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1. If you're interested in a play, you can buy a perusal copy first.

2. If you decide to produce the play, you'll want to order more copies for the cast, or buy the rights to photocopy the script by sending $1.00 for each copy of the script you make. Photocopying without permission is illegal. (Note: Do not photocopy any of the scripts published by Baker's Plays, Hope Publishing, Chorister's Guild or other publishers. )

3. Most of the plays listed also require that you pay a performance royalty each time you perform the work. This royalty applies to amateur productions of the play and is due whether or not admission is charged. The storytelling materials below do not require a performance royalty.

4. After reviewing what's available, click on the Order Form link to send us your order. Break a leg in the Spirit!


One Act Plays

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO JERICHO 

Winner of the 1983 Episcopal Drama Foundation National Drama Contest

30 min., 5 - 10 characters, script $4.50, royalty $25/performance.

A woman acting out the part of the Samaritan in a performance of the Good Samaritan parable finds the role too demanding and tries a succession of other parts: the person helped, the priest who passed by, and finally a robber. In each case she is confronted and challenged by the Biblical message behind the story and by the figure of Christ who appears in all the scenes.

LOOSE CONNECTIONS 

15 min., 3 performers, script $4.50, royalty $20/performance. Winner of the 1998 National CITA Sketch Contest. A woman waiting in car repair center has an encounter with a stranger who says his name is Jesus.

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IN 20 MINUTES

30 min., 4 - 30 performers, script $7.95, royalty $45/ performance.

A light hearted, witty rendering of the Old Testament which attempts to cover everything from Adam to Bethlehem in one act and... uh, doesn't quite make it. (This script has been published by Baker's Plays. Performance royalties should be sent directly to them. DO NOT PHOTOCOPY THIS PLAY.)

NATIVITY ON THE SQUARE 

Winner of the 1995 CITA One Act Playwriting Contest

35 min., 4 characters (2 males & 2 females, or 1 male & 3 females), script $4.50, royalty $35/performance.

The figures of a public creche scene come to life on Christmas Eve and attempt to discover who they are. A drunken homeless woman explains the Nativity story to them in a manner that is both comic and deeply moving.

THE WORLD'S OLDEST FINANCIAL PLANNER

20 min., 3 performers, script $4.50, royalty $15/performance. A collage of scripture and story on the subject of stewardship. NOTE: This work includes as part of the work, "The Tale of the Three Trees" from the Three Scenes for Two and Three collection below.

THE CASE OF THE MISSING BODIES 

45 min., 3-8 performers, script $5.00, royalty $35/performance. Take the story of the apostle Peter's escape from jail; put it into the language and action of a 1940's Humphrey Bogart detective movie; and you have 45 minutes of comedy with a message.(Audiotape sound track is also available for $35.)

ORIENTATION 

15 min., 3 performers (1 male and 2 female, or 2 male and 1 female), script $4.50, royalty $20/performance. Two recent arrivals to Heaven learn from a gatekeeper what is important in the afterlife is surprisingly different from what is important on earth.

REMEMBRANCE

15 min., 3 performers, (1 male and 2 female, or 2 male and 1 female), script $4.50, royalty $20/performance. In a grave marker showroom of the future, a young woman (or man) interacts with the holographic image of her late mother, and remembers her mother's faith.

CAN THIS RELATIONSHIP BE SAVED?

Winner of the CITA National Comedy sketch writing contest. 10 min., 3 performers, (1 male and 2 female), script $4.50, royalty $15/performance. Samson and Delilah go for couples counseling on the "Dr. Judy Solomon T.V. Show."

THE LEDGE

25 min., 5 characters, script $4.50, royalty $20/performance

A satirical comedy. A person who contemplates jumping from the ledge of a building is confronted by a series of people who try to help. The powerful ending contrasts the sacrificial nature of God's love in contrast to other types of love.

THE SOWER AND THE SEEDS

35 min., 5 - 10 characters, script $4.50, royalty $20/performance.

Four different people explain the parable of the sower by acting out their own stories. Particularly appropriate for Jr. and Sr. high audiences, the play demonstrates the importance of a relationship with Christ.


