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Purim Play Script- Story of Esther

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message 1: by Jake (new)

Jake Bilchinsky Hi I am re-posting a script originally made by Christa Ron Paul which can be found via this link https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I am grateful for her taking the time to make this script. That said, I found that it could use a bit of tweaking and proofreading for my purposes (for using it as an educational tool at a youth group event)

here is the revised version, feel free to use this one or the original:

Narrator : It so came to pass, that in the days of Ahasuerus who reigned from India unto Ethiopia; that is, over 172 provinces, in the third year of his reign he made a feast unto all the princes of the land. This feast was rich in food and drink and lasted 7 days. And on the 7th day the king was very merry.

KING:
I am well pleased with my feast and my guests.
Bring to me another cup of wine and then go and
fetch my queen. Tell Queen Vashti to come here in
her finest dress and crowned with the gold and jewels
I gave to her so that all men might look upon her and
see her beauty.



{Servant #1 bows and goes out.}

{Servant comes to the queen who is feasting with her own maids.}



Servant #1

My Queen, the great King Ahasuerus has
sent for your presence in the throne room
where all the princes of the land feast in his honor.

Queen Vashti:

Go back to the King and tell him I shall not come.
I am feasting in my own house. With my own servants.

{Servant bows out}

KING:
My Queen is fairest in the land, crowned by stars from the skies.


{Servant 1 comes back}

Servant #1 :

My Lord, the Queen says she will not come.


KING:
What is this you say? She will not come? What will I do?”



Prince #1:

My King,
if it became known that Queen Vashti would not come out
at your summoning, all would doubt your ability to command respect!
If it pleases the king,
let the queen be sent away and let another take her place.

King:

So be it. I will never set eyes on her again. And I will take her crown,
gold and jewels and give them to another- more worthy of them.
But who shall be my new queen?



Prince #2:

My King,
let us make it known all around that the King is in search for a new queen.
We will pick the fairest of maidens and send them to you so you
might choose a new Queen.




King:

Go forth and do this.





Narrator- So the King sent forth his Princes to find the most beautiful women in all the land to be brought before him.






Scene #2

Narrator- At this time there was a Jewish man living near the king's palace, and his name was Mordecai. Living with Mordecai, was his niece- Hadassah who was also known as Esther. She was very beautiful. And so, In accordance to the command of the King, Esther went with the others to stand before the king.

The king was greatly pleased with Esther and her beauty. And so he ordered her to go to the house of his wives. The king gave to Esther the best house and many servants to wait upon her. Esther found much favor in the kings sight.

King:

Surly you are the most beautiful woman in all the land.
I will make you the Queen and I will give unto you Vashti's
Crown and throw a feast in your honor. Ask of me anything
you wish to have and I will assuredly give it to you!



Esther:

Good King, I have everything I could ask for at the moment.





















Scene #3


Narrator: At this time Mordecai sits at the gates of the king so as to be able to watch over Esther. Suddenly he overhears two of the king’s servants thus speaking:

Bigthana

The King is a great fool and not worthy to be King at all.



Teresh
True that, I could make a better King myself!
did you hear he couldn’t even summon his queen?



Bigthana A man whose word is so weak ought not to be king.
What if… the king were to die, surly whoever became
the new king would reward us. And we would be powerful.



Teresh That is a good plan. Let us kill the King tonight.



Narrator : When Mordecai heard this, he went straight to the Kingsguard. The guard took the men and threw them in prison and the deed which Mordecai had done for the king was written in the Book of records.

















Scene #4
Narrator: in the seventh year of King Ahasuerus he appointed a man named Haman to be his chef counselor.

King:

Your father has served me well, but he is now old.
If you will serve and advice me as well as he has,
I will set you above all the princes of the land.
So that all men will show reverence and bow before you.



Haman

I shall serve you faithfully.




Narrator:

And Haman went out of the gates, and indeed, all men bowed before him. All save Mordecai. Who made Haman very angry.

Haman

Who is that man refusing to bow before me?



Servant:
He is a Jewish man, Mordechai is his name.
He says he only bows before his god.




Haman Jewish you say? Pah! (Spits) I shall not stand for this insult.


message 2: by Jake (new)

Jake Bilchinsky Scene #5
Narrator:
Haman became resentful of Mordechai and his faith, and so he conspired to kill all the Jews. He went before the king that very night to settle the matter.

Haman

Oh great and worthy King,
there is a certain group of people scattered and dispersed
all around the lands of your kingdom. The Jews believe in
strange gods and do not respect the laws which you have laid down.

Heed my advice and do not suffer them.
Decree that they are to be banished or destroyed.

King

This is all good. Here, take my ring.
Do with these Jews as you please.






















Scene #6
Narrator
Soon everybody hears the news: that “on the thirteenth day of the first month all Jews are to be hunted and destroyed.” Word of this went out to every prince of the land, to their lieutenants, and governors, posted in every town square and sealed by the King's ring.

When Mordecai perceived all this, he replaced his clothing with sackcloth and ashes and went out into the midst of town to cry out in protest. And likewise did all the Jews.



