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Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Outreach/Christian Drama

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Christian Drama
General Conference


Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 2006



1. Memorize and apply 1 Corinthians 10:31 to completing this honor.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJ)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

2. Describe each of the following categories of Drama:

a. Human Videos

Characterizing a song by acting it out with expression and movement.

b. Worship Skits/Drama Sketches

Usually only about 10 minutes long or less and have a specific message.

c. Pantomime

The art of telling a story without speech. Can be one person or a group. Can also be put to music as a Human Video.

d. Dramatic Reading/monologue, duet, or group

Can be a monologue, duet or group reading using the voice to emphasize and show emotion.

e. Musical/Drama

Usually longer than a skit. Could have different acts or scenes. Songs are added to go with the theme.

3. Describe how each of these areas of Drama can be used to reach people for God.

They can be used in Youth Rallies, Worships, and Youth Groups. Also, for going out to other churches, schools and youth groups as an outreach.

4. Know the following rules for acting:

a. Never turn your back to the audience

b. Speak slow during a line and fast between the line (no dead space between characters speaking)

c. Enunciate and pronounce words clearly (unless it states differently in the stage directions)

d. No dairy products or sweets (chocolate, soda pop) before speaking lines or singing

e. Keep in character (don't laugh or smile unless stated in stage directions)

f. Stay in your space (unless stated to move in stage directions)

g. Do not block other characters from the audience

h. Use your hands and eyes

i. There is no such thing as over acting

j. Nothing blocking your mouth (gum, etc. Unless otherwise directed)

5. Know and understand why the following rules for pantomiming are important. Practice these rules to a simple Bible story.

a. Pantomiming used as an outreach ministry should never be a guessing game. It should clearly state the theme.

b. It is important to remember that in dramatic work, the thought comes first. Let your eyes respond first, then the rest of your face and head, and finally, the rest of your body. This is called motivated sequence.

c. Your actions should always be simple and clear cut.

d. Every movement and expression should always be visible.

e. There should be a reason to every gesture or movement.

f. Only one gesture or movement should be made at a time.

g. Rehearse until you have created a clear-cut characterization.

6. Know the following acting terminology:

a. Ad-lib

To make up stage business or conversation.

b. Backstage

The area behind the stage. This part of the stage is invisible to an audience.

c. Cross

The movement by an actor from one location to another onstage.

d. Cue

An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.

e. Downstage

The part of the stage toward the footlights.

f. Exit

To leave the stage.

g. Getting up in part

Memorizing lines.

h. Holding it

Keeping perfectly still.

i. Left and Right

Terms used to refer to the stage from the actors point of view when facing the audience.

j. Left Center and Right Center

The portion of the stage just to the left or right (from the actor's point of view) of the center of the stage.

k. Set

The scenery for an act or scene.

l. Tempo

The speed with which speech and action move a play along.

m. Upstage

The area of the stage away from the footlights, toward the rear of the stage.

n. Upstaging

Improperly taking attention away from an actor who is the focus of interest.

7. From the categories listed in #2, plan and perform two (2) from the categories of Drama in a worship setting, church, or youth group.

8. As a group create one drama presentation and perform it.


  1. paper on Ellen White's views on drama. http://www.whiteestate.org/issues/Drama.html