Maya School Assembly
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Cast of 30 (easily adjusted up or down)
Duration: Around 20 minutes
Self-important kings, moody gods, ...not to mention that chocoholic! Our narrator finds his/her work cut out as usual, keeping things moving along smoothly - within the normal time confines but this time working to a Maya calendar - just enough time to cover those 20 days - in words and numbers, Maya style of course!
Maya Guided Reading Scripts (5) - 6 speakers each - also now available off website. Great supplementary classroom resource.
Recent review: 20.5.15 Dear Sue,Thank you for the Maya assembly – it looks fantastic! Just the right balance of humour and information. It looks straight forward to present too – useful production notes.Really looking forward to (rather than dreading) my assembly now!Cheers,Kate
Lord Pacal: I am the great Lord Pacal! I ruled for 68 years, from A.D. 615 to 684.
(Enter Child 8 holding up Classic Period banner)
Child 8: This was at the beginning of the Classic Period – A.D. 600 to 900.
Narrator: The Classic Period, you say? What was so classic about it?
Child 8: This was when the Maya were at their most successful – their peak time, if you like.
Narrator: So let’s hear about their achievements during that time.
(Exit Child 8)
Lord Pacal: How about we start with … me?
Narrator: (Aside, sarcastically) Why didn’t I hear that coming?
Lord Pacal: (Holding up pictures) Now. If you look very carefully you can see me, linking the realm of my ancestors to that of the gods.
Narrator: Ah! I’ve heard about that sacred kingship!
Lord Pacal: But that’s not all!
Narrator: (Aside) I didn’t think it would be!
Lord Pacal: I was also the guarantor of fertility, rain and crops – here, see on these pictures! And that’s not all!
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Really? Now there’s a surprise!
Lord Pacal: I was also a magnificent warrior!
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Really?
Lord Pacal: Oh, I know. Who’d have thought it! All this in just one life time!
Lord Pacal: Course, I had to make sure people didn’t forget me.
Narrator: As if!
Lord Pacal: So I had a temple built, when I was in my seventies. And my son completed it after my death – placing my body in that crypt below the temple.
Narrator: You, again?
Archaeologist: Ah yes! I think I forgot to mention my name before. It’s Albert Ruz and it was I who discovered this tomb in 1952! Course, he (pointing at Lord Pacal) wasn’t alone!
Narrator: What do you mean?
Lord Pacal: (Exclaiming in shock) Alone? Oh! The very thought of it! Over my dead body, as they say!
Archaeologist: Well, maybe not over – but certainly around. (Waving as he exits) See you around!
(To audience) I’m off – before he decides to add me to those unfortunate subjects!
Narrator: (Impatiently) What?
Lord Pacal: Oh, that would be five of my subjects. All sacrificed at the time of my death. There was no way I was going to the next life by myself!
Lord Pacal: Oh, I was! Quite charming! And highly respected, of course!
Narrator: Of course! Not that your people had a lot of choice! And as for the company you kept ..
(Enter priests 1 & 2, carrying ‘bags’)
Lord Pacal: Aha! My priests! And what sacrifices do you have for us today?