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Easter Dramas, Plays, Scripts and Resources

On This Page:

5 Full Length Easter Plays

3 Medium Length Easter Plays

13 Easter Sketches and monologues

4 Easter Series Packages (A mix of sketches, monologues and musical additions)

Many "How To DVDs 

 

New for 2014

Blameless

An Easter Parallel of Jesus and the Passover Lamb

This play is a compilation of sketches that systematically parallel the trial of Jesus and the testing of the sacrificial lamb.

The play will cover the duration of the Passion week which include four days that a lamb is being observed for any blemishes.  A lamb had to be spotless before it could be used as a sacrificial lamb.  This started in Egypt when the Lord used Moses to lead his people out of bondage.  So, the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on a donkey was the same day a lamb was selected from the herd and started it’s four day trial.  Interestingly, this day was also the beginning of Jesus’ trials and tests.  He was in the trial in the garden of Gethsemene where he was arrested, then brought before the Sanhedrin at night where witnesses were hired to lie about him.  Being brought to trial before the Sanhedrin at night was against Jewish law.  The next day he was paraded before Pilate.  Then he was brought before Herod and then back to Pilate where Pilate said,  “I find no fault in him.”  This is important, as there couldn’t be any fault in the Passover lamb either.  This is why Jesus was referred to as the Lamb slain from foundation of the world.  The Passover was the same day the lamb was sacrificed for the sins of Israel and Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world.  Jesus knew this was going to happen and had his last supper with the disciples the evening before. 

*We do visit historical and factual Old Testament elements in the script without getting bogged down in a lot of information.  Blameless will share the often over looked facts, but in a creative and natural way through characters and situations.

*There’s some great humor that appears through the family of Barak, Miriam and their son Amos that your audience will love.

There are 2 songs on DVDs that we’ve included into the presentation.  They are performed with interpretive sign.  They are optional.  The script can be performed without the songs.  The songs are “Now Behold the Lamb” by Kirk Franklin and the other is “I Am” by Eddie James.  The DVDs are illustrations for your team to learn from.

 Cast:  5 F and  11 M  Running time about 1 hour  Ask for a sample script

 

 Download "Blameless" for 24.95   The DVDs will be shipped to you via USPS

 

 

 

 

 

The Night Before Easter

(Accompaniment sketch to the song of the same title) 

            I’m sure that there were many families in Jerusalem that were confused by the death of Jesus.  Many were excited about the day Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey and the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead just the week before.  Many thought that surely Jesus was setting up his kingdom in Jerusalem.  So, when Jesus was crucified, everyone thought that their hope was gone

            This sketch is a very touching dialogue between a mother and son about the day Jesus died.  It was written as a set up to the song of the same title, “The Night Before Easter.”  The arrangement that we recommend is recorded by Jesse Dixon and can be downloaded from I-tunes for .99cents.  His emotional rendering is very powerful.

            The mother is trying hard to be strong for her son.  She realizes that she is going to have to tell her son that Jesus has died.  Somewhere in all this her feelings of hurt cannot totally be hidden, but pushes through the scene as she tries to answer all the questions that her son presents to her. 

            The complete drama piece includes the sketch as the setup and the song interpretation.  Together they unite to offer a very emotional and anointed presentation.  The running time would be about 8-9 minutes.

$9.00 Download, "The Night Before Easter" and song interpretation

 

$10.00  Easter favorite "Now Behold the Lamb" with sign language demonstration.  This is from CODE LA Thursday 2005.  Your drama/sign team can learn the whole song from this DVD.  Also, on this DVD is Terry Vik performing another Easter favorite "Watch the Lamb" in mime.  You can learn to mime with this powerful song, too.  This is a special price of $10.00.  These two songs bring incredible inspiration to the service.

Held-by Natalie Grant

A beautiful song interpretation for Mary.  We used this song by Natalie Grant on our Torn By Love Easter production.  So, if you did that production you will have this song on DVD already.  If not, then this song is perfect for Mother's Day.  You receive the DVD showing you step by step how to do this very moving interpretation with red scarves.  Running time is the length of the song which is about 5 minutes.  You can download the music track from itunes.

