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Christian Drama and Bible Studies

Christian drama is a great way of introducing audiences to the finer elements of Bible, scriptures and worship services. In fact, committed and devout playwrights are using a variety of dramatic elements combined with dance forms and even music to present Biblical happenings, tales about legends and fictional stories. Drama scripts in fact are perfect for Bible studies as they can pinpoint not just morals but solutions to real life problems through references to the Bible. As a result, emotions can be channelized and audiences can be made to appreciate the preaching in the Gospel in a much better way.

In some Bible studies, the actors are called upon to improvise. In fact, actors place themselves into the shoes of the characters while filling gaps with real life experiences, thus bringing a personal level of participation into the drama scripts. Christmas drama scripts in particular are a great way of enhancing awareness on Biblical text. As one of the more recognizable techniques, drama is used along with chorus speech, tasteful décor, imaginative lighting and interpretive reading to leave a greater impression on the audiences from different backgrounds and different walks of life. Many tales like The Spirit Leads Paul to Macedonia, Jesus Dying on the Cross and Rising Again and Onesimus-Philemon, are interesting ways of remembering tales from Genesis, Exodus, etc. and looking at them from a new light.

Drama and Bible studies are closely related as Christmas drama scripts assist the church in evangelism. It is a great way of bringing non-Christian audiences to the theater to watch a play on Jesus Christ and thus get a chance to enhance awareness about Christianity in general. This is also equivalent to doing the Lord’s bidding, spreading the teaching of the gospel as Christians had been asked to. Free and spontaneous participation from children is also expected at times. In some cases, the drama is purely based on the acting skills, as they are organized without scenery, properties or special costumes. Drama ministries have always used drama scripts and skits to spread the gospel to those who are not aware of it, especially the modern generation.

Drama and bible studies are also closely associated, considering, it helps portray personality conflicts and the way to deal with them. Group theater and community services will also benefit from dramas instead of outright sermons that fail to keep the audiences interested and involved. Drama scripts that offer actors an entire range of emotions to act, on Christ’s crucifixion, for example, can have a very strong impact on the audiences. Moreover, drama scripts and liturgical worship sometimes leads non-committal followers into greater adoration and commitment towards the scriptures as well as towards religion. With the help of a director who can develop the characters and bring out the tale well with all its emotions, helps take a subject to the audience. In some cases, drama can be used to expose relevant issues related to modern religion and its deterioration, conveying a strong message for the audiences to grasp and ruminate over.

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Christmas Play Scripts

You can perform many religious activities and one of them is to put your effort into a Christmas play! There is a great scope and you can even write Christmas play scripts to show the traditional Biblical stories in a unique and presentable way. Christmas plays usually include the stable where Christ was born. There are many other things that are included in a Christmas play and many Christmas plays are based on the later life. All the Easter play scripts show the time of Christ and things related to that pious time. These plays are particularly famous with children because these are directed in such a way to attract children to teach them about their religion. Children are amused and learn great lessons at the same time. Play scripts that are well written and afterwards well directed to show the best to children.

Producers of Christmas plays usually try to keep the story simple and meaningful. The main audience targeted is Christian children; therefore it is important to keep the story in line with the age group to demonstrate the things in a simple way. Christmas plays are usually done with the help of a narrator. The narrator tells the story and other cast members simply perform on the stage in front of the audience. They perform silently and the narrator has the task of telling the story in a loud and clear voice. The narrator has the duty to tell the story in a descriptive manner, so that nothing is missed and the whole message is conveyed to the children and other people. 

Easter plays are usually accompanied with music and in this way the audience takes more interest in the performance and story. It is a very popular way to make the audience participate in the play with their singing. People love to participate in the singing and in this way the play successfully serves its purpose. The combination of narrator and music has to be at its best if you want your play to be successful. The narrator should speak well and the music should be calm and soft. It gives the perfect combination and entertains the audience. Christmas play scripts have become a popular way to deliver a religious message to the general population, especially at Christmas time. 

There is another thing that requires consideration and that is the costumes to be used in the play. Costumes should be in accordance with the religious requirements of apparel of that time period so that children can learn what type of clothing was worn then. Christian plays are a good way to make young boys and girls learn the true essence of the religion and those who perform Christmas plays at the time of Christmas are giving their best to the nation. This is a highly humble act and it should be encouraged because our youth need to know the history of our religion. Play scripts are a powerful tool that can be used to teach youngsters! 

Shalom (Peace)

Cleveland O. McLeish

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Drama Kit 1.0 – Taking your Drama Ministry to the Next Level

The traditional way to share the message of God is good, but why not have a fresh new change on how you can spread His word? Christian play scripts are not just good ways to present valuable Christian stories, but are also great tools to get more of your community involved in your ministry activities. Play scripts usually require more than just a couple of people involved; and it’s not just about the actors!

You can take your drama ministry to the next level by making use of our Drama Kit 1.0 which is a great package of Christian play scripts which you can use for year round performances. This Drama Kit comes with 6 skits as well as 12 full-length Christian plays which you can use for presentations on special occasions where you would like to share God’s message while involving your community more.

How can this be a great way to involve more people?

As previously mentioned, these Christian play scripts do not just require actors to play the roles. The whole community can take part if you wish by having groups assigned for costumes and props, sounds and lighting, as well as spreading word around your place about auditions or more information about your upcoming play.

You can use this Drama Kit to build a better sense of unity in your ministry. These plays also promote a sense of responsibility to individuals with assigned tasks since their participation can make or break the success of your presentation.

Using the Drama Kit is a fantastic way to share the word of God and fostering better relationships within the community. Each person involved can feel a sense of accomplishment as the audience applauds their work when the curtains open and close.

