The Pageant of Poems

A Fun, Biblically-Literate, No Rehersal Christmas Pageant

Mark MacGougan

Aug/2011, 22 Pages, INSTANT DOWNLOAD

ISBN-13: 9781606741016



Purchase price includes permission to reproduce copies for all participants

Total pages: 22

The Pageant of the Poems is a traditional Christmas pageant that includes the birth of Samuel, the Annunciation, the Presentation in the Temple, and the Nativity using the prayers and poems found in the Old Testament and Gospels. It is a pageant described as “no-rehearsal” because the children who perform the parts do not need to memorize lines or actions. Instead, they are encouraged to act out their parts as described by the narrator. This helps to focus everyone’s attention on listening carefully to the narration as well as watching the children. It is distinctive in that it includes stories from the Old Testament that help to set the scene for the Christmas story. It is designed to help build the Biblical literacy of the children and congregation. It is intended to hold the attention of anxious children and tired adults who think they already know the story. This Christmas Pageant comes with full production notes from start to finish, including a recommended timeline from September to the day of performance for volunteers, making this truly one that requires no rehearsal.

“No Rehearsal” is not the same as “No Work.” Successfully staging any of these pageants will require considerable thought, preparation and effort. The key practical advantage of these pageants is that the advanced preparation falls on a relatively small number of people. This pageant is intended to work with at least ten and up to fifty or more children as performers. For groups at the smaller end of that scale, children can appear in different parts in different scenes. You can find sufficient parts for large casts by adding members to groups of indeterminate size – shepherds, angel hosts, royal courts, and so on.

Cast of Characters (17+)

Narrator (youth or adult)
Scenery Helpers
Elkanah (husband of Hannah)
Penninah (second wife of Elkanah)
Gabriel (youth or adult)
Angel Host
Reader 1
Reader 2
Reader 3

Time Length: 45-60 minutes

Age Level: children, youth, adults

Mark MacGougan is the author of this and two other pageants – The Pageant of the Miracle Births and the Pageant of the Poems. In Episcopal circles, he is best known in his role as liturgical comedian. He has performed “Service with a Smile” (which he describes as a cross between a stand-up comedy routine and an instructed Eucharist) and other monologues at numerous churches and conferences. On his time off from church, he is an insurance product development officer. He and his wife live in West Hartford, Connecticut and have three grown children.



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