Servant

My lady, your uncle Mordecai lies in the street in sackcloth and ashes
mourning we know not what.



Esther

Oh my poor uncle, go to him at once and take to him these cloths.
Ask him what is wrong, what makes him weep.

Servant

Mordecai, My lady Queen Esther commands thee to weep no more,
and to put on these new cloths she brings you.



Mordecai
Alas, for my people, I will not do so.

Servant

What is wrong? Why do you weep?



Mordecai
I weep for Haman has sentenced all Jews to death under the
order of the kings ring. Take this copy of the current news and give
it to the queen. Tell her she must go before the king and plead for the Jews.





{Esther reads the news and cries}

Esther:
What wickedness. If only I could go before the King.
For it is known that going up to him without being called is certain death.
And I have not been called these thirty days.


{Servant goes to Mordechai to deliver the queens worries}



Mordecai-
Tell the queen her god and her people are with her. I will make sure
all Jews know to fast and pray for her safety for the next three days.
After that she should face the king.






























Scene #7
Narrator:
So it came to pass, that on the third night Esther put on her royal apparel and jewels which the king had given her and went and stood in his inner court where the king sat upon his throne.



King

Queen Esther how come you're here?
Weren’t you told it is a death sentence to appear unsummoned ?


Esther

I am aware of that law, oh good King, but I could not wait to share the
news of what I have prepared for thee.




King
Come forward, Esther my queen, what is it you had to say?
Any wish you ask for I will grant.




Esther

My king,
I come before you to extend an invitation- for you, and for your
chief adviser Haman. I invite you to partake in a banquet that I have prepared.
It is there that I will sound my request.



King

Esther, my delight.
Rest assured we will both be there.





Scene #8

King

Now that was a great meal. What were you going to ask for, Esther?
Name it, and it will be yours. Even if you ask for half the kingdom!



Esther

My King, my request tonight will only be this:
If I have found favor in your sight and if it pleases you,
come again tomorrow night, again with your adviser, for
another banquet I shall prepare. Then I shall I tell you what I desire.



Narrator:

Haman went forth with a glad heart but when he saw Mordecai who
would not bow before him he grew wrathful once more.




Haman

I am a man of much power, riches and glory. I am promoted above
all man save only the king. Esther has let no man come to her banquet
except for the king and I, and tomorrow I am to go again. But all this
means nothing to me while that Jew; Mordecai, sitting at the gate, still
refuses to bow to me.

Haman’s


message 3: by Jake (new)

Jake Bilchinsky Haman’s wife

Let the gallows be made ready, my husband, and tomorrow hang
Mordecai on them.
That way he will bother you no longer.

Haman

So I’ll do.



Scene #9
Narrator
The night after Esther’s first banquet the king could not sleep. He called on his guard to bring him his book of records.

{King reads a bit}

King
Oh.. Right, I now recall the plot that was made against my life recently.
And I was saved by.. Mordecai. What honor and dignity has been done to
Him for this service?



Guard
None has been done, my lord.



King
Bring to me Haman.

{Haman comes in}


King

Ahh Haman tell me, what shall be done for a man the king wishes to honor?

Haman (in his thoughts)

Who could the king wish to honor but me?


Haman (Aloud)
Dress the man in the kings clothings and put on his head the royal crown.
Give him the royal mount, and have a noble prince lead him about the city
proclaiming “This is how the King treats a man he wishes to honor”




King
Very good, make haste and do all that you said unto Mordecai the
Jew who sits at the gates.


Narrator:
So Haman was forced to do all that he had said for the man he hated. He lead him around the city calling aloud “This is how the King treats a man he wishes to honor”
Later that day, Haman was summoned for Esther’s second feast.

King
Again Esther, I ask of you, what is your request?
It shall be granted to you.

Esther
Oh King! If I have found favor in your sight and if it please thee:
I would ask that my life, and the life of my people be spared.
For we have been sentenced to a horrible fate.


King

Who is he who caused you such sorrow? Who is the man that would harm
Your people like so?

Esther

It is Haman, oh king.



King

What!? Guards! Take this man!

Guard
We have the gallows prepared as per Hamans orders


King
Good. Go ahead and use them to hang Haman. And as for
Mordechai, bring the man to me.








{Mordecai enters}

Mordecai
You sent for me, my king?

King
I name you now my right hand man and counselor. You may wear
my ring and pass my laws. I give you Haman’s house and wealth.

{mordecai and Esther fall down at the king’s feet}

King
And as for the laws Haman passed, I now decree that no Jew is to
be harmed in my kingdom. And if anyone disobeys this - the Jews would
have the full right to defend themselves.




Narrator- All this was done as the King had said. Mordecai grew great among men. And the Jews put up a fight against all those who would seek them harm.

As for Haman, his wife and sons - they were hanged on the same gallows thay had originally prepared for Mordecai. And so it came to be that the thirteenth day of the twelfth month of every year was marked as a day of celebration for the miracle that happened that day.


message 4: by Jake (new)

Jake Bilchinsky Excuse the weird spacing.


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