Another feature of the Scripture skits is the cue card. This is a set of lines that a specific actor must say out loud, usually in the voice of someone else, such as a famous actor or cartoon character. You might find it helpful, while twisting someone’s arm to volunteer for a cue card role, to make sure that the person is able and willing to speak in the required voice. On the other hand, it can be really funny to watch a junior high girl discover at the last second that she must speak like Darth Vad- er. No matter which strategy you choose for maintaining your FLP, when it comes time for a cue card, simply hold the book in front of the actor who must read it and point to the box that the lines appear in. Because these Scripture skits are ready-to- go, they give no time for line memorization or character devel- opment—it’s improv or bust! The point of act 1 is to grab the attention of the audience and of the actors.
The point of act 2 is to help them continue their star trek, lead- ing them to new frontiers, where no one has gone before. All bad Star Trek metaphors aside, the real point is to take them to another level of insight regarding the Scripture story they just acted out and its application for life today.
First the audience is asked to hear the story one more time, as it actually appears in the Scriptures. I suggest that, if possi- ble, you use the New American Bible translation because it’s the one we hear proclaimed at Mass. It’s always a good idea to have a young person read the passage, and it’s an even better idea to make sure that that person can read it (as well as pro- nounce all the words in it). So when you first gather the group together, even before recruiting your actors, recruit someone to do the Scripture reading during act 2, and give that person a Bible with the reading marked, to look over while you recruit the actors. That will do two things: it will give the young person time to familiarize himself or herself with the reading, and it will give you a free hand for holding the Ready-to-Go Scripture Skits book!
After the proclamation of the reading, a series of commen- taries give some important background and insights into the historical origins of the story as well as its meaning for us to- day. This is the part of the session where the robot from Lost in Space would yell mechanically: “Danger, Will Robinson. Danger.” Why? Because you may be tempted to begin lecturing your audience back to la-la land. To avoid falling into that old trap, try to spice up these important points a little by keeping your