Scene 1

The Market Place

Scribe

Listen Here
The King is giving a banquet and all of you are welcome….

 

Come to the Feast

Come to the feast the King has prepared
(You’re welcome to come, You’re welcome to come)
The food and wine is free so you must be there
Youre welcome to come, youre welcome to come

The drink will be served in goblets of gold
You can eat as much as your stomach can hold
There’s chairs made of silver and many more wonders to see
There’s emeralds and rubies, diamonds and pearls
And you can dance with the dancing girls
And walk on the grass with colourful lights in the trees

Come to the feast the King has prepared
(Your’e welcome to come, youre welcome to come)
The food and wine is free so you must be there
(Your’e welcome to come youre welcome to come

(Individuals in the crowd sing)
Will there be trumpets? Will be there be songs?
What must we wear and what must we bring?
Will there be grapes and will there be peaches to eat
(Scribe answers)
Yes there will be trumpets, yes there’ll be songs
Come as you are but come along
Theres tons of food and hundreds of people to meet

Come to the feast the King has prepared
(Youre welcome to come, youre welcome to come)
The food and wine is free so you must be there
(Youre welcome to come youre welcome to come

So why would you stay away
(were going to comeIts free so you wont have to pay
We don’t have to pay, we don’t have to payx2

 

So come to the feast
Come to the feast
Come to the feast
Come to the feast

Paul

There’s going to be a feast.  Where?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan

In the Kings garden and its all free. For 10 days now our King has shown everybody in the whole wide world his glory and majesty

Peter

Yes, representatives have come from one hundred and twenty seven provinces to our city of Susa. Why just a few minutes ago I met an Indian Prince

Elizabeth

The King has invited all his guests, as well as every inhabitant, to come and to celebrate and enjoy this enormous feast together

Susan

Yes and do you know that the feast is going to last a whole seven days?

Peter

And imagine everything is free. You can eat and drink as much as you want to

Paul

Well what on earth are we standing here for? Lets go

 

(The crowds depart for  the feast)

 

 

Mordecai

Esther where are you Esther?

Esther

Over here Uncle Mordecai

Mordecai

Are you ready to come with me to the feast? The banquet begins today and its important that we are there

Esther

Yes I am ready, but why is it important that we go? These people are different. They don’t understand the ways of our God or the traditions of our forefathers, so why should we go?

Mordecai

Because Esther, Xerxes is the King of our Land and its Gods will that we submit to our leaders and give honour where honour is due.  Bring your shawl, as it could become cooler tonight – especially being outside in the Kings garden

Esther

Yes Uncle Moredcai, I’ve bought it with me

Moredecai

Good girl! (Laughs with Esther)

 

 

Elizabeth

Wow what a generous king to give us such a sumptuous feast!

Susan

Yes, Ive eaten so much I think Im going to burst

Peter

Never have I seen such beautiful gardens in my life before!  Look at those magnificent marble pillars and all the colourful banners strung across the garden

Paul

MMMMnnn not bad…. Hey waiter bring us some more food and wine!

Esther

(Walkinging through this garden)
Look at the size of this garden! And look at this goblet, isnt it pure gold? Even these chairs are made of Gold and silver

Mordecai

Yes the King has gone to a great deal of expense to provide the best for us

Esther

Oh Wouldn’t Mom and Dad have enjoyed this if they were still alive

Mordecai

Yes Esther it would have made them so happy to see you so joyful
(Esther skips around looking at everything)

Esther

I would love to be a queen … and stay here in these beautiful gardens forever

Mordecai

Day dreaming again Esther?

Esther

And why shoudnt I Uncle? Joseph dreamed that his own brothers came and bowed down to him and God made him second in charge to Pharoah

Mordecai

But Esther even Joseph spent two years in prison before he was raised up.  He paid a price for his position.  And God made him the right hand to Pharoah so that our forefathers could prosper in the land of Egypt.  If God was to make one of our people Queen in this land it would be for a reason

Esther

Yes Uncle, come with me.  Lets go and explore the rest of the garden

King

Welcome eveybody.  Today you are witnesses of my greatness.  I have revealed to you my majesty, power and wealth.  My kingdom extends from Egypt to India.  This feast will continue for seven days.  Eat and drink as much as you want to.  You have just witnessed a small token of my opulence.

