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Dec 14, 2013

A Christmas Drama

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church Carols Evening - December 14, 2013
The brief given to Scott: A short play with a Christmas theme 

[Mary is sitting holding a baby doll, Joseph walks in with some straw.]

[Dry run - reasonably dull/unexcited voices]

Joseph: Mary, here’s the last of the straw. I hope it’s enough.

Mary: It will have to do, Joseph.

Joseph: Is there anything else you need?

Mary: Some new sandals would be nice.

Joseph: Where am I going to find sandals at this time of... oh, very funny, Mary.

Wise 1: Knock knock! Is there a baby in the stable?

Joseph: Um, who invited you?

Wise 2: No-one, but we bring gifts!

[Director jumps up from front row of audience]

Nov 2, 2013

Two Dozen Roses

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - November 2, 2013
Brief: a short drama on the day's topic: Wholly Holy - how works come out of faith. 2 Timothy 1:9

[Two blokes, Larry Love and Garry Guilt, walk down either side of the church’s side aisles towards the front. On screen is a florist shop front image. The guys meet in the middle of the stage, Larry opens an imaginary shop door, and lets Garry in and they approach the back of stage.]

Garry: [to imaginary shopkeeper] A dozen red roses thanks.

Larry: [quickly after] I’ll take a dozen too, thanks.

Garry: [to Larry now] You too, hey.

Larry: [cheery] Yeah...

Garry: Forgot our wedding anniversary.

Larry: Oh no! Ouch.

Garry: Yeah . . . Wha’d you do?

Nov 1, 2013

General Nut

Scott Wegener finds joy in being labelled a "nut."

For most of my life, I’ve lived among the towering mountain ash eucalyptus trees of Victoria. While these gum trees are generally a little taller than sequoias, as far as trunk girth goes, as pencil is to a rolling pin, a mountain ash is to a sequoia. Just like the Grand Canyon, Uluru or Costco, you have to see for yourself to understand how big the sequoias really are.

Oct 1, 2013

7 Days to Live

Performance: postponed
A short drama on the topic of having 7 days to live.
[Alex Extreme and Sharing Shane sit waiting nervously, a doctor walks in.]

Doc: I'm sorry, you both only have 7 days to live.

Both: WHAT!!?? Oh no...

Doc: You'll both be fine up until you die, no pain, no limits - so my advice - go and live up your last days!!

[Doctor leaves]

[Shane leaves fairly quickly without saying anything, high spirits but a sense of urgency. ]

[Alex lags for a moment and then lights up... ]

Alex: Alright! Lets do it!

Sep 7, 2013

Waiting for Jesus

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - September 7, 2013
Brief: a short play to suit the topic “We should be Jesus’ representatives while we wait for Him to return.”

A Twist: This drama will begin immediately after the opening song service, and play out between all of the features that run before the main sermon begins. A different act will ‘play’ between each feature (eg between the offering, announcements, prayer, etc) but the main character will remain reasonable still in his banana lounge during the features also. It is the other characters that only appear between the features to add to the story.

Best Humorous Item Silver

How to Understand the Truth
Scott Wegener
Signs of the Times, June 2012
2013 Australasian Religious Press Association Awards

Scott Wegener takes a trip to his barber and discovers how we can easily misunderstand what people actually mean. He gently and skillfully moves the first-person perspective to a discussion of theological misunderstandings. This piece has a great conversational tone and style that, through its humour, allows us to appreciate our differences while having a chuckle.

Sep 6, 2013

Alcofree Radio Script

I was the chief writer/editor of this radio ad script for AlcoFree.com.au which was aimed at a young adult demographic.

Young Woman: Hey babe, can you believe Cherie served non-al’ wines at her wedding?

Young Man: Really?

Young Woman: Yeah, Everyone really enjoyed them! Even I thought they were awesome. Cherie got them from Alcofree.

Young Man: Oh... Work used Alcofree for our awards night. I tried some beers and could hardly tell the difference from the normal brews. Great if you have to drive!

Young Woman: I’m on alcofree.com.au now. There’s beers, wines, ciders, mixers, mocktails...

Young Man: All non-alcoholic?

Young Woman: Yeah! Hey let’s try some Champagne! Oh, we can serve mocktails at the party, and get some gift packs for Christmas too, and maybe some ciders ... [station sponsor]

Sep 1, 2013

The adventures of Grape Scott

As part of a social media campaign I was required to make up an amusing adventures of a character I named Grape Scott . . .

