Thank you for taking the time to peruse the Rhyming Drama Book-in-a blog.
These drama sketches have been written particularly for students in schools, churches, and youth groups who wish to perform short plays based on Bible stories, and biblical principles. The ideal performing age is from 12 years upwards.
Each story is designed to help you make the Bible come alive in an original and exciting way and I have kept the suggested props and costumes basic, to accommodate those performing on a low budget. However, performers may adjust the props and costumes according to the individual needs of the cast, and the setting on which the play is being performed.
Each sketch comes with a stage layout, suggested props & costumes, bible references, approximate duration, suggested summary with salvation prayer and Director’s Notes at the end.
The suggested summaries and prayers are included in the duration time. The duration times do not include curtain closes and set changes, as everybody will have a different type of stage and props. Please remember to bear this in mind when deciding on the length of your play.
All the drama sketches (excluding the narration) are in rhyme to help make it easier for the actors to remember their lines and hopefully, to make it more fun. The poetry is written in the modern format of not capitalizing the first letter of every line, making it easier to flow when the actors are reading their lines.
To make it easy for you to get around, each blog post is linked in the index (Contents Page) for easy retrieval.
Text in red
All text in red are either directions or biblical information and are not to be read out loud.
There are **8 long monologues in this book that I suggest should be performed by your more confident actors. Here are some tips for how to prepare the performance:
- Vary the tone of voice according to the current lines being spoken. i.e. the main emotion with most of them is sadness and regret, but there are times when the character is reflecting back to the good times and it will help if the actor portrays this by using positive facial expression, switching into anger or sadness as their mind suddenly flicks back to the present.
- Also, encourage the actor to practice altering vocal speed and gesticulation. This will help them learn the lines more easily and should be practised regularly until they can empathise with how the character is really feeling.
- Breaking the lines down into separate chunks will also help to make the monologue more easy to memorise, together with stepping into a slightly different position when reciting each chunk.
Alternatively, if you have the technical equipment to do so, you could project the words, large enough to be seen on stage, onto a plain wall behind the audience, so that the performer could surreptitiously glance far ahead and read the words.
Where Is the Hand? (The Story of Joseph)
Broken Promise (The Story of Joseph)
Still Waiting (The Story of Joseph)
Shall I Go (The Story of Esther)
Just One Touch
Jo’s Complaint (Consequences)
I Have To Pay (Consequences)
At the end of each sketch, before the Director’s notes, there is a summary and salvation prayer that can be used if you are unsure of how to conclude the performance. Naturally, church leaders may want to organise their own summary – but I’ve included one for each sketch, just in case it is needed.
I hope that practising and performing will be a great joy to you. There is a contact form that you may use to let me know how you get on and which sketch was your favourite. Also, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me and I shall be happy to help.
May God bless you abundantly,