The Shepherds’ Reprise
Setting: A first-century Jewish living room. An elderly woman is sitting on a bench weaving. There comesa knock at the door. She arises and answers the door.
Elishabel: Who is there?Visitor: Elishabel, it’s me, Jacob! And Aaron and Jonathan are with me!Elishabel: Come in, come in. Sammy! We have company!
She opens the door and three almost-elderly men enter. An elderly man walks in from a back room.
Jacob: Samuel! God be with you.Samuel: And with you all.
The friends embrace in greeting.
Samuel: Sit down, my friends. Lisha, bring some bread and wine for our friends.Aaron: No. stay with us; I’m afraid I have no appetite today.Jonathan: Me neither. I just can’t believe it happened. I feel as though any minute now I’ll wake up and itwill all be a dream. Jesus will be alive and teaching in the streets as always and none of this will havehappened.Jacob: I can’t believe it’s been more than thirty years since the angels came to us. I remember it like itwas just yesterday. They were so bright - their faces so filled with glory.Samuel: “Fear not! For behold, I bring you tidings of great...great...”
Samuel begins to sob and Aaron places a hand on his shoulder. Slow, melodic version of “The First Noel” begins to play in the background. Children appear in shepherds’ garb in foreground. Little angelsalso appear, miming their Good News. Young shepherds jump up and down in joy and exit to the opposite side of the stage. Then in the background is heard the sound of a whip, and the ring of a hammer against nails. The music ceases.
Jacob: That baby was so much like any other baby...and so much different.Samuel: And his mother.
I’ve never seen a more beautiful woman in all my life
...except for you, dear, of course.