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GET IN THE GAME - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: be ready to preach / be a witness
SCRIPTURE: Phil.3:14, 2 Tim.4:2
Style: allegory/conversation: COACH tells the team
. that they are there to play football,
. not just train and hear pep talks
Cast: coach, football players 1, 2, 3, 4
. extras 1, 2, 3, 4
Set & Props: whistle, football gear, football
(Whistle blows. COACH enters with TEAM PLAYERS 1-4
from stage left. EXTRAS 1-4 enter from stage right
and stand ready at upper center stage.)
COACH (to TEAM) Go! Get in the line of scrimmage.
. Try to get the ball.
(TEAM casually forms a line at lower center stage
with their backs to the congregation.)
E 1 Hut one, hut two, hut three. Hut-hut-hut–
(TEAM moves out of the way so that EXTRA 2 can just run
through and off stage right with the ball, followed by
the rest of the EXTRAS. TEAM just watches and shrugs.)
TP 1 Well, there it goes. There goes that ball –
. down – down - way down the field.
TP 2 I hate that when it happens.
TP 1 I don’t believe. He didn’t even score.
TP 3 (laughing) Just a bit of luck there for us,
. guys, he tripped over his own shoelaces.
COACH Time! Time out! Time out! (whistle blows)
. Guys, what are you thinking?
(TP 3 shrugs and giggles.)
TP 2 Ah, we’re not?
TP 1 What do you mean coach?
COACH It went right by you and you did nothing. 2
. now look – look at where the ball is.
TP 2 It’s definitely disappointing when that happens.
. Really gets me down.
TP 3 Down, get it, down! – pardon the pun.
COACH Do you really think this is funny?
TP 3 Ah – yeah – sometimes. I mean, it’s so pathetic
. you can’t help but laugh.
COACH What do I need to do with you guys?
TP 2 I could probably use some more pep talks.
. And - maybe some cheerleaders wouldn’t hurt.
COACH Let’s just go back to the basics, shall we?
. Why are we here, guys? Huh? Why are we here?
TP 1 We love football, coach!
COACH Okay, now – why aren’t you playing?
TP 2 What do you mean, coach?
COACH What would happen if you’d actually caught
. the ball and ran for a touchdown?
. Just - get the ball – and run!
(TP 2 shields his eyes and looks way to the left.)
FP 2 That’s a long way, coach. Don’t know
. if I could run that whole thing.
COACH That’s because you only come to practice
. maybe once a week – if that.
. (TP 3 snickers.)
. And you! You don’t take this seriously at all.
. I never see you. At all.
(TP 3 shrugs.)
TP 1 I come to all the practices, coach.
. And like you told us, I even work out at home.
COACH Yes you do. So why aren’t you out there
. trying to make some plays? Help me understand.
FP 1 What if I’m not good enough? 3
COACH So you’re scared to even try? How will you know
. if you never try? You know, the more you play,
. the better you will become. You could even win
. a game or two. But you all have to train and
. get into the game. Now - let’s go!
(TEAM runs off to upper stage right.)
COACH Guys! The ball’s in the other direction!
TP 2 Good eye, coach.
TP 1 That’s why he’s the coach.
(TEAM runs off to lower stage right and exit.)