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MIRRORS (video) - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: point out each other’s sins carefully
. and patiently in love, sin, repentance
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 4:2
Style: allegory/conversation: "MIRRORS" (people) have
. different ways of pointing out PERSON'S flaws.
. Some are better than others.
Cast: NARRATOR; ANNE; PERSON 1 (rude);
. PERSON 2 (flatterer); PERSON 3 (honest, nice)
Set & Props: - brush (or something to primp with)
. - decorated paper bags with holes for eyes
. - black tape (or a color that stands out)
. - 3 mirrors (one ugly, one pretty, one plain)
NOTE: The people hold the mirrors up for Anne,
. and stand behind them as if the mirrors
. are speaking. For puppets, use hand mirrors.
NARRATOR Sometimes we are to point out
. the problems in other people’s lives.
. So we could think of it as if –
. we are mirrors to those around us.
(ANNE brushes her hair, then stops, there is tape across
her cheek and nose.)
ANNE There, that ought to do it. Now,
. where is that mirror.
PERSON 1 You called?
(PERSON 1 approaches, holding out UGLY mirror.
ANNE looks into the mirror. She does not notice
the big piece of tape across her cheek and nose.)
ANNE Well, how do I look. I think I’m ready
. to go out shopping.
PERSON 1 Like that? You look horrible.
ANNE What!? How can you say that?
PERSON 1 Well, it’s true! You’re hideous!
ANNE That really hurts.
PERSON 1 Hey! I’m a mirror. I’m supposed to
. let you know how you look.
ANNE (takes another closer look in the mirror)
. I guess I AM ugly. I’m SO ugly!
. I should never show my face in public
. ever again.
PERSON 1 Like I said. But hey, maybe if you do
. go out shopping, you might find something
. that could hide your face. At the very least,
. disguise it!
ANNE That does sound like an idea.
PERSON 1 (mumbling as they walk off holding mirror)
. Yes, see, or buy a bag to put over your head.
. Do us all a favor.
(ANNE walks over to a table. There are
a bunch of bags with holes cut out for the eyes
and they are decorated in several different ways.
PERSON 2 stands by with their PRETTY mirror.)
ANNA Oh, these are so pretty.
PERSON 2 (rushing forward to gush)
. Oh, but they are -very beautiful.
. You will try one on, yes?
. How about this one, yes?
(ANNE takes a bag to try on and looks into the mirror.)
PERSON 2 Oh, you are such a beautiful woman!
. Absolutely breath-taking! Very chique!
ANNE Well, I don’t know about that.
PERSON 2 You totally are. Stunning!
. So much to work with!
ANNE I just don’t know. Well, what about that one?
. Maybe that one over there might be better?
PERSON 2 Oh, yes it would be – much better. 3
(ANNE tries on another bag.)
PERSON 2 Oh yes! So much better! But baby!
. You are so spectacular, anything would
. look spectacular on you! Like that one,
. over there, with the very spectacular
. price tag!
PERSON 2 Oh yes, you simply must try it on.
(ANNE tries on the fanciest bag.)
PERSON 2 Even better! That is definitely you!
. You could be a model, you’re so gorgeous!
ANNE Really? You’re not just saying that?
. Because I feel a little ridiculous.
. I just don’t feel like–
PERSON 2 Oh, no-no-no – do not say! You are
. so beautiful! Really!!! Absolutely!
. I have no reason to lie! I am so jealous!
ANNE Oh, okay, then... Well, thank you.
PERSON 2 (mumbling as they walk off holding mirror)
. Being so fake and shallow – is good.
(ANNE walks away wearing the bag.)
ANNE I just don’t know about this.
(ANNE sees PERSON 3 holding their PLAIN mirror.)
ANNE I still don’t know. What do you think?
PERSON 3 You’re asking me for my help?
ANNE And you’re opinion.
PERSON 3 About what?
ANNE How do I look?
PERSON 3 It’s really hard to tell with that bag
. over your head. Why don’t you remove it?
ANNE I don’t think you know what
. you’re asking for.
PERSON3 I really want to see your face, though.
ANNE Well, okay. You asked for it.
(ANNE takes the bag off and looks into the mirror.)
PERSON 3 Hmm, let me see.
ANNE Ugly! Aren’t I!
PERSON 3 Well, not exactly. I can see that you are
. a beautiful person. It’s just that –
ANNE What? What’s the problem? Something wrong?
PERSON 3 Yes. You don’t notice?
ANNE Notice what?
PERSON 3 That piece of tape on your face?
ANNE I don’t know what you mean.
PERSON 3 Take a closer look. See, on your cheek and nose?
. There’s a big piece of tape.
ANNE I DO see it. It’s ugly. Maybe I should
. keep wearing the bag over my head.
PERSON 3 No-no-no, that’s just covering it up.
. Why don’t you take the tape off?
ANNE Take it off? I don’t really know
. how it got there in the first place.
PERSON 3 Does it really matter? It’s there,
. and you need to take it off.
. What are you waiting for?
ANNE It’ll probably hurt.
PERSON 3 You’re probably right, but
. after the little bit of pain,
. that ugly piece of tape will be gone.
(ANNE slowly takes the tape off.)
PERSON 3 Do it fast, and be done with it.
(ANNE rips it off with a gasp, then looks into the mirror.)
PERSON 3 Beautiful.
ANNE I feel so much better.
. I never noticed how much that piece of tape
. was pinching my skin. And – and I -
. I feel beautiful now. Thank you...
. for telling me the truth...
. and in such a nice way, too.