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FOCUS ON THE MANGER - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        Jesus is the focus of Christmas, glory
SCRIPTURE:    Matt.1:18-2:10; Luke2:1-20; James 3:14-18
Style:        allegory/conversation: during a Christmas
.             skit practice, the actors seek out
.             attention and end up arguing about it,
.             until the director reminds them that
.             Jesus is the focus of Christmas
Cast:         DIRECTOR, SHEPHERDS, WISE MEN, ANGELS,
.             JOSEPH, MARY; DONKEY
Set & Props:  manger, shepherd staffs, gifts,
.             donkey ears, spotlight





LONGER OPTION found on page 4




SHORT SCRIPT:

(DIRECTOR enters and places the manger in the middle
of the stage.)

DIRECTOR   All right everyone, let's start from the top
.          shall we?  Get ready to enter and stand
.          at your proper places.  Let’s do this right.
.          Remember which role you are playing, and
.          more importantly, remember Who SHOULD BE
.          the center of attention.  And... begin music.
.          (leaves the stage area)

(Any Christmas music could be played here as
ANGELS line up along the back, behind the manger.
All ANGELS smile brightly with arms outstretched.)

(MARY and JOSEPH enter hand in hand, followed by DONKEY.  
They stop right in front of the manger and pose.  
JOSEPH steps ahead of her with arms outstretched.  
His sleeve blocks MARY’S face.)

(MARY ducks underneath JOSEPH’S one arm and pushes
it up, so she can come forward and strike a cutesy-pose
with her hands clasped together in front of her.)
.                                                       2
(SHEPHERDS enter and walk in front of MARY and JOSEPH,
bowing and waving at the congregation.)

(MARY and JOSEPH push the SHEPHERDS to the side,
but the SHEPHERDS continue to bow and wave.)

(WISEMEN enter grandly and stop at center stage.
They motion with their hands at the gifts they
have brought with Vanna White motions.)

(MARY and JOSEPH push the WISEMEN to the side.)

MARY       Excuse me, do you mind.  No one can see me.

JOSEPH     Except that, they should all be looking at me.

MARY       At YOU?  Why?  I - AM the mother.

JOSEPH     Hey, I’m the one who got us here safely.

WISEMAN 1  Seriously, it’s obvious that we are the guests
.          of honor here.

SHEPHRD 1  Even though WE were the first ones to arrive?

WISEMAN 2  And - did you BRING anything?  Huh?
.          We have some pretty serious riches,
.          and brought some pretty awesome gifts.

SHEPHRD 2  Yeah, well, you had to follow some star.
.          The angels came to US to give us the message.

ANGEL 1    Oh, and speaking of angels, we were the ones
.          to bring the message with a WOW-factor.

MARY       Seriously, I carried the Baby for nine months
.          and sat on a donkey for a very LONG time
.          to get here!

JOSEPH     But just who was the one pulling that
.          stubborn donkey along?

DONKEY     Heeey, I think I deserve some credit here.
.          I was carrying a very heavy load, after all.

MARY       Hey!

WISEMAN 3  We came in on some serious camel-power.
.          Who here has that kind of status?  Huh?
.                                                    3
SHEPHRD 1  You know, we left our sheep behind just
.          to come here.  I think self-sacrifice
.          should be considered more honorable.

ANGEL 2    Donkeys, camels, whatever.  We can fly.
.          Who here can say that, huh?

ANGEL 1    Well, I can, of course.

ANGEL 2    But who has the better voice?

ANGEL 3    And ah, just who here shines brighter?

(EVERYONE continues to argue at the same time,
using the same arguments as their lines above,
and jostle for front-and-center positions.)

(And if there is more than one instrument, each one
could play a different tune as they try to stand out
from each other.)

(DIRECTOR steps up and whistles loudly to get attention.)

DIRECTOR   Cut!  QUITE!  Please?  Okay, everyone.  Yes, God
.          used people, angels, and animals to bring about
.          this amazing event, but does anybody remember
.          WHO should BE the center of attention?

WISEMAN 1  What?  Oh, ahhhh, you mean - the Baby?