All

Long live the King and may his kingdom extend to the ends of the earth

King

Now that you have seen the beauty of my palace and its gardens I will command my servants to call my Queen so that you may all admire her beauty.  Servants ,tell her to come wearing her royal robes and crowns.  She must come and show off her beauty.

(Comedy sequence : The servents leave and go up to the queen – a real over dressed, over makeuped girl – who refuses to come “Really doll, just look at me, my hair is not done ….etc etc…Tell him its impossible sobs etc

 

 

Servant 1

Majesty she has refused to come

King

Refused!  What did you say!! Refused!! Don’t be foolish.  She cant refuse Me!!!

Servant2

In truth your majesty she will not come

King

How can she do this.  Aagh! And before all my guests!  Bring my counsellors here at once!  We must discuss what should be done about this immediately!!

 

(King paces up and down in great anxiety)

King

(To nobles) Queen Vashti has not obeyed my royal command to come before us.  According to the law what must be done?

Memucan

Queen Vashti has not only wronged the King but also all the nobles and the people of all the provinces of King Xerxes

Noble2

The Queens conduct will be made known to all the women and they will become disobedient to their husbands too.

Mumucan

Yes even the Persian and the Median woman who have already heard about the queens conduct will respond to all the kings nobles in the same way with the same disrespect.

Noble2

If it pleases the King let him issue a royal decree that Queen Vashti is never again allowed to enter into the presence of King Xerxes.

Memucan

Let the king give her royal position to someone else who will be a better Queen than she was

King

What you have said is good and just.  Let it be done as you say. Delegates must go to every province of my kingdom and bring all the most beautiful girls to the citadel of Susa.  Here they will be given beauty treatments for a whole year then I will choose one as my new queen!

(All chatter and talk among themselves—very animated)

Scene 2

Moredecai’s house a few weeks later

Delegate 1

Are you Mordecai? The son of Jair?

Mordecai

Yes I am

Delegate 2

And don’t you have in your care a girl who is lovely in form and features whose name is Esther

Mordecai

Yes I have raised Esther as my daughter. Her parents are both dead.

Delegate 1

Esther has been chosen to go into the presence of the King.  She is to come with us now

Mordecai

Esther come over here my child

Esther

Yes Uncle

Mordecai

You have been chosen to go to the Kings palace.  As you know King Xerxes is seeking a queen. You are to receive beauty treatments for six months and then to go into his presence

Esther

But Uncle I have lived with you all my life.  I don’t want to leave you now

Mordecai

Esther I know it is Gods will that you go.  Go my child and pack your clothes

 

Father, is this your plan for me?

 

Father, is this your plan for me?
To leave my home, my life my family
To leave and go before a King
To serve and honour him
But to worship you

And Father is this your plan for me
To you alone I choose to boew my knee
That you may guide me what to do
Teach me to follow you
When life becomes to so hard

And Im afraid
For I don’t know what lies us ahead
Though I fear Im not dismayed
For I know its you that hold me tightly

Father is this your plan for me
I want to run but help me not to flee
When trials they choose to come along
Help me to stand up strong
And give me eyes to see
That Father this is your plan for me

Mordecai

Accept with joy what our God has given you but one thing I ask do not tell anybody about your background or your nationality.  Remember what I have asked of you.

(The dressing of the maidens takes place to the count of 30sec as the music continues then they freeze and the King enters

SCENE 3

The Kings Palace

King

For twelve months you have received the best beauty treatment in the land.  Everything you have desired has been given to you.  Now come and dance before me so that I can choose who my next Queen will be.

 

(The dancers do approx 20seconds of dancing, some blatantly out and Esther standing out obviously as the best)

King

Hegai, as head of my harem, you know all the girls by name.  Who is that beautiful girl dancing over there?

Hegai

That’s Esther.  I have never met anyone like her before.  She is different. She is kind and upright.  She has won favour with eveyone she has met

King

Esther I have chosen you to be my new Queen! Do you acept this honour

Esther

My King, I will serve and obey you all the days of my life

King

On this day in the tenth month of the seventh year of my reign I now crown you my Queen instead of  Vashti who has disobeyed me
Now let the whole kingdom rejoice that I gave found a Qeueen that is all a Queen should be.  I proclaim a holiday in honour of Queen Esther.  And let a feast be givento all my nobles and officials celebrating this great day

 

(Outside the palace, two brigands meet ---rather like a Black Adder and Baldrick relationship)

Bigthana

Im getting tired of this King.  Who does he think he is?

