How to Do a Liturgical Drama

by Alex Jakubik
Liturgical dramas can be fun to produce and can enliven religious gatherings or events.

Liturgical dramas can be fun to produce and can enliven religious gatherings or events.

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Liturgical dramas provide a way to communicate religious or moral stories with the aim of making the subject approachable to a larger audience. They have their roots in the dramatic presentations of Biblical stories in the Middle Ages. They were originally in Latin and occurred around, if not always in, churches. Theatrical elements were used for greater effect, including costumes, music and stage scenery. Organizing a liturgical drama can be a rewarding way to re-enact religious stories and can be produced on almost any budget.

Items you will need

  • Costumes
  • Props
  • Scenery
  • Musicians
  • Musical instruments
Step 1

Pick out a story or topic from the scriptures. Make sure the plot is relevant to the religious festival or season at hand. Audiences become more involved in a story they can identify with in some way.

Step 2

Assign character roles to different people. Have the actors and actresses memorize their lines for more convincing delivery.

Step 3

Enhance the visual appearance of the liturgical drama with costumes, props and scenery.

Step 4

Add music, either as background during dramatic scenes or as the main focus in the form of songs or choruses.

Step 5

Rehearse and practice in the weeks and days leading up to the performance. The liturgical drama you've created will be more convincing and effective if the performance is smooth and problem-free.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any theatrical production is a complex activity that requires collaboration. Advance planning is essential. Delegating subsets of the work helps the project come to fruition more smoothly. Regular meetings help ensure that various tasks are addressed and not forgotten.
  • Personal safety is a must in any situation. Do not ask participants to do anything that might endanger them, including situations where falling is possible or where people are exposed to burning materials.

About the Author

Alex Jakubik began his writing career in 2000 with book-cover summaries for Barnes & Noble. He has also authored concert programs and travel blogs, and worked both nationally and internationally in the arts. Jakubik holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music from Yale University.

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