The Vision

by  William Grandgeorge

Short Play, Drama  /  7m, 7f

In a remote Bavarian village, a humble cobbler, Hans Lumpert, reports that he has experienced a wondrous vision. In it, Christ has promised to visit Hans' dingy shop on the day before Christmas...

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In a remote Bavarian village, a humble cobbler, Hans Lumpert, reports that he has experienced a wondrous vision. In it, Christ has promised to visit Hans' dingy shop on the day before Christmas. Since the shoemaker is a lonely, moody man who has rarely been seen inside a church since the tragic deaths of his wife and two children, his story falls on scornful ears. But Hans stubbornly proceeds with his preparations, holding to his faith that the Savior will appear as promised. As he works and waits, the excitement of the impending Visitation warms and lifts him above his usual crotchety nature. On the pretext that he is paying the child to dance for him, he gives a pair of beautiful shoes to the needy daughter of the Widow Loehr. He shares his lunch with a Stranger with the excuse that he had packed too much for himself. And in a final burst of generosity, he clothes two shivering, coatless little girls. When night falls and the Visitor has not appeared, the gaze of the despairing cobbler falls upon his dusty Bible, and in the words "Insofar as ye have done these things unto these..." Hans realizes that in a very special way, Christ has indeed been with him this day. Compassionately and beautifully written.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The dingy, dusty interior of a cobbler's shop in a remote village in Bavaria. The past.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

7m, 7f
HANS LUMPERT - a kindly cobbler of simple, stubborn faith; has a slight limp; about $5.
BRUNO - the butcher; large, muscular, with strong arms and strong opinions.
KARL - the baker; a smaller man; pale, sharp-witted.
HERMANN - the brewer; a somewhat paunchy, good-natured fellow.
HELMUT - the local innkeeper; lean, angular; presumably Hans's friend.
MRS. DANNEWITZ - an impatient customer; forceful, determined; middle-aged.
MRS. LOEHR - a widow of limited means; industrious, courteous, appreciative; 35-40.
HILDA LOEHR - Mrs. Loehr's daughter; vital, nimble, rosy-cheeked; 9 or 10.
FATHER ALBERT - a tall, dignified cleric; honestly concerned for Hans's welfare; 55-60.
THE WANDERER - oddly distinctive despite his weary, travel-worn appearance; 35-45.
MRS. BETZ - almost poverty-stricken; yet attractive and self-confident; 25-30.
HER TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS - Mrs. Betz's children; poor, inadequately clothed; happy, but unused to attention. Their ages may vary from 5 to 10 years, but they should be very small and active.
MRS. FRITZ SCHNEKEL - a domineering, self-important matron; overdressed, richly bejeweled.
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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

William Grandgeorge

William Grandgeorge

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