Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)

Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
Hanukkah Class Play (Chanukkah)
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Hanukkah Class Play
Sometimes referred to as Chanukah, Hannukah or Channukah
Cast of 30
Duration: around 10 minutes reading time, not including songs, poetry, prayer or jokes.
Two miracles - and some very keen combatants! Our narrator certainly has his work cut out for him on this one!
Also available: Class Play on Judaism – available from TpT and/or www.plays-r-ussell.com
Sample Text:
Narrator: (Wiping his brow) Phew! Those Maccabees! Bit of a lively lot! Let’s look at how Hanukkah is celebrated before we return to them!
Child 10: But we haven’t said what Hanukkah is yet!
(Narrator consults his notes)
Narrator: Oh really? Well, fancy missing that bit out! Please proceed! Now let’s see. Maybe we should start with what Hanukkah means?
Child 11: Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘dedication’.
Narrator: Ah, Hebrew you say?
Child 11: That’s right. This is, after all, a Jewish festival.
Child 12: That’s because it was the Jewish people who were persecuted all those years ago!
Child 13: Over 2,000 years ago to be precise!
Child 14: It was in the year 167 BC that a certain Syrian-Greek emperor
(Enter Antiochus Epiphanes)
Antiochus: (Interrupting) That would be me, Antiochus Epiphanes!
Child 14: (Continuing) Invaded Judea
(Enter Mattathias)
Mattathias: (Furiously) And defiled my temple! Despicable what he and his forces did!
Antiochus: (Defiantly) Well, you know what they say? Out with the old, in with the new!
(Mattathias strides over to Antiochus, shaking his fist; Narrator intercepts swiftly)
Narrator: Now, now, gentlemen! What was I saying about no violence today?
Antiochus: (Brushing himself down) Oh you needn’t worry about that! I mean, look at him! (pointing at Mattathias) Not exactly in his prime, right? And just a priest!
Mattathias: Huh! You may laugh! But you were no match for my boys!
*(Music - optional burst of ‘The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy)
(Enter five sons of Mattathias, brandishing swords)
Jochanan: Here we are!
Simeon: What’s up, father?
Eleazer: Need anyone ‘finishing off’?
Jonathan: We can do that, no probs!
Judah: Never fear!
All five: (Together) The Maccabees are here!
Narrator: Stop! Stop, this minute! You may be heroes of your time – but I want none of your heroics here today!
(Exit five sons, sulkily)
Narrator: (To Antiochus) OK. So let’s hear from you first. What was it you did that got everyone so upset?
Antiochus: (Stroking his chin, thoughtfully) Hmm. Now let me see. Could it have been
Mattathias: (Interrupting) The looting of my temple! Shall we start with that?
Antiochus: OK. Or the
Mattathias: (Interrupting) Sacrificing pigs at my altar!
Antiochus: Your altar? Oh I don’t think so. What did you not understand about that proclamation - All Judaism to be outlawed?
Narrator: Ooh! Sounds a bit harsh!
Antiochus: Harsh times, my man!
(Aside to Narrator) Course, between you and me I never thought setting up that altar to Zeus in the temple would go down too well!
Mattathias: Blasphemy! My temple well and truly defiled!
(Mattathias collapses, sobbing in a heap on the floor)
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11 pages
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