Setting the Stage for Drama
Think about the last time you were emotionally moved.
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Think about the last time you were emotionally moved. Think about the last time you literally laughed out loud. Chances are that it was during a movie, TV show, or maybe a theatre experience. This is the power of drama. It elicits emotion. It stays with you. Whether it's funny or serious, drama reaches deep within, past the mind, to the heart and the soul. It speaks equally to adults and kids alike. And children's ministries can employ drama to change the way kids think and feel about Jesus.
As I talk to children's ministers, the question often comes up: "How do I start doing drama in my ministry?" My reaction is always the same: "Slowly." Rushing into drama quickly and unprepared can be a big mistake producing big frustrations.
Drama can quickly become overwhelming. So keep the enthusiasm, but build your drama ministry slowly and intentionally. Before you decide to stage Holy Week for Kindergarten through fifth graders (complete with costumes, set, and a life-size cross), explore some simpler methods that allow you to discover the power of drama and how different methods fit into your ministry. One such method is the "presentational" style.
The Simple Power of Presentation
In a presentational style, an actor might play the role of a narrator or storyteller. You don't play a "character" in the way you normally think of, and you acknowledge the audience and their presence. This is a great method to start with because a troop of actors isn't needed, and can involve the audience (which engages the kids directly). Here are some examples:
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