Thanks to Joanna G. for today’s post!
Our Christadelphian Homeschool Drama Club put on the musical Daniel Darius and DeLions. Daniel Darius and DeLion is a children’s musical written by Sue Farrar. The script as well as sheet music for the songs, costume ideas and backstage help can be purchased in book form here.
Our Drama Club met every month for two hours and practiced lines, blocking, singing and choreography. Different parents helped with decorations and costumes. We invited the local Ecclesias to a dinner and the performance on a Friday evening. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to enjoy time together learning more about the story of Daniel and it culminated in a wonderful evening of fellowships with the many of the brethren, sisters and children in the area.
To buy the music recordings, as well as license the music for copying, go here.
The musical follows the King of Persia’s head lion, beginning with the lion distraught over being unable to eat Daniel and afraid for his job. The lion then goes back to the start of the story explaining why the Jews were in Babylon and how Daniel became so important. The musical continues with the account of Daniel, including the governors who were jealous of Daniel and tricked Darius into signing a decree that would get Daniel in trouble. The climax of the musical comes when Daniel chooses to obey God rather than man, and disobey the king’s decree, and is thrown into the lion’s den. The musical ends with Daniel being saved by God from the lion’s den and the king commanding the people of Persia to praise the LORD God.
Running Length: 25-30 minutes
Number of roles: The original script has only approximately 7 roles. To add more main parts, we split the head lion role (the narrator) into two, the governors into three, and the person and scribe into three. We also added little lions for the children aged 4-6 years old.
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime” Daniel 6:10