DIRECTOR   Yes, well, it wasn’t just any ordinary baby,
.          now was He?  This baby – was God –
.          come down in flesh.  This baby – was Jesus –
.          the One who died for all our sins...
.          Now, if anyone thinks that they can compare
.          to that, or thinks that they deserve
.          any praise and glory, then they can share
.          the stage and spotlight with Jesus.

(DIRECTOR leaves the stage.  EVERONE steps behind
the manger, looking down at it.  WISEMEN humbly put
their gifts down beside it and back away.
Then one by one, EVERYONE humbly leaves the stage.
A spotlight remains on the manger.  This spotlight
can also pan up to a cross, if you have one.)




FOCUS ON THE MANGER - written by Tanis Harms            4
TOPIC:        Jesus is the focus of Christmas, glory
SCRIPTURE:    Matt.1:18-2:10; Luke2:1-20; James 3:14-18
Style:        allegory/conversation: during a Christmas
.             skit practice, the actors seek out
.             attention and end up arguing about it,
.             until the director reminds them that
.             Jesus is the focus of Christmas
Cast:         DIRECTOR, SHEPHERDS, WISE MEN, STAR, ANGELS,
.             JOSEPH, MARY; DONKEY, CAMEL, INNKEEPER,
.             CAESAR (AUGUSTUS), (KING) HEROD
Set & Props:  manger, shepherd staffs, gifts, star,
.             ladder, donkey ears, “camel” sign, rag,
.             laurel-wreath-crown, crown, spotlight

LONGER OPTION SCRIPT:

(DIRECTOR enters and places the manger in the middle
of the stage.)

DIRECTOR   All right everyone, let's start from the top
.          shall we?  Get ready to enter and stand
.          at your proper places.  Let’s do this right.
.          Remember which role you are playing, and
.          more importantly, remember Who SHOULD BE
.          the center of attention.  And... begin music.
.          (leaves the stage area)

(Any Christmas music could be played here as
ANGELS line up along the back, behind the manger.
All ANGELS smile brightly with arms outstretched.)

(MARY and JOSEPH enter hand in hand, followed by DONKEY.  
They stop right in front of the manger and pose.  
JOSEPH steps ahead of her with arms outstretched.  
His sleeve blocks MARY’S face.)

(MARY ducks underneath JOSEPH’S one arm and pushes
it up, so she can come forward and strike a cutesy-pose
with her hands clasped together in front of her.)

(SHEPHERDS enter and walk in front of MARY and JOSEPH,
bowing and waving at the congregation.)

(MARY and JOSEPH push the SHEPHERDS to the side,
but the SHEPHERDS continue to bow and wave.)

(WISEMEN enter grandly and stop at center stage.
They motion with their hands at the gifts they
have brought with Vanna White motions.)
.                                                          5
(CAMEL, who can be a person with a sign saying “camel”,
enters behind them and stands close to DONKEY.
CAMEL raises a chin as if to say “hey”.  DONKEY balks.
Throughout, CAMEL and DONKEY exchange challenging looks
while coolly chewing on something.)

(MARY and JOSEPH push the WISEMEN to the side.)

MARY       Excuse me, do you mind.  No one can see me.

JOSEPH     Except that, they should all be looking at me.

MARY       At YOU?  Why?  I - AM the mother.

JOSEPH     Hey, I’m the one who got us here safely.

WISEMAN 1  Seriously, it’s obvious that we are the guests
.          of honor here.

SHEPHRD 1  Even though WE were the first ones to arrive?

WISEMAN 2  And - did you BRING anything?  Huh?
.          We have some pretty serious riches,
.          and brought some pretty awesome gifts.

SHEPHRD 2  Yeah, well, you had to follow some star
.          in order to find your way here.

(STAR rushes out, which can be a person holding up a cutout,
or a person wearing some sort of start costume.)

STAR       Oh-oh-oh – that’s me!  I’m the star!
.          Every show has to have a star!

SHEPHERD 3 Except that – you’re not even a person.
.          You are just simply a – “star” –
.          just hanging out in the sky.

STAR       Except that – I’m a very SPECIAL star.
.          I was put here to shine!  See?  SEE?  Everyone?
.          EVERYONE!  Look at me!  Look at me SHINE!!!

