If you haven't had a chance to download the sample yet, please do so! It will answer most of the questions you probably have about putting on a virtual pageant! You can download a sample here!
Here are a few frequently asked questions that we wanted to give you some quick responses to:
What was your theological approach to the story of Jesus' death and resurrection?
Any retelling of the Jesus story is complex and layered with our own cultural and theological perspectives. In this script, we took care to create an experience that is faithful to the story, appropriate for all ages, theologically sound, and progressive. We wrote a pageant for an intergenerational cast and audience, telling the Easter story in age-appropriate ways. There is no depiction or description of the crucifixion, no description of violence, and no gore.
While many retellings of the Easter story lean into anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic tropes, we recognize how the life and teachings of Jesus reflect the beauty of his Jewish identity and community ideals. In this retelling, neither Judas nor Jewish faith leaders are blamed for the crucifixion of Jesus.
How long is the script?
A group of us did a table reading and it took about 30 minutes to read through the script. So it's safe to estimate your pageant would be about 30-40 minutes long.
How many people do I need for the pageant?
You can put on this pageant with as few or as many people as you want! Because of the benefits of digital media, there is no minimum cast for this pageant. One person could conceivably perform all the parts. The ideal virtual cast could be between 20 and 40 people in about 6-10 different homes.
Can I put my finished product online (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)?
Absolutely! You can read detailed information about your license on the copyright page, but yes, you may broadcast your pageant and/or post a video of your pageant online. We ask that you credit Illustrated Ministry for the creation of Good News: A Virtual Easter Pageant. You may want to use our Copyright Scene Card or use the provided info to create your own.
We also ask that you not share any portion of the copyrighted material from your purchase online or with the general public. This includes the script itself, planning documents, or digital image backgrounds.