Saturday, June 11, 2011

Night 3 of Moses

Night 3
Scene 1
Narrator: After explaining all that God had told them and after they had worshiped God, Moses and Aaron came before Pharaoh… Just as God had instructed them.
Curtain opens and Enter Moses and Aaron into Pharaoh’s throneroom where Pharaoh is sitting with a guard nearby.
Moses: “the God of Israel has told us to tell you, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”
Pharaoh: “Who is this God that I should listen to what he says and let Israel go? I don’t know Him! Besides, I will not let Israel go.”
Aaron: “The God of Israel has met with us. Please let us go 3 days journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord, or He will be angry with us.”
Phar: “Why do you two distract the people from their work?! Get the people back to their labors! Look at how many there are! And you want them to stop working?!”
Moses and Aaron start walking off…
Close curtains.
Open back up … same setting now only Pharaoh and guard.
Pharaoh: (looking out over the audience) “Tell the taskmasters to give the people no more straw to make bricks. They will have the gather the straw themselves, but they still have to make the same amount of bricks. Make the burden harder on the men so they will no longer listen to these false words of Moses and Aaron!”
Guard: “Yes Pharaoh!” exits.
Curtain closes.
{{{ Light from behind the curtain. Enter from one side Hebrew. Enter from the other side the Taskmaster.
Taskmaster: “Pharaoh has ordered that you must gather your own straw from now on. You will still have to make the same amount of bricks.”
Hebrew: “What? Why?”
Taskmasters: “Complete your required work!” Exits.
Hebrews run frantically to get the straw and fall behind.
Re-Enter Taskmaster: “Why have you not completed your work? You didn’t yesterday or today!” Starts whipping the people.
Lights go down}}}}

Curtain opens back to the throne room with Pharaoh on the throne.
Enter foreman of the sons of Israel.
Foreman: “Why are you making us suffer? They don’t give us straw but they still command us to make bricks! We are being beaten because of Your people.”
Phar: “You are lazy. Very lazy. So you say you want to go into the wilderness to worship your God. Get back to work and make your required amount of bricks! There will be no straw!”
Foreman exits.
Curtain closes.

Scene 2
Open curtain. Generic scene background.
Foreman enters and moses and aaron and another Israelite are waiting for him.
Foreman: “We are in trouble!”
Israelite: “What?”
Foreman: “May the Lord judge you for making Pharaoh and his servants angry with us! They’re gonna kill us! Its your fault Moses!”
Moses exits to other side of stage… alone.
Moses: “O Lord, why have you brought this upon your people? Why did you send me here to anger Pharaoh and not deliever your people at all?
God: “ Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. I will make him let my people go. I will make him drive them from his land.
“I am the Lord. I remember the covenant I made with their fathers. I hear their groaning because of their bondage. Tell the people again that I am their God and I will deliver them out of the land of the Egyptians. They will be my people.”
Moses walks back over to the Israelites…
Moses: “The lord has again said he will deliver you from this affliction you are under.”
Israelites all together: “You’re crazy!”
Israelites exit.
Moses and aaron on stage now.
God: “Go and tell pharaoh to let the sons of Israel leave his land.”
Moses: “My own people won’t listen to me. Why would Pharaoh listen to me? I can’t even speak good.”
God: “Go and tell him to let my people go.”
Close curtain.

Scene 3
Open curtain.
Throne room.
Pharaoh, 2 sorcerers there.
Enter Moses and Aaron.
Pharaoh: “Show me a miracle!”
Moses: “Throw your staff down, Aaron.”
Throws staff down and it becomes a serpent.
The sorcerers do the same.
Aaron’s staff swallows them up. (act this out between pharaoh and sorcerers.)
Pharaoh’s sorceres do the same…
Pharaoh: “MY sorcerers can do these tricks as well!”
Moses points to the ground.
Sorcerer: “Aaron’s staff is swallowing up all of ours!”
Pharaoh storms off and sorcerers runs off after him.
Aaron leans down (gingerly) and grabs the serpent and it is a staff again. Walks off stage opposite Pharaoh.
Moses starts to walk off…
God: “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn. He will not let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning when he goes out to the Nile, and say to him that I order him to let my people go. But since He has not listened, I will show him that I am the LORD.”
Moses exits.
Close curtain.

Scene 4
Open curtain.
Setting : Nile river
Moses and Aaron there as Pharaoh walks up. Egyptians washing in the water.
Moses: “The Lord has said that by this, you shall know that He is the Lord.” Moses takes his staff and strikes the Nile river…
Egyptian down by the water stands up and arms are covered in blood.
Pharaoh looks at Moses and Aaron and walks away looking back at the Nile and the servants screaming. Then exits.
Moses nods to Aaron and he exits.
Curtain closes.

