“Live From the Battlefield”

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Synopsis: A Christian reporter interviews a Soldier of the Lord at the front of the battle. In the face of the fierce fighting and the soldier’s dedication, the reporter learns the importance of the armor of God and personal commitment.

soundtrack_key_bannerSoundtrack key: This is the type of script where your actors deliver their lines and the soundtrack supplies the background music and sound effects as the script calls for them. There is also a demo track, with all the music and sound effects mixed with the dialog, that was recorded for one of our comedy CDs. This can be used as a demo track or as a puppet show. It differs some, though, from the script for the live performance.

Length of play: 8-10 minutes.
Number of cast: 3 main, 4 or more in background non-speaking roles
Category: Comedic, Modern-day Parable, Medium-length skit
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MAIN THEME: Spiritual warfare is a part of every Christian’s life, not only the leaders or those in positions of great responsibility.

CHARACTERS: WALTER CONCRETE – News Anchor (on soundtrack)
NED FLOPPLE – Field Correspondent
CORPORAL PETE MOSS
PRIVATE WILLY NILLY
FOUR OR MORE EXTRAS IN NON-SPEAKING ROLES

PROPS: MICROPHONE
PLASTIC FRUIT (APPLE OR PEAR)
SMALL BIBLE
PLASTIC GRENADE
BINOCULARS
TOY RIFLES AND GUNS FOR EXTRAS (optional)

COSTUMES: TED FLOPPLE: CASUAL
CORP. PETE MOSS: ARMY FATIGUES, HELMET, BELT WITH POUCH, VARIOUS MEDALS.
PVT. WILLY NILLY: ARMY FATIGUES, HELMET.

STAGE: The stage represents on open field. The EXTRAS are positioned to one side of the stage firing their prop weapons (or pantomiming with empty hands) in the same direction, offstage.

CHARACTER NOTES: Corporal Pete Moss is an “officer and a gentleman.” He is relaxed and open when speaking to the reporter, but always keeps an eye on the battle around him. He is commanding, stern when need be, but a leader of the type to inspire his men rather than bully them. He is perceptive of the spiritual condition of the people around him and helps them become more disciplined even when the focus is on him.

Ned Flopple is professional in his questions, but is hiding an underlying unease about being in an area of spiritual activity. Although a media celebrity in Christian circles, he is not really a part of the day to day experience of victorious Christian living. He is obviously not happy with his assignment, which shows in his complaints about the hardships he encounters. When challenged, though, he finds a new inner courage.

Private Willy Nilly, like the name suggests, is constantly getting into trouble by running off without being ordered to do so. He is enthusiastic about his dubious achievements but the results of his work tend to blow up in his face. His demeanor is somewhat like a puppy, eager to please but dim-witted. When scolded or reproved he is instantly contrite, but runs off happy again when forgiven.

Walter Concrete is a take-off on Walter Cronkite, the famous news anchor. This voice is on the soundtrack, mixed with the news musical opening, and the closing music.

(Script breakdown: A general description of the script; not all details or scenes are here, but it gives you an overall picture of what it is like.)

The skit opens with the musical news intro and we hear the voice of news host Walter Concrete. As he speaks, we see the correspondent Ned Flopple walk out on stage from one side. From the other side of the stage comes Corp. Pete Moss, as he surveys the battlefield. Ned approaches him and stands next to him, waiting on his cue from the studio to begin his interview. Walter Concrete introduces him and Ned tells the audience where they are and who he is speaking to, which is the commander of the local regiment of soldiers in the Army of the Lord (active believers). As they begin, an explosion goes off nearby, frightening the reporter but barely phasing the Corporal. As they talk, they are attacked by various kinds of weapons, which the Corporal explains each time, detailing the kind of tactics the enemy uses, and how they can react to each with a weapon or element of armor supplied to believers from the Bible.

script_preview_graphicPreview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here: Live_From_the_Battlefield_Sample_01

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Preview some of the effects and music provided for this script by clicking on the player below. 

A humorous exchange takes place as a careless soldier, Willy Nilly, runs in to show the Corporal a grenade he found in the enemy’s camp. The Corporal hurriedly snatches it out of his hand and tosses it, just before it explodes. He chastises the private for using the enemy’s weapons, and for being in the enemy’s camp. Corrected, the soldier runs off to join the battle in the proper way, in the strength of the Lord. After a number of attacks (each of which are supplied as sound effects on the soundtrack), with each one successfully repelled or responded to, the reporter gets hit by some “friendly fire,” and the Corporal points out to him that he must choose sides or get hit in the crossfire. Realizing that he has been on the sidelines of the battle, observing and reporting but never becoming involved, Ned makes the decision to become a Soldier in active service. The Corporal supplies him with each piece of the spiritual armor that is available, describing each section and what is does as he gives it to him. (It is invisible for the sake of the play and he pantomimes donning it.) The skit comes to and end as angelic reinforcements arrive in response to the prayers of the saints, and the soldiers all rejoice at the victory as Ned ends the interview and hands it back to Walter in the studio, who closes the skit with some final words. 

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Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here: Live_From_the_Battlefield_Sample_02

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Preview some of the demo track, complete with dialog, by clicking on the player below.

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Read some of the testimonials about the script from just a few of the many users:

Bro. Fred,

The Christian Life Church of Baltimore performed “Live from the Battlefield” on 10/19.

I am the Youth Church Coordinator of my local church. This was an absolutely wonderful skit! The theme this year for our youth church, targeting ages 11-14, has been “Armed and Dangerous”. We have had lessons all year relating to spiritual warfare. I was looking online for an appropriate skit to really drive home the theme, when I came across your website.

Talk about being led by the Holy Spirit! I listened to the audio preview right from the site and knew that it would be perfect. The youth pastor and youth ministry director gave their approval without any lengthy discussions.

I ordered and received the script and associated soundtrack without any complications. Our older youth ages 16-17 performed the skit for the younger ones. (The rehearsals were hilarious!) We had a rap session immediately following the skit. It was absolutely amazing how these young people remembered all that was said and done, and they were able to make the appropriate associations to real life experiences. It was a true success!!

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to providing quality resources for youth leaders like myself who really want to go the extra mile but can’t seem to find enough hours in the day! May God continue to richly bless you.

-Sis. Yvette Jackson
Christian Life Church
Baltimore, MD

Fred,

This October the SonRise Baptist Church will be doing “Live From the Battlefield.” I love your skits. We have done a couple and when I print them out, I don’t even have to read them to weed out the good and bad like I do with some other sites. They are all good! Keep up the good work. I also encourage others to use the sound effects CDs with the skits. They are wonderful.

-Marsha Edens,
Spartanburg, SC

Fred,

I just wanted to let you know that my board of directors performed the skit, “Live From the Battlefield” at our volunteer appreciation banquet in February. The men did a fantastic job! Our volunteers, who counsel with women in unplanned pregnancies, were simply blessed by the skit and the heart of the men to act it! (None are actors…maybe characters…but not actors!)

The volunteers work hard in helping women consider positive alternatives to abortion and they really deserve a night that blesses them.

I personally want to thank you for these skits and the CD. It just made everything so perfect. You blessed this little non-profit very much!!

Sincerely,
Linda S. Trask, Exec. Director
Care Net Pregnancy Center
Laconia, NH

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