|These are notes and comments on some of the items which appear in the Family Service script. Links from the script point to these entries; clicking the links in the left hand column of the table takes you back to the corresponding link in the script - or, where more than one link from the script points to the note, back to the first such link.
The comments are typically related to features of the service which are specific to our church or the time of the service, or which for some other reason we think might require alteration for another setting.
For references to the internal geography of the church, it might be helpful to inspect the plan.
|BEFORE THE SERVICE -.|
|Props needed :||
|JANUARY||We live in the southern hemisphere. Make adjustments if necessary.|
|LEAP YEAR||Our service was on February 29th; this bit probably wouldn't work on any other date.|
|LEAPER'S FRIEND||The part of Leaper's friend can be taken by Critic-2. We did that in our production, because we were short of actors.|
|"LEGAL DOCUMENTS"||We used rolls of ( blank ! ) "parchment"-coloured paper, tied with a pink ribbon.|
|MIMES THIS||So long as it looks like shopping, something very simple will do. Our younger son simply moved along by the altar rail stopping from time to time, and miming a conversation with a non-existent shop assistant.|
|PIGS||The pigs are quite imaginary. There is enough in the script to make it clear what's going on, and in practice it worked well.|
|SEE YA||Contemporary colloquial; means "I'll see you again at some unspecified later time, maybe", with a strong hint of "goodbye".|
|UNPACKING||All mimed. An alternative would be to have "servants" take boxes into the "room" while the younger son was shopping, but that could be very distracting. The mime worked well.|
|YOUNGER SON'S ROOM||Anywhere visible but reasonably out of the way will do. We used the space behind the altar with the ( imaginary ) door at the Hospital side.|