Collections

#S9 THREE SCENES FOR TWO AND THREE

Three all time favorite short scenes for 2 or 3 performers. Total Collection $4.50.

"The Lord's Prayer"  Royalty $15/performance. Someone praying the Lord's Prayer is surprised when God answers.

"The Parable of the Lighthouse"  Royalty $15/performance. In this parable for the church, a lighthouse becomes so successful that it discontinues lifesaving operations.

"The Tale of the Three Trees"  Royalty $15/performance. A staging of an American folk tale in which three trees who dream of greatness eventually become part of the story of Jesus.

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

A collection of three short plays which are very easy to produce. Adaptable to groups of 5 to 25. Great for youth groups as well as adult performers. Total Collection $4.50.

"The First Parish Meeting of the Church of Jerusalem"  Royalty $15/performance. A picture of the first Pentecost, as though it were happening during the business meeting of a contemporary church.

"The Royal Visit"  Royalty $15/performance. A group of people wait for the grand entrance of the king. In their desire to impress him, they miss his entrance through the rear door, and he is noticed only by the character of Blind Bartimaeus.

"Prodigal Improvisation" No royalty. A theatrical telling of the prodigal son parable which allows for participation from the audience.

THE TOTAL CHURCH BODY WORKOUT

This collection of 6 favorite scenes is great for youth groups as well as adults. 2 - 15 performers, scenes are 8 - 15 minutes in length. Total Collection $8.95, minimum royalty $45. (The collection has been published by Baker's Plays. Performance royalties should be sent directly to them. DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

"The Wall"   (4 characters) A man trapped in an invisible cage catches the attention of a passerby who enters leading her conscience on a leash.

"Confessions"   (3 to 20 characters) Seven short scenes that graphically portray people caught in the act of little "everyday sins."

"Unless a Seed Falls"   (2 characters) A parable of Christian growth. Two seeds grow into plants and argue about the existence of a Gardener.

"One Day at a Bus Stop"  (2 characters) A person waiting at a bus stop is challenged by a stranger who claims to be Jesus.

"Coffee Hour at Laodicea"  (6 characters) A very contemporary church in 44 A.D. greets a wealthy newcomer warmly, but turns away a street person.

"Body Talk"   (6 characters) The parts of the body come alive and argue comically in this staging of I Corinthians 12.


Storytelling Scripts

LIONS, PHARAOHS, AND GREAT BIG FISH

For one storyteller with audience participation. Each story is 8 - 10 minutes long. Collection of 3 stories for $4.50, no performance royalties. Three stories for children: Daniel and the Lion's Den, The Crossing of the Red Sea, and Jonah and the Big Fish. Great for intergenerational audiences and for children 4 - 12.

THE ART OF THE HOLY BACKRUB

For one storyteller with audience participation. Each story is 5 - 8 minutes. Collection of 2 stories for $4.50, no performance royalties. Two parables -- The Sower and the Seeds and The Good Samaritan -- with, yes, an appropriate backrub to accompany each one. A great crowd ice-breaker and a unique way to proclaim the word.


Music

FIRST CAME AARDVARKS 

$1.90/copy. A witty song that describes the loading of Noah's ark, for mixed voices, S.A.T.B., with keyboard and optional trumpet, trombone, bass, and drums. Music by Allen Pote. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

HERE I AM 

$2.05/copy. An expressive and earnest song of commitment and faith from Rescue in the Night, for 3 part mixed voices, S.A.T., with keyboard. Music by Allen Pote. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

FRIENDS IN THE LORD 

$2.10/copy. A stirring promise of loyalty to friends and devotion to God, for mixed voices, S.A.T.B., with keyboard. Music by Allen Pote. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)


Children's Musicals

All of the musicals in this section can be performed by 10-100 performers (including the chorus) with no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) Each musical is also supported by CD recordings. Unless otherwise indicated, the prices for these items are:

Listening CD with vocals:  $17.95                    Value Pack-10 Listening CD's: $69.95

Accompaniment CD (instrumental music without vocals) for rehearsal or performance: $79.95

RESCUE IN THE NIGHT

35 minutes, 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

A musical version of Daniel in the Lion's Den with words by Tom Long and music by Allen Pote. Amusing and meaningful for audiences of all ages, the work can be performed by actors/singers second grade and up. Ideal for youth and children's choirs.

