Mary Did You Know

  • Run-time: 4 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Luke 1:26-38

Script for Human Video (mime to music) for the popular song "Mary Did You Know" DOES NOT include a video. Gives very detailed suggestions for miming to this intense song
Human video, (mime to music or interpretive movement), script to Mark Lowry’s, (music by Buddy Green), “Mary, Did You Know?” song. The hauntingly beautiful lyrics capture the sense of awe and wonder at the mystery of God appearing in this frail human form, speak of the humble, yet awe-inspiring beginnings of this unique Child and hint at the wonders to come. This script is designed to mirror that sense of celebration, along with the painful thoughts of what is to come in this new life.
This song may be heard at: http://www.huggunu.com/mary.html

Cast: any number over 6

Costumes: All actor’s costumes would be same solid colour, (example blue), Mary would have different colour costume, example white.Lighting: A spotlight is shone on back wall at upstage extreme left, as well there is overall lighting available to flood the acting stage

Set: Very plain, bare stage

Important: Actions will have to move very purposefully in order to keep up with the words of the song, however the overall tempo of the song is slow, so movements should match this mood, being calculated and majestic. The action instructions in the script are broken down between those for Mary and those for all other actors.

Sample of script

Mary did you know, That your baby boy, Would some day walk on water?
Did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know, that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Did you know that your baby boy, would calm a storm with his hands?
Did you know that your baby boy , has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you've kissed the face of God.
Oh Mary did you know---
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb-----.
Mary did you know, that your baby boy, is Lord of all creation?
Did you know that your baby boy, would one day rule the nation?
Did you know, that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding, is the great--, I--- AM-------.

At opening Mary is seated on the floor at downstage center, looking down lovingly into her lap where she mimes holding a baby. Mary mimes caressing the baby’s cheek, smiling.
All other actors, (as many as available), enter stage just before music begins. Try to balance their approach from all sides of stage, more or less equal numbers of actors ending up at stage left and stage right. If it is practical you may want to have the tallest actors at center and the smallest actors at the outsides, making a “formed picture” with actors small to large. Ensure that the positioning of the actors is done in such a way that the entire audience can always have a clear view of Mary.
Actors when entering are looking around excitedly, see Mary sitting there, one actor near center, (which will make this actor be above Mary and thus evident to all the audience), will “notice” the baby in Mary’s arms.

Line 1a: Mary did you know,
Mary’s action 1a: Mary appears slightly startled as she looks over left then right shoulder, but maintains smile, looks back down to baby.
Action1a: All actors project to center stage, with centerstage hand moderately extended toward Mary, offstage hand at lower chest level, both palms upward and tilted in order that audience can clearly see the open palm. Have centerstage foot slightly ahead of off stage foot, extended somewhat, this will result in the centerstage hand being directly above the centerstage foot, and offstage hand being directly above the offstage foot. To clarify, all actors on the left side of the stage will have right hand and foot extended, and all actors on the right side of stage will have left hand and foot extended.

Line 1b: That your baby boy,
Mary’s action: 1a continued
Action 1b: Centerstage hands rotate forward slightly, index finger pointing toward Mary.

Line 1c: Would some day walk on water?
Mary’s action 1c: looks up, slight frown
Action 1c: hands stretched outward, palms up

Line 2a: Did you know
Mary’s action 1a
Action 2a: actors’ feet go to open stance, look downstage, fingers to temples moving to fingers spread, while keeping hands at head height

Line 2b: that your baby boy
Mary’s action 1b
Action 2b: same as 1b except feet in 2a position

Line 2c: would save our sons and daughters?
Mary’s action 1c
Action 2c: elbows in close to body, fingers forward, approximately 12 inches apart, at waist height in front of body, hands ripple as they are moved upward to head height, as hands are moved upward, faces tilt upward, expression is slight smile, yet as though somewhat confused

Line 3a: Did you know
Mary’s action: 1a
Action: 2a

Line 3b: that your baby boy
Mary’s action: 1b
Action 2b

line 3c: has come to make you new?
Mary’s action: mimes confusion, unbelief
Action: 2c

Line 4: This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary’s action 4: takes “baby” from lap, “offers” baby outward and upward, to extreme downstage left position, ending with palms up, wide open hands as though releasing baby. Mary’s arms will end up fully extended with hands at same level as her head. In doing these actions, Mary moves gracefully from sitting position to being on her knees, again ending facing extreme downstage left position.

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