Tree of Life-Drama Skit

Tree of Life-Drama Skit

Themes: Conquering fear, seasons of life, God provides for our needs, trees, Arbor Day
Categories: Life Situations, Topical 

It's a beautiful day and the scene is set for a delightful picnic until Louise and her cousin, Mary, who happens to be afraid of trees, appear.  When Mary begins to flip out, the ladies don't know what to do, especially after Mary tells them of a haunting childhood experience involving a child-eating tree in a movie.  As one character puts it,  "You do realize that was just a movie, right?  I mean, as a rule, you generally don.t see that kind of behavior in trees." But with the help of her new friends, and a few life lessons, Mary soon learns trees are a fun, useful and valuable gift from God and are nothing to fear. After all, only God can make a tree.

Style: Comedy

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Characters: 5 (5 Female)
Length: 5-8 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting:  Several lawn chairs are placed near a tree.  The setting can be as simple or elaborate as desired.  The tree can be real, fake, or taped to a back wall.  Betty, Ruth and Helen are sitting in the lawn chairs, waiting to have a picnic. 

Betty:               It's a beautiful day, isn't it? 

Ruth:               A perfect day for a picnic.  

Helen:              Picnic? (looking around) I don't see any food.  Where's the food? 

Betty:               Louise is bringing it.  

Helen:              (again, looking around) Where is Louise? 

Ruth:               She's on her way.  She had to stop and pick up Mary. 

Helen:              Who's Mary? 

Betty:               She's Louise's cousin from out of town.  She's visiting this week. 

Helen:              Well, I hope they get here soon.  I'm starved! 

Ruth:               I hope Mary is nice. 

Betty:              Why wouldn't she be nice?  

Ruth:               I don't know.  Not everyone is nice. 

Betty:              I'm sure she is. (looking to the side of the stage) Look, here they come.  

Ruth:               (looks in the same direction as Betty; Ruth smiles) Yes, Mary looks nice enough.  I'm so glad.  It will make for a pleasant day. 

Helen:              I don't care if she's nice or not as long as she has some food. 

Louise and Mary enter.  Mary is carrying a picnic basket.  Betty gets up from her chair and greets them.  Mary is scared, fixated on the tree and seems to barely notice the others.  

Betty:               Hi, Louise.  This must be your cousin, Mary.  (she extends a hand to Mary but Mary does not shake it)  It's so nice to meet you.  I've heard so much. 

(suddenly Mary drops the picnic basket, lets out a blood curdling scream, then hides behind Louise before Betty can finish her sentence) 

Betty:               (stunned by this odd behavior, speaks to Louise) Is she all right? 

Helen:              (rushing to the picnic basket) Is the food okay?  (she sits on the floor, rummaging through the contents inside) Was anything irreparably squished or damaged? 

Louise:            (to Mary) What's wrong?  Are you okay? 

Mary:               (having trouble breathing, points to the tree) That's.a. tree! 

Helen:              (picking up the picnic basket and standing up, she speaks to Ruth with a bit of sarcasm) She's a bright one, isn't she? 

Louise:            Of course it's a tree. (tries to move around so she can face Mary, but as she does so, Mary keeps moving too, continuing to hide behind her) 

Mary:               You didn't say anything about trees! 

Louise:            It's a park.  Parks have been known to have trees.  (she tries to move again to face Mary, to no avail) Will you stop that! (she pulls Mary out from behind her)  You're embarrassing me!  What is wrong with you?  

Mary:               I have dendrophobia! 

Ruth:               Did she say she has dandruff?  

Helen:              Big deal.  I've got a bunion on my foot but you don't hear me going around screaming about it! 

Mary:               Not dandruff, dendrophobia--I'm afraid of trees! 

Betty:               (to Mary) You're afraid of trees, dear? 

Helen:              (to Ruth) There goes your pleasant afternoon. 

Mary:               Yes.  Ever since I was little I've been scared to death of trees.  (fanning herself with her hand)  I don't feel so well. I think I'm going to throw up! (she puts her hand over her mouth) 

Helen:              (makes a face) Uugh! Talk about an appetite suppressant! (points to the tree) Go do it over there, behind that tree.  

Mary:               (immediately scared, screams) No! 

Betty:               (grabbing a chair and pulling it away from the tree) What Helen meant to say was, sit down over here, far away from the tree. (gives Helen a 'dirty. look) 

                        (Mary sits)                       

Betty:               And put your head between your legs.  

                        (Mary does so) 

Betty:               Now, take deep breaths.  You'll feel better in a minute.  

Ruth:               (to Louise) Did you know about this? 

Louise:            Of course not or I would have never suggested she come here. 

Betty:               What are we going to do?  Should we move to another location? 

Louise:            (looking around) There's trees everywhere.  Where do you suggest we go? 

Ruth:               How does she handle this at home? 

Mary:               (looking up) I live in Arizona, out in the desert.  We don't have trees.  

Betty:               I've always rather enjoyed trees.  (to Mary) If you don't mind me asking, what is it you find so .scary. about them? 

Helen:              I don't mean to be rude, but are we going to eat or what? 

Betty:               (gives her a 'shame on you. look) Helen! 

Helen:              I was just asking! (mumbles to herself) Some of us didn't eat breakfast this morning.  

Mary:               (sitting up in the chair) I guess it started right after I saw that movie .Poltergeist.. 

Louise:            The one where the family lives on top of an old burial ground? 

Mary:               That's the one.  

Ruth:               I don't like scary movies.  I never watch them. 

Mary:               Believe me, after that movie, I never did either.  

Helen:              What's the movie got to do with trees? 

Mary:               There was a scene with this little boy trying to go to sleep in his room.  It was the night of a terrible storm. 

Betty:               There's always a terrible storm in those movies. 

Mary:               The thunder was deafening and the lighting was blinding, when all of a sudden this huge tree outside the boy's window came crashing through the glass and sucked the boy up in his mouth and started to eat him!  I get sick just thinking about it!  (puts her head between her legs again, then briefly looks up) Ever since then, I've been terrified of trees. 

Helen:              You do realize that was just a movie, right?  I mean, as a rule, you generally don't see that kind of behavior in trees. 

(Betty smacks Helen on the arm) 

Helen:              What?  

Betty:               You're not helping.  

Helen:              I'm sorry.  I get cranky when I'm hungry. 

Betty:               The sooner we help this poor girl, the sooner we can eat. 

Helen:              (brightening, suddenly with an idea, speaks to Mary) Maybe it would help if you try to replace your bad ideas of trees with good ones.  

Louise:            Great idea!  Okay, what are some good things about trees?