audience involved. Each commentary is designed as a little “byte” that is easily swallowed. Each “byte” is highlighted with a boldfaced subhead. You are strongly encouraged to type or write each of those boldfaced subheads on a separate 81 2-by-11- inch sheet of paper and hand the sheets to various actors to hold up for the audience as you briefly describe the commen- taries that go with them.
That will accomplish three things: First it will make you appear really well prepared and smart—and, let’s face it, when was the last time someone accused you of being that? Second it will keep the audience involved and offer them a visual image highlighting what you are talking about, thereby increasing the MLP (maximum learning potential) of all those within a 3-mile radius of where you stand. Finally it will provide the entire group with the ideal opportunity to make helpful mental notes that they can refer back to when they go exploring in act 3.
Act 3 brings the audience back to life—theirs! Its purpose is to help them relate the Scripture story and its themes to their lives today. That will enable them to appropriate the meaning of the Scripture story so that they can discover, as Dr. Frankenstein did after creating his monster, that “it’s alive!” For that to happen, the director must help the young people make sense of the powerful story that is unfolding before them. Act 3 provides two phases, or scenes, that you can use to achieve that goal.
The first scene, called “Reflection and Discussion,” usually involves a breakup or two, or three. That is, the large group breaks up into pairs or, most often, small groups of four to six people. This small-group dynamic is designed to offer everyone an opportunity to actively explore and discuss what they have heard and experienced, in order to reflect on what it means for their lives and the world today.
The second scene, or phase, to act 3 is the “Curtain Call.” This is when the entire group gathers back together to share their thoughts and ideas about the three acts and the themes that were touched on and what the Scripture passage may be asking of young people today. Each curtain call ends with a moment of reflection and prayer. During this time, it might be a good idea to play some reflective music or a popular song that speaks to the themes covered in the session. Not only can reflective music help the young people to focus internally on what God may be asking of them, but it could help you to justify purchasing that new CD player you’ve been eyeing.