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BE READY TO GO – (script example) written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: you must be a Christian to get to heaven
SCRIPTURE: Luke 16:19-31, John 14:6
Style: allegory/conversation: a group of people
. arrive at the airport, eager to go on
. the biggest hiking trip of their lives,
. but a few forgot to buy their tickets.
Cast: TICKET AGENT, GROUP of at least 7
. (you can add extras and reassign lines)
. 1-3 are wise, 4-7 are unwise planners
. (4=brainy, 5=rich, 6=jock, 7=rebel)
Set & Props: podium/counter, “DEPARTED” sign,
. backpacks for travelers, at least 3 tickets
(TICKET AGENT stands behind the counter looking busy.
GROUP walks in, all excited, except for PERSON 7.)
P1 I cannot believe we are this much closer to going
. on the best - vacation - ever.
P2 I’ve only been dreaming about this my entire life.
P4 Me too! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been
. studying maps, reading books, watching
. documentaries –
P2 Yet you’ve never joined us on any of our
. small hikes.
P4 I’ve – been saving up my energy. You KNOW
. I don’t do ANYTHING unless I check it out
. completely, and then re-check, and research,
. and do more background research. And even
. if it DOES make complete sense, there still
. might be something in the small print –
P2 There isn’t any small print. It’s all pretty
. straight forward. The preparation to-do list
. was very simple. Very well laid out.
P4 Well, you can’t be too prepared or too careful,
. you know. I’ve probably read every book
. ever written on hiking AND traveling.
(PERSON 3 looks at PERSON 5 and 6.)
P3 How about you guys? You all ready to do
. some world-class hiking?
P5 Of course. I just bought the best hiking gear
. known to man. And my boots – can withstand any
. temperature this world can throw at me.
. Money - is no object!
P1 Did you get a chance to break in your boots?
P5 Ah, a little. Maybe. Not much. I’m wearing
. them right now, though.
P6 I don’t know how some of you are going to survive.
. I’ve been training for years. Every chance I got,
. I was out there hiking and conditioning myself.
. I am probably the most prepared person here.
P1 So you went over the check-list carefully?
P6 Please, I’m a “just-do-it” kind of person.
. Don’t bother me with all the details.
. Without a doubt – I’m gonna leave you all
. behind in the dust!
P7 Ah, bully for you. Whatever.
P3 (to 7) How can you not be excited about this?
(PERSON 7 stands there thinking, without much enthusiasm.
AGENT makes an announcement.)
AGENT Flight 416 is now ready to board. If you will
. please have your tickets ready, we will begin
. the boarding process.
P4 I guess this is it.
P5 Let’s do it.
P6 Try and stop me.
(PEOPLE 1 to 3 get out their tickets and have them ready.
PERSON 4 steps up to the counter.)
AGENT Ticket please.
P4 I –
(PERSON 4 searches pockets in vain.) 3
P4 (shocked) I - don’t have one.
AGENT You need a ticket in order to board.
P4 I don’t think I have one.
(PERSON 1 pulls PERSON 4 over.)
P1 What do you mean, you don’t have a ticket?
. I thought you were totally ready for this?
. Didn’t you read through the list?
. You read through everything else?
P4 Well, I have the list. And I read it.
. Many times, in fact. I guess I just kept
. skimming over that part. Buying a ticket
. just seemed to be too – tedious.
P1 It’s the easiest part.
P4 I – ah – what can I say – I don’t understand.
(PERSON 4 continues to search for a ticket and
occasionally studies the checklist.
PERSON 5 steps up to the counter.)
P5 I’d like to board, please.
P5 (smoothly & confidently) Iiiii – don’t have one.
AGENT You need a ticket.
P5 Sure-sure, but don’t you realize, and can’t
. you see, I’ve bought the best hiking gear
. that money can buy?
(PERSON 2 pulls PERSON 5 aside.)
P2 What’s going on?
P5 I don’t know. I have spared no expense on myself.
P2 I know you’re rich, but why don’t you have
. a ticket?
P5 Wait, I have an idea.
(PERSON 5 turns toward the AGENT and pulls out cash.
Holding the bills up, right in front of the AGENT,
PERSON 5 fingers through it.)
P5 How much do you want? Money is no object.
AGENT I’m sorry, you NEED a ticket.
P5 This is cold hard cash! It’s BETTER than
. a ticket.
AGENT You understand, there are security issues
. involved, and –
P5 This is outrageous. I’m like, the richest person
. here, and I can’t get onto this airplane?
AGENT The ticket counter is around the corner,
. but you don’t have enough time to do that-
P5 Oh-there-is-time! I’ll BUY some time.
. You just watch. I’ll be back.
(PERSON 5 storms out. PERSON 6 shakes his/her head
and steps up to the AGENT smiling suavely.)
AGENT Ticket, please.
P6 Now, you’re not going to turn ME away, are you?
AGENT Do you have a ticket?
P6 I am so prepared for this hiking trip.
. I’ve put every ounce of energy into my training.
. (flexes and points to muscle) And look, I’ve got
. muscles!... Muscles you didn’t know even existed.
AGENT (unimpressed) But do you have a ticket?
(PERSON 6 leans over, strikes a pose and smiles.
PERSON 3 pulls 6 over.)
P3 What are doing?
P6 Charming him/her.
P3 You think you’re going to get on the plane
. with just your looks?
P6 (confidently adding) And my muscles. 5
P3 You need a ticket.
P6 (smiling) Are you going to give me yours?
P3 No! Besides, even if I wanted to, this ticket
. has MY name on it. You cannot use a ticket
. that doesn’t have your name on it.
P6 Whatever. Maybe I’m too good looking to
. go on this trip anyway. I could probably HIKE
. there faster than you can fly anyway.
P3 It’s across the ocean.
P6 (waving that off) Ah, details.
(As PERSON 6 leaves, PERSON 7 skulks up to the counter.)
AGENT Ticket, please.
P7 I really don’t - want to go anyway.
(PERSON 1 pulls PERSON 7 away.)
P1 Then why are you here?
P7 Entertainment, comic relief, I don’t know.
. Just along for the ride I guess.
P7 To see how far I could get - doing nothing.
P3 (sarcastically) Well, that’s just great.
(PERSON 7 leaves while commenting.)
P7 Whatever. See you around... or not.
AGENT (making announcement) Last call for Flight 416.
(PERSON 1, 2 and 3 all hold out their tickets and look
at each other. PERSON 4 now checks the list again.)
P4 Did I not read the fine print?
P1 (to 4) It’s number ONE on the to-do list.
. And it has the biggest print.
P2 (to 1) Are you coming?
P1 Definitely! I’ve got MY ticket right here.
P3 Me too.
P2 Let’s go then. I am so ready.
(PERSON 4 continues to study the list with a furrowed
brow as PERSON 1, 2 and 3 each hand their tickets to
AGENT and exit behind the AGENT. PERSON 5 rushes back in
from the other side and up to the counter, panting.)
P5 Am I too late?
AGENT Do you have your ticket?
P5 (indignantly) No! I shouldn’t HAVE to buy
. a ticket. I’m rich! I deserve this.
AGENT I’m sorry.
(AGENT flips a “DEPARTED” sign over and exits.
PERSON 5 turns to PERSON 4.)
P5 Forget it, it’s too late.
P4 (still reading) I just don’t understand.
. I’m a good person. I’m diligent and smart,
. and try my best. I can usually figure out
. the loopholes to my advantage...
(PERSON 5 guides PERSON 4 out in the other direction
while PERSON 4 continues to speak.)