{{{{ from behind the curtain, backlit scene with Egyptians running around.
Egyptian 1: “The water has turned to blood!”
Egyptian 2: “Even the pools have turned to blood! All the fish have died!”
Egyptian 1: “Oh man it stinks! That smell!
Egyptian 2: “Maybe we can dig down in the ground far enough to get to some water?”
Egyptian 1: “NO! I”ve already tried!
Egyptian 2: “Horrible!!!”
They exit quickly, but safely}}}}

Scene 5
Open curtain on the Throne room.
Moses and Aaron enter to talk to Pharaoh.
Moses: “The Lord commands you to Let His people go. If you refuse, The Lord will smite your whole territory with frogs.”
Pharaoh stands and slowly walks over to his sorcerers… His back to Moses.
A moment passes and moses turns to aaron.
Moses: “Stretch out your hand with your staff over the waters of Egypt and make frogs cover the land of Egypt.”
Aaron exits…
Moses takes one more look at Pharaoh and then follows.
Close curtain.
{{{{ Egyptians screaming about the frogs while the sound effects of the frogs sound over the speakers
They’re everywhere!
They’re in my food! They’re in my bathwater!!! They’re in my bed!!! Make the noise stop!! They’re driving me crazy!!!

Curtain opens in throne room again… Pharaoh and guard ((sound of frogs still going…))
Pharaoh: “Bring me Moses and Aaron!! Fast!!”
Guard: “Yes Master!” runs out…
Pharaoh picks a frog off his shoulder. Puts his hands over his ears.
Moses and Aaron enter with guard.
Pharaoh: “Alright! Tell your God to remove the frogs from the land! I will let the people go! Anything!”
Moses: “According to your word, you will know that there is No One Like The LORD our GOD. The frogs will depart from you and your houses.”
Moses and Aaron walk to the edge of the stage.
Moses: “Oh Lord. Your powerful hand has been seen in this land. Please make the frogs to die and release this land from them.”
Off stage, “They’re dead! All the frogs are dead!!!
Moses looks back at Pharaoh before he and aaron exit.
Close curtain.

Scene 6
The voice of God: “Moses, Pharaoh’s heart has hardened after the relief of the frogs. Tell aaron to stretch out his staff and strike the dust of the earth that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.”
Couple of Egyptians covered in what looks like gnats… sawdust? Gonna need some dedicated Christians for this one… brown spots on face… makeup?
Open curtain.
Enter two Egyptians
Tom: “everytime I breathe I get a mouthful of gnats!”
Joe: “Then breathe through your nose.”
Tom: “I don’t want them in my nose, either!”
Joe: “This is horrible! Someone save us!
Tom: “Pharoahs’ magicians say this is the finger of God!”
Close curtain.
The voice of God: “Moses. Go before pharaoh and tell him to let my people go. Tell him that if he refuses, I will send swarms of flies on Him and all Egypt. But I will set aside the land of Goshen, where my people live. They will be spared this plague. I will put a division between my people and the Egyptians. Tomorrow this sign will occur.”
A moment passes and then the sound of flies… lots of flies.
Back light and people running round on stage from behind the curtain. Yelling about the flies.
Sound of the flies continues as people exit and Pharaoh takes his place on the stage.
Curtain opens in throne room again… Pharaoh and guard ((sound of flies still going…))
Pharaoh: “Bring me Moses and Aaron!! Fast!!”
Guard: “At Once!” runs out…
Pharaoh picks a fly off his shoulder. Starts swatting in the air. (like he’s having a psychotic episode)
Moses and Aaron enter with guard.
Pharaoh: “Alright! Tell your God to remove the flies! The land is laid waste because of these flies! Go sacrifice to your God within the land!
Moses: “We must go 3 days journey into the wilderness. WE cannot sacrifice before the eyes of the Egyptians. They will stone us. WE must do as God commands.”
Pharaoh: “I will let you go and sacrifice to your God in the wilderness; only don’t go very far away. Pray to your God for me.”
Moses : “I’m going to leave now and pray to the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Egypt tomorrow; but you must not lie as you have done in the past. You must let us go sacrifice to the LORD.”
Moses and aaron exits.
Curtain closes.
End scene.