THE TALE OF THE THREE TREES

20 min., 12 - 100 performers (including chorus), script/score $7.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

A cantata version of an American folk tale that captures the heart of the Jesus story. For two part (treble or mixed) voices and piano, excellent for choirs 2nd grade through high school. Words by Tom Long; Music by Allen Pote. Listening CD: $10.95, Accompaniment CD: $34.95, Value Pack of 10 CD's: $49.95. 

THE ROCKSLINGER AND HIS GREATEST HIT

45 minute, 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

A musical comedy version of David and Goliath with words by Tom Long and music by Allen Pote. Ideal for youth and children's choirs or intergenerational groups.

ONCE UPON A PARABLE

45 minute, 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.)

A musical in which a group of energetic performers use parables to tell the story of Jesus, accentuating the humor and contemporary flavor of the stories. Words by Tom Long; music by Allen Pote. 

MALICE IN THE PALACE

45 minute, 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.), A musical comedy version of the story of Esther. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote.

CHIMES IN THE NIGHT

30 min., 10 -100 performers (including chorus).  script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) This is an adaptation of the classic Christmas story, "Why the Chimes Rang," by Raymond MacDonald Alden. The inspirational tale of sacrificial giving includes a Nativity pageant. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote.

LIFE OF THE PARTY 

35 min., 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) A lively retelling of the story of Mary and Martha. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote.

ARE WE THERE YET?

45 min., 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) The story of Moses and Miriam and the Exodus. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote.

OLD TESTAMENT FAST FORWARD

45 min., 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) A lightning romp through the Old Testament. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote.

TABLE FOR FIVE...THOUSAND!

30 min., 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) The story of the Feeding of the 5000. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote. Listening CD: $10.95, Accompaniment CD: $34.95, Value Pack of 10 CD's: $49.95. 

THE LOST BOY

25 min., 10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) The story of Jesus in the temple at age 12. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote. Listening CD: $10.95, Accompaniment CD: $34.95, Value Pack of 10 CD's: $49.95. 

THE SAILOR'S BIBLE

45 min. or 3 short 15 min. "mini musicals",  10 -100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) Three tales of daring rescue at sea: Noah and the Great Flood, Jonah and the Great Fish, and Paul's shipwreck. Words  by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote. 

ADULT AND YOUTH MUSICALS

WHEN SILENT VOICES SING

35 min., SATB, 10-100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) This Easter cantata is a fresh retelling of the gospel from the perspective of three women--Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and the woman caught in adultery. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote. 

BY HEAVEN'S LIGHT

25 min., SATB, 10-100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) A Christmas Cantata with minimal staging. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote. 

AT THE NINTH HOUR

35 min., SATB, 10-100 performers (including chorus), script/score $8.95, no royalties. (DO NOT PHOTOCOPY.) A Lenten/Easter Cantata for choirs with narration. Words by Tom Long, music by Allen Pote. 


DVD's

THE LORD'S PRAYER DVD

                    SORRY-CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK. A woman praying the Lord's Prayer is stunned when God answers. The DVD comes with discussion questions for small groups. $15.95 (10 min.)

LOOSE CONNECTIONS DVD

A woman waiting in a car repair center has an encounter with Jesus. The DVD comes with discussion questions for small groups. $15.95 (15 min.)


Worship Banners/Kites

These kite/banners are designed to be waved from poles during processionals, recessionals, or at other times during worship. The kites are not suitable for conventional kite flying on a string. Poles are sold separately. Allow 2 - 4 weeks delivery. Shipping and handling: $10 for any number of doves, $10 for any number of poles, $18.00 for any number of doves and poles together. (Doves and poles are shipped separately.) 

NYLON DOVE

This is a 14" by 18" dove made from white rip-stop nylon with a 12 foot red and white ribbon tail. (The body of the kite is only slightly larger than a real dove.) Great for Pentecost.

$23.95 plus shipping and handling. 

FIBERGLASS TELESCOPING POLE 

This 12' pole for flying banners has a tip eyelet and collapses to 50" for easy transport and storage.

$23.95 plus shipping and handling