A Not So Terrible Parable

Introduction

The well-known story that Jesus told, called The Parable of the Good Samaritan, comes to life as a fun, over-the-top whodunit (think the movie Clue). Solving this mystery means discovering again just how far our Savior would go to rescue helpless sinners!

Summary

It was a dark & stormy night . . .

A man lay injured by the side of the road. Two travelers passed him by. Mysteriously, he is delivered to the doorstep of the quaint Mountain Vista Inn, where the startled guests, the butler and the maid (of course!), and the famous detective must use their wits to sleuth out every clue to get to the bottom of this mystifying whodunit. Mystery, candlelight, organ music, and strange pizza toppings all await as we join host Alistair McAlister in this Master’s Peace Theater re-creation of the parable that Jesus told about the Good Samaritan, A Not So Terrible Parable.

Approximate Performance Time

37 minutes

Cast List/Character Descriptions

There are 12 speaking roles available for casting in A Not So Terrible Parable. Any of the roles may be played by a boy or a girl with only slight name and gender modifications in the script. The indications below show how we recorded them on the demonstration recording. Many roles could be played by older youth or adults.

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CharacterGenderWhat they’re like…
AlistairboyThe host of Master’s Peace Theater; sits in a large armchair and speaks to the audience in a very suspenseful manner—with a hint of a British accent.
Guy RandomboyA real estate investor; the victim of an apparent robbery; a sincere and earnest everyday guy who wants to learn the truth about what happened.
Grace Mountain-VistagirlThe proprietress of the Mountain Vista Inn; she is the “pillar of the community”—proper, proud, a bit suspicious.
YvettegirlThe maid; flighty and overly-dramatic, she has a tendency to faint at the drop of a hat.
JeevesboyThe butler; observant, well-mannered, and very hard-working.
Ricki BlainegirlA famous detective; calculating and cunning, eager to solve the case.
Jenny BarristergirlA lawyer; somewhat haughty and rigid, insists on living “by the letter of the law” rather than by its spirit.
Brooks BinderboyA door-to-door Bible salesman; smooth, glib, knows about the outside of his Bibles rather than what’s on the inside.
Samantha AyrtongirlThe pizza delivery girl; initially a bit secretive, but ultimately reveals she has a very generous heart and wants to help those around her.
Guy #2boyPortrays Guy Random in the flashback scenes (no lines)
Barrister #2girlPortrays Jenny Bannister in the flashback scenes (no lines)
Binder #2boyPortrays Brooks Binder in the flashback scenes (no lines)
Click here to view the Cast List/Character Descriptions PDF

Questions or Special Requests?

Are you hoping to record your performance on video and make DVDs or put it up on the web? Please don't hesitate to contact us for this license or any other special requests or questions and we will be happy to help! Visit the Contact Page for more information.

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Note to Directors

SoundFX

For those who are performing with "live" accompaniment, we provide a free download of the Sound Effects on the SoundFX Page, or by clicking the download link below!

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