Written for Thanksgiving service, this program in readers' theater format is set in a restaurant where a pastor has taken four young people out to dinner as a reward for packing Thanksgiving baskets for the needy. Although there are only five in the party, the pastor asks for a table for six. The story unfolds as the pastor explains why he has requested an extra place setting and chair. The practical format of The Empty Chair allows participants to use scripts instead of memorizing long passages. If desired, the characters may conceal their scripts within their menus. The Christian message is blended into the words of each reader as a means to get the gospel message to the audience.
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Review 1 for The Empty Chair: A Thanksgiving Play for Youth
Date:November 24, 2009
Kelly Nieman Anderson
This is easy to perform and has a great poignant, if simple message: we need to leave room at our Thanksgiving table for Jesus (or, someone else in need that He sent). The script calls for a youth pastor and 4 youth, but the drama is a little long for most young audiences (10+ minutes) and really drags in the middle. There is no action - everyone just sits at the table reading their script. Could be used in place of a sermon during a Thanksgiving service - the concepts appeal well to adults. note: my HS students performed the drama to a group of 5-yr-olds through adults. The adults liked it best.