EXCITING NEWS! We’ve just heard, via carrier Penguin, that our Alcofree explorer, “Grape” Scott, is alive and well down in Antarctica! We’ve asked him to send us a report on what exciting new products he may have found for the Alcofree range - but wouldn’t you know it, the Penguin has an RDO. Stay tuned . . .

Aug 17, 2013

If Fish Could Wonder

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - August 17, 2013
Brief: A short drama to complement the theme “reasons to believe in God”

Cast: Two fish ‘cutouts’ (or puppets is an option) are puppeteered by two people dressed in black (or hidden behind a puppet certain). The puppeteers (or two narrators elsewhere) speak the dialogue.

Aug 1, 2013

28 Days of Persecution

Well, I’m glad this experience is over!

A call was put out to see if anyone was willing to trial and document a Matthew 5:11-12 experience. This verse states: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (NIV)

I was courageous enough, or silly enough, to come up with a plan to attempt to be insulted, persecuted and have all kinds of false evil said against me because of my association with Jesus.

Hurting Truth

Brief: a piece that reflect what Jesus is to you.
Just Jesus - A book by the Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church, August 2013

Romans 7:15

It’s a strange relationship,
that with my Jesus and me.

There’s no one I’d rather be like,
but none I am further from being.

Jul 6, 2013

It’s Jesus!

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - July 6, 2013
Brief: A short drama to complement a sermon on the topic of the Second Coming, focusing on the anticipation of seeing Jesus in the clouds.

This drama is intended to be serious and somewhat emotional (happy).

Que: Towards the end of the sermon the topic changes to  something like "we don't know specifically when Jesus will return, but we are told it will be soon" or "we always need to be ready, at every moment"  
Suddenly, the sermon is interrupted with [trumpet / thunder] sound effect in the main sound system, followed by some ambient ‘hallelujah chorus’ background music. lights go out (except spotlight/stage) and a ‘second coming’ sunset picture on screen]  
This the que for the speaker to stop mid sentence and stand back to watch on the side while the drama takes over unexpectedly (to the audience at least) with the following:

Jul 1, 2013

Joy comes in the morning

Scott Wegener on things that go more than bump in the night.

The sound of an espresso machine frothing milk, “Pssshhhhhhgshgshgshgshgsh”, and a two-stroke lawn mower idling, “putt-putt-putt-putt-putt”, are intermingled with the deep airy sound of a T-rex trying to blow out candles that never extinguish, “kerrrrrrrrrr – khoooooooo”. This best describes the concoction of sounds in the small echoy dormitory room I was trying to sleep in. 

Jun 1, 2013

Got love?

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - June 1, 2013
Castle Hill
Seventh-day Adventist Church - January 14, 2017

Brief: "If you can't see Jesus in the teaching you've got it wrong. You need to get the core right so you can get the message right. It's about connecting the head (dry doctrine) and the heart (passion for the one who created doctrines)" The short play illustrates such a concept.

Cast: Mother, Teenage (or older) son, and equivalent aged girl.

[Mother and son walk across the stage, entering a shopping mall (the screen has a "Bestfield Shopping centre" sign displayed)

Mother: Bruno, you need to settle down, find a wife. You can't live at home forever you know! I've got to do some shopping. Go find yourself a girl while I'm gone.

Bruno: Yes, mother.

May 24, 2013

Short Person, Tall Person

Short Person, Tall Person
Original Words and Music by Randy Newman, Adaptation by Scott Wegener

Short person got some body
Short person got some body
Short person got some body To love

She’s got, little baby legs
That stand so low
You got to, pick her up
Just to say hello
She’ll get a, little car
That goes beep, beep, beep
and has a, little tiny voice
Goin' peep, peep, peep
There is a Short Person
There is a Short Person
There is a Short Person In Love

May 4, 2013

Connection Lost...

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - May 4, 2013
Brief: A short play that focuses on relationships, in a family setting.

On screen  “Sometime, in the not too distant future. . .”

Teenager sits and plays with iPhone

Father enters room, sits and opens laptop and starts to work.

Mother comes out side door with apron and oven mitts on, calls out   “Dinner’s nearly ready”

Father and teenager don’t respond, mother goes back in room – a small cooker out back has heated up something to waft cooking smells to audience. 

Apr 20, 2013

Apr 6, 2013

Jesus Juice

Performances: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - April 6, 2013
Edinburgh College Chapel - March 3, 2015
Edinburgh College Arts Evening - November 10, 2015
The brief given to Scott: A short play on witnessing, sharing Jesus with those around us

[Person walks in (“Juice”) with a bottle full of juice. Another (“Empty 1”) walks towards them with an empty bottle. Juice quickly hides his full bottle as not to draw attention that he has juice and they don’t. ]

Empty 1: Hi

Juice: Hi

Empty1: Doing anything on the weekend?

