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HE IS RISEN! (Script for object theatre play, Resurrection Rotation)

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All ages script for the Puppet/Drama Workshop, Resurrection Rotation 2005, LD McKenzie. Adapted from the NRSV.

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NOTE ABOUT THIS PLAY. There is one predominant speaking part, a narrator, Mary Magdalene. The narr plays a kind of voiceover role for the Mary puppet. Other cast members play out actions as Mary narrates them. They can say them out loud in tableaux after narrative for each scene. Or in the middle during each scene. May depend on energy level of your kids.



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CAST:

Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, Salome [text at Luke says, 'and the other women who were with them. At risk of mixing our gospel accounts, let's add in at least the names of other women who in the gospels so that more kids have roles to play], Simon Peter, mystery disciple, two angels, Jesus, rest of disciples.

PROPS: open mouth cave in garden backdrop with stone disk to side, stone painted on or on a wire for movement.

STAGE: Could be a long low table that kids sit behind on floor. Or could use wide doorway, string sheet across lower portion of doorway. Mount backdrop on easel set behind players.

SCENE 1. APPROACHING THE TOMB. [Characters named can act out actions described as Mary talks.]

MARY M:

It was still dark when we left home. The sky grew pinker and brighter with the rising sun. We had our spices with us. We had to make sure Jesus had a proper burial. He had done so much for us.

It was terrible how he died. We women were very upset. The other Mary was with me -- and Joanna and Salome and a few others. We were scared too. We didn't know what the soldiers might do to us, after treating Jesus like a thief. But we tried to be brave and went out to the tomb where they laid him. Yes, we had to do this much for him.


SCENE 2. AT THE TOMB. [ALL WOMEN EXCEPT MARY HANG BACK. MARY STOPS IN FRONT OF TOMB ON BACKDROP.]


MARY:

But when we got there, the heavy stone that had been rolled in front of the cave was now beside it. The entryway was open. I said to the others -- "Someone must have taken Jesus's body away. We need to get help." So we ran back into the city.



SCENE 3. GOING FOR HELP. [OTHER WOMEN PUPPETS DROP OUT OF SIGHT FOR NOW.]


Mary: I found Simon Peter. The other guy -- you know, the other guy -- who was with him. I called to them, " Come and see. They've taken our Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they've taken him."


Peter didn't even answer. He just went running straight to the tomb. And as for the other guy, boys will be boys, and he must have thought it was a race. He went running too. He ended up getting there before Peter. But he was too chicken to actually go in. Peter went in first.



Peter: Mary's right. Here are all the cloths that were wrapped around Jesus's body. But no Jesus. This is kinda creepy.



Other guy: [Peeking in in a scared way]. Yeah. Creepy. Where'd he go?



Peter: I dunno. I'm outta here.



Other guy: Right on, brother.



Mary: Then those two turkeys went home. Some help!!!



SCENE 4. MARY ALONE OUTSIDE TOMB.


Mary: I was scared too. But I couldn't move my feet. I just stood there crying. When I finally peeked into the tomb, I saw two angels. They were dressed all in white. Standing exactly where Jesus's body had been. They asked me why I was crying. When I wiped my eyes and started to tell them, only one man was left.



This must be the gardener, I thought. Well, he has to know where Jesus has been taken. I asked him as well where Jesus was. Then the gardener spoke my name. And I knew it was Jesus!



"Teacher," I called out to him. And I stretched out my arms to give him a hug.



Then Jesus said: "Don't touch me yet, Mary. I still have to go and see my Father.



"But go to my brothers." [ UP POP LOTS OF DISCIPLE PUPPETS, STAGE LEFT-ISH]



"Tell them I am on my way to see my Father."



SCENE 4. BACK IN TOWN.



Mary: Jesus didn't have to tell me twice. I was dying to give those lads a talking to!



So found my women friends, and they came with me back into the city. And I announced to the disciples:



"I have seen the Lord." And I told them everything I had seen and what Jesus had said.



EPILOGUE. [MARY TALKS TO AUDIENCE. OTHER WOMEN PUPPETS FACE FRONT WITH HER].


Mary: It's all very hard to explain. The day started out so sad and gloomy. But by the end of the day, we were so happy. Our friend Jesus wasn't dead.



He is risen! He is always with us. In a different way than before. But he is never far away. We were so happy to be the bearers of this good news. We hope people will never forget.



All original text 2004 - 2014, LD McKenzie

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