Gargoyles, Plastic Balls, and Soup

by  Jack Kurtz

Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy  /  8m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

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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Gargoyles, Plastic Balls, and Soup

by  Jack Kurtz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

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


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


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


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Performing Groups

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


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
    $55 per short play individually



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


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

Susie and the Christmas Soup

READER 1 - Plays Harry
READER 2 - Play's Susie's mother
READER 3 - Who plays Susuie's father
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Cast 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.



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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