Scene 7
The voice of God: “Moses, Pharaoh’s heart has hardened after the relief of the flies. He is not going to let you go as you have told him that I desire. Go to him again and tell him that if he does not let my people go, my hand shall strike a severe pestilence on all the livestock of Egypt. They will all die. But of the livestock of Israel, not one will die. Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.”
Open Curtain.
Throne room. Pharaoh sitting on his throne.
Egyptian enters with news of the plague.
Pharaoh: “Tell me what you have seen.”
Egyptian: “It is as you know in the land. Everything of the livestock is dead. Cattle, Horses, Donkeys, Camels, Herds and Flocks. And I have also seen the herds of the Israelites, and …
Pharaoh: “Yes?! What about them?!”
Egyptian: “They live. Not one has died.”
Pharaoh: “Be gone.”
Egyptian exits.
Close curtain.
Voice of God: “Moses, take handfuls of soot from a kiln, and throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.”
Open curtain
Throne room. Pharoah in the corner facing away from Moses. Sorcerers there too.
Enter Moses and Aaron
Moses: “Pharaoh, The lord declares that you let his people go.”
Pharaoh stays silent.
Moses takes the soot and throws it in the air.
Pharaoh turns and is covered with boils and he seems to be in pain… all the sorcerers pull their sleevs up and are covered with boils. {{Off stage people scream in pain.}} Close Curtain. End scene

Scene 8
Open Curtain. Exterior scene with moses
Voice of God: “Behold, about this time tomorrow, I will send a very heavy hail, such as has never been seen in Egypt. 19 Now therefore bring your livestock and whatever you have in the field to safety. Every man and beast that is found in the field and is not brought home, when the hail comes down on them, will die.”
Exit moses…
Thunder storm. Sounds. Lightning. Dim lights?

Close curtain.
Open to Pharaohs throne room.
Enter Moses and Aaron
Pharaoh: “I have sinned; the LORD is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones. Make supplication to the LORD, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.”
Moses: “As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder and hail will stop so that you will know that the earth is the LORD’S. 30 But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God.”
Moses walks to the front of the stage and holds up his hands and the sound slowly dissipates.
Close curtain.

Open Curtain Same setting ---Throne room with pharaoh and guard and sorcerers…
Enter Moses and Aaron.
Moses: Pharaoh, you have hardened your heart again and refused to do the will of God. If you refuses to let My people go, behold, tomorrow He will bring locusts into your territory. They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They will also eat the rest of what has escaped—what is left to you from the hail. The houses shall be filled with locusts …something which neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day that they came upon the earth until this day.’
Sorcerers motion Pharaoh over close to them.
Sorcerer1: “How long will this man hold us captive? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD.”
Sorcerer2: “Look around us…Egypt is destroyed!”
Pharaoh: (walking back over to Moses) “go and serve your God. Who will be going with you?”
Moses: “We shall go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we shall go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD.”
Pharaoh: “No. Only the men. Go and sacrifice to the Lord. Be gone!”
Sorcerers force Moses and Aaron off stage.
End scene

Scene 9
Voice of God: “ Moses, stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, even all that the hail has left.”
Curtain REMAINS closed
Back light as Moses walks to center stage. Raises hands and staff… WIND! Then the sound of Locusts. Loud.
People running around behind curtain as Moses keeps his place.
They’re everywhere!
There’s no plant left alive. Everything is Gone!
They cover the whole earth!

Light goes down and scene is Pharaoh’s throne room. Open Curtain and lights come up.
Moses and Aaron enter.
Pharaoh: “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and speak to your God on my behalf, that he would remove this plague from me.”
Moses walks to the front of the stage: “Lord, remove this plague from the land of Egypt. Make the wind to carry away this blight from the land.”

Sound of wind and the sound of the locust disappears.
Close curtain.

The Voice of God: “Moses, I have hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he will not let you go. Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness (Z)which may be felt.”
(((Curtain remains closed)))). Moses walks to the center stage behind the curtain, backlit, and raises his hand toward the sky and everything goes dark.
On stage Egyptians speak in the darkness.
Egyptian1: I can’t see anything.
Egyptian2: I’m afraid to move!
Egyptian1: all we can do is lay down. There is no light for anything.
Egyptian2: how long with this last?

Open Curtain to pharaoh’s throne room. Pharaoh standing near stage edge. Front.
Enter moses and aaron.
Pharaoh: “go and serve your lord. Take your little ones with you, but leave your flocks and herds.”
Moses: “we must also take our herds and flocks for the sacrifices. Not one hoof shall be left behind.”
Pharaoh: “Get away from me! Beware, do not see my face again, for in the day you see my face you shall die!”
Moses : “You are right; I shall never see your face again!”
Close curtain.
End night 3

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