(STAR climbs up on a chair or a ladder off to the side.
NOT right over the manger.)

SHEPHERD 3 Anyway, we did not need a star.  ANGELS!!!
.          God sent the angels directly to US SHEPHERDS –
.          to give us the very special message.

ANGEL 1    Oh, and speaking of angels!                 6
.          We are just as bright as any star!

ANGEL 2    AND ALSO - WE - were the ones sent
.          to deliver that very special message!

ANGEL 3    With a WOW-factor.

MARY       Seriously, I carried the Baby for nine months
.          and sat on a donkey for a very LONG time
.          to get here!

JOSEPH     But just who was the one pulling that
.          stubborn donkey along?

DONKEY     Heeeey, I think I deserve some credit here.
.          I was carrying a very heavy load, after all.

MARY       Hey!

WISEMAN 3  We came in on some serious camel-power.
.          Who here has that kind of status?  Huh?

(CAMEL steps forward, raising a hand to get accolades.)

CAMEL      YEAH!  Camel-power!  Woot-woot!
.          Give it up for some camel-power.

SHEPHRD 1  You know, we left our sheep behind just
.          to come here.  I think self-sacrifice
.          should be considered more honorable.

ANGEL 2    Donkeys, camels, whatever.  We can fly.
.          Who here can say that, huh?

ANGEL 1    Well, I can... of course.

ANGEL 2    But who has the better voice?

ANGEL 3    And ah, just who here shines brighter?

STAR       Oh!  Me-me-me!  That would be me!  The STAR!

(INNKEEPER enters, wiping hands with a rag.)

INNKEEPER  What is all the commotion here?
.          I’m trying to run an inn.  
.          My patrons are trying to sleep!
.          I know I let you stay in my stables, but
.          that does not mean you have a noisy party!
.                                                     7
(CAESAR and HEROD rush in, each trying to push
the other back while trying to get ahead, while
at the same time trying to put their crowns in place.)

HEROD      Party?  Is there something important happening,
.          and you did not think to invite THE KING!
.          I AM KING after all.

CAESAR     Herod!  You work for me.
.          I should be ahead of you.
.          My rank as Caesar is far above
.          and far superior than yours.

(EVERYONE continues to argue at the same time,
using the same arguments as their lines above,
and jostle for front-and-center positions.)

(And if there is more than one instrument,
each one could play a different tune
as they try to stand out from each other.)

(DIRECTOR steps up and whistles loudly to get attention.)

DIRECTOR   Cut!  QUITE!  Please?
.          Okay, everyone.
.          Yes, God used people,
.          angels, stars, and animals
.          to bring about this amazing event,
.          but-  does anybody remember WHO
.          should BE the center of attention?

WISEMAN 1  What?  Oh, ahhhh, you mean - the Baby?

DIRECTOR   Yes, well, He wasn’t just any ordinary baby,
.          now was He?  This baby – was the Lord of lords
.          and King of kings-

HEROD      King, eh?  And just who made HIM king?

(HEROD swings his attention to CAESAR.)

CAESAR     Don’t look at me.
.          I had nothing to do with that.
.          And now I’m thinking - maybe
.          this is NOT the show for me.
.          Where is an agent when you need one?

(HEROD and CAESAR quietly storm off stage
while DIRECTOR speaks.)
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DIRECTOR   To be in this show, in this particular scene,
.          takes humility.  To realize - that there can be
.          only be one King in our lives.  
.          And that this King should be first in our lives.
.          Our motives should be love.  Because
.          God loved us so much that He sent
.          His only Son to bring salvation to us.

INKEEPER   We’re still taking about the Baby, right?

DIRECTOR   Yes.  This baby - was God – come down in flesh.
.          This baby – was Jesus –
.          the One who died for all our sins...
.          Now, if anyone thinks that they can compare
.          to that... or thinks that they deserve
.          any praise and glory... then they can share
.          the stage and spotlight with Jesus.

(DIRECTOR leaves the stage.  EVERONE steps behind
the manger, looking down at it.  WISEMEN humbly put
their gifts down beside it and back away.
Then one by one, EVERYONE humbly leaves the stage.
A spotlight remains on the manger.  This spotlight
can also pan up to a cross, if you have one.)