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When the Oldest Baby Jesus Got Lost - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

When the Oldest Baby Jesus Got Lost

Jack Kurtz

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

8m, 5f, 5boy(s), 7girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573701382

Samantha and her elementary school chorus are invited to sing in The Magic Mall at Christmas time. Samantha has brought her mother's antique doll for the baby Jesus in the manger, but the doll disappears.

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Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

Christmas/Holiday, Chancel Drama / Pageant, Faith-based

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Opens on The Magic Mall which is essentially a bare stage or fairly large chancel. If possible, decorations appropriate for a mall at Christmas may be scatterd around the stage. This includes large square planters with ledges around them wide enough for sitting, and a bare tree covered with white Christmas lights sticks out of the center of each planter. The author has provided extensive production suggestions.


No intermission, Physical Comedy

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

Samantha and her elementary school chorus are invited to sing in "The Magic Mall" at Christmas time.  Samantha has brought her mother's antique doll for the baby Jesus in the manger, but the doll disappears.  While the children try to find the doll they have some enlightening encounters into a number of strangely dressed people including a man and his pregnant wife, a shepherd, and three wise men.  They also have some hilarious encounters with a gorilla, two jugglers, a disgruntled Santa Claus, and Elvis Presley, among others.  For children of all ages, this play is a great intergenerational activity for those in the audience and especially those on stage.  In previous productions many parent-child combinations have been involved.


8m, 5f, 5boy(s), 7girl(s)


Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors


In addition to the cast of 25, any number of "extras" with no lines may be used.  The director gives detailed suggestions for including Mall shoppers as extras.

CHUCK - One of the older children, self-assured
MS. ELDRIDGE - The music teacher.  In her twenties.  Nervous, easily flustered
GRAYSON - One of the younger children.  Very smart and very aware of this
ABBIE- One of the children
SAMANTHA- One of the children. "The oldest baby Jesus" belongs to her mother
LORI - One of the children
MORGAN - One of the children
CLARENCE - One of the younger children
GREG - One of the children
SUSAN - One of the children
MUFFY - One of the younger children.  Buffy's "identical twin" who looks absolutely nothing like her.
BUFFY - One of the younger children
MARY - The mother of Jesus. Probably, as in traditional understanding, late teen years.
JOSEPH - Mary's husband to be.  As in traditional understanding, probably older than Mary.
THE GORILLA - Samantha's father.  Fortyish.
SANTA CLAUS - Probably in his forties, but age is flexible.
MRS. O'HARA - Mid thirties to late forties.
OSGOOD - Mid-twenties to early thirties.  Ms. Eldridge's "serial" fiance.
AL (Alice) - A juggler. Anywhere from late teens to early thirties.  May be male or female.
BERNIE (Bernice) - A second juggler.  Same age (and gender) as Al.
SHEPHERD - One of the shepherds who saw the angels.  Late teens or early twenties.
CASPAR - One of the wise men. Any age from twenty to seventy.
MELCHIOR - Second wise man.
BALTHAZAR - Third wise man.
ARLENE POPLIN - The owner of The Magic Town Monsters NBA franchise. Forties or fifties.
OTHER SINGERS - Optional.  The chorus can include as many children in non-speaking roles as you wish.
"THE SHOPPERS" - Optional.  See Production Notes.

Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz has been a Presbyterian pastor for 37 years, PC(USA), in Missouri and Northern Virginia. Educational degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary. Mr. Kurtz has created a theatre company, Fools for Christ Parable Production Company, in each of his three churches, and he wrote and directed many of the ... view full profile

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