Gospel Show, The - By Nick Perrin
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‘I'm a Primary school teacher and we performed "The Gospel Show" at our school Easter service yesterday. I just wanted to tell you that it was a roaring success. I have produced similar productions for the last 12 years, but this was the best by far! The songs were so exciting for the pupils and the story line (we just did the latter part-the Easter story) was very powerful. One young pupil in Year 1 who was in the congregation whispered to his teacher "Miss, is it for real, or just pretend"! All good wishes and thanks.’
- NL, Worship and Music Coordinator, London.
A unique, creative and unforgettable way in which to bring the Gospel story to life for children. This show within a show presents a colourful tapestry of events and emotions, moving naturally between lively humour and poignant drama, with excellent use of contrasting musical styles. The show is particularly suited to performing in full at Easter or shorter extracts can be used for assemblies etc.
Set in the American ‘Wild West’, four travelling showmen (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are taking 'The Gospel Show' around the country, telling the story to children in front of their covered wagon, using 'volunteers' from among their 'audience' to act out the events of Jesus' life. Among these children is cheeky Jo, who likes to challenge the showmen with awkward questions!
Towards the end of the show comes the crucifixion scene, which Nick Perrin has managed to write in a way that is not only powerful and dramatic but also appropriate for primary age children to perform. This is followed by the uplifting gospel-style song, 'Roll Back The Stone', which provides a tremendously joyful ending to the show.
The second half of 'The Gospel Show' (from Jesus' entry into Jerusalem onwards) has been adapted to form a narrated Easter Cantata: 'Roll Back The Stone'.
This Director's Pack includes the Director's Book with director's overview, cast list, synopsis, notes, helpful staging suggestions, script, score and lyrics along with a CD containing vocal demos and separate instrumental backing tracks for performances (which will allow an easier performance for non-musical teachers and parents) and printable or photocopiable files of the script and lyrics.
Suitable for ages 7 to 12.
Approximate Duration: 55 minutes