The drama and excitement of the story of Esther is a timeless treasure.
One CYC found a way to both raise money for a Christadelphian charity as well as provide an oppurtunity to witness to the community around them by performing an original Esther production open to the public. It was so popular by the Christadelphian and non-Christadelphian audience, that a second showing had to be added. Even the local newspaper wrote up an article about it, advertising their local ecclesial events.
The script was adapted from the Bible story. It was customized to fit the many talents in the CYC.
It was chosen for its exciting plot line and prominent female roles as the CYC had lots of keen young teenage girls.
The parents and children all participated in acting, set construction, costumes and fund-raising.
The CYC practiced every Friday night for six months with most of the acting done by teenagers and a few younger children in minor roles. The young actors’ talents are certainly put to good use in the production with singing, dancing and even acrobatics. The costumes and sets are beautiful, and a student lighting and sound technician adds a professional feel to the production.
“Esther” is a colourful, sometimes humorous, Old Testament story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen and saves her people from destruction.
Running Length: 60+ minutes
Number of roles: 35 plus stage hands – many small roles can be played by the same actors
This PDF document is a character list and information for costume design
This PDF document is list of stage and prop directions
“Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”