Teresh

Yes he is becoming too powerful and treats us guards as dirt

Bigthana

I think its time that he is done away with permanently, if you know what I mean..(Nudge Nudge wink wink type of line

Teresh

Yeah I agree.  So what are we going to do about it

Bigthana

Come here and I’ll tell you what I have in mind.. I have devised a cunning plan

(They walk over to the side of the stage to talk, muttering about all the strange means they are going to use in the demise of the King with Baldrick character receiving a lot of punches and flack till he is virtually on his knees begging for mercy and proclaiming loudly that he is Not the King!!! ….and Mordecai overhears and then he goes to Esther

 

 

Esther

Uncle what are you doing here

Mordecai

Esther Listen carefully.  I overheard two guards Teresh and Bigthana plotting aginst the King. They want to assasinate him.  We don’t have much time.  Go and tell the King immediately

Esther

Kill the King…I will go now …(She goes to where the King is standing)

Esther

King Xerxes, I have just received information tha two of your officers Teresh and Bigthana are plotting assasinate you

King

Guards go and arrest the two officers and investigate this charge

 


against them, then bring them to me (Chase .. like the keystone cops version, running around and finally falling at the guards geets in an exhausted heap.  They take them across to the Kig… They are both shaking in their boots)

Guard1

We have discovered the charge to be true your majesty (They incoherently try to explain their actions but only get into a worse mess then before till the King in exasperation says)

King

Take these men from my sight immediately and hang them on the gallows….Esther

Esther

Yes your majesty

King

How did you know about this plot to assasinate me?

Esther

Mordecai son of Jair overheard them plotting against you and came and told me

King

Then let this incident be written in the chronicles of my reign and his name must be mentioned

 

Now before this day ends there is one person that I must honour.  Haman Come stand before me

Haman

Yes your majesty

King

You have been one of my esteemed nobles for many years have you not
(Haman reacts .. yes yes of course etc etc)

Well today I have decided to give you a seat of honour higher then all other nobles
(Places a gold chain around his neck)
Where ever you go all the other royal officals must bow down to you.  Today you have become the greatest man in the kingdom under me.

(King and Esther exit)


 

 

Hamans Song

 

I am the Kings High Command
You got to bodow down
I am the Light in the land
You got to bow down to me

All
He is the Kings high command
Weve got to bow down
He is the light in this land
Weve got to bow down to him

Haman
There is no one who is like me, I am the greatest
All
There is no one that can be free while youre the greatest
Haman
Lift up your eyes and you will see that Im the greatest man alive

I am the Kings chosen One
Give me Honour
For all the great things I have done
Give Honour to me

He is the Kings chosen one
We give him honour
For all the great things he has done
We give honour to him

There is no one who is like him
He is the greatest
There is no one who can be free while He’s the greatest
Life up your eyes and you will see that hes the greatest man alive

Haman
I’m the Kings high command
But you don’t bow down
You should be lying in the sand
Why don’t you bow down to me x3

Mordecai
There is no compromise, in my life I’ll serve my God
There is no compromise if I die I die
Though I may stand alone I know my God is standing with me
I will do right within his eyes, There is no compromise
(Verse Repeated)

Haman
Im the Kings high command
If you don’t bow down
Im going to kill you by my hand
If you don’t bow down to me

(Mordecai repeats his verse)

Haman

I know who you are . You are Mordecai the Jew.  I am the Kings high command and you have refused to bow down to ME. For this act of rebellion you will die

No for this I am not only going to kill you but I am going to kill the whole Jewish nation in the Kingdom of Susa.  From the oldest to the youngest everyone of your people are going to die.  Just watch as I cast lots to see which day they are going to be killed

Look the lots have fallen on the thirteenth day of the twelth month.  On that day your people will cease to exist.

(Haman goes to the King)

Haman

Oh great King there is a certain group of people in your kingdom whose customs are different from us and they do not obey your laws.  It is not in the Kings best interest to tolerate them

King

What do you want me to do?

Haman

If it pleases the King let a decree be issued to destroy them.  I will place them ten thousand talents of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out your orders.

