Susie and the Christmas Soup

by  Jack Kurtz

Short Play, Drama  /  8m, 1f, 1girl(s)

When Susie decides to save some money and eat at a rescue mission, she learns of the Christmas story from those in greater need than herself.

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Susie and the Christmas Soup

by  Jack Kurtz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 1f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Every Christmas, Susie's father gets very nostalgic and tells her, "We're blessed because we live in America...and you aren't poor."  But one fall, Dad's business goes bankrupt - "I think that means being dead, only for business instead of people." - and Susie decides that Christmas won't come because they're so poor.  So she devises a scheme to "buy" at least a little bit of Christmas by saving her lunch money and eating at a place where Daddy said poor people can eat for free.  It is, of course, a rescue mission, and it is there that Susie learns of a deeper meaning of Christmas from those in need. 

Published in Gargoyles, Plastic Balls, and Soup.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Since this is Readers' Theatre, the stage or church chancel is bare with four stools for Susie and the readers on one side, and seven chairs lined up across the back on the other side. The author has provided production notes with the script.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

8m, 1f, 1girl(s)

SUSIE - around 7-9 years old
READER 1 - Who also plays Harry, the homeless shelter manager
READER 2 - Who also plays Susie's mother
READER 3 - Who also plays Susie's father
THE DERELICTS
WHEEZER
SAM
SOLOMON
HERKY
MILLARD
DUMMY

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Children
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

This play breaks with the strict Readers' Theater form by having the derelicts move around the stage. Consequently, those actors will have to memorize their lines so they don't have to carry scripts during the sections when they are off their stools. When the play was done originally, some of the more "prominent" members of the congregation played the derelicts - members of the church board, etc. They loved doing it, and the congregation loved it!

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Authors

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 Par ...

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