 

 

Song Interpretation Step by step on DVD 

$8.50 on DVD

The Instruments of the Cross

(And the People Who Used Them)

With poetic license we give you a closer look at the instruments of the cross and those who used or made them.  This Easter presentation will bring clarity to the events preceding the resurrection through the characters that the audiences sees and hears from.  It starts with the carpenter who made the cross and ends with John quoting the prophet Isaiah.  The soldiers that we see and hear in between give us a personal glimpse into the events of Jesus’ crucifixion.  We’ve added two songs at the end of the script that usher in a wonderful time of worship and soul searching.  Running time is about 40 minutes and can be performed by almost any size church. This presentation features the songs, On My Cross by FFH and Jesus What a Savior You Are by Christ for the Nations.

Cast:  In Biblical costume

Carpenter - Monologue

Soldier 1 - Monologue

 

Soldier 2 - Monologue

Soldier 3 - Monologue

Mary Magdalene – mini monologue

Salome - mini monologue

John – mini monologue

$ 34.95 Includes the scripts (Which are emailed to you), step by step DVD for the sign language song "Jesus, What a Savior You Are", and a CD with many tracks for musical underscore and sound effects.  The DVD and CD are shipped to you.

 

New for 2012

The Easter Sketch Series 4

14 sketches and 1 DVD

We have compiled our 14 Easter sketches and made them available in one book as a download.  An anointed mix of sketches, monologues and reader's theater.  They paint the Easter story from the arrest of Jesus to can bring the audience to the foot of the cross.  Includes the "Jesus, What a Savior You Are" DVD.

1. The Arrest, 2. Elijah's Chariot, 3. Elijah's Chariot Reader's Theater, 4. A Life of Swords and Thorns, 5. Failure is Not Final, 6. The Betrayal, 7. The Thorns Have a Rose, 8. The Witness, 9. I Stood Silent, 10. Like a King, Like a Lamb, 11. He Opened His Hands, 12. Obvious, 13. Someday, Came Today, 14. On My Cross

 

$32.95 Download all 14 Scripts  and Includes the "Jesus What a Savior You Are" DVD.

 

$10.00 "Jesus What a Savior You Are"  DVD Step by step interpretive sign language.   This song is available on itunes by Christ For the Nations and would be a great addition to your Easter presentation.

Build a Beard DVD This DVD teaches you how to create a believable beard for the Biblical characters for the up coming Easter presentations

$13.00 for Beard a Beard DVD
 

The Encounter

By Howi C. Tiller

A Moving Easter Celebration Through an Anointed Mix of Monologue, Dialogue and Interpretive Song and Signing

This expression of Christ’s love to the world features prayerfully chosen scripts that powerfully tell the story by those who knew him.  The songs were especially chosen to accompany these moving scripts as they intertwine to bring the audience back to the agony of Calvary and the ecstasy of our Savior’s resurrection.  The scripts were written to empower a small cast demand, but in no way sacrifice the opportunity of the actors to bring the Biblical characters who knew Jesus…who encountered him, to life.  

A prayerful compilation of monologues and dialogues and songs:

NOTE: Scroll down to read the finer descriptions of the sketches 2 - 7.  These sketches are also available as a single.  We've compiled them to create, "The Encounter."

  1. Barabbas is Arrested (Tableau) – 1 Male and 2 or more soldiers
  2. The Witness - 3 Male
  3. I Stood Silent – 2 Male
  4. Like a King, Like a Lamb – Monologue  1 Male
  5. Obvious – Monologue  1 Male
  6. He Opened His Hands - 4 Male
  7. A Life of Swords and Thorns - 3 Female
  8. He Has Risen   (Tableau) 3 Female and entire cast enter during the song, “Unto the Lamb”

 

Songs:

1. "On My Cross" – By the recording group FFH - Song interpretation.  This is a song interpretation that brings Barabbas to Calvary.  A very moving moment in the presentation.  The movement for this song is explained in the script.

2. "Crosses and Crowns" – By Natalie Grant - Interpretive Sign on DVD.  Crosses to Crowns -What a great sign song by Natalie Grant for anytime of the year, but especially for Easter.  This DVD is a group of students at CODE East.  We had them do the song twice.  Once with the lights on and then added black light for the second.  It gives you an idea what it looks like both ways. The camera centers on Cory who taught the song to the students.

 

 

3. "Unto the Lamb" – The Hope Project by The Westside Choir - Interpretive sign and drama on DVD.

The music for the above songs are available through I-tunes for 99 cents each.

The Encounter Easter Package Includes all these dramatic scripts and the 3 songs. Two songs are illustrated on DVDs.  When you buy this package the sketches are emailed to you right away and the DVDs are sent using first class mail.

