Instant Puppet Skits: 20 Stories From People Who Met Jesus

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Use 20 Stories From People Who Met Jesus to enliven favorite Bible stories and to introduce children to puppeteering! Lead kids to discover more about Jesus from the people who knew him best--those he met...like one of the shepherds, Zacchaeus, a Roman soldier, and more!

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  • 2 compact discs with audio for each script. You and your puppeteer friends don't have to ...
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Overview

Use 20 Stories From People Who Met Jesus to enliven favorite Bible stories and to introduce children to puppeteering! Lead kids to discover more about Jesus from the people who knew him best--those he met...like one of the shepherds, Zacchaeus, a Roman soldier, and more!

You will get:

  • 2 compact discs with audio for each script. You and your puppeteer friends don't have to worry about digging up sound effects or reading the lines as you perform. It's already done for you!
  • Scripture reference in Table of Contents,
  • Directions for creating a stage,
  • Simple Bible costumes for puppets,
  • Reproducible patterns for props,
  • Reproducible scripts with staging instructions,
  • And a Puppet Primer with tips for powerful and imaginative productions.

The twenty scripts you'll find in Instant Puppet Skits have something in common: each features a Bible character who met Jesus and shares a personal insight. John the Baptist tells his would-be, disgusted director that he is not the star attraction, that his purpose was to prepare people to follow Jesus, and while Lazarus tries to collect a refund on his burial, he explains eternal life for those who believe. And you'll find that the scripts have other things in common too:
  • Scripts have no more than four puppets on stage at any one time, and you can re-use the same four "actors" with different costumes to limit the costs of the puppets!
  • Four or less puppets per script makes it easy for you to recruit enough puppeteers!
  • Yet the audience is involved. In "Fish and Loaves", the audience acts the part of the crowd, each of them stuffed with food.
  • After each script you'll find group discussion points in the "For Deeper Learning" section.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764424588
  • Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 1,172,830
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Introduction
Welcome to the Show!
Want to see a child's eyes light up? Introduce the child to a puppet. Puppet shows are a surefire way to snag a child's attention. And that makes puppet shows a compelling way to introduce children to Bible stories and Bible characters.
The twenty scripts you'll find in Instant Puppet Skits have something in common: Each script tells the story of someone who had a personal encounter with Jesus. And you'll find that the scripts have other things in common too:

• Each script provides a way to involve the audience. Sometimes they'll have a part in the skit, and other times they'll provide a sound effect or a prop.

• After each script you'll find questions designed to help children apply what they've experienced and draw closer in their own relationships with Jesus.

• Scripts have no more than four puppets on stage at any one time, and often fewer. That makes it easy for you to recruit enough puppeteers!

• And each script is already recorded on a fun soundtrack. You and your puppeteer friends don't have to worry about digging up sound effects or reading the lines as you perform. It's already done for you!

How to Perform a Puppet Skit
1. Recruit puppeteers
Involve children every chance you have! Maybe your performance production values will suffer, but the learning your children experience more than makes up for the occasional missed exits and entrances.

2. Create a stage
You can get by with a table turned on its side, but you'll be more comfortable and provide better performances if you design a puppet stage that includes these elements:
•an elevated stage area,
•side panels,
•lighting controls (so you can dim the stage lights), and
•a backstage pad to save wear and tear on your puppeteers' knees.

3. Select a skit
Listen to the CD and then assign roles to specific puppets and puppeteers. In the table of contents of this book, you'll also find Scripture references for each skit to help you select which skits will fit into your upcoming programs.

4. Collect props and build sets
These skits are intentionally prop and set "light," so you'll need very few items. To give your puppets a Bible-times appearance, you will want to create simple robes sized to the puppets you'll use in these skits.

5. Practice, practice, practice
See "A Puppet Primer" (p. 7) for a short list of skills you'll want your puppeteers to master. Also make certain puppeteers are familiar with specific scripts before performing them-including lines, emotions, blocking, and entrances and exits.

6. Break a leg!
Perform your show! Use the prerecorded soundtrack, or work without it-it's your choice!
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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Show! 5
1. The Christmas Miracle (Luke 2:8-18) The Christmas play rehearsal is interrupted when an unexpected shepherd shows up 11
2. Teacher at the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) He's old when he visits the studio, but he still remembers his star pupil, a boy named Jesus 19
3. John the Baptist (John 3:27-35) John's diet and humility create problems for an emcee introducing him 25
4. Apostle Andrew (Matthew 4:18-22) An elderly apostle teaches a young man a thing or two about fishing 31
5. Planning the Wedding (John 2:1-11) What's the worst that could go wrong at a wedding in scenic Cana? We'll find out 37
6. Friend of the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12) A fifth friend arrives too late to help lower his friend through a roof 45
7. Clear the Temple (John 2:13-17) A tourist to Jerusalem gets a play-by-play of an unusual event 49
8. Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) A midnight stroll becomes a problem when this famous leader is recognized 55
9. Centurion and Servant (Matthew 8:5-13) A Roman's servant is miraculously healed--long distance 61
10. Fish and Loaves (John 6:1-15) An unhappy hotdog salesman discovers that Jesus has already fed everyone 67
11. Peter on the Water (Matthew 14:22-33) Peter decides to walk on the water, but his feet don't cooperate 73
12. Grateful Leper (Luke 17:11-19) A doctor gets the surprise of his life when an incurable patient is cured 79
13. Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) A talk show host gets more than he bargained for when the sisters are guests 85
14. Lazarus (John 11:1-12:2) Lazarus isn't welcome when he visits the local undertaker and wants his money back 91
15. Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) A retelling of this favorite parable that features, of course, a dog 97
16. Little Girl on His Lap (Matthew 19:13-15) An overly protective disciple gets a lesson in humility from a pint-sized source 107
17. Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-9) The call about a man stuck in a tree arrived too late. Will someone please tell the EMTs? 113
18. The Last Supper (John 13:1-17) A cleaning lady confronts a disciple who is still learning about servanthood 123
19. The Centurion and the Soldier (Luke 23:44-49; John 19:16-30) A Roman centurion describes Jesus' crucifixion to a friend 127
20. Mary Magdalene (Luke 24:1-12) Mary finds it hard to convince the disciples that she has seen the risen Jesus 133
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