Juice: [hesitant to share they go to church] Umm, Not really.

Empty: Me neither, maybe we can go to the footy on Saturday.

Juice: [hesitant to share they go to church on Sabbath] oh, err, mmmm.

Mar 30, 2013

ChickEgg [puppet play about creation]

Performances: Kindergarten - "Big Camp", Victoria April 2013
Castle Hill seventh-day Adventist Church, February 29, 2020

Bernie: sensible, inquisitive
Wallace: frivolous, know it all.
Farmer Dave: kind, intelligent, God loving.

[crow flies in and lands, sits, gives two squawks, then preens it's self through the play.
A Chicken also appears (and pecks for food the entire time) followed soon by Bernie and Wallace.]

Bernie: Hey Wallace,

Wallace: Yes Bernie

Bernie: Where do Chickens come from?

Wallace: Umm, they come from eggs, Bernie

Bernie: I know that, but where do the eggs come from?

Wallace: Umm they come from Chickens.

Bernie: But where did that chicken come from?

Mar 22, 2013

How to be Creative

I am often asked where my creativity comes from or for advice on how to be creative.

You can find my views, on how I believe ANYONE can be creative, in either:
- A chapter titled "Creatively Changing Light Bulbs - Creativity and Problem Solving" in the book Manifest: Our Call to Faithful Creativity , which was launched at the Manifest Creative Arts Festival.
- A workshop in the General Conference's Accent Magazine. (download the creativity issue here or view below)


Practicing Creativity / Creativity and Problem Solving

Got creativity?

How many creatives does it take to change a light bulb? (The answer a little later on.) Everyone is creative. God made us that way. Believing you have little creative ability probably comes either from a misunderstanding of what creativity is, or not realising there’s methodical steps that can lead to creative results.  Some are so effortlessly creative it’s hard to comprehend how they arrive at such an outside the square result. However, these ‘creative geniuses’ are usually following, often subconsciously, the steps we’ll soon look at. This means anyone can potentially reach such radical creativity if they just knew how.  

Mar 2, 2013

The Complete Disciple

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - March 2, 2013
The brief given to Scott: A short play introducing the month's theme "The Complete Disciple" 

Cast - Jesus, Eager Disciple 1, Scholarly Disciple 2

Scene - Jesus sits on a chair (or stage rise) facing audience.
Disciples sit on floor facing Jesus, backs to audience.

Jesus: I am the vine. . .

[Disciple 1 jumps up and walks to the audience and begins to preach]
[ Jesus looks miffed briefly and then starts miming to the remaining disciple]

Disciple 1:  Jesus is the vine. He is . . . thin and has brown flaky skin. 
Jesus . . . grows grapes that we can . . . make wine to sell to our neighbours.
He . . . is the vine of . . . knowledge of . . .  god and evil??

Mar 1, 2013

Of Mice and Men

Scott Wegener on why one should hop at the opportunity to
be an ester bunny.

If you ever get the opportunity to wear an Easter bunny suit, hop at the opportunity!
Yes, you may sweat like a colander draining pasta, but it’s a small price to pay for the experience.
I was chosen to be Mr Bunny for an afternoon at my workplace. My brief seemed simple: wear a large bunny suit and hand out a basket full of Easter eggs to the employees at morning tea. However, once I had zipped into the furry white suit I quickly discovered I was experiencing a mischief maker’s dream – anonymity.

Feb 16, 2013

...cancel that!

Performance: "The Gathering" - February 16, 2013
The brief given to Scott: A two part play on the days theme, "Be courageous in the year to come"
Finalist: 2013 Manifest Creative Arts Festival

“Mind” is read by an unseen reader as the conscience voice of a “mime” on stage who silently walks around a ‘lounge room’ after a days work

In Act 2, the script is repeated identically, except this time we can see a guardian angel following behind and radioing to heaven for assistance in the good choices being made – only to cancel them all as the ‘mind’ backs out each time.

Feb 1, 2013

Bible Heroes 2.oh

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - February 2, 2013
Edinburgh College Chapel - November 16, 2015
The brief given to Scott: A short play introducing the month's theme "Bible Heroes" 

X-on: Commander Zorg.

Zorg: Yes, What is it X-on?

X-on: I bring disappointing news.

Zorg: Oh really, what is that?

X-on: Those human Bible heroes we cloned from earth.

Zorg: Oh yes, my ingenious plan to rule the galaxy by re-birthing the greatest
ever heroes of all time. Has the cloning not worked as drafted?


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