Reply to "DRAMA and PUPPET Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Talents, Pounds"

Originally posted by member Jan from Napa

Improved by reviewers during our 2013 renovation.

 

The Parable of the Talents - Dubbed

Drama Script

 

Actors will "lip sync" to off-camera narration while they are videotaped.

This is a fun technique seen in improv shows. It is like being "dubbed" in a foreign film.

Allow about 2-3 minutes for kids to get costumes, assign parts, and pass out scripts to adults.

Tell the families that you will be doing a “foreign film”. Kids will act out the parts and move their mouths while adults off camera read the lines. The result will be like a foreign film "dub" !!

 

Wormy adds....

 

IMPORTANT VIDEO TAPING SUGGESTION: 

 

For the lip syncing to really look great, you have to have the actors CLOSE TO THE CAMERA.  Pause the recording at certain key lines, reposition the camera or zoom in to record the actor up close.  You can also pause the recording, and reposition the camera to cut to other actor's facial reactions. This also gives you the opportunity to discuss how the actors should react to key lines/ideas. 

 

Have the narrators standing directly behind the camera so they are picked up by the microphone. 

 

Put the camera on a tripod so that the camera stays still for close-ups and the cameraperson can see the direct waving "CUT!" to stop the action. 

 

Add "scenes" and "close up" remarks to the script before practicing so everyone knows where to stop.  

 

Extra students can hold lights, make sound effects (which you can add to the script).

 

Apply some STAGE MAKEUP and moustaches, beards, wigs. Kids LOVE that.

 


Kids: 6 Characters dressed in costume (see below) and 6 adults to read the parts, one adult to run the video camera. 

Notes: Narrator will say their lines on camera, then move off to the side. Jesus will stand off to the side of the action, on camera, the whole time.

The rest of the kids and adults who want to can be other servants in the background acting like they’re doing work throughout the story.

Tell the kids to listen carefully to the words so they will know what their part is and how they should act out motions and move their mouths. This is important.

Narrator 
Jesus 
Master 
Servant 1 
Servant 2 
Servant 3 

 

The Drama


Script adapted from The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor and The Family Story Bible by Ralph Milton

NARRATOR: 
Jesus would not always be living on the earth. His followers must learn to be loyal to him and use every opportunity to serve him, even when he was no longer with them. So Jesus told this story, a parable, to help them know what he wanted them to do. Jesus said:

JESUS:
I have a story to tell you about a man, the master, who said: 

MASTER:
I am going to go on a long journey. Before I leave I have to put some of my servants in charge of all my property. Servants, come here!

NARRATOR: 
All 3 servants replied: 

ALL 3 SERVANTS:
Yes, master, what is it you wish?

NARRATOR:
The master said: 

MASTER:
You three will be in charge of all my property and all I own while I’m gone.

NARRATOR:
All 3 servants answered: 

ALL 3 SERVANTS:
“Yes, master, whatever you say we will do.”

NARRATOR:
The master said: 

MASTER:
“I will give to you each some of my money, according to how well each of you will be able to manage it.”

NARRATOR:
To the first servant he gave 5 talents. Talents were a kind of money. One talent was said to be worth more than one thousand dollars! The first servant said, 

FIRST SERVANT
“I will take care of these talents, master.” 

NARRATOR:
And he went away. To the second servant he gave 2 talents. The second servant said, 

SECOND SERVANT:
“I will take care of these talents, master.” 

NARRATOR: And he went away. To the third servant he gave 1 talent. The third servant took the talent and didn’t say anything, and he went away.
The master then went away on his journey. After a long while the master returned. He called the three servants to him to ask them what they had done with his money.
The first servant said, 

FIRST SERVANT:
“I used the talents wisely and have doubled what you gave me. Here are ten thousand coins for you, master!”

NARRATOR:
The master said, 

MASTER:
“Well done! You have been a good and loyal servant. You have shown that you can be trusted and obey in small ways. I shall give you the opportunity to serve me now in bigger ways. Come and join my celebration!”


NARRATOR:
Then the second servant stepped forward. The second servant said,

SECOND SERVANT:
“I have also doubled what you gave me, master.” 

NARRATOR
And he handed the master four thousand coins. The master said, 

MASTER:
“Well done! You too have been loyal and good and you shall be promoted, too. Join my celebration!”

NARRATOR:
Last of all, the servant who had been given one thousand coins came forward. The third servant said, 

THIRD SERVANT
“Here are your coins back, master. You always act like you are out for what you can get. I was afraid to risk losing any of the money that you gave me so I just buried the talents in the ground for safekeeping.”

NARRATOR:
The master said,

MASTER:
“You bad, lazy servant! If I’m really as mean as you make me out to be, then you should have invested my money so I could at least have back the interest. Your coins will be given to the servant who gained five thousand. Those who make full use of what they are given, end up being even better off. Those who refuse to make good use of the little they have, lose even that.”

NARRATOR
Then the master turned to the other servants and said, 

MASTER
“Turn this servant out. He has lost his chance. There is nothing for him to look forward to.”

NARRATOR:
The point of the parable is a reminder that we are not measured by what we have to begin with, but by what we do with what we have. The story tells us that God has given each of us at least one talent, one gift that is to be used in the work of the Kingdom. Not everyone has more than one gift, but we all have at least one gift to be used for the glory of God. Now some people feel that since they don’t have a major, dramatic gift that someone else might have, it’s okay for them to sit back and do nothing but guard their gift.

Jesus looks at the one-talent person, saying that person has just as much responsibility to serve God "according to his/her ability" as the one with five talents does.

You see, Jesus wants to point out the responsibility of ordinary people. That’s what most of us are, you know? This is Jesus’ way of reminding us ordinary folks that God doesn’t just call superstars to do his work. God needs each of us and expects us to use our gifts, no matter how small or insignificant we might think those gifts are.

In fact, some of God’s best work over the ages has been done through ordinary, one-talent people - people like Moses, Peter, Mary, a small boy with a small lunch. The one thing these folks had in common was that they were willing to allow God to use the gifts they had been given.

THE END


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