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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: Get me outta here
By darlene hight
09/12/05


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Category: Bible times – Slice of Life Illustration

Synopsis: Humorist look at Jonah’s infamous trip

Cast: Travel agent - male or female, Jonah – one male, customer – male or female (all bible times costume)


Props – Sign ‘Bon Voyage Travel’- sign with ‘Bon Voyage’ crossed out and replaced with ‘Bon Appetit ’- sign that says ‘A few months later’, Table, ticket.

Setting: General Stage

Scripture: Book of Jonah



[Travel agent standing behind table- Jonah enters stage left- talking to travel agent but facing the audience]

Travel agent: Welcome to Bon Voyage Travel Agency!

Jonah: I need to go somewhere

Travel agent: Well sir, where would you like to go?

Jonah: I don’t care…somewhere….anywhere.

Travel agent: Nineveh is particularly stunning this time of year.

Jonah: Anywhere except Nineveh.

Travel agent: Oh I see… had a little trouble in Nineveh. Well sir, you’re in luck! We can offer you the ever popular ‘Arabian Express’ accepted in all major cities. Guaranteed if it is ever lost or stolen, it will be replaced within 48hrs. not including messenger travel time or in the unlikely event that the messenger is seized by bandits, stricken with an untimely death or in times of social unrest, plague, famine….Well, you get the picture. I strongly recommend that you try our ‘Nineveh Extravaganza package’ please, don’t let your previous mishaps color your view of the beautiful, vibrant city of Nineveh.

Jonah: I’ve never been to Nineveh and I don’t want to go. Where else can you send me?

Travel agent: Nineveh is our destination of the month and you won’t get a better package deal…..

Jonah: What part of I don’t want to go to Nineveh don’t you understand?

Travel agent: Sorry didn’t mean to get pushy but may I ask why exactly you are set against Nineveh?

Jonah: I am a Hebrew. It’s not exactly a choice tourist site for Hebrew people. Besides God told me to go to Nineveh and warn them that in three days He will destroy the city.

Travel agent: Oh….so you’re a prophet, not a very brave prophet. So God told you to go to Nineveh but you’re not going?

Jonah: That’s right. I’m not going!

Travel agent: Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t it a prophet’s job to warn people?

Jonah: If I warn them, they will repent and if they repent God will have mercy on them.

Travel agent: [a beat] Isn’t that the idea?

Jonah: Never mind! Just get me on a ship to Tar shish.

Travel agent: You do realize that is in the opposite direction?

Jonah: Do you want my business or not?

Travel agent: Yes sir! Of course sir, here you go. [A beat] You’re not very good at your job are you? Have you ever considered going into a different line of work? Say maybe tax collector? Jailer?

Jonah: Just give me the ticket.

[Jonah exits- Travel agent puts up ‘Bon Appetit’ sign and ‘A few months later’ sign] [Tourist enters the shop]

Travel agent: Welcome to Bon Appetit Travel Agency!

Tourist: I noticed that you changed the name of your agency?

Travel agent: Well…we now specialize in more exotic modes of travel.

Tourist: Still…I think that Bon Voyage was a more suitable name for a travel agency.

Travel agent: Have you ever heard of a prophet by the name of Jonah?

[Lights out]


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Anita Neuman09/12/05
Ha ha! I'd considered doing a Noah story for this theme. Jonah's even better! Great job on this.
Val Clark09/12/05
Round of applause! Can see a congregation getting a good laugh out of this as the message wings home. Love the bon appetit. angle. :-) Welle done, Yeggy
J. C. Lamont09/13/05
Excellent. Very Funny.
Debra Brand09/14/05
I liked this. Funny, too!
Jan Ackerson 09/14/05
My favorite one of yours to date. Very good, even down to the "beats" as stage directions. I'd love to see this skit performed!
Pat Guy 09/14/05
I love how I can understand and viualize every second of these Slices of Life! By the time I got half-way through I was already laughing! Just one of my many favorites now and I'll miss these when they stop. It's a great ministry. Thanks for giving us a peek! Loved it!
Brandi Roberts09/17/05
Very well done, Darlene! I enjoyed every bit! Especially the job offer to be a tax collector or jailer! Thanks for sharing!
Crista Darr09/17/05
You have an important message here. I love how you wrap it in your gift of humor and make it such an enjoyable delivery. Well done.
Shari Armstrong 09/17/05
This would be great for a youth group show!
Maxx .09/18/05
I look forward to these each week. So, now you have to keep doing them forever! ;-) Another great entry. I'd like to see them performed.
Sally Hanan09/19/05
Congrats on your win, you have a great collection now for submission somewhere.
Karen Ward09/19/05
Well done Darlene -I too enjoy these dramas. Entertaining and enlightening every time!
Congratulations!
God Bless, Karen
Suzanne R09/20/05
Well done, Darlene!

A fun twist on the name, too!
Deborah Porter 09/21/05
Darlene, congratulations on making it back into the Editors' Choice AND for doing it with a script. I'm delighted to see this make it in. It was an excellent piece. Well done! Love, Deb