Performance time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes

  $36.00  The Encounter Easter Package

For $13.00 more we are adding 3 DVDs to The Encounter Package- #1 - "How to" DVD is How to make a believable looking beard.  DVD #2 Is How to build a flat and DVD #3 is Basic Painting Techniques.  These DVDs normally sell for 15.00 each, but we're making them part of The Encounter Easter Package for only 13.00 more.  Receive the Encounter Package and the 3 "How To", DVDs for $49.00 
$49.00 The Encounter Package Plus 3 "How To" DVDs
 

To order the "How To" DVDs separately, go to the Instruction page and scroll down

 

Here is a short clip of "Unto the Lamb" which can be performed for any time of the year.  What a wonderful song for the worship and praise time of your church service.

 

Here is a clip of Crosses and Crowns recorded.  This song can also be done anytime of the year.

 

Torn By Love

We are very excited to announce the latest Easter Drama presentation.  An anointed compilation of all original drama by Howi Tiller and Terry Vik.  A fantastic mix of dowel rod, sign language, monologue and dialogue that makes your Easter Sunday seamless.  Each piece was specially written for Easter 2009.  The music used in, "Torn By Love" has been specially chosen just for this event.

 

The song, "Matthew 28" is quickly becoming a favorite and we have created what we feel is one of our most exciting dowel rod interpretations.  It will not disappoint you or your audience.   They'll be standing to their feet on this one.  There are nine other dramatic pieces included.

 

1. The Rent is Discovered - Sketch,  2. Matthew 28 - Dowel rod mix,  3. I Stood Silent - Sketch,  4. History - Song,  5. Mary's Lament - Monologue,  6. Held - Scarves,  7. Caiaphas's Contempt - Monologue,  8. Here in Your Holy Presence - Dowel rod/Sign,  9. Life in the Palace - Sketch,  10. Let the Veil Down.

 

 There are 10 dramatic pieces included in this Easter Package.  And we have video taped each song, monologue and dialogue to show you step-by-step how to do them.  All the blocking, stage movement, notebooks, Instructional DVDs, and even graphics for advertising comes with this package.  Everything is done for you.

 

This package is on sale now for 79.00 Instead of 2 1/2 months of rehearsal, your preparation time is greatly shortened because we've done so much of the work for you ahead of time.

 

$79.00 For entire Torn By Love package
 

Easter Plays, Sketches and Resources  - Featuring 4 different series of sketches for your convenience.  All the sketches are available as a single as well.  Also, full length scripts for adults and adolescent ages to perform

Single Easter Sketches Are Listed Below

 

The Arrest

(An excerpt from “The Dance of the Broken Bones”) 

            We don’t know where Mary was the night that Jesus was arrested, but we do know that she found out because the Bible records her being at the cross.  I think maybe she knew that Jesus’ reception by the people would be short lived.  And I think that she thought the prophecy that Simeon pronounced over her and the baby Jesus 33 years before would have to come to pass soon. 

            What were the moments like for Mary before she was notified that Jesus had been arrested? 

            Lazarus had just been raised from the dead and Jesus’ fame was growing.  Was his triumphal entry into Jerusalem a gleam of hope that He would set up his Kingdom? 

Cast    3 F

Mary – The mother of Jesus

Mary Magdalene

Salome - Comedy relief at times

Setting            Small room in Mary’s home.

They are excited that Jesus is being accepted by the people.  Lazarus has just been raised from the dead and Jesus’ popularity is growing. 

Mary is by herself and contemplating the acceptance of her son among the people.

NOTE:  This sketch has been blocked for you and added to the script, but of course the stage movement can be changed to your liking.

$7.49 Download  "The Arrest"

 

Elijah’s Chariot Doesn’t Swing This Low

(The City Where All Men Are From)

 This monologue is one of the most mind, soul and heart searching scripts that God has inspired me to write.  The power in it is the revelation it contains, not my ability to write it.  I only wish I could be a sharper tool to tell the story.  The Holy Spirit will touch your audience and open their eyes to the message of this script.  I have faith it can more fully lead a believer as well as a non-believer to a better understanding of why Jesus came.  He was born in Bethlehem, but also birthed from the place we’re all citizens of…the grave.  Do not mistake that statement to sound morbid.  It is not morbid when you realize just what Jesus did for all of us when he resurrected from the grave.  It is with this idea in mind that this resurrection monologue takes us to the place where the Lord identified with us the most.  The triumphant ending of this monologue will inspire your audience to praise and worship.

