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Great for big groups to act!

 

The Easter Journey tells the Easter story from Jesus’ triumphant entry in Jerusalem to the Last Supper, to his betrayal, his trial, his crucifixion and his resurrection. It ends with Jesus’ commission and promise of the Holy Spirit to come.
The play has been written especially for large groups to perform. There are over 35 speaking parts of various sizes meaning that everyone can be involved… and there are crowd scenes too, so you can include as many participants as you wish.
One or many roles can be played by each actor meaning that the size of the cast is truly flexible.

The structure of the play also allows for the placement of your favourite Easter songs between scenes if desired.

 

Length: 20 - 30 Minutes (flexible)
Cast: 15 - 40 or more (flexible)

 

About the Writer
Kim Williamson is an experienced actor, director and writer. She is Director of Detour Community Theatre and has had a number of her original works produced including a number that are available here at Christian Plays.

 

Characters

 

Jesus
Pharisee 1
Pharisee 2
Pharisee 3
Pharisee 4
Person 1
Person 2
Person 3
Matthew
Mark

Thomas
Andrew
James
Peter
John
Simon
Thaddaeus
Nathaniel
Philip
Judas

Witness 1
Witness 2
Witness 3
Witness 4
Mary
Joanna
Magdalene
Soldier 1
Soldier 2
Criminal 1

Criminal 2
Guard 1
Guard 2
Guard 3
Guard 4
High Priest
Pilate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Script Sample...

 

SCENE 1 – Palm Sunday

 

Pharisees enter from different places, and meet stage centre. They greet each other.

 

Pharisee 1
There are a lot of people in Jerusalem for the Passover this year.

 

Pharisee 2
Yes. I have advised the merchants to increase the amount of tables at the temple. We need to make sure there are enough birds to go around. (Pause)

 

Pharisee 3
So, is he here? Has anyone seen him?

 

Pharisee 4
Nothing. I have my men on high alert in case he tries to sneak into the city.

(People begin to run in, through the audience, if possible, with branches, calling out and very excited. Use a lot of people, and spread them out, so there is a steady stream running through the auditorium during the next dialogue. If you can't run people through the audience, then just across the stage. Person 3 should be last off)

 

Pharisee 4
What is going on?

 

Pharisee 1
(Stopping Person 1) Hey, you! What is happening?

 

Person 1
He's coming! (Pulls away)

 

Pharisee 2
Who? Who is coming?

 

Person 2
Jesus! Praise God! (Runs off)

Person 3
God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! (Runs off)

 

Pharisee 3
(To others) We should have him arrested now.

 

Pharisee 4
And have a riot on our hands? Look how they run to him. The whole world is following him!

 

Pharisee 1
Let's go and see Caiaphas. He'll know what to do. (Exit)

 

SCENE 2 – Passover Preparation

 

(Some disciples enter)

 

Matthew
Did you see the way they greeted him?

 

Mark
There were so many people.

 

Thomas
They will make him the King. Did you hear them calling 'God bless the king of Israel'?

 

Andrew
I'm not sure he wants to be king.

 

Thomas
Of course he does.

 

James
Well, I'd like him to be the king! (Peter and John enter)

 

Peter
Have you seen Judas?

 

(Jesus enters)

 

Jesus
Peter, John, go and get the Passover meal ready for us.

 

John
Where do you want us to get it ready?

 

Jesus
Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a jar. Follow him to the house, then tell the owner 'the teacher says where is the room that my disciples and I will eat the Passover meal?' He will show you a room upstairs. (They exit. To the others) Come. (All exit)

 

SCENE 3 – The Last Supper


Peter and John enter and start setting up the room as necessary, with chairs and food. [A few women can help with this set up] Jesus and other disciples enter. Disciples all sit. Jesus takes a towel and bowl and begins to wash their feet. He says the following as he washes their feet. [The washing of the feet is just a simple splashing some water on the feet, a quick dry, and moving on to the next person]

 

Jesus
You call me Teacher, and Lord and that is right. And here I am, washing your feet, a job for the lowliest servant. Who is greatest amongst you? I am telling you the truth. No slave is greater than his master. But I have come to serve you. The greatest amongst you is the one who serves. As I have washed your feet, you should wash one another's feet. (During this, the disciples are confused, but a huge impact has been made upon them. Peter tries to resist, but Jesus urges him. He finishes and washes his hands, then takes his place at the head of the table. They all eat and drink) I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer.

 

John

What do you mean, Lord?

 

Jesus
I tell you the truth; one of you will betray me. (Disciples look shocked, and look around at each other, all talking)



...the script continues.