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THE BALLOON PARTY
A parable about using your spiritual gifts
By: Monica B. Hilder
(Duration: 30 minutes; Speaking Cast: 14 either, 14 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-15 extras, gender flexible)
Why don't people celebrate their spiritual gifts? Step into the fairy tale world of a king, who gives all his subjects brightly colored balloons that symbolize a unique aspect of their personalities. But in time the balloons pop or get lost, and some people even forget they own one. The King decides to host a grand balloon party to build up the flagging spirits...  read more
FIVE MORE PARABLES FOR THE PRESENT IMPERFECT
Five more parables in modern settings
By: Buck Kohr
(Duration: 5 scenes, 5-7 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 4 females, 3 males, 1 either, 8-27 total cast; 
     Flexibility: doubling possible, gender flexible)
More modern dialogue parables, including The Prodigal Son, The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree, The Parable of the Friend at Midnight, The Parable of Talents, The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
FIVE PARABLES FOR THE PRESENT IMPERFECT
Five parables in modern settings
By: Buck Kohr
(Duration: 5 scenes, 10 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 5 males, 6-24 total cast)
Modern dialogue parables for sermon supplements or Youth Sunday specials. Excellent also for retreat programming. Included are: 1. The Unforgiving Debtor, 2. The Unprofitable Servant, 3. The Two Sons, 4. The Pharisee and the Publican, and 5. Laborers in the Vineyard.
PAIRABLES
A collection of sketches on Jesus’ parables
By: Brett Hadley
(Duration: 5 scenes, 10 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 3 males, 4 either, 8-16 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 8-11 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible)
Through the antics of a dynamic duo—the "straight guy" and the "goof"—five of Jesus’ parables come alive. Their lines volley back and forth in an easy conversational style, punctuated by breaks into song or rhyme. Contemporary and creative fun! Includes: 1. The Illustrated Lost Sheep—Heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. 2. Loose...  read more
PARABLES FOR THE TV GENERATION
Five Christian sketch spoofs of popular television shows
By: J. P. Martin
(Duration: 5 scenes, 3-5 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 2 females, 4 males, 4 either, 10-26 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 5-20 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible)
These spirited spoofs will provide an instant connection with your audience members who grew up watching TV. Includes: 1. I Love Looney—After yet another financial fiasco, Looney learns what it means to be a good steward. 2. Leave It to Cheaver—A broken toaster leads to a lesson on broken lives. 3. Far Trek—A...  read more
PEACE IN THE KINGDOM
By: Cynthia Marion, Michael Marion
(Duration: 30 minutes; Speaking Cast: 16-40 either, 16-40 total cast; 
     Flexibility: gender flexible)
A musical parable about shalom. A beautiful musical with a message of love and hope inspired by Isaiah 11:6-9 and the famous American painting, The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks. As the show opens, children and adult actors assume the image of the painting in the art gallery, then unfreeze to become the citizens of the Global Village. They sing and...  read more
PUPPET-TIME PARABLES
Five of Jesus' most popular story lessons
By: Jeanne S. Fogle
(Duration: 5 scenes, 5 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 10 either, 10-35 total cast; 
     Flexibility: doubling possible, gender flexible)
Written for elementary-level performers, these puppet plays may also be used by older children for adult audiences. They can be used as in-class teaching tools, as well as for performance. Included are: The Prodigal Son, The Talents, The Good Samaritan, The Sower and the Seed and The Lost Sheep. Adaptable to many types of puppets.
WWJD-TV PRESENTS...
Jesus’ parables meet prime time
By: J. Eric Jackson
(Duration: 5 scenes, 5 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 2 females, 3 males, 1 either, 6-25 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-15 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible)
“What would Jesus do?” is part of our pop culture – but what does that really look like? These modernized parables show and tell us via televised live reports, dramatic episodes and game shows. Includes: 1. Of Grapes and Greed - Some workers labored all day and others a half day, but all got what was promised them. 2. Who’s My Neighbor? - Inna...  read more
 
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