A Biblical character speaks about what it was like to be one of the ones who came out of the grave on the resurrection morning.

Appropriate anytime, but especially during the Easter season. 

Cast:  M/F

 

  7.49  Download Elijah's Chariot Doesn't Swing This Low

 

Elijah’s Chariot Doesn’t Swing This Low Reader's Theater

Time is of the essence, so we've written "Elijah's Chariot Doesn't Swing This Low" as a Reader's Theater, too.  This will enable your drama team to do the piece without placing a lot of responsibility on one person's shoulders.

$7.49  Download  "Elijah's Chariot Doesn't Swing This Low" Reader's Theater

 

Elijah’s Chariot Doesn’t Swing This Low Reader's Theater Sound Track - We've created a moving and inspirational sound track just for this reader's theater.  It is designed to match the rise and fall of the script and help to bring the action of the story forward in a powerful way. 

$9.00

 

 

A Life of Swords and Thorns

(Do What You Know to Do…He Will Do the Rest)

 

A Powerful Easter Message From Mary's Point of View

It's early Sunday morning and two women are quietly preparing to return to the tomb of Jesus.  Jesus had been crucified on Friday and his body was taken from the cross as the sun was going down.  In keeping with the Sabbath, the disciples had just a short time to anoint his body for burial.  The job was not done to the standard that was deserving of the Lord.  So, on the morning of the third day the Bible speaks of Mary Magdalena, Joanna and other women preparing to go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with precious spices and ointments.  The conversation that took place in that early morning hour was no doubt one that needs to be shared with the whole world.  Howi takes us to that highly emotional moment through, "A Life of Swords and Thorns".  Mary the mother of Jesus reflects back to the day when she brought the baby Jesus into the temple and an old man named Simeon approached her and Joseph.  Simeon shared with them how he was promised by God that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  Simeon also told Mary about a day to come where the sword would pierce her soul also.  This is a tremendous sketch that can stand alone or compliment a musical.

Cast: 3 F     Mary the mother of Jesus, Magdalena, Joanna   Running time 8-9 minutes

$8.89 Download "A Life of Swords and Thorns"

 

Failure Is Not Final - Peter denied the Lord three times and I’m sure until Jesus let Peter know that He was alive and everything was okay, that Peter was his own worst enemy.  Anxiety will kill you.  I think that Jesus knew that Peter would be one big wreck of emotion, so He made sure to tell Mary Magdalene to tell Peter that, “I am alive.”  I don’t think that statement was just for Peter, but for all of humanity.  Let everyone know that everything can be okay because I have overcome death, hell and the grave. 

Cast: 2 1M / 1F                 Serious 7-8

$6.00  Download Failure is Not Final

 

 

The Betrayal - This is a perfect monologue for the Easter season.  It can stand alone or be an addition to compliment a full program.  Caiaphas reflects back to the moment when he was visited by Judas and set up the moment when Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus. 

Cast:  1 Male           Running time about 8-9 minutes

$6.89 Download

 

The Thorns Have A Rose - Reader's theater in rhyme.  A wonderful way to add something moving and emotional to your Easter program.  It is divided in to two sections.  The first section depicts the death of Judas and the second section depicts the death of Christ.  With the right readers, this script can bring the audience to the very foot of the cross.  2 Readers  6-7 minutes

  $6.89  Download

The Witness

(An Easter Themed Sketch.)

The Bible records that witnesses were hired to speak lies about Jesus while he was on trial.  The Sanhedrin would have been breaking the law by having a trial at night, but that didn’t stop them.  Howi takes poetic license to paint a picture of a private meeting where two scribes are trying to get a man to lie against Jesus.  This man was blind, but Jesus healed him.  The man will not submit to their wishes and the Pharisees accuse him of never being blind and that he made it up to get money from the people. 

 Cast: 3M 

Epiphras - Pharisee

Aseph – Was blind but now sees – common man

Gomel: – Pharisee

 Setting:  Room in the temple somewhere    Running time:  6-7 minutes

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* Not in the Howi Tiller Sketch Book 2008

 

I Stood Silent

(Immediate moments after Jesus' trial)

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were members of the Sanhedrin council.  They were Pharisees and elders of Israel and part of the group that accused Jesus of blasphemy.  No doubt they were not in favor of the judgment that was spoken over Jesus that took place illegally.  I’m sure their lots were votes of dissention against the council.  It appears they embraced Jesus’ teaching in a way the other members did not.