Savings on Year-Round Christian Plays

Each Drama kit contains play scripts of various themes which you can use all throughout the year. For your drama ministry, we are providing Easter play scripts as well as Christmas play scripts which show stories of forgiveness, redemption, freedom, hope, and love.

Easter play scripts can serve as a refreshing change to your usual Easter celebration by imparting new stories which are reminiscent of the values and lessons Easter brings. You may have had Christmas play scripts before, but with the play scripts we have included for you in our Drama Kit, you can expect to have more interesting stories which can leave lasting messages to your audiences.

While we also offer custom playwriting services, our Drama Kit is a great way to have unique Christian play scripts for your ministry to perform while being able to save on purchasing several quality plays at once. When you decide to avail of this Drama Kit, you will have one exclusive and award winning play which we have only made available in this package.

If you ever have questions, doubts, or concerns, you can send us an e-mail and even join our mailing list to receive free scripts so you can have a better idea of what you will be getting. You can also check out https://www.christianplaywright.org/Drama%20Kit.html for more information.

 

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Qualities of a Good Christian Play

A good Christian play, apart from the obvious theme and message, needs to have certain other qualities to entice the audience and arouse interest in them. Play scripts shouldn’t be monotonous or tinged in monochrome. Audience appreciates different shades that remind them of their everyday life and its struggles and dilemmas. There are a few characteristic traits that connect all good Christian plays, written for churches, theatres and school groups.

Soaked in family values

Christian drama scripts usually have family values at their core. Whether it is the relation between husband and wife or parents and children, there are strong family ties at the heart of the play. There are drama scripts that can be used to perform even at community theatres where the audience appreciates sound family values and emotions.

Tailor-made for specific audiences

It is not always possible for play scripts to satisfy everyone. One size doesn’t fit all. Good Christian plays on the contrary are tailor-made towards a target audience and are written to carry the message to its specific audiences. That is why certain drama scripts cater to gender restrictions, age restrictions and restrictions of cast, subjects touched or even length. Christian plays are not necessarily drenched only in family or emotional drama. There is a touch of mystery, drama and comedy as well to keep the audiences engrossed through the 60 – 90 minutes that it usually lasts for.

Everyday choices across true Christian principles

This is the defining aspect of Christian plays. The playwrights have a thorough understanding of Christian principles and try to elucidate it through the challenges faced by the characters and the choices they take. The script is highlighted by the tough situations and problems faced by the characters and how they wade through it without really breaching their Christian principles. If anything, the play scripts focus on how the best of people struggle in life and how they can still come out with flying colors without really sacrificing their principles. A very vital attribute of the script also lies in how dear ones offer strong support and courage to the individuals to help them see through the tough situation.

For specific events

Given that the drama scripts are staged generally during holidays, a lot of scripts also cover Easter and Christmas or use Christian heroes and the story of their faith. A very recurrent theme in Christian plays is history. Apart from historical stories like that of Abigail Adams, there are Biblical plays too, like the story of Esther. These are perfect for dinner theaters organized during Christmas festivals or holidays. Short stories, scripts on shepherds and the three Magi, fantasy stories woven with Christian characters, etc. are also commonly on offer.

Interchangeable roles

Quite a few Christian plays use characters which are interchangeable. In other words, to tailor the play to the audiences, the characters can be either male or female. Some plays also try to dig out insights from classic Christmas stories and elucidate it to the audiences, targeting children and teens.

You can visit us at www.christianplaywright.org for more information. 

Shalom (Peace)

Cleveland O. McLeish

 
 

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What Makes a Good Christian Play

Good stories make great plays, and all around the world, Christian plays are much appreciated for their meaning, lessons, and inspirational effect whenever people watch them. Every once in a while individuals appreciate a touching presentation which can reach to their inner self and affect them positively. We believe how important it is for Christian play scripts to be carefully crafted while maintaining the audience’s attention.

It is a given that a Christian play must have a lesson, should be inspiring, and as much possible, be memorable. However, these aren’t the only qualities that good Christian plays should have. Here are some of the factors which contribute to great Christian play scripts

  • Must capture and retain the attention of the audience – To successfully get the message across, Christian plays must be able to pique the interest of the audience. This can be achieved by making use of interesting characters, a conflict which is strong but can be resolved, and also by injecting some humor. Serious Christian plays are also effective, but having some comic relief once in a while helps break the “heavy” feeling. It also makes the play more memorable because humor won’t just capture the attention of the audience but make them feel good after the play as well.
  • Should make the audience feel part of the experience – To make them feel the lessons and value of the play, there should be lines which everyone can relate to. People appreciate it when they can relate to a character’s experiences, and would feel more hopeful about their personal lives and have a more positive outlook when they can feel great about how the character was able to triumph in the play.
  • Can involve the audience in some acts – Some Christian plays which go the extra mile have scenes where some of the audiences—mostly kids, are involved in certain scenes. This adds to the experience of the audience that they are part of the play.
  • Makes good use of symbolism – Good Christian plays need not always have many characters to make everyone feel part of the play. A single character may symbolize many groups of people when given the right words to say. Even the situations where the characters find themselves in may help in making use of symbolism to make the play feel more “real” or “genuine” by the audience.
  • Imparts not just one lesson – There are many Christian values and a Christian play is a great way to impart several of these valuable nuggets of goodness and wisdom. While having a central plot is a great way to go about presenting a play, being able to share several values shown in various situations makes a Christian play script even better. 

Great plays which are able to touch the hearts, inspire, and motivate people to become better individuals take time, effort, and dedication to be made possible. We are ready to assist you with your needs for enlightening play presentations which will be of great value to anyone who will have the chance to watch it. You can visit us at www.christianplaywright.org for more information. 

Shalom (Peace)

Cleveland O. McLeish

 

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