script below is based on the scriptures in Matthew 28, taken here from
the NIV version, and this passage can be read before the drama.
the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and
the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven
and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance
was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were
so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men."
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Based on this verse in Matthew 28:4: "The guards were so afraid
of him that they shook and became like dead men"
Cast: 3 guards
If technically possible, start sketch with a flash of light or stage
pyrotechnic explosion, and/or sound effect of explosion, earthquake,
Scene: A garden; the guards are lying on the ground, 2 of them
perfectly still, and one (Guard 1) shaking slightly.
Guard 1 (slowly gets to his feet, still shaking and looking
around in fear; walks over to Guard 2 and shakes him) Wake up,
Guard 2 (jumps to his feet, bolt awake, thinks the angel
is still there) I'll be good, I promise I'll be good...(breaks
off when he realises that the angel has gone, and turns to Guard 1)
Did you see it, I mean him, I mean that, that BEING...?
Guard 1 I'm not sure, I think we must have imagined it.
Guard 2 (looking behind Guard 1) Well, we didn't imagine
THAT (pointing) - look, the stone's been rolled away.
Guard 1 Oh no - you know what that could mean - someone's stolen
Guard 2 We'd better check - I'll wait here while you pop inside.
Guard 1 No way - you go inside!
Guard 2 Not me!
Guard 1 Well one of us has got to do it...unless (they
both turn and look at Guard 3, who is still lying on the ground, then
look at each other, give each other a grin and a thumbs up sign, and
walk over to Guard 3)
Guard 1 (bending over Guard 3) Oh Theo, wakey wakey...
Guard 3 (starts sucking his thumb) Oh mummy, please can
I have another 10 minutes in bed...
Guard 2 (Tiptoes up, leans over and shouts in his ear)
Guard 3 (jumps up) Whoa, what, where, who, when, why,
how.....Oh it's you two. I was having the weirdest dream - there was
an earthquake, and an angel, and a rolling stone, and...oh! (breaks
off as he realises, looking around, that it wasn't a dream)
Guard 2 Now Theo, we were just wondering if you'd be kind enough
to pop over here (they start to guide him towards the tomb - which
Guard 1 Just have a quick peek inside, and we'll be right behind
Guard 3 Hang on, wait a minute, I mean...aargh! (they push
Guard 2 Now I'm sure the body will still be there - that angel
chap was only here for a moment, and I didn't see him go inside, and
besides he'd have needed some help to carry the body away...
Guard 1 Yeah, I mean it's not as if he could have got up and
walked away, is it?
Guard 2 Now that WOULD be unusual...!
They both laugh, as Guard 3 walks back on. They're still laughing,
then they catch sight of the expression on Guard 3's face and stop laughing
Guard 3 (points back inside the tomb and finally stammers)
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