            Joseph begged for the body of the Lord and offered his tomb for Jesus to be laid in.  The monologue called "Obvious" is Joseph at the cross if you wanted to have another sketch follow, "I Stood Silent.". 

            Nicodemus met with Jesus at night and asked him questions.

            In this sketch, Joseph and Nicodemus are discussing the way Jesus’ trial was handled and their own shame for standing silent when it mattered most.  This could be a perfect set-up for the Calvary scene.      Running time 5-6 minutes

Cast: 2 M

Joseph of Arimathea – Elder in Israel

Nicodemus – Elder in Israel

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* Not in the Howi Tiller Sketch Book 2008

 

 

Like a King, Like a Lamb

(Barabbas in prison) 

Barabbas is in a prison cell when he hears the iron doors to the cell next door to him open, someone is shuffled in and then the iron doors are closed.  He doesn’t know it, but it’s Jesus.  He has been beaten, and put in prison.  Barabbas doesn’t know it, but he is to be set free and Jesus crucified in his stead.  Howi, again uses poetic license to create a moving, believable story in Like a King, Like a Lamb.  The main production is a monodrama except when the soldier appears for just a few lines at the end. 

 Cast: 2 M

Barabbas

Soldier

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Custom Sound Track for Like a King, Like a Lamb  $4.00 

  He Opened His Hands

(An Easter excerpt from the full length play,

(The Opening of the Hand )

Cast:   Centurion, Malchius, Talmus, Caspin

Four soldiers are conversing about the crucifixion.  Jesus has just been crucified by these soldiers and two of them are disturbed by what they saw.  Malchius is callused to any of it and wants to do away with all of them, especially, Barabbas.  Talmus is a bit indifferent and not definitive either way, just doing his job.  The younger soldier, Caspin is very moved and has many questions.  The Centurion of course is also very moved.

Caspin:  Sir, I have to ask.  It was loud out there…the earth was shaking, but –

Centurion:  Caspin, I don’t know…I don’t know…was the earth shaking or was it your heart pounding so fearfully hard that you didn’t know if it was the ground moving or your legs giving away to fear?

$8.99  Download "He Opened His Hands"

 

 

 He Opened His Handscan be an accompaniment to a larger performance or a powerful and moving stand alone 9-10 minute sketch.   You can read more about the full length play on the Drama Page

 

Obvious

(Monologue)  There are  many monologues about Calvary, but most are from Mary's or Caiaphas' point of view.  This one is from the perspective of the man who begged for the body of the Lord, Joseph of Arimethea.  The fact that it is Joseph isn't revealed to your audience until the last line.  Powerful stand alone monologue or to compliment a larger production. 7 minutes

 

Download Obvious for only $7.50

 
 

 

Someday Came Today - One of the most powerful sermon set-ups or sermon follow-ups.  This monologue is about the thief at the cross who reached out to Jesus.  We can hypothesize about his past, but what a miraculous day for someone who didn’t deserve it.  Christ’s love is wonderfully shown in this event at Calvary.  Even though the event is historical, Howi brings a modern application through the breaking down of just the one line that Jesus said to the thief.  Today, you will be with me in Paradise.  Never will those words have a fuller and more relative meaning then when they come alive through this monologue.   Running time 8  minutes

$7.89 Download

 

The Easter Package Number 1

This Easter Package is a mix of 3 DVDs and the Easter Sketch Series 1.  Which is 6 Monologues 2 Dialogues and 1 Reader's Theater.  To download these sketches as a group, scroll down until you see the Easter Sketch Series 1 "cart button". 

The DVDs are:

DVD Volume 1 Has "Still Her Little Child" by Ray Boltz

DVD Volume 2 Has "Redeemer" by Nicole C. Mullins and the popular, "End of the Beginning" by David Phelps

CODE Louisiana Thursday 2008 Has "Let the Veil Down" by Judy Jacobs  This song performed with interpretive sign and movement is the most worshipful song we've ever done.  It's a great finale piece.

