Sunday, December 1, 2013

New 15 MINUTE Christmas play with NO LINES TO LEARN!

If you are looking for something very short to do for your Christmas service, this is the mini-play for you! Performed to a narrated soundtrack, so there are no lines to learn, this 15 minute script takes only 4 people to perform... two major and two minor parts.

 It's called "The Junk Man's Christmas Dinner" and it is adapted from the longer play "Assignment: Comfort and Joy." Isolated and slightly re-written with a different ending to stand alone, the script is for those needing something short, easy-to-do and moving!

A hermit that lives in a junkyard is feeling down on Christmas Eve, praying for more to eat than what he has, a can of vienna sausages and crackers. An unexpected visitor who is worse off than he is helps him to learn that giving what you can is the path to blessing. Get the script here and soundtrack that has all the narration, sound effects and music!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Christmas Play with No Lines To Learn: "Christmas Leads Us Home"

Many asked for it... now they've got it! Here's a new script in our unique "Play/Act" no-lines-to-learn narrated format. This script, titled "Christmas Leads Us Home" (approximately 50 minutes) deals with a mother's difficult relationship with a wayward daughter, as well as her fears for the soul of a son in the military. A flashback to a family Christmas party from 20 years before is framed by a current-day drama in the nursing home where the mother is staying. A powerful play that will touch everyone, which includes the Nativity story, and the later visit by the Wise Men, as well as a place for the kids to sing live! The soundtrack supplies all the narration, sound effects, and background music. Get the script and CD here!

This script is like a number of our other Christmas plays, in that there are no lines to learn, you play the CD as you perform. This unique format has proven incredibly popular with our visitors, so check out the other scripts in this format on our site,

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Play For Father's Day!

A new play, in the "No Lines to Learn" format, has been released! Entitled "Prohibiting Prayer: The Daniel Decree," the script is a unique retelling of the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den from a new perspective. All the narration, powerful background music and sound effects are supplied on the soundtrack.

The Chief Scribe to King Darius, responsible for chronicling events in the kingdom, tells the story that he and his son witness and became participants in. Seeing Daniel's dedication and deliverance, both he and his son learn that they can trust Daniel's God like he does.

Length of play with soundtrack: approximately 35 minutes. PERFECT for Father's Day!!!

June 15th, 2014 is Father's Day. This would make a good play to use, since the king's scribe is training his son, and together they learn to have faith in Daniel's God after being witness to the miracle of his protection while in the den of lions.

Here is the link:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Script for Easter with No Lines To Learn!

Like my most popular Christmas plays, this has NO lines to learn! Written for Easter, but good for Mother's Day or anytime, this easy-to-do 52-minute script with narrative soundtrack presents a powerful message about Jesus' obedience to His Father, and His atoning sacrifice, in the form of a dream of a young man on the verge of an important decision. His believing mother's prayers for her son result in a life-changing experience that will touch your audience!

Click here to preview the script and listen to an audio preview of the soundtrack!

While I do have some plays on the site that can be used for Easter, such as "Jerusalem's Most Wanted," and several others, I have never written one specifically focusing on the events of the cross. There are many plays out there that recount the events of Good Friday and Easter in very accurate ways, and many churches do the traditional re-enactments. What could I do that would add to that? I wanted to do one that was like some of my others, in our unique "Play/Act" format, which has all the narration, music and sound effects on the soundtrack CD, meaning that there were no lines to learn. These kind on our site are very popular for Christmas... but writing one for Easter was problematic. The Nativity is much easier to depict than the crucifixion. Many smaller churches have less people and room on stage than is needed for a large-scale production of the events of the cross, which can be difficult to pull off.

This means that if I did do a narrated CD for the events, that many smaller churches would not be able to do it. If they could do an Easter play portraying the events, chances are they have already done so or are planning on it, and another script would not be needed. I struggled with a way to do a meaningful and moving play based on Easter events that could be done by smaller churches as well, with the CD making it easier to learn. After much thought and prayer, I believe I have come up with a workable yet dramatic idea that revolves around the action surrounding the Lord's suffering and triumph, that allows for a narrated soundtrack, and a smaller cast and stage. This is done by having the audience see only the reactions of the main character, as he witnesses several parts of the Biblical events. We, as the audience, only hear the sounds of the scourging and crucifixion, as the young man sees it happening in front of him, looking toward the audience.