King

Seal my approval with my signet ring.  Take the money and do as you please

Haman

Things are going well for me.  Once the Jews are out of the way and this Mordecai then King Xerxes Kingdom will be mine. Scriptwriters write up this edict and distribute it throughout the Kingdom

(The King and Haman sit down to drink)

Scene4

At the Kings Gate

Mordecai

(Picks up one of the edicts and reads them)

 

Oh my God No! – Why have you aloud the to happen to your chosen people. Have mercy on us God of our fathers. Would you take us to this country to forsake us

Esthers servant overhears

Servant

My Queen, Mordecai is at the kings gate,. He has torn his clothes and is mourning in sackcloths and ashes

Esther

Some thing must be wrong.  This is not like him. Quickly take these clothes to him and find out what is troubling him

Servant

Walking across to where Mordecai is…
Mordecai Queen Esther has sent these clothes for you to wear and asks what is troubling you

Mordecai

No I refuse to wear them

Servant

(returning to Esther) He doesn’t want to take the clothes

Esther

Then I must go to him (Walking to him)
What is ailing you Uncle

Mordecai

Oh Esther. I refused to bow down to Haman.  So he went to the King. He offered to pay ten thousand talents of silver in exchange for the death of all the Jews, The King gave Haman his ring which granted him the authority to issue the edict.  On the thirteenth day of the twelth month all of our people are going to be put to death by the sword

Esther

(Falls to her knees) Oh my God. Why have you allowed this to happen

Mordecai

Esther you are the only one who can stop this from happening

Esther

But what must I do to help.

Mordecai

You can go into the Kings presence.  Plead with him to have mercy

Esther

But everyone knows that if they go into the presence of the King without being summoned they will be put to death.  That is the law.  The only exception is if the King extends the golden septre towards them.  And the King has not summoned me for thirty days

Mordecai

But Esther cant you see that God has placed you here for such a time as this.

(Song: You can make a difference)
Do not be afraid, our God is with you
He will not leave you
In this hour
Lift up your head
Our God will strengthen you
For he has chosen you
To walk in power

CHORUS
You can make a difference in this world
You can leave a light that shines
You can save a nation
For God chose you for this time

You can make a difference in this world
And I know that we will pray
That he strengthens you and gives you words to say
You can make a difference

Verse2
I know that I’m here
At a time like this
Called by God
It was his choice
May I have strength
To overcome my fear
To hold back tears
And obey his voice

(Chorus)

Bridge
Tell the people to fast and pray
As I go before the King
For I know my God has chosen me
So I choose to honour Him

Esther

Tell all the people to fast with me.  We will not eat and drink for three days then I will go to petition the King for our lives

Mordecai

Yes I will do that and our God will be with us

 

 

 

 

Scene 5

The Throne room

 

(Use of music to create an atmosphere of danger..Esther dressed in a robe ascends the steps to the palace. As she does people stare at her
She Walks slowly across stage …. To words from the people in court such as ….She has not been summoned … Why is she here… She could die for this…. She reaches close to the king and stops.. the music stops and the King notices her…Stretching out his sceptre )

King

What is it Esther? What is your request?  I will give you even up to half the Kingdom

Esther

If it pleases the King let the King together with Haman come to a banquet that I will personally prepare fo you.  Then I will answer the Kings question?

King

Yes we will come
(Westher leaves the King follows)

Haman

I am such a great guy. Quite wonderful in fact.  All my plans are going my way.  I have all the wealth in the world, the King honours me and that not all eventthe queen has invited ME to a banquet at the palace together with the King.  I am so clever

But none of this satisfies me as long as that Mordecai reguses to bow down. What can I do about it…

Zeresh

Now husband.  Let me tell you what you should do if you want to really get rid of him.

Haman

Alright tell me wife

Zeresh

Why don’t you build a gallows 20 meters high where everyone can see it then tomorrow go and ask the King to hang Moredcai on it.