The Easter Sketch Series 1

Someday, Came Today - An awesome illustration within the mind of the thief at the cross.  Even though the event is historical, Howi brings a modern application through the breaking down of just the one line that Jesus said to the thief.  Today, you will be with me in Paradise.  Never will those words have a fuller and more relative meaning then when they come alive through this monologue.   Running time 8  minutes

 

The Perfect Lamb - We know that Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice on the mountain of Mariah.  God supplied the sacrifice.  What we don’t know is, ‘where did that ram or sheep come from?’  Was it a wandering sheep from a nearby herd?  Howi uses a little poetic license to tell the story of the perfect lamb that God supplied to Abraham for the sacrifice.

 

Are You a King? - Sometimes you aren’t looking for a full length play, but you’d still like just enough drama to weave in the traditional Easter story.   This script records what it might have sounded like when Jesus was brought before Pilot and Herod.  Howi uses just a little poet license.  Great for Easter or any time.

 

Failure Is Not Final - Found in the book, Whose Fault is it Anyway? - Sketches page

Obvious - Found in the book, Obvious - Sketches page (Monologue)

 

The Betrayal - Caiaphas reflects back to the moment when he was visited by Judas and set up the moment when Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus.  Great for Easter or anytime.  9 minute

 

Cholos - Cholos means cripple.  He was born in Bethlehem on the night of the bright star, but thirty-three years later his whole life changed completely. 

 

The Act - A moving and touching depiction of Christ's love in the life of the woman accused of adultery.   This monologue has a custom music track that enhances this wonderful story of forgiveness.  "The Act", is the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery.  You can order the track on the Monologues page.

 

Six - This is a sketch about the woman that Jesus met at the well and told her, her whole life story.  Found in the book, Whose Fault is it Anyway? - Sketches page (Monologue)

 

The Thorns Have a Rose - Reader's Theater   This reader's theater is for two readers.  This script compares the unfortunate death of Judas with the sacrificial death of Jesus.  A perfect piece to add variety to the traditional story.

 

If you only want the sketches, you can download the entire Easter Sketch Series 1 for $22.95

 

 

    $22.95      Download the Easter Sketch Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or order the entire Package

 

 

 

 

 

The Easter Package Number 1 which includes all 9 sketches and 3 DVDs

  $40.00 The Easter Package Number 1

If you purchase this package, we will email you the sketches in attachments right away.  Make sure your email address is active.

 

Easter Package Number 2 Includes the Easter Sketch Series 2 and 2 DVDs

The DVDs are CODE Louisiana Thursday 2008 and CODE West 2008.  These DVDs include songs for Easter like, Let the Veil Down, Why Not Trust God Again?, Resurrection, Who Am I?, Power In the Name of Jesus and more.

Easter Sketch Series 2

The Miracle of Insignificance

A wonderful monologue to introduce the ministry of the Lord in an early scene of a production.  The water turned to wine was a wonderful miracle, but was there an even greater miracle that Jesus showed?  Monologue  8 minutes

 Return To Give Him Thanks

                        Luke 17 records the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed.  All ten men were healed but only one came back to thank the Lord for his healing.  Howi uses the scriptural events and poetic license to show us the story of the Samaritan leper who was healed by Jesus and came back to thank him.  This monologue could be a sermon set-up or added to a Thanksgiving theme or accompaniment to a larger dramatic production. 8 minutes

 The Arrest

The Arrest is an excerpt form the full length script called, “The Dance of the Broken Bones”This sketch takes us into the inner circle of Mary, Salome and Mary Magdalene…some of the people closest to Jesus. A knock at the door of Mary’s home interrupts their conversation.  8 Minutes

 Obvious

There are many monologues about Calvary and the crucifixion.  Most are from Mary’s or Caiaphas’ or a disciple’s perspective.  This one is from the perspective of the man who begged for the body of the Lord, Joseph of Arimethea.  The monologue doesn’t reveal that until the last line.  This will keep your audience in suspense.  This monologue can stand alone or be added to the Easter program.   7-8 minutes

 He Opened His Hands

This is a powerful and moving Easter passage from the full length script called, “The Opening of the Hand”.  It is an excerpt from those immediate moments after Jesus’ death that brings the audience into a closed private session with the Roman soldiers who had just crucified the Lord. 8-9 minutes

Download all 5 Easter Series Sketches 2  only for $19.95

 Or order the entire package with DVDs

Easter Series Sketches 2 and DVDs CODE Louisiana Thursday 2008 and CODE West Sign Blast 2008

                                               

$34.95 For entire Easter 2

  

Note *  We will send you the sketches in a download when you buy this package so you don't have to wait for us to mail them.

