Purim Play




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Esther-May & the Shushan Hillbillies



Granny, Jethro, Jed Mordechai and Esther-May Mordechai


Esther-May is introduced


Esther-May - at home in the cabin


Jed & Esther-May


Granny with Jed



A family discussion about Esther-May going to the king's palace in Shushan Hills



King Dash-u-erus is introduced




Queen Vashti-Jane Hathaway is introduced



Haman Drysdale - the villain of our story



Zeresh Drysdale is a little "uppity"






And of course their son, Sonny


King Dash-u-erus' butler, Ravenswood


The King with Ravenswood



Ravenswood tells Vashti-Jane that King Dash-u-erus want her to come to the party he is hosting



But, she refuses.  Ravenswood shares the news with KingDash-u-erus



Haman Drysdale has been elevated to a position of power and authority.
He suggests that the King look for a new queen.


Haman Drysdale escorts Vashti-Jane "out" of the kingdom


Ravenswood tells Jed Mordechai that he must send his cousin to the palace of the king



The family doesn't think it's a good idea,
but decides that perhaps God has a plan for Esther-May at the palace



Esther-May prepares to go to the palace



Granny tells her that she can't go unchaperoned.  That she will go with her.


... and of course Jethro wants to go, too



Esther-May hugs Jed & grabs suitcase. 
She, Jethro & Granny get in car and Jethro drives to palace in Shushan Hills



King Dash-u-erus notices Esther-May after she arrives.  "Who is that good looking girl?"



Granny tells Esther-May that she is fortunate to be chosen by the king


Haman brags to Zeresh & Sonny about his accomplishments



The Jew, Jedediah Mordechai, refuses to bow to Haman


Haman hatches a scheme - with a gullible King Dash-u-erus



Jed sends Jethro to talk to Esther-May


Granny has her opinion about Haman



Esther-May gets on her knees and put s hands together as if praying


Esther-May goes before King Dash-u-erus


Esther-May prepares a banquet



Haman tells Zeresh that Granny shot a hole in his new hat


Haman & Zeresh devise an evil plan to get rid of Mordechai - and all the Jews


But the King plans to honor Mordechai for saving his life



Haman robes Jed Mordechai and drives him through the city





Esther spills the beans about Haman





Haman is hanged on the gallows he'd built for Mordechai



Mordechai is honored by the King - Esther pleads for her people



Esther-May gets a new decree saying that the Jews can defend themselves



The King rewards the entire family


The King asks Granny to be Queen Esther-May’s confidant and advisor




Jethro wants to be a "Double-Naught-Spy" and shows off his ciphering skills


Zeresh realizes that perhaps it is time for she and Sonny to get out of town!





NARRATOR:  The Jews in Shushan-Hills came together on the 14th day of the month of Adar, and they put to death 300 men in Shushan, but they did not take the plunder.  Meanwhile, the remainder of the Jews who were in the king's provinces also assembled to protect themselves and get relief from their enemies.  They killed 75,000 of them but did not take the plunder.


NARRATOR:  The city of Shushan-Hills held a joyous celebration.  For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.  Many people of other nationalities became Jews because of the favor they had found with King Dash-u-erus and Queen Esther-May. All the nobles of the provinces helped the Jews. Jedediah Mordechai was prominent in the bank and the palace and his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.


NARRATOR:  The Jews established the custom that they and their descendants and all who join them should observe these 2 days every year, in the way and time prescribed by Mordechai. The 14th and 15th of Adar should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews.


Mordechai the Jew was second in rank to King Dash-u-erus, and was held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all his people.


NARRATOR:  Esther 9:28  These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province, and in every city.  And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants.




Shushan-Hills Play Cast


Esther-May Mordechai

Jedediah Mordechai
Granny Daidy Mo'she
Jethro Bodine Mordechai
King Dash-u-erus
Queen Vashti-Jane Hathaway
Haman Drysdale
Zeresh Drysdale
Sonny Drysdale





Purim Play Costuming

Many of the costumes for this particular play were acquired at the local Good-Will store - but can be provided by actors with pre-planning.

Blue Jeans (rolled up), barefoot, hair in pig-tails, appropriate shirt, rope belt, crown

Jed Mordechai:
White T-shirt, Old hat, Old Jacket, work boots, Jeans (over-alls can be used)

Long skirt, long-sleeved shirt, apron, work boots, hair in "bun" (I made a hair "bun" out of braided gray yarn & hot glue), shawl

Jethro (Joel):
  Jeans (rolled), barefoot, white  t-shirt, old coat (a little too small), old hat

King Dash-u-erus:
Fancy clothes cause he used to be a "Movie Star", sunglasses, robe, scepter, signet rings

  Jumper & long-sleeved white shirt or turtle neck shirt, book-work style glassed, book, crown

  Black pants, black shirt, black jacket, black shoes, black Derby-style hat (from Party City)

Fancy dress and BIG hat

Sonny:  Khaki pants or shorts, plaid shirt, dark jacket, a "beanie-hat"

Ravenswood the Butler:
  Dress pants & shoes, white shirt & bow-tie, coat, serving tray


Stage Layout Scenes & Props

(4 Scenes)
Mordechai Country Home  
Food Table with Bench & 1 wooden chair
Large Family Truck painted on card-board & cut out
Toy or stuffed-animal type Dog
Stuffed-animal critter for Esther-May to carry (I found a racoon)
Log, Pot & Spoon
Pocket knife & whittling stick
Oil Lamp, Rocking Chair, Baskets
Checkered Table cloth for table
Palace Room
2 nice chairs as thrones
Table & Lamb
Chronicles of the King - Book
Area rug
Light-weight painting for wall

Vashti/Esther's Room
Nice chair (Wicker if possible)
Table & Lamp


Commerce Bank   

Sign for wall "Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills"
Table, Play Money
2 Chairs behind table
Cash Register if possible



Purim Play Notes


Our congregation is fairly small.  Since the group is small, parts are not memorized beforehand, but instead are frequently assigned on the evening of the play as the Narrator reads his/her part.  Everyone is always willing to take a part and it's always interesting to see who will be portraying the character each year.  With this particular play, parts were assigned confidentially before the night of the play, but actors still didn't see the play until the evening of the Purim Celebration.  Actors were costumed just before the play began in order to save time.


Purim Songs


The music for all of the songs I used in the Purim play can be found on the internet, usually in midi form, sometimes in MP3 form.