The King Welcomes Sheep And Rejects Goats

The King Welcomes Sheep And Rejects Goats

Matthew 25:31-46

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
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  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
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  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
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PARTICIPANTS:
(This story requires rehearsing).

Cobbler, who also serves as Narrator (Has on hand a rag, woman’s coat, two pairs of shoes and a lunch bag.)

Skeptic,
Shoeless (barefoot),
Widow,
Jobless

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

The scene: 19th century Russian shoemakers’ shop

Russian shoemaker

SCRIPT:

Cobbler

I haven’t cleaned this window for years. (Stand, pretend to wipe a window with the rag, facing the audience. From time to time, stand on tiptoes, shading eyes as if gazing out the window.) I’ve let my tiny shoemaker’s shop gather a lot of dust. It doesn’t earn me much. Our dear Russian Tsar takes half of my profits in taxes.

Skeptic

(Approach from one side) Cobbler, you’re tidying up your messy shoe shop! It’s neat for the first time since your wife died two years ago! Are you expecting the Tsar?

Cobbler

Someone more important than Russia’s grand monarch! The Lord is coming to visit me. I had a dream, and it was so real! He’s coming to my shop before sundown.

Skeptic

(Laugh derisively) Well, so you’re a saint now! Let me kiss your ring! (Laugh again) I’d better leave. Your illustrious guest would not appreciate having a reprobate like me around! (Step away.)

Prompter & Companions:

(Boo)

Shoeless

(Come toward Cobbler as he watches out the window again, straining to see.) Cobbler, I need work. My shoes have worn out and it’ll soon be freezing. Oh, these ruthless Russian winters!

Cobbler

I don’t do enough business to hire help. Please don’t bother me now; I’m expecting someone important.

Shoeless

(Turn, scream in pain, hop around holding one foot) I stepped on a nail!

Cobbler

Oh, here! Take these! (Toss shoes to him.) I’ll probably never sell them anyway!

Shoeless

(Hold shoes up to examine them.) Oooo! (Slip shoes on, limp toward the door.) Ouch! They hurt!

Cobbler

You put them on the wrong feet! Now please go. I’m expecting an important guest. (Look out the window again, straining to see.)

Shoeless

Ahh! (Quickly change shoes and walk away, repeating “Ahhh!”.)

Prompter & Companions:

(Cheer)

Jobless

(Approach Cobbler) Cobbler, I’m out of work. Can you lend me a ruble?

Cobbler

I do not have a ruble to spare. Good-bye, and have a good day.

Prompter & Companions:

(Boo)

Jobless

I haven’t eaten since those Cossacks commandeered my horse and cart.

Cobbler

Oh, take my lunch. (Hand him the lunch bag) I’m too nervous to eat it. Now go! (Pretend to watch anxiously from the window, standing on tiptoes.)

Jobless

You’re a good and righteous man, you are. May all the holy saints bless your soul! (Take the lunch bag and walk away.)

Widow

(Approach Cobbler) Cobbler, my clothes are all worn. I need help. I’ll clean your shop for you.

Cobbler

Come back another day, please! I’m busy, and I’m expecting someone important.

Widow

Maybe there’s some old rags around here that I can wear? Winter’s coming.

Cobbler

Oh, here’s my departed wife’s coat. I kept it as keepsake. (Toss it to her.)

Prompter & Companions:

(Cheer)

Widow

May I have some water?

Cobbler

There behind the counter is a jar of milk. Help yourself on your way out.

Widow

Oh, thank you, citizen! Thank you! (Pretend to drink, and walk away.)

Skeptic

(Approach Cobbler) It’s after sundown, Cobbler. How did you get along with your grand visitor?

Cobbler

(Shake your head, groan, and shout angrily) Go away! Go away!

Skeptic

Did the Lord anoint you as Archbishop? (Laugh derisively.) Maybe He brought a message from your wife!

Prompter & Companions:

(Boo)

Cobbler

Out! Out! (Throw shoes at him. Cover your face, groan and weep.)

Skeptic

(Run, then return) I’m sorry! That was thoughtless of me. Very thoughtless! Ohh! Let me cheer you up! Did you do good business today?

Cobbler

Business was ruinous. I gave everything away! Now stop mocking! No one came except a barefoot man, and I gave him shoes to get rid of him. A guy came begging for work, and I gave him my lunch. A widow came and I gave her my wife’s coat.

Skeptic

What did you say? (Shake Cobbler’s shoulder) WHAT DID YOU SAY? He came! He came, Cobbler! I mean it! I’m not making fun! He really came!

Cobbler

Oh, yes! With a thousand angels, trumpets and…

Skeptic

No! Listen. My mother told me as a child what Jesus would tell the righteous in Glory. “Enter, blessed ones. For I was hungry, and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was naked, and you clothed Me.” (Embrace cobbler.),

Cobbler

Jesus said that? Then… Then… Oh, dear God! (Both fall to their knees.)

Skeptic

Then Jesus will say to those on His left, “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into eternal punishment, for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat, thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink, naked, and you did not clothe Me.

Oh, Lord!  Oh, Lord, forgive me!

Prompter & Companions:

(Cheer)

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