Drama Cues

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EUTYCHUS MONOLOGUE
Dress up in biblical garb to deliver this one-person play, adapted
from Acts 20:7-12.

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“I heard this guy screaming. I thought, why’s some guy screaming
in the middle of the night? He’s going to wake up everyone. Perhaps
he’s having a nightmare. Then I saw the ground coming up at me
fast. (Wide-eyed.) It was definitely a rude awakening. The guy
screaming was me! BAM! I hit the ground.(pause) Let me start this
story a little earlier.

“I’d worked all day, and I just wanted to go to bed when a friend
dropped by and said to me, ‘Eutychus, (yoo ti kus) get out of your
big llama’s-fur bed and let’s go hear this guy named Paul.’

“I was pretty tired, but I agreed. It’s not everyday in Troas (tro
s) that we get a great speaker. When we got there, the place was
packed. I sat in the windowsill. (Look down.) Whoops! Do I really
want to sit here? We’re three stories up. If the crowd pushes a
little more, I could be out the window…down…SPLAT. Naaah! That
wouldn’t happen to me. Nothing ever happens to me.

“Anyway back to Paul. He said, ‘God loves you. He cares what
happens to you. That’s why you’re here tonight. God wants you to
know Him.’ The way this guy was speaking, I felt that he really
cared about what happened to me. And I got the feeling that God
really cared about what happened to me, too. Paul told us that he
was the one who had persecuted the Christians even to the point of
killing them, but then Paul had met Jesus, the son of God.

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“Paul said Christ died on the cross for our sins. He said we had
to decide what we were going to do. I could never forget about
that. I wanted to know that after I died I would live in heaven for
all eternity. I wanted to know Christ.

“Paul went on speaking for what seemed forever and ever. (Yawn
while saying this.) It was hot in there with all those people. I
was so sleepy. Then…(SCREAM) I heard this man screaming. It was
me. I had gone to sleep and fallen out of the window. Next thing I
knew Paul himself was laying on top of me, praying over and over,
‘Lord, have mercy on me and this young man. Please bring him back
to life.’

“My friend told me later that I had been dead and that
Paul…nope…that God brought me back to life. Ladies and gentlemen,
boys and girls, that day Christ gave me not only my physical life,
but also my spiritual life.”

Cathy Ricchuiti
Del Rio, Texas

ADAPTING SCRIPTS
With a little imagination and a few pointers, you can transform
any drama into a script for young puppeteers! Follow these expert
tips:

•Keep the play short and simple. Most scripts are too long for
younger children to perform. Ask yourself: What’s the main point
this play is trying to get across? Cut whatever you can and still
get the point across.
•Humor can be a great tool. However, use it only if it helps the
audience see a truth in a new light.
•Scripts should have a biblical theme tied to a Bible verse. Your
young performers should know the verse and understand what they’re
trying to convey.
•Have as few characters as possible. Elementary-age children do
better with smaller casts. If you have a dozen kids, divide the
script into three small plays with separate casts instead of having
one large production.
•Avoid scenery changes or long delays. Distractions in the middle
of a play cause the audience’s and performers’ attention to
stray.
•Keep the lines short. If necessary, break up a character’s long
lines by giving another character something to say in the
middle.

Norman Styers
Bethany, Oklahoma

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