In June, I started working on a script for our Christmas Eve Pageant. I've revised it several times since, taking into account some great feedback from other writers as well as a theater professional.
That said, I have no experience writing plays. Well, that's not true. I write one act plays for Father's Day that have never been produced and have only been read by Ben. How's that for credentials! This has never been staged. It might be a disaster!*
Having issued that disclaimer, I'm making this available for anyone who wants to use it. I've licensed it with Creative Commons with a license that allows for adaptation so long as it includes the original attribution. Here's that info:
The Best Story: An Imperfect Christmas Pageant by Katherine Willis Pershey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Basically: have at it. If it seems like parts of it would work for your church, go for it. There are definitely parts of this that are written very specifically for my context. Change it however you see fit. Pass it along. Have fun. I'm super excited to get started on the production piece of this in the weeks to come, and hope it works on the stage.
Merry Early Christmas!
The Best Story: An Imperfect Christmas Pageant
EDITED TO ADD (FALL 2011): I would love to know if your church or school is producing this. Leave me a comment or send me an email, please. :) katherinepershey at gmail dot com.
*EDITED TO ADD (FALL 2012): It's not a disaster! Our production went wonderfully, and several other churches successfully staged the pageant (with adaptations as necessary). Yay!