Haman

(Rubbing his hands) Brilliant.  What an excellent idea.  I will have the gallows built immediately (Speaks to servants)

 

Now I better go and join Queen Esther and the King at her Banquet

 








Scene 6

In the Kings Chambers

King

This is very strange I wonder why I cant sleep. Maybe I ate too much at Queen Esthers banquet.  And what a banquet it was too.  Strange though she didn’t tell me what she wanted, instead she asked us to come to another feast.  Oh well I cant sleep so I must do something.. Scribe come and read the chronicles of the my reign to me

Scribe

(He is a funny guy and chats to himself as he works…A bit too relaxed in the kings presence…He picks up scrolls and starts to read but not aloud and then he laughs…Then he reads abit more and laughs again)

King

Whats so funny

Scribe

It says here .. (he laughs again hardly able to control himself) that one day that you were on your horse (laughs again) and doing a parade through the streets of a city ..and a monkey jumped up and stole your hat…Yes it says here he ran all the way down the main street with it..Oh no and look it says here that you…

Scribe

But it so funny ..(notices the Kings cold stare and moves on…)
(The scribe struggles to find another.. then says..)
Oh no remember this one Oh King
It had just rained and the King had to show himself to all his princes, and nobles and the wise and as you appeared on the top of the steps leading to your palace you slipped and…

King

Oh No – no that one---

Scribe

Yes and you bounced once –(Shows arm movements) and twice (Speaks this line slowly and for effect)… and a third time

King

Enough!!! Surely Oh scribe you can find some good events in my reign…You had better do so quickly otherwise you could lose your head…

Scribe

(Getting nervous and realising that hes crossed the line…)…Heres one Oh King the day that you were almost assasinated

King

Oh Good tell me about that one

Scribe

If your King remembers two of your officers Brightana and Teresh plotted against you but their attempt failed because of your subject Mordecai. Mordecai told our queen about what he overheard and those men were captured and hung.

King

Yes of course, now I remember.  Tell me what was done to honour Mordecai

Scribe

Nothing was done your Majesty

King

Nothings was done! Well I must think of something…Hmmmm (Notices Something)

Scribe who is that waiting outside my court to see me

Scribe

(Walks to Haman and returns to the King.) 

Its Haman oh King.  He says there is a man who has refused to bow to him and he wants to have him hanged…

King

(Interupts with a wave of his hand)..Yes Yes..Call him in…
Haman – I am glad that you came – There is some advice I need to ask from you

Haman

Yes your majesty

King

What should be done for the man the King delights to honour

Haman

(Aside) He want to honour me (to King) Let them bring a rotal tobe that the King has worn aand a horse that the King has ridden and let one of the kings noble prinves robe this man and lead him through the streets proclaiming before him “This is what is done for the man the King delights to honour”

King

Then go at once and take a robe and a horse and do what you have suggested for Mordecai who sits at the Kings gate (pause) Oh yes and you came here to ask me something….

Haman

Um Um never mind……Forget it

 

(Mordecai is led through the town by Haman who shouts “this is what is done for the man the King delights to honour”

Servants

Haman you must now leave in time for Queen Esthers Banquet

Scene 7

Esthers Feast

King

Queen Esther, what is your request, what is your petition.  Even up to half the kinggdom it will be granted

Esther

If I have found favour with you O King and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life…This is my request spare my people.  For I an my people have been sold to destruction and slaughter.  If you do not show mercy both I an my people will be killed

King

Who is he!!! Where is the man who would dare to do such a thing

Esther

The adversary and enemy is the vile Haman
(The King walks out in anger)

Haman

Have mercy on me (Approaches Esther and Esther backs away)

King

(Entering) Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house
(Servents grab Haman and covers his face)

Servant

A gallows 20 metres high stands by Hamans house.  He had it made for Mordecai who spoke up to help the King

King

Hang him on it (the servants leave with Haman)

 


Queen Esther – today I give you the estate of Haman, and all the authority of that estate I pass over to your uncle Mordecai

Esther

There is one more request your majesty

King

Yes

Esther

(Music could start playing here for the finale)
May another Edict be written that overrules the dispatches that Haman has sent out.  I can not bear to see disaster falling on my people

King

Here is my signet ring, now write an order on behalf of the Jews and seal it with my ring, for no order written in my name and sealed with my ring can be revoked

 

King Exits –

 

You can make a difference Finale –
Whole cast enters in and sings to the audience (except King)
(There are three verses of the main theme…
(First could be Esther ---Singing ‘I’
Second could be the Main Cast Singing ‘We’
Third could be the whole cast singing to the audience ‘You

Freeze the final position as the music stops and the curtains close
 

 

 
 
 
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