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SHEPHERD 3'1m1f An angel announces the messiah's birth

(Shepherd dozes, Angel enters, wearing white robes with 
outstretched arms, shouts)

ANGEL -- Be not afraid. I bring you good news....

SHEP -- Hey! Quiet down! You're scaring my sheep!

ANGEL -- (Whispers) Oh, I'm sorry. I'm kind of new at this.

SHEP -- You don't just go up to a herd of sheep at yell at the 
top of your lungs.

ANGEL -- I'm sorry. I didn't know.

SHEP -- You trying to cause a stampede?!

ANGEL -- No. I just...

SHEP -- (raises his crook threateningly) Say, you're not a 
rustler, are you?

ANGEL --  No, I....

SHEP -- Then, why are trying to stampede my sheep?

ANGEL -- (Shouts) I'm not trying to stampede your sheep.

SHEP -- Well, then, why are you yelling at them?

ANGEL -- (Shouts) I wasn't yelling them. 

(Whispers) I was yelling at you.

SHEP -- "Be not afraid"? You're telling ME "Be not afraid" I'm 
not afraid of you. You're a wimp.

ANGEL -- Look, the boss said that there would shepherds living 
out in the fields nearby keeping watch over their flocks by 
night. He said that if I appeared to you ignorant shepherds at 
night you'd be terrified.

SHEP -- Who are you calling ignorant, buddy?!

ANGEL -- I was SUPPOSED to tell you about...

BOTH -- The birth of the messiah.

ANGEL -- Huh?

SHEP -- What, you don't think an IGNORANT shepherd can't see the 
star over Bethlehem? The prophets have been announcing it for 
four hundred years since Isaiah.

ANGEL -- Listen, they sent me here to make the announcement. I 
can't go back home without doing my job. Would you mind?

SHEP -- Why bother? I'm already planning to visit the baby first 
thing in the morning.

ANGEL -- Humor me?

SHEP -- Knock yourself out. Just don't yell.

ANGEL -- Be not afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that 
will be for all the people. Today in the city of David a savior 
is born to you. He is...

BOTH -- Christ, the Lord.

ANGEL -- (tries to ignore Shep) This will be a sign to you, that 
the baby will be will be wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a 
manger.

SHEP -- That's it?!

ANGEL -- I thought I did pretty good.

SHEP -- You did fine. Now, leave. Go back to... wherever you 
came from.

ANGEL -- Heaven.

SHEP -- You're an...

BOTH -- Angel.

SHEP -- (kneels, bows repeatedly) I'm not worthy! I'm not 
worthy!

ANGEL -- Stop that. You're embarrassing me.

SHEP -- Why didn't you tell me you were an angel?!

ANGEL -- I'm sorry. I didn't think it was any big deal. (points 
up) There are lots of us here. (shouts) Hit it, boys. (exits)

SHEP -- (Stands, pleads) No! Not the heavenly host! (holds his 
finger to his lips to shush the choir.) Please don't sing! What 
about my sheep?!

MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR -- Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

SHEP -- Now look what you did! (exits chasing his sheep) Come 
back! Here sheep, here sheep.


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