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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: The Dark and Eerie Forest
By Tim Pickl
01/30/10


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Characters:
David the Director
Dorothy
Scarecrow
Cowardly Lion
Tin Man

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Lighting: Dark Green for the Dark and Eerie Forest
Sounds: Deep Jungle sounds / music from the ďOzĒ movie
Enter in Tin Man , Dorothy holding Toto in the basket and Scarecrow
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DOROTHY
I don't like this forest! It's -- it's dark and creepy!

SCARECROW
Of course, I don't know, but I think it'll get darker before it gets lighter.

DOROTHY
Do -- do you suppose we'll meet any wild animals?

TIN MAN
We might.

DOROTHY
Oh --

SCARECROW
Animals that -- that eat straw?

TIN MAN
Some -- but mostly lions, and tigers, and bears.

DOROTHY
(reacts) Lions?

SCARECROW
And tigers? (looking around)

TIN MAN
(looking around) And bears.

DOROTHY
(frightened) Oh! Lions and tigers and bears!

LION
(Offstage) Grrr!

DOROTHY
(reacts) Oh, my!

TIN MAN, SCARECROW AND DOROTHY
Lions and tigers and bears!

DOROTHY
Oh, my!

TIN MAN, SCARECROW AND DOROTHY
Lions and tigers and bears!

DOROTHY
Oh, my!

TIN MAN -- SCARECROW AND DOROTHY
Lions and tigers and bears!

DOROTHY
Oh, my!

TIN MAN -- SCARECROW AND DOROTHY
Lions and tigers and bears!

DOROTHY
Oh, my! (screams)

LION
(suddenly jumps out from behind some bushes on stage) Grrr!

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Tin Man and Scarecrow fall down
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DOROTHY
What sort of an animal is that?

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
CUT! Cut! What kind of acting is that? You people donít look scared at all--
Here. (grabs a folding chair and slams it on the stage) Thereósee that? See that?
Thatís what Iím talkiní about. You need to look so scared like youíve seen--

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Lion begins to cry. Tin Man and Scarecrow stand up,
and straighten out their costumes.
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DOROTHY
(walks over and puts her arm around Lion). Now look what youíve gone and done, David. Heís cryiní.

SCARECROW
Yeah, youíve scared him to tears.

TIN MAN
Come on David, did you forget he has a heart condition?

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay, okay I get the point. But I think you got my point, too?

DOROTHY
Yeah, that youíre mean and creepy.

SCARECROW
Like this forest!

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
(walks up on stage) Okay, okay! How can I explain this? (rubs his chin for a few seconds) OkayóIíve got it. (steps over to Lion and places one hand on Lionís shoulder) First of all, Lion, please forgive me for frightening you.

LION
Itísóitís okay, I forgive you. Iíve just been so jumpy lately.

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
And thatís the key, my friends.

DOROTHY
Whatís the key?

SCARECROW
What do you mean?

TIN MAN
Will it help us?

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
Help you? Yes it will absolutely help you. Think of it this way: What is the opposite of fear? Does anyone know?

DOROTHY
The opposite of fear is faith.

TIN MAN
Faith born out of love.

SCARECROW
Aware, not scared.

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
Thatís right! If we are aware of Godís presence in our lives, weíll be at peace in every situation, even while walking through the Dark and Eerie Forest. David wrote,
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

DOROTHY
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

LION
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Wow! I havenít thought about that scripture in years.

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
Praise God, youíre all seeing the goodness and mercy of God in your lives. Itís not always easy, but remember Jesus is living right there inside you. (points at Tin Manís heart)

TIN MAN
(smiles big) Right in our hearts!

DOROTHY
Oh my, this is wonderful.

SCARECROW
Because Jesus is Wonderful!

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
Keep in mind Godís Ďbig pictureí. Oftentimes the things we are worried or scared about are really NOT what they seemólike the Cowardly Lion. Heís really just a big chicken in a lionís body. Always remember: Jesus loves you.

DOROTHY
And Jesus loves you (points at each one) and you -- and you -- and you -- and even all of you (motions to the audience).

DAVID THE DIRECTOR
Okayóthatís enough for one practice. (yawns) Thereís no place like home.

DOROTHY
Grrr--thatís my line!

LION
Grrr!

DOROTHY
Youíre silly.

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Reference: Psalm 23 (King James Version)


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Philippa Geaney 02/06/10
That was clever.I didn't get a whole lot of punch from the Grr but it certainly was a novel approach.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/07/10
Oh my! Very cute take on a classic favorite, both from the cinema and the Bible!