A Whale of a Tale-Puppet Skit

A Whale of a Tale-Puppet Skit

Themes: Jonah & the whale, obedience, running away from your problems
Categories: Personal, Children, Life Situations, Topical, Bible Characters 

John has to go to the dentist but he doesn't want to, so he decides to run away.  Two friends remind him of what happened to a guy named Jonah when he tried to run away from his problems.  Suddenly, after stopping to rest, John finds himself transported to a boat in the midst of a storm, and the next thing he knows, he's been eaten by a whale.  Will he be like Jonah and find a way out or will he be trapped in the belly of the whale forever?

Style: Comedy

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Characters: 6 (4 Male, 2 Female)
One of the male characters could be gender neutral.
Length: 5-8 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting:            As the skit opens, Liza and Meg are on stage talking 

Liza:                What did you get Theresa for her birthday? 

Meg:                I got her that piano charm to go on her silver bracelet.  

Liza:                She'll love that!  She's been eyeing it for months. 

Meg:                I know.  Are you going to her party? 

Liza:                Yeah, but I don't know how much longer I can keep the party a secret.  I almost let it slip again yesterday.  

Meg:                Liza! 

Liza:                I can't help it I'm excited! 

Meg:                Me too but you can't tell her.  It will ruin the surprise. 

Liza:                Luckily it's only another day away.  I think I can hold out until then.  (looks off to the side .behind. Meg)  That's weird. 

Meg:                What? 

Liza:                John is running. 

Meg:                What's so weird about that? 

Liza:                He's running really fast. 

Meg:                (turns to look) That is fast!  Where do you think he's going? 

Liza:                It looks like he's coming this way.  (pause) I think he's headed right for us. 

Meg:                Does he see us?  

Liza:                He's not getting out of the way.  

Meg:                (turns to look at Liza) Surely, he'll see us. 

Liza:                Look out! 

(John enters really fast and plows right into Meg, which causes her to fall into Liza'they all three fall down & commotion is heard backstage) 

John:               (enters) I'm really sorry.  Here, let me help you up. (he helps Meg) 

Meg:                (enters, angry) What is wrong with you?  Didn't you see us? 

John:               I'm really sorry.  I guess I was in a hurry. 

Liza:                (from backstage) Excuse me, I could use a little help here! 

John:               Oops!  Sorry.  (he helps her up)  Are you okay? 

Liza:                (enters) What is your problem?  Were you raised in a barn or something? 

John:               I must not have been paying attention. 

Liza:                You think? 

John:               I was just trying to get out of the house. 

Meg:                Why in such a big hurry? 

John:               I have a cavity and my mom told me I had to go to the dentist today but I don't want to.  

Meg:                So, you were running away? 

John:               Yeah.  If my mom can't find me, then I can't go to the dentist.  

Liza:                Doesn't that seem a little childish? 

John:               Have you ever been to the dentist?   I'd rather do anything than go to the dentist! 

Meg:                You know, if you don't get that cavity filled it's going to get worse. 

John:               I don't care.  I'm not going!