Prodigal Son Dramatization – Script Anyone?

bn336097I recently received an email from Faith, in Vancouver, BC, asking if I have a good dramatization (play or skit) of the Prodigal Son. I personally do not have one but I’m wondering if anyone out there might be able to help out!

Anyone have a script for a dramatization of the Prodigal Son?

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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  1. Mary Kathleen Glavich has an invaluable book of dramatizations for this age entitled “Gospel Theater for the Whole Community.” The Prodigal Son is included, but I’m unsure of copyright laws. The front of the book says that permission is given to reproduce these pages as needed for non-commercial use in schools, churches, and other prayer groups, so I’ll forge ahead, presuming most of your readers will use it for that purpose.

    Cast: Jesus, Father, Younger Son, Older Son, Employer, Servants 1, 2
    Props: Two scrolls of paper, bag of money, sack of corn, rob e, ring, shoes, music

    Jesus is off to the side. Father is seated. Employer is seated at a distance.

    Jesus: There was a man who had two sons.

    Younger son enters and goes to Father.

    Younger son: Father, let me have my share of the property that is coming to me.

    Father (sadly) If that’s what you really want. Call your brothers here.

    Younger son leaves. Father writes on two scrolls. Younger Son returns with Older Son.

    Father (to Older Son): Your brother wants his share of the inheritance now, so you might as well have yours, too. I have divided the property between you. Here. (gives each a scroll).

    Sons: Thank you, Father.

    All exit.

    Jesus: The younger son went to a distant land. There he wasted all his money on drinking, gambling, and women. When a famine came to that country, the boy had nothing left to buy food.

    Younger Son walks alone. He shakes the empty money bag upside-down and tosses it away.

    Younger Son: Guess I don’t need that anymore. I’ll have to get a job. (goes to Employer).

    Younger Son: Pardon me, sir. Can you use some help on your property?

    Employer: As a matter of fact, I can. I need someone to take care of the pigs on my farm.

    Younger Son: I can do that.

    Employer: Fine, you can start . They’re down the road. (points and exits)

    Younger Son walks to farm, takes sack, and feeds pigs.

    Younger Son: I’m so hungry I could eat this pig food. No one said anything about my supper. My father’s hired hands have more food than they can eat, and here I am dying of hunger. I will get up and return to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to b called your son. Treat me as one of your hired workers.”

    Son drops sack and walks home. Father enteres with Servants 1, 2 and, shading his eyes, peers down road.

    Father: That looks like my son. (runs to Younger Son and embraces him)

    Younger Son: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

    Father: (gesturing for Servants to come) Quickly, bring out a robe–the best one–and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it. Let us eat and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive. He was lost and is found!

    Servants exit. Father and Younger Son walk to house. Servants 1, 2 bring robe, ring, and shoes and put them on Younger Son. All exit except Servant 1. Music plays. Older Son enters.

    Older Son: (to Servant 1) Come here. Tell me, what’s the reason for the music and dancing?

    Servant 1: Your brother has come. Your father has killed the fatted calf because he has his son back safe and sound.

    Older Son: (folding arms and sitting) Well, don’t think I’m going to celebrate that!

    Servant 1 exits. The Father enters and goes to Older Son.

    Father: Son, please come in and join the celebration.

    Older Son: (angrily) Listen! For all these years I have worked like a slave for you. I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours comes back after wasting all your money–he and his women–you kill the fatted calf for him!

    Father: My son, you are always with me. All that is mine (hands to chest) is yours. (hands out to Older Son) But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life. He was lost and has been found. Come on in.

    Older Son rises and both exit.

  2. thanks for the script…i really liked it so that v can use it for our drama competition…thanks once again for sharing it…

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