This Quick Drama teaches that we shouldn’t fear the giants in our lives but that we shouldn’t try to take them on alone, either. (I’ve chosen giants who represent fears children might have, but feel free to change the type of giants to match your audience.)
Children, youth, adults
o Life-size drawings of different giants (4 that are about 2 sheets of foam board-high each)
o Foam board (10-12 pieces)
o Different colored paints or markers
o Paint brushes
o Utility knife and razor
o Draw and color the giants on foam board, and make them free-standing by taping some “wings” near the bottom and on the back. These wings should fold out so that they are perpendicular to the bottom of the foam board with the picture on it.
o Razor the back side of the giants to weaken them, so that they will break apart easily when they are attacked.
o Arrange the giants in different places around the room.
o All the giants can be voiced by one or more people offstage.
o Practice the script.
Narrator: All of us have mean, ugly giants in our lives…things we are afraid of dealing with. Just like in King David’s time, God often leaves giants in our paths in order to teach us warfare. Of course, we won’t ever fight a Goliath, but we will fight against other types of giants.
[Brad enters followed by God. Brad sees the first giant and tries to run away. God gently catches him and turns him back toward the giant.]
GOD: [Whispers to Brad] Remember, you’re not alone.
Brad: [Tentatively approaches giant] Wh-wh-what do you want?
Giant #1: I am the giant of Darkness and Monsters! FEAR ME!
GOD: Remember, you’re not alone.
Brad: [Turning to God] Can you help-help me, God?
GOD: Yes, I can. Please step aside. [Cracks knuckles, stretches, then loudly karate chops the giant (e.g., “Hi-ya!”) until he is demolished – really hams it up for the kids.]
Brad: Hey! That was SO cool! Will you teach me how to do that?
GOD: Sure, Brad. I see another giant over there. [Points]
Brad: Oh, uh, I didn’t mean so soon, but okay. [Goes up to giant timidly.]
Brad: What…What do you want?
Giant #2: I am the giant of No Friends and Being Alone. FEAR ME!
Brad: God, what do I do?
GOD: Are you asking for my help?
Brad: Yes, please!
GOD: Okay, watch this! Hi-ya! Hu-ya! [Saves a small piece for Brad]
Brad: [Tentatively] Hi-ya! [Then cowers in case giant attacks.]
GOD: Excellent! Now you’re getting it! [Notices another giant] Hey, isn’t that another monster over there?
Brad: [Confidently] Yeah! Let’s get him! [Goes up to giant] What do you want?
Giant: I am the giant of People Who Try to Hurt You! FEAR ME!
Brad: Oh yeah? Well, take this! [Karate chops with no effect] Hi-ya! [Tries again with no effect] Hu-ya! [Tries several more times with no effect]
Giant: FEAR ME!
Brad: [Turns back to God] God! What happened? I did everything you showed me!
GOD: You forgot the most important part.
Brad: What was that?
GOD: Me. You tried to do it all alone.
Brad: [Sheepishly] God, will you help me with this one?
GOD: Sure, Brad, and I’ll save a small part for you to do so that you can keep growing. [God attacks giant but saves a piece for Brad. Brad destroys it and genuinely enjoys attacking the giant with God. They high five.]
Brad: I see one more giant over there. Let’s do this one together! [Approaches giant] Who are you?
Giant: I am the Giant of Death. FEAR ME!
Brad: Death? How do I fight this one, God?
GOD: Brad, I have to do this one all by myself. [Completely destroys giant] Brad, there was only one way to destroy the Giant of Death. I had to send my Son, Jesus, to die on the cross. But when He died, He defeated death and rose back to life three days later. Now, anyone that believes wht Jesus did and askes Him to be Lord of their life doesn’t have to fear the Giant of Death anymore. Whenever a Christian dies, He immediately joins Jesus in heaven.
Brad: Oh, God, I want that! Will you help me make Jesus Lord of my life?
GOD: You bet! [Both exit]