Brief: A full-length Easter focused drama program which includes the audience communion service.
Setting: A large white 'sheet screen' hangs mid way back on the stage, above it is a projector screen.
If you have enough distance behind the sheet you could also project background images of the initial scenes on the 'sheet screen' from behind. A low table is set with for the last supper. Other disciples and guards can be added for a fuller effect.
1. The Greatest Entrance (1min)
Lights fade down to 25%, Upper room setting on screen.
Disciples enter behind audience, arguing loudly and walking down the aisle to the front.
[Peter] You have to be joking, John, there is no way Jesus will put YOU in charge of the armies, you couldn’t win an arm wrestle with the assistance of an ox.
[John] Oh Peter, you may have the strength of an ox, but you’ve got the intelligence of one too! Jesus knows you need brains, not brawn to lead an army.
[Judas] Augh, you two can have your legions of soldiers. Just remember to wipe your feet when you come into my palace.
[Peter] Your palace?
[Judas] Well, as the responsible one around here, Jesus will no doubt make ME custodian of the palace.
[Peter] Judas, there’s no way you’ll be custodian.
Jesus walks down the aisle.
[Judas] [whispers loudly] Shhh, He’s coming.
[Jesus] I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
2. Foot Washing / Last Supper
<Speaker talks about the Passover/footwashing and the action continues.> (2min)
Actors recline silently.
Jesus stands up from the table, lays aside his outer garment, and ties a towel around his waist. Jesus pours water into a basin and begins to wash a disciple’s feet and to wipe them with the towel that is wrapped around him.