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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hmph! (03/04/10)

TITLE: Judge Judy Ann
By Tim Pickl
03/06/10


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Characters:
Judy Ann (older saint)
Modesty (younger saint)
Luna (singer)
Pastor Joe

Scene:
Church Entrance

MODESTY
Good Morning Sister Judy Ann, it's sooo good to see you.
(reaches out and hugs Judy)

JUDY ANN
Thanks Modesty. Thanks for the hug. I am very upset.

MODESTY
Oh, oh.

JUDY ANN
Whatíd you say?

MODESTY
I see youíre upset. What happened?

JUDY ANN
Well, I heard through the grapevine that Pastor Joe is letting some outsider sing in church today.

MODESTY
Outsider? You mean like someone not part of our church?

JUDY ANN
Thatís exactly what I mean.

MODESTY
Oh, thatís rightóhis name is Luna? I think I may have seen something on Facebook last nightó

JUDY ANN
Facebook, space-book. This is just not good news at all.

MODESTY
Well, letís go in the Sanctuary and talk about it.

JUDY ANN
Yeah, I better sit down. Prayer before Church Service is about to start, anyway.

MODESTY
Okay.

PASTOR JOE
(walks up to Modesty and Judy Ann and extends his hand to each one as he speaks)
Good Morning, ladies. Weíre going to have a great day in Jesus!

MODESTY
Yes, Pastor Joe, I sense the anticipation.
(elbows Judy Ann in the side)

JUDY ANN
(blurts out) Pastor Joe, I donít think you should let that Luna-tic man sing for us today. Heís an outsider. We donít allow greasy long-haired outsiders to come in here, much less singó

PASTOR JOE
Oh, here he is now!

LUNA
Good Morning Pastor Joe.

PASTOR JOE
Good Morning, Luna. Itís good to have you here today. Let me introduce you to two great sisters in our church. This is Sister Modesty.

MODESTY
(reaches out and shakes Lunaís hand) Good Morning Luna. Itís good to meet you and welcome to our church. (smiles big) I read some great things about you on Facebook last night.

LUNA
Oh, thatís good. I donít have a lot of time for that siteómostly I just update my status.

PASTOR JOE
And this is Sister Judy Ann. (winces)

JUDY ANN
(Luna extends his hand to her, but she doesnít extend her hand.)
Hmph!
(turns and exits the stage)

PASTOR JOE
UmmmÖ. Iím sorry, Luna. How can I say this? Some saints have a hard time with change.

LUNA
Thatís understandable.

PASTOR JOE
Iím relatively new here, and I think the older saints wanted the church to stay the same as itís been for the past 25 years. Iíve been teaching and preaching lately that if we arenít growing as a church, weíre dying. Can you both wait here for a minute? Iíll go talk to her. (exits stage)

LUNA
Oh, sure.

MODESTY
Yes sir.

LUNA
So, have you been coming to this church very long?

MODESTY
My grandmother started bringing me to Sunday School here when I was five years old. Iíve been here ten years.

LUNA
Thatís awesome. How do you know Judy Ann?

MODESTY
Sheís my grandmother. Sheís a trip, hey?

LUNA
Well, it was definitely awkward meeting her. She judged me before she even met me.

MODESTY
Oh, she does that to everyone. She has set such high standards for herself; she passes them off on everyone around her.

LUNA
Such a sad existence.

MODESTY
Oh, it is. My mom taught me to always Ďconsider the sourceí. In other words, thatís just how she is. I pray for her.

LUNA
I will add her to my prayer list.
(reaches into his suit pocket and pulls out a piece of paper, and a pen)

MODESTY
Wow! Okay, write her nickname.

LUNA
Which is?

MODESTY
Judge Judy Ann.

LUNA
Ha! Thatís too funny. (writes the name on the piece of paper)

PASTOR JOE
(enters stage) Okay, I talked to Sister Judy Ann. Sheís coming back.

MODESTY
Pastor, are you sure about this?

PASTOR JOE
Letís try this again. (Judy Ann enters stage) This is Sister Judy Ann.

LUNA
Itís good to meet you, Judy Ann. (reaches out and extends his hand)

JUDY ANN
Likewise. (shakes his hand) Tell us your testimony.

LUNA
I was the lead singer of a local band called Moon Howler. After a big gig one night I was headiní home when I spotted a deer standiní in the road ahead of me. I stopped, got out and looked up at the stars. I heard Jesus calling me to use my musical talents for Him. Then Pastor Joe drove up, stopped and helped me. And here I am!

JUDY ANN
Welcome to our church.

LUNA
Thank you!


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Reference:
Luke 6:36-38 (KJV)
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

John 7:24 (KJV)
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/11/10
This is great. The very first thing I thought about when I read the topic was the old ladies in church! It's funny how some things are the same everywhere.

I really enjoyed the script version of this story. It brought it to life for me. Good job.
Barbara Lynn Culler03/14/10
So true! Some just cannot cope with the changes.

Love the name word play!
AnneRene' Capp 03/15/10
Enjoyed your script. This is the first one I've read on FW, and found it very engaging. Like how the Pastor addressed the issue "on the spot". I cringed over Judy Ann's embarrassing attitude :)
Pamela Kliewer03/16/10
This is great - I really like how you made a play out of it... good job!