Roman persecution of the early church by Emperor Claudius “the Cruel” Gothicus.

Patrick of Ireland (March 17) — An immature teenager becomes a slave, escapes captivity, learns to love his enemies, and answers God’s call to return to the dreaded Emerald Isle. He dedicates his new life to preaching the Good News, engages in spiritual warfare, baptizes tens of thousands, and plants hundreds of churches.

Francis of Assisi (October 4) – Nature lover and friend to animals, Francis abandons wealth, comfort and worldly glory for a life of holy poverty, simplicity, brotherhood, and evangelism, inadvertently creating the religious order of Franciscans and inventing the Nativity play.

SAINTS FOR THE SEASONS will foster a deeper understanding of the Christian role models behind four oft-neglected or misunderstood holidays while entertaining and edify the people of your church. For inspiration, humor, biblical truths, and encouragement in the faith mark your calendars and celebrate these Saints for the Seasons.

CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of Saints for the Seasons today. Published by Christian Publishers.

The Scavenger Hunt

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— When teen angels are involved, heaven CAN’T wait!

Teen angels Maisie and Tori are sent on an action-packed, time-traveling scavenger hunt by Big Momma Angel. It’s a side-splitting adventure of biblical proportions as they meet Abraham and Isaac, just in time for a hair-raising sacrifice. Watch them get caught between a rock and a hard place while David battles Goliath.

Two favorite Bible stories are given a new spin when seen through the eyes of these totally awesome teen angels.

Extremely simple production requirements make this an easy-to-stage, affordable, 30-minute comedy that is ideal for youth groups in touring or even classroom performance.

CLICK HERE to purchase your Amazon-Kindle reading copy today!

The Very Best Christmas Card Ever

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Very Best Christmas Card Ever Cover2M, 2F, 1 either, plus optional ensemble
Simple Interior Set
About 20 Minutes (plus carols)

In this easy-to-stage, family-friendly Christmas play/carol sing-along/pageant, a family shops for a Christmas card to send to an overseas orphan they have sponsored. The manager shows them cards related to Santa, Dickens, Angels, Shepherds, Wise Men and finally commemorating the Birth of Jesus. The family decides to sacrifice their holiday plans and visit the child in person. This 20-minute (plus carols) comedy may also be used to support a church or community’s overseas orphan-sponsoring organization. Add a choir of Sunday School children or adults, or even an Ensemble to create adorable and hilarious “Living Christmas Card” tableaus. (Amazon-Kindle)