Angel Delight

By Michael English


Summary:             This is the directors shooting script for our 11-14s Christmas 2001 video.  This was only our second go at doing a video and though it may not be Spielberg quality it was enormous fun.  It was only later that we discovered that the way we did some of the special effects was the same as the BBC used in the sixties.  The story features an angels view of the nativity and its very bizarre affect on the hymn writer Charles Wesley.  Merry Christmas!

Bible Reference:    Matthew 2:1-11; Luke 2:8-20

Characters:           Three angels: Searchlight, Candle and Hark.  Two clean shaven shepherds: Reuben and Simeon. Angel supervisor, Gabriel.  Three wise men: Melchior, Balthazzar and The Other One.  Hymn writer Charles Wesley.

Props:                        Keyboards, phones, microphones, large book, three laptop computers, a Christmas card with the star of Bethlehem, packet of Angel Delight mix.

Setting:                 Angelic Security Palestine Division; A Hillside near Bethlehem; Outside Herods Palace Jerusalem; The Holy Of Holies, heaven and Charles Wesleys church.


1.         TITLES

Music:            GBTO or Fanfare For The Common Angel by The Mighty Titans.

 

2A.      TITLE  Angelic Security HQ         

 

2B       INT.  ANGEL SECURITY HQ  NIGHT

Music Fade

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

                        (points at screen with pen)

            Now Camera seven hundred and twelve please Candle..

 

                                    CANDLE

            Just those Shepherds again.

 

                                    HARK

            They're so sweet!

 

3A.      TITLE  Hillside near Bethlehem

 

3B.      EXT.  JUDEAN HILLSIDE  DAY

 

                                    REUBEN

            This is the life.  Nothing beats being a shepherd.  The great out doors.

 

                                    SIMEON

            Its raining!

 

                                    REUBEN

            Yeah, well, people respect you.

 

                                    SIMEON

            My mum says I smell of sheep.

 

(Pause)

                                    REUBEN

            I know a great joke about shepherds.

 

                                    SIMEON

            You do?

 

                                    REUBEN

            A guy told it to me in the inn.

 

                                    SIMEON

            Go on then.

 

                                    REUBEN

            What do you call a bald shepherd?

 

                                    SIMEON

            What do you call a bald shepherd?

 

                                    REUBEN

            Sean!!!

 

They both stare blankly at each other and shake their heads.

 

                                    SIMEON

            No.  Don't get it.

 

                                    REUBEN

            Neither do I.

 

4A.      INT.  ANGELIC SECURITY HQ

(Camera as 2A)

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            Okay team.  Take five.  Hark, get some food.

 

                                    HARK

            Yes please sir!

 

4B       Close Up Of Hark

Hark takes off his head set and gets up.  He picks up a packet of angel delight and a bowl.

 

                                    HARK

            Well what did you think angels ate?

 

4C       Angelic Security HQ

(Camera as 4A)

                                    CANDLE

            Nothing much happening tonight, sir.

 

(Cue Siren and Lights)

The angels begin to panic.  Hark returns to his monitor and listens intently on his head set.

 

                                    HARK

            I'm getting a code 47.

 

                                    CANDLE

            That's an inspection from Central.

 

(Cue Thunder)

Gabriel appears.  He is dressed like the other angels.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            Okay guys.  Relax its just Gabriel with another flashy entrance.

 

 

                                    GABRIEL

            Hey guys!

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            Hey Gabriel!

 

Searchlight and Gabriel slap hands.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT & GABRIEL

            Respect for the Almighty!

 

                                    GABRIEL

            Anything happening down here?  The guys in Central have got new orders - right from the top.  It's going to be a hard night.

 

Searchlight consults his clip board.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

Not much going on at the moment.  We've got an astronomical phenomenon over Judaea.  Candle, get it up on the monitor.

 

 

5A.      TITLE Camera 1212: Geostationary Orbit

 

5B.      EXT SKIES OVER BETHLEHEM - NIGHT

Focus on a postcard of Giotto painting

 

                                    GABRIEL (vo)

            Wasn't that on last weeks report?

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT (vo)

            Yes.  It reappeared about five hours ago.  Meridian transit will be just south of Bethlehem.

 

                                    GABRIEL (vo)

            Seems harmless enough.  Anything else?

                       

                                    SEARCHLIGHT(vo)

            There's three foreign dignitaries that have got King Herod worried.  Angel second class Hark is keeping them under observation.  Show him Hark.

