A Rochester, New York native, Rachel Benjamin is an actress, playwright, and singer/songwriter, currently hired with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Various theatre credits include: Beth Finnegan, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister, Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Laura Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Featured Singer/Dancer, Karl May Festival in Germany, Sarah Goldman, Beau Jest, Gabriella, High School Musical, and Alice in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Off stage, Rachel has been featured in numerous films and commercials. She is also part of Washer’s Field, a band that released their debut album in September 2011.
Rachel began writing at a very young age and constantly made her cousins perform her work at every possible family function. Since that time, her original work has been published in EC, a magazine publication of Lifeway, as well well as selected for play readings and various performances by numerous theatre groups including the Fire Exit Theatre in Calgary, Canada and TN Women’s Work Festival in Nashville, TN. Her play, Idealistic Dreamers, was published in December 2011 as part of a compilation of short stories entitled, Downtown Stories.
Rachel would like to thank her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the author of creativity, for His gracious guidance. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their continued prayer and support.
How do tomatoes and peppers and flowers learn how to grow? They attend Vine University of course! Great for Sunday school or VBS programs, these scripts creatively teach John 15’s theme of abiding in Christ. These scripts follow four college students as they navigate their freshman year at VU and learn how to grow as healthy vines.
Who likes to sit in class and listen to lectures? Not Jasmine! But will she ever pass Professor Pumpkin’s test if she continually stays disconnected from her class? Join Ivy and Mandy as they help Jasmine understand not only the importance of staying connected but also the significance of dedicated growth.
The Dean’s List has officially been posted, but one name is missing! Ivy has spent the last few weeks bragging about her grades, and now she has to eat some humble pie. In this VU episode the students learn the painful but necessary act of pruning.
It’s Spring Break on the VU campus and everyone is ready for a vacation! That is, everyone except Ivy. In this VU episode Dean Gourd helps Ivy realize the significance of quietness and rest.
The fall semester has begun, and VU has a new freshman class! Meet the new students, hear about where they were previously rooted and why they decided to attend Vine University! This VU episode reminds us that as we move forward, it’s helpful to remember the faithful generations that have gone before us.
Join Ivy as she steps foot on the VU campus for the first time and meets her lively roommate! Eager for a quiet start to the year, Ivy quickly realizes VU may not be what she was expecting. Mandy helps Ivy understand that although we need to remember where we came from and the work God has previously done in our lives, it’s good to embrace new and exciting God-given opportunities.
Is there a difference between hearing and listening? Tom’s about to find out. Join the VU students as they learn the importance of silencing their voices and listening.
It’s time to say goodbye for the summer and Mandy is afraid of losing touch with all her friends. This episode of VU reminds the students of the importance of staying connected to the Vine.
It’s time to celebrate the end of the year! But a food fight is inevitable if Tom’s not going to share the cake! In this VU episode, Tom is reminded of the importance of community and sharing the celebration of achievements.
It’s Professor Pumpkin’s first BIG exam and Tom sleeps right through it! Will he ever pass his freshman year? Join Tom as he realizes the importance of staying connected and committing to continual growth.
Cheerleading tryouts didn’t go the way Mandy had planned. Being cut from a squad is painful; like pruning it can either discourage us or help us grow. Join Professor Pumpkin as she explains to Mandy the necessity of pruning.
As the students end their final day on campus they run into some Alumni of VU. Join these freshman as they close their year out by being reminded that they will always be connected to the VU community.
Contagious joy should be evident in the lives of all Jesus followers. But is it? This skit highlights the vital importance of joy in the Christian life.
Mr. Johnson helps the Director bring to life this year’s Christmas Pageant as he insists that the stable’s atmosphere wasn’t noiseless and calm.
A young girl thanks her Father for not only being her Father but for choosing to be her Dad.
God’s marching orders don’t always make sense to us. On day four of the march around the city of Jericho, did the soldiers begin to question God’s unique and perhaps ‘seemingly bizarre’ plan? When we don’t understand God’s ways, we need to obey and persevere, trusting that we serve a God who always finishes what He starts.
A new mom calls to thank her mother after an eventful trip to the grocery store with her young baby. This humorous Mother’s Day monologue is a perfect way to say Thank You to all mothers for their selfless acts of love.
There’s Good Friday, and there’s Easter Sunday. And then there’s the day in between, filled with waiting, grieving, and just plain not understanding. This is a one-act illustrating both the Biblical passion-week Saturday and the days when we struggle to understand God’s timing.
Two vendors offer their very different versions of Christmas to hungry shoppers, but only one will truly fill the need the shoppers are looking for. This is a perfect script for a sermon intro.
