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Gargoyles, Plastic Balls, and Soup - Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

Gargoyles, Plastic Balls, and Soup

Jack Kurtz

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Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

8m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780874408935

Readers' Theatre Scripts for Christmas. Performed originally as "children's sermons," these three scripts appeal to young and old alike with their humor and messages. Each can be performed elaborately, or can be easily staged in a church chancel or school setting with only one or two rehearsals.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
$45 per short play individually


Description

Collection / Anthology

Dramatic Comedy

Farce, Fantasy, Christmas/Holiday, Period, Chancel Drama / Pageant, Parody / Spoof, Faith-based

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - These plays are written for Readers' Theatre presentation. However, they can be produced with full action. Setting for each of the plays is a bare stage or chancel with a stool or chair for each of the readers. See specific title for detailed setting notes. The author provides generous production notes for each of the plays.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

A collection of three short, humorous, Readers' Theatre scripts for Christmas, originally presented as children's sermons.  Although they are stories with themes that interest children, each story has some dimensions that the children probably won't notice but the adults will.  (In a few places the adults will laugh a great deal louder than their offspring!)  Each play can be performed elaborately, or can be easily staged in a church chancel with one or two rehearsals.

Christmas and the Gargoyle Who Wouldn't Say Thank You -  A boy's gift to a mean-spirited old man brings about new awareness of the Christmas spirit. 

Timmy and the Pitiful Pink Plastic Ball - Timmy befriends a girl whose mother is on welfare and learns what it is to give of yourself at Christmas.

Susie and the Christmas Soup - When Susie decides to save some money and eat at a rescue mission, she learns of the Christmas story from the derelicts there.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Each of the three Readers' Theatre Scripts requires a different number of readers. For those who have never done Readers' Theatre: the "readers" must not actually READ their parts. They must ACT them (while remaining seated on a stool or chair). Therefore, the director must be sure each "reader" can use his/her voice and expressions to transmit the character to the audience.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Christmas and the Gargoyle Who Wouldn't Say Thank You

READER 1 - Also plays Timmy's father
READER 2 - Also plays Mr. Magruder
READER 3 - Also plays Timmy's grandmother
READER 1 - Always Timmy

Timmy and the Pitiful Pink Plastic Ball

READER 1 - Primarily narration
READER 2 - Primarily narration
READER 3 - Usually Timmy's grandmother
READER 4 - Always Timmy
READER 5 - Always Brenda
THE STAR - Probably a girl
THE WISEMAN - A boy
THE SHEPERD - A boy
THE PITIGUL PINK PLASTIC BALL - Probably a girl

Susie and the Christmas Soup

READER 1 - Plays Harry
READER 2 - Play's Susie's mother
READER 3 - Who plays Susuie's father
SAM
SOLOMAN
HERKY
MILLARD
DUMMY
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
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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