 

6.         EXT: JUDAEAN HILLSIDE - DAY

(Camera as 3B)

 

                                    REUBEN

            I must be cleverer than you.

 

                                    SIMEON

            How do you work that then?

 

                                    REUBEN

            Stands to reason.  I've got the longer beard.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT & CANDLE (vo)

            Hark!!

 

                                    HARK (vo)

            Sorry!  Got the wrong camera.

 

7A.      TITLE: Camera 644: Jerusalem Street Level

 

7B.      EXT: HEROD'S PALACE  NIGHT

 

                                    MELCHIOR

            I'm glad to get out of the palace.  King Herod is really quite unstable.

 

                                    BALTHAZZAR

            He could do something quite unpleasant.

 

                                    THE OTHER ONE

            We had better be very careful.

 

                                    MELCHIOR

            Hey! Look!

 

He points up into the sky

 

                                    BALTHAZZAR

            The star!

 

                                    THE OTHER ONE

            The star!

 

                                    MELCHIOR

            Last one on a camel is a shepherd.

 

 

7C       Focus on the Laptop bags dropped by the Magi

The Magi rush off.

 

 

8.         INT: ANGELIC SECURITY  NIGHT

 

GABRIEL

            Well that has got me worried.  Anything else?

 

(Cue Sirens).

 

                                    CANDLE

            I'm getting a code 112 from Bethlehem.

 

                                    GABRIEL

            Code 112?

 

                                    CANDLE

            A punch up.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

The inns are overcrowded.  The humans should be able to handle it.  We won't need to get involved.

 

                                    HARK

            So, Gabriel, what's going on? I'm part of the Herald's Choir in my spare time and we've been practising for months, but we've no idea what for.

 

                                    GABRIEL

            I don't know.  But I know someone who does.

 

9.         INT:  HEAVEN CENTRAL  NIGHT

We see Gabriel illuminated by a light.

 

                                    GABRIEL

            You're serious about this aren't you?  (pause).  You mean to go through with it don't you.  (pause).  All of it.  (pause).  Well I'd better get things started.

 

10A.    INT:  ANGELIC SECURITY  NIGHT

Everything is peaceful.  The angels are asleep.

 

(Cue Sirens)

 

                                    CANDLE

            I'm getting.....It's a one.  I'm getting a Code One!

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            A Code One?   It can't be.

 

                                    HARK

            What's a code one?

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            Better check in the book Hark. 

 

10B.  Angels tightly grouped round a large book

Hark retrieves an enormous dusty volume.  They open it reverently.

 

                                    HARK

            But that's amazing.

 

                                    CANDLE

            Flabbergasting!

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            The almighty really is going to do that!  For them!

 

                                    CANDLE

            For the wise men!

 

                                    HARK

            For the shepherds, bless 'em!

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            For the girl in labour in that stable!

 

                                    CANDLE

            Even for King Herod.

 

                                    HARK

            For millions and millions in years to come.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            Even teenagers.

 

                                    CANDLE

            Think what it means for him.

 

                                    HARK

            The one who fills the whole universe with his presence?

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT

            To be small and vulnerable.

 

                                    CANDLE

            To rely on someone taking care of him.

 

                                    HARK

            To poo in his nappies!

 

                                    CANDLE & SEARCHLIGHT

            Hark!!

 

 

11A.    INT.  Eighteenth Century Church

CHARLES WESLEYis scribbling furiously at some manuscript paper over an organ.  He shakes his head, screws up the paper into a ball and flings it over his shoulder.

 

11B.    A pile of screwed up balls of paper.

We see another land

 

11C     As 11A

 

                                    NARRATOR

            It so happens that this was the point that God chose to inspire an eighteenth century hymn writer.  Its amazing what a single glimpse of heaven can do.

 

                                    WESLEY

            I'm never going to get this new carol finished by tomorrow morning.  Those angels who heralded the birth of Jesus, what would they have sung?  I need inspiration from heaven.

 

                                    SEARCHLIGHT & CANDLE (voice off)

            Hark!!

 

                                    WESLEY

            Thats it!

 

He begins scribbling on a fresh sheet. 

 

Music  Organ Intro to Hark The Herald.

 

12.       ANGELIC SECURITY

Angels, shepherds, and wise men partying to Hark the Herald (the Mighty Titan version that goes at 90mph).

 


This script is Copyright 2001Michael English, All Saints Milton. Permission is given to use this drama in non-profit making church events provided the source is acknowledged. Please let us know if you have any comments.


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