A chronically late family forgets Daylight Saving Time and rejoices as they make it to church early.
Does your VBS program need an extra volt of adventure and excitement? Then plug into this new VBS skit pack, THE ADVOCATES. Designed to portray the electrifying power of the Holy Spirit as he works in our lives, these avenger-themed scripts will encourage students to plug in and power up! Click on the preview for more. This script pack comes with slides!
What defines us? What determines our worth? Linda has a conversation with her reflection. As her value is challenged, she recognizes her ability to silence lies and embrace the truth.
Sara and Becca try to coordinate their holiday schedule when they realize they’re so busy doing Christmas events, they may actually be missing Christmas.
Olivia is disappointed with the synthetic Christmas trees at the tree lot, when she runs into a friend who seems to be having a synthetic Christmas.
An illustration on our faith and belief in Jesus assures us of eternity with Him. A couple is buying a new refrigerator, but the salesman insists they’ll need a warranty just in case their guaranteed, built-to-last appliance breaks down within the year.
John 20 is retold through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, Peter, and Thomas.
Superstitious James is determined to end his Easter a rich man as he hunts for the golden egg. This skit is a great introduction into a sermon that addresses apologetics and examines the evidence that supports the resurrection. Our faith in the Risen Savior is not a hopeful myth or an improbable lucky charm. There is solid evidence to support our belief in Jesus Christ as the risen Lord.
It’s Valentine’s Day! And if 90 minutes + 12 marriage candidate = 1 perfect match, Gabrielle and Jack have a date with destiny…unless Love is patient.
God has a plan for the future, but He also has a plan for the present. Don’t miss today because you’re too focused on hoping for tomorrow.
A fast-paced play in three acts. Designed with dessert and/or discussion breaks in mind, this is perfect for a youth group, college group, or church “date-night” event. Includes promotional artwork and slides!
We have the same power available to us today that David had when he killed Goliath. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
This is a fun and interactive play with a “choose your own ending” for the audience!
Characters of a church Christmas pageant are thrown into investigative turmoil as their “baby Jesus” nursery doll comes up missing after an untimely power outage. Accusations soar and secrets are revealed as the cast sets out to find the true ‘leading role’ before the curtain opens!
This play has about 35-40 minutes of dialogue. Times will vary when being used as a dinner theatre.
This Kid Script is an interactive story of The Good Samaritan told with popular nursery rhyme characters.
As a Dad prepares to speak on God’s love at the Christmas Eve service, he learns how simple understanding God’s love for us really is through the eyes of his young daughter.
As a group debate over who gets to wear the red nose this year, Charlotte and Rose discuss the stories told at Christmas, but only one holds true the older we get.
The world’s perspective about Christmas will never change the universal truth that Christ came as a baby to save us.
Kara wants to know how to pray, but can’t seem to understand it’s not about a formula, but spending time with the Father.
Two friends reflect on the significance of what washing each other’s feet really means.
While at their youth group meeting, Maddie and Christy are quick to judge Peter for his denial of Christ, but don’t realize their own actions are just as bad.
This is a script to promote your upcoming retreat!
Adora has a problem with chronic lateness, but through her confession at a support group realizes that God’s grace makes up for our weakness.
When we give our lives to Christ, we don’t sign up for “easy.” God’s plan is for us to experience trials to strengthen our faith. In this skit, God shows a questioning believer that His recipe for his/her life will create something beautiful.
Gabriel is just back from announcing to Mary that she will bear the Son of God and after debriefing with another angel, it’s clear that Mary’s faith is truly strong.
A young woman struggles to shut out all of the advice she gets from friends in order to hear what God has to say about her burdens.
Two women commiserate during church worship service about how busy the holiday season can be with all the preparations and festivities and they find themselves wondering, “What’s the point?”
It’s Thanksgiving and two turkeys are thankful they didn’t get chosen to grace the table! They are soon joined by some vegetables that are relieved to share the turkeys’ fate and hideout.
This day-in-the-life of a boy is a fun illustration of how the Body of Christ should work together.
God wants to use us on His team, but it’s so easy to come up with excuses of why we’re not good enough to play for Him. This script is Part 2 of “His Team.”
If God recruited you to play on His team, would you trust that He knows exactly what He’s doing?
A single girl shares her humiliating experience with her friend and thinks she figures out why she’s still single.
While on a road trip, three friends discover that one of them is very irresponsible and they’ll be lucky to get to Grandma’s house.
We need to eat to live, but what if we only ate when we had time or it was convenient? Would we starve? In this analogy, a girl finds herself hungry but with a lot of excuses as to why she hasn’t eaten yet.