Hold onto yer horses and get ready for a true tale from the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before!
Jonah, the prophet of Israel sends and receives telegraphs to and from the Living God on behalf of the people, and all is fine, until the Lord tells him to go to that “dirty, rotten, flea-bitten foreign city called Ninevah” and preach against it! So, wouldn’t ya’ know it, instead of boardin’ the east-bound train to Ninevah, Jonah hops a west-bound stage to Tarshish!
When a big storm comes up on the prairie, threatening to blow the stage over, the driver rolls the dice and up comes Jonah’s number as the one who must be angering “the gods.” Jonah confesses that he is running the opposite direction from what Jehovah instructed him, and he is thrown off the stage and lands in a … well (say it with yer best cowboy twang!). No, not a whale … an old, abandoned well, where he languishes for 3 days and 3 nights. And … you know what happens from there! Once again, like in all Little Big Stuff musicals, it all points to Jesus, and the Good News of the gospel.
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Cast List/Character Descriptions
There are 19 speaking roles and 4-8 non-speaking roles available for casting in Jonah’s Druthers. 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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|Name||Character||Gender||What They’re Like ...||No. of Scenes|
|Cowboy 1||Narrator||Girl||Friendly gal who sets up the story in a fun way!||2|
|Cowboy 2||Narrator||Boy||Friendly fellow who sets up the story in a fun way!||2|
|Jonah||Prophet of God (Lead)||Boy||Dedicated prophet who takes his job very seriously. Pious at times, yet humble. Quite opinionated, he lets that stand in the way of good judgment in some of his choices in life.||7|
|Mabel||Proprietor of the Gully Washers (Lead)||Girl||Bossy, but likeable leader of the Gully Washers. Very businesslike and matter of fact in her dealings with people. Takes good care of her workers.||4|
|Mary Jo||Washer woman of Ninevah||Girl||Hardworking Gully Washer who enjoys visiting with her co-workers and having her free time. Loyal to her job and never misses work.||4|
|Nellie||Washer woman of Ninevah||Girl||Funloving part of the Gully Washer team. Loves to visit and catch up on all the news in town. Grateful for the opportunity to work with Mabel.||4|
|Lauralee||Washer woman of Ninevah||Girl||Ditzy, kindhearted Gully Washer, ready and willing to talk about anything and is always ready to take on work.||4|
|Swifty||Telegraph operator for Ninevah (Lead)||Girl||Tomboy ready for adventure. Considers herself to be Jonah’s assistant, but not in any official capacity. Persistent in carrying out all of her so called duties.||4|
|Betty Sue||Owner of the local boarding house||Girl||Friendly Boardinghouse owner. Motherly type who wants to keep everyone fed and happy.||1|
|Brother||Jonah’s brother||Boys||Man of few words.||1|
|Marshall||Marshall of Way Out West||Boy||Honest and respected law enforcement official. Speaks with the voice of authority.||1|
|Sarah||Passenger in stage coach||Girl||A “Mother hen” who is committed to protecting her children. Nervous about the storm.||1|
|Caroline||Young daughter of Sarah||Girl||Sarah’s quiet young child, frightened by storm, and sticking close to Mom.||1|
|Driver||Stagecoach driver||Boy||Rough and tumble stagecoach driver to Tarshish. Doing his job with “no nonsense.”||1|
|Carnival Barker||Carnival worker in Ninevah||Girl||Out to make a buck. Has no problem cheating others out of their hard-earned money.||1|
|Shady Citizen||Street vendor in Ninevah||Boy||Seller of false idols in Ninevah. Opportunistic, greedy, willing to trade on the hopes and fears of others, and can’t see why that would bother anyone.||1|
|Sheriff||Sheriff of Ninevah||Boy||Unlike the Marshall of “Way Out West,” the Sheriff in Ninevah, a town full of criminals, is somewhat “shady”||1|
|Mayor||Mayor of Ninevah||Boy||Politician who likes the limelight, but who heeds Jonah’s warning, and leads the people to public repentance.||1|
|Mrs. Mayor||Wife of the Mayor of Ninevah||Girl||Pretty, polished, with “every hair in place.” Stands by her man, the Mayor.||1|
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