The scenes he sees are brought to life by the narration, music and effects, and we see the impact it has on him and the Biblical characters with him as they watch, the action they see "offstage" in the direction of the audience watching them. Make sense? What they are seeing is happening in the direction of the audience, so the audience sees up close the character's reactions to it. The soundtrack will make it sound real, and it will be brought to life in their imaginations. The story is more about the impact the events have on the young man, than an actual re-enactment on stage.

Oh, by the way, the present-day part of the play itself will not refer to any particular time-period that it takes place during. Although the scenes in the dream are from the events of the crucifixion, the play can be done any time, not only at Easter, and would work equally well as a Mother's Day drama, since the mother's prayers are primarily responsible for the conviction the son experiences. It will also speak to sons and daughters of praying mothers. So, it could work equally well for Easter, Mother's Day or any time!

Update: performance reports are starting to come in! Here is the first...
Hello, Fred,

"The Legacy" was very well received! Our elderly esp. appreciated it because they could hear every word. Also, a retired minister, who is going blind, called to tell me how much he appreciated the drama. I know there were unsaved people in attendance, so I know seeds were planted. I was able to get people to act who were really out of their comfort zone. It was such a great time with people coming together to present God's salvation story. I didn't know at the beginning how this was all going to come together, but I trusted God that he would make it happen. The "no lines" format worked beautifully!

Fred, if you have time, go to our church website, Click on the photo gallery, and you will be able to see a slide show.  The soundtrack was fantastic! God sure did bless you with "The Voice". I hope we can work with you again in the future. Thanks again for a wonderful, wonderful drama!

Blessings to you,

You can view many photos of the presentation here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"The Ultimate Gift" video

2012 was the first year that I made available as a stand-alone skit "The Ultimate Gift." Prior to that, it was part of the longer play "Assignment: Comfort And Joy" which was released in 2011. But the past year I began to think that some people might want to do this embedded skit by itself, so I isolated just those tracks and sold the soundtrack separately. Right after Christmas I found this short film online that adapted it for video. They did a good job, making their own soundtrack, since they altered the script a little, to accomodate their available cast. The video notes say "Adapted and Filmed by the members of In-Christ Church and Ministries located in Louisville KY on Bards-town road in the Highlands."

Update: I was able to contact the film-maker, and this is what he wrote about the experience...

"My name is Collin Sage and I belong to a fairly small congregation who, nonetheless, loves the arts. This past Christmas, while trying to figure out what kind of skit to put on for the church, one of the members suggested we try The first script I saw was "The Ultimate Gift". As I started to skim over it I could already tell that this was exactly what we wanted.

I had gone to similar sites before and read several other Christmas-themed church plays but was always let down by clunky writing and pieces much too grand to ever film or stage. However, Fred Passmore's script was smooth, fun and versatile. Although our small cast couldn't re-create everything in the script, the story was strong enough to be able to make small alterations without drastically changing his story. This is always wonderful because often times, due to circumstance, re-creating the script word for word can be impossible, especially without compromising the integrity of the story. Even though the script was originally meant to be staged, it was easily converted into a short film by our crew.

As we began filming, everything was laid out before us contextually. The script came with plenty of direction and staging notes and it practically filmed itself. We got the whole thing shot in under 4 hours, which is amazing considering the finished film ended up being about 20 minutes long (film people will understand). We spent very little time prepping and no memorization was needed, just as advertised.

The humor was classic and quirky without going overboard and becoming cheesy or too simple.The message about the birth of Jesus and His salvation was on point and was compiled in such a way to be both powerful and easy for all to understand. Our overall experience with the script, the final product, and with Fred Passmore himself were way beyond what any of us had expected and we will definitely look to his work again in the future."

Here is the film so that you may enjoy their efforts!

View it on Youtube full-size here:

Go here to get all the details on the script and get the soundtrack. Remember, their version was an adaptation, edited, and did not use the soundtrack that I make available. The actual script is different in places and the soundtrack supplies every bit of music and sound effects needed to make your performance hilarious and more effective.