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Drama for Real Life: 16 Scripts About the Choices That Shape Us [Paperback]

By Steven James (Author)
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Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.88" Width: 7.42" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830833412  
EAN  9780830833412  

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Print On Demand Title 16 scripts for use by drama ministries in churches or on campuses.

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Emerging drama ministries face a daunting challenge: to give voice to the unvoiced anxieties and uncertainties of people coming of age in a complex world. These feelings and doubts are difficult to express in words, but they can be sketched out in the action and tension of drama.Love and MarriageJob and VocationFaith and DoubtMorality and EthicsTemptation and DesireLife and DeathThese are the challenges we face in the crossroads of our lives. You won't find answers in the sketches that portray them (leave that to the preachers), but you will find truth.An award-winning storyteller and accomplished author, Steven James presents sixteen scripts for use by drama ministries in church or on campus. Designed for ease of use, Drama for Real Life featuressimple settings--easy to manage for beginning directorsno more than five actors per sketch--easy to casttime frames less than ten minutes each--easy to fit within a worship settinginsights geared toward directors, writers and actorsWith pastoral sensitivity and artful authenticity, Drama for Real Life shows us what truth looks like in the real world.

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Critically acclaimed author Steven James has taught on writing craft and creative storytelling all over the world. He has written more than two dozen books that have won over a dozen awards, including two Christy awards for best suspense, The Suspense Zone's Reviewers Choice award, Suspense Magazine's Book of the Year award, four Storytelling World Honor awards, a nomination for an ECPA Gold Medallion Award and two Publisher's Weekly starred reviews.

Steven James currently resides in the state of Tennessee.

Steven James has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Blur Trilogy
  2. Bowers Files
  3. Jevin Banks Experience

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Relevant and insightful scripts for youth  Jun 23, 2006
The sixteen short scripts in this book, Drama For Real Life, by master storyteller Steven James are all under five minutes performing time. They are event skits meant to be paired with a sermon, worship service, or other program. They require few if any props and each skit comes with tips for actors, simple stage directions which can be altered to fit the stage, and available space and audio-technical suggestions.

The first four skits are about beliefs. The second four are about behavior. The third set is about relationships. The fourth set is made up of portraits based on parables from the Bible. A topical index is included which serves to help the dramatists chose the right skit for an event. The book also includes actor's tips and a checklist for strong church dramas, while each drama has a related Scripture and suggested segues for the service leader to transition from it to a message without losing the tone.

James holds a master's degree in storytelling and is an entertainer, conference speaker, and performer. He understands and relates well to the youth culture of today, and has a gift of being able to communicate with an audience.

James believes that the churches that will prove to be the most effective in reaching the postmodern audience--today's emerging culture--must have three characteristics: they must use story to relate truth; foster honest communication; and create experiential worship. These skits with their use of imagery touch the emotions and draw the audience into the experience, and so are a means to that end.

I recommend this book to leaders of youth drama teams who want to involve more young people in an authentic worship experience. The scripts are relevant and insightful, creative, and do not fit the predictable, tired, overdone mold of much church drama. - Elece Hollis, Christian Book

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