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Act 5 - Peter's Denials
Props: (While the dialogue is going on, Props will set the stage for the next scene.)
Stage Note: Props will place two large Roman-style columns in front of the scrim, a large gate between them. A music stand will be placed on the far left, downstage corner of the stage area. This is where Peter will stand as he tells the story about himself and the trials of Jesus)
Leader: Peter, I want you to remember that during your scene, you are both telling the story about the trials of Jesus and sometimes acting. So whenever you're telling the story, I want you stand in front of the music stand that Props is putting on the stage. (Motioning for the other actors) Okay, let's take our positions.
Peter: (moves in front of the Scrim and stands behind the Music Stand, placing his script on it)
Scrim: The lights fade out on the Drama Room and a spotlight comes up on Peter)
Stage Note: The Song "Three Times" is played behind the acting and narration of Peter. There are 7 distinct movements within this song. They will be noted as "Markers" in the script. It is important to this scene that acting and narration be contained with the "Marker" for that portion of the scene. The script has been timed to allow ample time for the reading of narration and acting of scenes.
Music Marker #1 (Introduction of the song .... very quiet section)
Peter: (Begins to tell the story) There was so much that happened that night. Jesus was arrested..... I cut of the ear of Malchus servant to the High Priest with a sword and Jesus performed a miracle putting it back on! And then Jesus was taken away to the Sanhedrin. The disciples scattered, including Judas who ran off ...... we found out later he had hung himself from a tree in the early morning. But worst of all was me ...... let me take you back to the courtyard outside the Sanhedrin........
Stage Note: Lights dim, but don't blackout .... Peter walks to the far right stage, the Servant Girl #1, Servant Girl #2 and the Courtyard Man, come onto the stage and take positions. They will momentarily "freeze" until the lights come back up.
Music Marker #2 (the Denials of Peter ..... begins with heavy drums)
Servant Girl #1: (Coming up to Peter) You are one of the men with Jesus of Galilee.
Peter: (Turning away from her) You must be mad. I don’t know what you are talking about. (Walking past her over in front of the gate)
Servant Girl #2: (Walking over to the first column, pointing her finger) This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.
Peter: (Turning his back again) I swear to God, I don’t know what you are talking about.
Courtyard Man: (Walking over beside Servant Girl #2) Surely you were one of the disciples. Your voice gives you away.
Peter: (Peter starts to get physically angry, and gutteral curses).I don't know that man, Jesus. Leave me alone. (walking to the far left downstage, looking upward)
Stage Note: (the lights dim slightly .... Peter walks back to the Music Stand exit, all lights go out, then a spotlight comes back up on Peter)
Music Marker #3 (the Rooster crows & Peter remembers ..... very quiet section)
Rooster: (The rooster crows ... the other actors exit)
Peter: (Bows his head in shame .... remembering what Jesus had said) That was when I remembered what Jesus had said, "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times" I wept bitterly .......
Peter: (Looking up and continuing) Meanwhile in the Sanhedrin, Jesus was magnificent! They questioned him repeatedly, trying to trick him. They slapped him, they struck him with their fists, they spit on him. They brought false witnesses against him, tearing their own clothes...... like they were righteous men! (Peter spits in disgust)
Music Marker #4 (Taken to Pilate ...... a distinctive Vibraphone can be heard)
Peter: (continues) Early in the morning, they had all decided to put Jesus to death. So they bound Jesus and handed him over to the Roman Governor, Pilate. Jesus, stood before Pilate ..... and Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" (with a slight smile, but remorseful) Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say".
(with disgust in Peter's voice) But when the Chief Priest and the elders accused Jesus before Pilate.... Jesus said nothing and made no reply..... which was a great amazement to the Governor. Now it was the Governor's custom at the Feast of Passover to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.
Music Marker #5 (Barrabas & Jesus before the crowd ..... very upbeat with tambourines & cymbals)
Peter: (with a certain degree of excitement) Pilate put Jesus and a notorious prisoner named Barrabas before the crowd. I thought to myself, "Peter! Surely, the crowd will pick their beloved Rabbi!"
Pilate knew that it was out of envy that the Priests and Elders were accusing Jesus in front of him. So Pilate asked the crowd, "Which one do you want me to release?" But the Chief Priests and elders had conspired to get the crowd to shout for Barrabas. "Barrabas" they yelled!!
Music Marker #6 (Jesus sentenced to die ..... very quiet section)
The Pilate said, "What shall I do, then with Jesus who is called Christ?" The crowd yelled "Crucify Him" .... "Crucify Him"
Pilate washed his hands in front of the crowd saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your responsibility!" And the crowd yelled back, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
He released Barrabas and had Jesus flogged and turned over to be crucified.
Music Marker #7 (Jesus turned over to be crucified ....... distinctive, loud drums)
Peter: (almost in tears) They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, they twisted a crown of thorns on his head and mocked him..... "Hail, king of the Jews!" ..... then they led him away to be crucified!
Stage Note: As soon as Peter is done talking ..... even if the music is unfinished..... the stage should go to a complete blackout. Peter will exit during the blackout.
Author's Notes: There are a lot of interesting projections that could be made onto the Scrim during Peter's monologue. Some of the ones I might suggest are..... The silhouette of a rooster, Roman Court or Palace, Angry Crowd shouting, Jesus being whipped, Jesus carrying the cross up to Golgotha
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