Groups of children can move onto your stage. The emcee interviews
each child. The fashion show gives children a moment to show off
their outfits in a fun and friendly environment. Our church decided
against offering prizes for best costume, since it would leave one
winner and many nonwinners. We didn't want anyone leaving with hurt
or sad feelings.
After the fashion show, have the emcee distribute paper "courage
awards," which are simple prize ribbons printed with the date of
your party and the words from Deuteronomy 31:6: "Be strong and
courageous...the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave
FEAST OF PURIM RESOURCES
On the Internet, you'll find these great Purim Web sites.
• www.holidays.net/purim/ This colorful gateway to Purim on the Web
includes the story of Purim, costume ideas, recipes, links and
•www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm A helpful explanation of the Feast of
•www.jcn18.com/holiday/purim/mocknews You've never seen Scripture
presented like this! It looks like a supermarket tabloid, but
contains the book of Esther -- complete with eye-grabbing
•www.jajz-ed.org.il/festivls/purim/index.html Curriculum and lesson
plans from the Jewish Agency for Israel. Make sure you type
"festivls" rather than "festivals," though.
For background music, check out these resources.
Hosanna! Music has a series of Jewish-flavored worship music led by
Messianic worship leader Paul Wilbur. The best selections are Up to
Zion, Holy Fire, and Shalom Jerusalem. Cost: $13.98, CD; $9.98,
cassette. On the Web, log onto http://store.integritymusic.com. You
can also purchase Hosanna! Music at a Christian bookstore.
Jews for Jesus (www.jewsforjesus.org) has created a lively
cassette of children's music entitled You Gotta Jump! that you'll
want to play again and again. Also includes a music book with
lyrics. Cost: $11. To order, call (415) 864-3900 or
l Esther (wearing a long dress)
l King Xerxes (wearing a robe and a paper crown)
l Mordecai (wearing a robe)
l Haman (wearing a robe)
l Paper crown for the queen
l Large nail file
l Three folding chairs
l Rolled-up paper scroll
l Fast food bag with two paper-wrapped burgers inside
Set your stage with three folding chairs side by side behind the
narrator. Place the plunger behind the center chair and the scroll
underneath the center chair.
Run through the script once or twice ahead of time with your actors
so they can familiarize themselves with the flow of action. The
more they play to the
audience, hamming it up as the script is read, the more effective
and fun the story will be.
(Enters, stands stage right, and greets the crowd. Carries the
crown and a copy of the script. Esther, King Xerxes, and Mordecai
wait offstage.) Like all good stories, ours begins with once upon a
time. Our once upon a time really happened about 500 years before
Jesus was born in a place not too far from Bethlehem but really far
from here. The place was called Persia. If you look at a map, today
you'd see a place called Iran there.
There was a king named Xerxes (ZERK-sees) who was in charge of the
place back then. King, come out and say hello to the nice people,
then take a seat on your throne. (King Xerxes enters, bows to the
crowd, and sits in the center chair.)
King Xerxes liked himself a lot. One day he had a party so he could
celebrate himself. I need a female volunteer from the audience
who'll wear the royal crown for a moment so we can continue with
our story. (Choose a volunteer, place the crown on her head, and
have her stand with you while facing the audience.) King Xerxes
summoned his queen, who was named Vashti, to parade around for all
the guests like a dancing girl or something. She refuses. Queen,
(Nudge the volunteer.) tell him no! And guess what? He flipped out!
(Xerxes pretends to go berserk.) What would all his adoring
subjects say if she refuses? I'll tell you what: All the women
would rebel. They'd go crazy! Well, he couldn't have a kingdom full
of crazy rebel women, so he fired her. Queen, give your crown back
to the king and sit back in the audience.
Of course, what's a king without a queen? Have you ever looked at a
deck of cards? It just doesn't work unless you have a king and a
queen. The kingdom turned into a great big talent show, with all
the beautiful young women trying out for the job of queen.
It's this story that we want to tell you today because it's more
than the story of a king's search for a new queen. It's the story
of how one young woman saved her people-and got a really cool job
Let's meet the rest of our characters now. First, give a warm
welcome to Esther, the girl who would be queen. (Esther enters and
curtsies.) Esther, say hello to the nice people. Next, let's give a
hand to Esther's wise uncle Mordecai (MOR-deh-kye). (Mordecai
enters and bows.) This is the man who raised Esther.
Say hi, Mordecai! Last, and maybe least, let me introduce you to
the king's right-hand man, Haman (HAY-mun). (Haman enters and snubs
the audience.) Haman won't say hello to you. He thinks he has
better things to do.
We have one more cast member you need to meet-you! Say hello to
yourselves. Your job is to cheer for the good guys. Esther and
Mordecai, that's you. Audience, please give them a hand. Whenever
you hear me say Esther and Mordecai's name, cheer for them. Let's
practice. (Lead the audience in cheering for each one.) Whenever
you hear Haman's name, boo him. Let's practice that. (Lead the
audience in booing for Haman.) Okay, I think we're ready to begin.
Esther and Mordecai, go wait for your cue. (Esther and Mordecai
wait off to one side of the stage, opposite the narrator.)
Let me tell you a little more about our friend Haman. One thing
King Xerxes likes is "yes" men. And Haman knows how to say yes
better than anyone, (Haman nods furiously.) so the king made him
top dog. (Haman barks and then walks across the stage.) Haman
struts around the kingdom, and all the people bow to him.
Only one guy doesn't bow, though, and that's Mordecai over there.
The only one Mordecai is going to bow to is God, not Haman. Haman,
stroll past him and we'll just watch how Mordecai doesn't bow. He's
good at it, isn't he?
Haman gets really mad about this and comes up with a plan. (Haman
scratches his forehead as though in deep thought.) He decides to
destroy all of Mordecai's people which are the Jewish people. Haman
doesn't do anything halfway. No, not him. Haman, take a seat next
to the king and quietly mull over your evil plan.
Meanwhile, Esther visits the king and auditions for the job.
(Esther walks over to the king and smiles at him.) The king likes
her and makes her his queen. Xerxes, give her the crown. One teensy
detail here: She doesn't tell him about her heritage. (Esther
crosses her fingers behind her back for the audience to see.) She
is a Jew, just like her uncle Mordecai. Remember? They're the
people Haman wants to destroy.