Narrator: (Enters) It is Christmas time and the three camels that carried the Magi to Bethlehem for the first Noel have come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that event. Let me briefly reintroduce the three camels. (Each camel enters to center stage and faces audience while Narrator makes introductory remarks, then walks back to pen while others are introduced).
Camel 1: Hassen Bin Wurkin known now, as ďHassenĒ was Balthasarís camel. He is the oldest of the three camels and has been retired from active service as ďCaravan CommanderĒ by his owner. He now lives a life of ease and comfort as ďCommander EmeritusĒ with his own camel herd.
Camel 2: Ali BíGolly (Ali) was Melchiorís camel. He was the middle camel. He briefly worked for the ďCamels Are UsĒ Rental Company and is now self-employed as a consultant for a leading camel caravan service.
Camel 3: Benjamin, aka Bin-Jammin, (Bin) was Casperís camel, Bin is a dromedary (a one-humped camel bred for speed and racing). He is the youngest of the three, a free spirit and has lived vicariously over the years. Recently his ďDesert RockĒ group has gained both wealth and popularity entertaining travelers en-route to the Holy Land.
They have not seen one another since the Magi returned to their respective homelands so many years ago. During the interim, many changes have taken place in the world and each of their lives. Each has grown older and hopefully wiser. They have returned to Bethlehem for one last time to share their memories of that fateful trip and the wonders they had witnessed. Letís listen in to their conversation. (Exits)
Hassen: You know fellas, I didnít think much of this reunion idea at first. I spent a lot of time deciding if I wanted to make the journey again at my age. Now, Iím glad that I decided to come.
Ali: Me too! It was a lot easier this time without that 350 pound Melchior on my back. With all of the gold and heavy gifts he was carrying, it took all the energy I had to get us here. Hassen, what have you been doing since we last caravanned together?
Hassen: Since I have been retired from public life, I spend most of my time lying around resting, eating, being groomed and catered to by the members of my herd. I do travel occasionally when the urge strikes me: no cost of course. I have my own stable, lots of staff to do the work, plenty to eat, healthcare and dental services provided, Iím set for the rest of my life while others pander and support me.
Bin: Youíre a politician! Ha-Ha! I always knew you would run for office one day!
Hassen: Itís good to be the Commander! (Points to gold bars on cap). Tell us Bin, what have you done since we last met?
Bin: Oh, I drifted for a while and joined up with a troop of Gypsies traveling the countryside. I learned a lot about music and dance from them. Weíd sit around the campfires at night, play music and take turns entertaining one another. I do a pretty mean two-step for a camel along with impressions of famous people, sing some too. You know my real name is Benjamin, but now I pronounce it ďBin-JamminĒ cause thatís what I do.
Hassen: How about you, Ali?
Ali: Right now, I do consulting for a camel caravan service. When a large caravan is planned, they call on me to teach the new camels how to march, follow in a straight line and develop their leadership skills. Our motto is, ďThe view is always best when you are the lead camel.Ē
Bin: I can testify to that. Being the youngest camel, I always was last in line. Just imagine how things looked from my perspective! I had speed and ambition. Thatís why I always tried so hard.