Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Luke 1:26-38, where the angel Gabriel comes to Mary (The Annunciation). It’s set for three voices.
Readers’ Theatre: Luke 1:26-38
One: God sent the angel Gabriel
to the Galilean village of Nazareth
to a virgin engaged to be married
to a man descended from David.
His name was Joseph,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
Two: Good morning!
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.
One: Mary was thoroughly shaken,
wondering what was behind a greeting like that.
But the angel assured her:
Two: Mary, you have nothing to fear.
God has a surprise for you:
You will become pregnant and give birth to a son
and call his name Jesus.
He will be great,
and will be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
there will be no end, ever, to his kingdom.
Three: But how?
I’ve never slept with a man.
Two: The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God.
And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son,
old as she is?
Everyone called her barren,
and here she is six months pregnant!
Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.
Three: Yes, I see it all now:
I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.
~ from Eugene Peterson’s The Message.