 

 

Easter Sketch Series 3

I Stood Silent  (Immediate moments after Jesus' trial)   Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were members of the Sanhedrin council.  They were Pharisees and elders of Israel and part of the group that accused Jesus of blasphemy.  No doubt they were not in favor of the judgment that was spoken over Jesus that took place illegally.  I’m sure their lots were votes of dissention against the council.  It appears they embraced Jesus’ teaching in a way the other members did not.

            Joseph begged for the body of the Lord and offered his tomb for Jesus to be laid in.  The monologue called "Obvious" is Joseph at the cross.

            Nicodemus met with Jesus at night and asked him questions.

            In this sketch, Joseph and Nicodemus are discussing the way Jesus’ trial was handled and their own shame for standing silent when it mattered most.  This could be a perfect set-up for the Calvary scene.      Running time 5-6 minutes

The Arrest  The Arrest is an excerpt form the full length script called, “The Dance of the Broken Bones”This sketch takes us into the inner circle of Mary, Salome and Mary Magdalene…some of the people closest to Jesus. A knock at the door of Mary’s home interrupts their conversation.  8 Minutes

The Witness  (An Easter Themed Sketch.)  The Bible records that witnesses were hired to speak lies about Jesus while he was on trial.  The Sanhedrin would have been breaking the law by having a trial at night, but that didn’t stop them.  Howi takes poetic license to paint a picture of a private meeting where two scribes are trying to get a man to lie against Jesus.  This man was blind, but Jesus healed him.  The man will not submit to their wishes and the Pharisees accuse him of never being blind and that he made it up to get money from the people. 

Like a King, Like a Lamb (Barabbas in prison)  Barabbas is in a prison cell when he hears the iron doors to the cell next door to him open, someone shuffled in and then closed.  He doesn’t know it, but it’s Jesus.  He has been beaten, and put in prison.  Barabbas doesn’t know it, but he is to be set free and Jesus crucified in his stead.  Howi, again uses poetic license to create a moving, believable story in Like a King, Like a Lamb.  The main production is a monodrama except when the soldier appears for just a few lines at the end.

Obvious  There are many monologues about Calvary and the crucifixion.  Most are from Mary’s or Caiaphas’ or a disciple’s perspective.  This one is from the perspective of the man who begged for the body of the Lord, Joseph of Arimethea.  The monologue doesn’t reveal that until the last line.  This will keep your audience in suspense.  This monologue can stand alone or be added to the Easter program.   7-8 minutes

 He Opened His Hands   This is a powerful and moving Easter passage from the full length script called, “The Opening of the Hand”.  It is an excerpt from those immediate moments after Jesus’ death that brings the audience into a closed private session with the Roman soldiers who had just crucified the Lord. 8-9 minutes

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Full and medium length Scripts

"Dance of the Broken Bones"

A full length script for anytime of the year.  Howi in coordination with the Parable Players toured with this script in the spring of 2007 and recently performed the play at CODE West.  Your actors will love the message and challenge of this play.

Cast: 3 F and 3 M

     This play speaks powerfully about integrity and integrity lost.  The righteous judgment God and repentance of King David and powerfully demonstrated.  God's forgiveness and restoration is not revealed more than in the play, "The Dance of the Broken Bones." 

     The story centers around David’s sin with Bathsheba, but reveals the dedication and honor of Uriah, (Bathsheba’s husband).  Uriah, though when faced with a very hard decision, he does the right thing.  King David had Uriah sent to the front lines of battle so that Uriah would be killed.  This was done in effort to hide David's sin.  The play also reveals the judgment of God through his prophet, Nathan toward David and then the mercy of God through David’s repentance.  God not only forgave David, but restored him and fulfilled a prophecy spoken by Nathan that it would be one of David’s sons that God would use to build the temple.  We’ve come to know that son as Solomon, which was born of David and Bathsheba.  Even more amazing is that Christ himself came through the lineage of David and Bathsheba.

     The fifty-first Psalm is written as a result of David’s repentance of that sin.  David speaks to the Lord in Psalm 51:8  “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”  This is the theme of the play. 

     Even after failure the Lord can still restore, heal and forgive us so our bones can dance again.

     The play brings Old Testament characters to the New Testament.   Jesus cried from the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?", but it was David who penned it in the old testament.  Jesus was quoting David from the cross.  This mix of old and new brings Calvary into new light as David is translated to the foot of the cross.

     Also, the last scene is very thought provoking as Howi brings Eve, Bathsheba and Mary into the same scene.  They all lost a son because of sin.  Eve was the first to lose a son as Cain killed Abel.  Bathsheba lost her son because of David trying to hide the sin from God and finally Mary lost her son at Calvary for all people’s sin.

 

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The Dance of the Broken Bones Packet $29.95

The Dance of the Broken Bones Packet $29.95   The Dance of the Broken Bones performance packet which includes a custom sound track with voices and sound effects, and a utility DVD..

 

 

An Exciting Easter Play for youth and teens

The Great White Pearl

The Ultimate Victory Over Davey Jones’ Locker

 (An exciting Easter play for kids and early teens to perform)

Deception, Intrigue, and Mystery on the Open Sea has Never Been More

Fun!

  The Great White Pearl  This is a children’s play about the resurrection of the Lord. It has taken the Pirate theme and retold the Easter story through a mix of a fun and exciting story with scripture and the powerful resurrection message,

“Triumph over death.”

                                                              

We recently updated the script with a few new lines, so it match the DVD exactly.

                

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                                                      $28.00  The Great White Pearl Package

The Great White Pearl Packet includes:

Custom Sound Effect and Music CD

Utility DVD performance  (In other words it's not best quality, but good enough to see what this drama team did with it.)

Cast:  16 speaking parts mixed

Main characters are: Captain Goodspeed and Captain Sin Bad.

Running time:  37 minutes. 

 

 

Spectacle

"Spectacle"
The Gospel According to the Angels
A serious comedy about the diligent desire of three angels' look into the life of Christ. The Bible says that the angels desired to look into the things of Christ and the gospel. Howi takes just a little poetic license and with the help of the "Heaventron", he mixes it with scripture to create this full length play. 

Great for Easter or anytime of the year.
Cast: 3 Males
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes

                                            

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Mind and Heart

The story of the two men who were crucified with Jesus. As twin brothers, they grew up in Bethlehem and were both there the night that Jesus was born. Heart is changed from that moment on, but Mind seemed indifferent. This Biblical themed play tells the story of the human battle between your mind and heart. Both characters end up suspended between heaven and earth where they both must make their final decision.
Cast: 50 or more, mainly male speaking parts.
Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes.

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The Opening of the Hand

The Secret of Giving and Receiving the Miraculous

© Copyright 2008 Howi C. Tiller

      The Opening of the Hand is a full length play that explores the principles and revelation of giving and receiving.  It also speaks to the pride of life that often times keeps us from receiving God’s blessings and promises.  The opening of the hand is what can open the windows of heaven’s healing, restoration and guidance.  To be helped, one must open their hand and yet to be the help, one must also open your hand.  In this play Howi uses the non-fictional characters of the Bible with ones that could have lived then and demonstrates to us the power of opening the hand.  God opens his hands to us if we open our hands to him.  This theme creatively weaves its way through the characters in the story to share the wonderful gifts God gives to us when he opens his hands. 

            The conflict in the play is between the characters of Peter and Jerome.  Peter is the Peter of the Bible.  Howi has created Jerome to be the man born crippled and ends up the man who is healed in the book of Acts.  They are both from families who made their living by fishing.  Jerome despises Peter as he thinks him to be a loud mouth fool and speaking before he thinks.  The play starts as Peter and Andrew are just coming in from the lake with a catch of fish that was the result of Jesus telling them to cast the nets on the right side.  From then on, the jealousy and pride of Jerome encourages him to hate Peter even more.  They intertwine as the play unfolds and the conflict between the character of Jerome and Peter is resolved in the last scene through the scriptural writing of the book of Acts as Jerome ends up being the lame man who asks for alms at the gate just outside of the temple and Peter says, silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee, in the name of Jesus…rise up and walk.  There are many intense moments of rage, action and even comedy.

Great for Easter as well as any time of the year!

Cast:    4 M  Each actor plays 4 different character

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The Prisoner of God

"The Prisoner of God"
The Name - The Blood - The Cross
A full-length play about the Apostle Paul and a very zealous Roman Captain named Marcus. Historically, Paul even converted the soldiers who guarded him in prison. With this in mind, Howi authors a play from scripture that is layered with twists and turns that will keep your audience guessing from beginning to end. Just when you thought you had the plot all figured out, a surprising ending reveals all the mysteries.
Cast: 2 Male
Running time: 1 hour  

$15.00 The Prisoner of God Performance DVD

 

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