Scott Wegener is a multi award-winning creative writer who believes in looking on the lighter side of life’s predicaments but still values how serious life is. This site features a wide variety of Scott's published and performed works. If you want to use any of these pieces, or commission something origional, contact Scott Wegener

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
Brief:
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, 2013Castle 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

Performance: Kindergarten - "Big Camp", Victoria April 2013
The brief given to Scott: A short play on short script for 2 or 3 situated down on the farm with a farmer is speaking to two animal puppets about the creation around them and all God has create.


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

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)

 

Practising 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.  

What Creativity Isn’t? 

For some, the measuring stick to show if someone is creative or not is the arts: from painters to writers and everything in-between. But don’t get caught thinking creative means artistic. Artistic could be likened to the skills needed to safely drive a car, while creativity could be likened to the skills needed to navigate a car to a specific destination, no matter what roadblocks may be encountered along the way.  You could say artistic is more skills based while creativity is more thought based.  An artist may not be creativity, and mechanically churns out the same copied artwork over and over again perfectly. A artist who is creative would be creating something new and interesting each time. A creative who has no artistic skills whatsoever is stuck with innovative ideas and no ability to get it on ‘canvas’.

What Is Creativity?

Creativity is essentially inventive problem solving. Most often it is used to combat two opposite
problems:
  1. Boredom – the need to make a familiar situation unfamiliar and interesting
  2. Confusion – the need to make an unfamiliar situation familiar and easy
You Try: Which problem category do the following challenges fall into?
  1. You’d planned to cook a meal for a family arriving soon and discover that some of the ingredients you thought you had are missing. You have no time to go and buy more.
  2. You’re in an airport, luggage is checked in, your flight is delayed for five hours and you have little money at your disposal. You have young children in your care.
  3. You need to make an ad to convince more than 50 percent of your church’s members to attend a business meeting.
  4. You want to create a drama that communicates God’s love to people who have never grasped the concept before.


Even being creative ‘just because’ is still solving a problem –maybe boredom or procrastination?

For the arts, the challenge that creativity is solving is triggering specific thoughts and emotions.
Making people cry, laugh, dance or inspiring them as a result of them experiencing your artwork is the challenge you’re trying to solve.
Making people buy or think positively of a product is generally a marketers creative challenge.
A joke’s creative challenge it to make people laugh while a game creator’s creative challenge is to make something fun for a specific demographic to play.
A teacher’s creative challenge my be to help students learn some specific ‘boring’ information while a parent’s creative challenge is often to get their child to eat their vegies, among may other challenges.

Creativity - it creates a useful solution to a challenge that currently does not exist.
Ok, ok, enough definitions and theory, onto the first step in the creative process.

How to find Creativity

Step 1: Define

The best place to begin in solving a challenge with creativity is to be clear about two things:
1. What the current situation or challenge is.
2. What the desired outcome or solution is.
As well as speeding up your journey to a solution, knowing where you are and where you need to end up will give you a more focused solution. Unfocused creativity can take you off track and you could end up using a “solution” that doesn’t actually solve the problem.
So before you get too creative, be clear on where you are now and where you want to be.
You Try: Define the specific problem elements of the four earlier examples and also the specific outcomes you hope to achieve for each.

Step 2: Create

There are four main methods that help deliver a creative solution, which we’ll look at now.

A. Detective method

(Great for: games, activities, and plays)

For some, this will be the first port of call, especially when there’s a tight deadline to meet. Others will use this as their last resort when attempts to come up with their own creative solutions fail. The mantra for the detective method of creativity is: “Go online or get living examples” (or G.O.O.G.L.E.).
Whether to save time or to help when you’re stumped, seeing what already exists will often create a solution for  you. Using the internet or asking friends or experts for their creative solutions for the challenge ahead of you can really give you a kick start, if not provide a complete solution. Sometimes the foundation of an existing solution can be adapted to better suit your specific needs.
You try: With the four earlier examples, what search engine keywords could you use to find existing solutions to the challenges?

B. Stocktake method

(Great for: unexpected challenges, activities with few resources)

The stocktake method consists of three basic steps:
  1. List how many different attributes exist in the current situation.
  2. Explore how each listed attribute could be substituted with a variation.
  3. Experiment with different combinations of substituted attributes and see what you end up with.
This is a somewhat methodical way to go about being creative. That might sound oxymoron, but these three steps are what’s happening in the mind of many of the most creative people—usually at amazingly fast speeds.

Example: Make an ad to convince church members to attend a business meeting.

1. List the attributes we have to work with.
There’s the ad format and the tone of the language, the church members that need incentive to come, the meeting’s advertised agenda, and its time and location.

2. Explore the variations of each of the listed attributes.
  • The ad format: A bulletin paragraph, a printed bulletin insert, posters, a promotional video clip, an email out, up-the-front announcements, an acted drama, a song, a sermon, personal phone calls, text messaging, Facebook posts, PowerPoint slides.
  • The tone: stern, friendly, mischievous?
  • The church members who need an incentive: food, giveaways, concert, games, trivia, craft, child minding, linked to some other activity or event?
  • The meeting agenda: boring, critical, entertaining?
  • Time: weeknight, Sabbath afternoon/evening, Sunday morning/afternoon/night?
  • Location: Church hall, parking lot, parkland, restaurant, forest, beach?
3. Experiment with the variations we came up with for the attributes of our challenge.
  • It could be: a drama that promotes a fun afternoon in the forest, with trivia games intermingled with the business meeting.
  • It could be: personal phone calls regarding the critical nature of the upcoming meeting and free pizza to all those who attend.
  • It could be . . . so many other variations!
(Although clearly not all will be practical solutions.)

You try: Use the stocktake method to find a solution to the following challenge:
Being stuck at the airport with some children you need to entertain.

1. List what’s available to work with. Let’s start with our personal inventory: A pen, box of mints, and wallet/purse (and its contents).

2. Explore what can be done with these items individually.
• Pen: Write, draw, colour, score, spin, roll, click, throw, drop, catch, balance, pull apart.
• Box of Mints:
• Wallet/purse:

3. Experiment with what activities you can do with individual items on their own and then by combining with another item. Come up with ten activities and then decide on your three best activities to solve the problem by using the ‘stock’ of items you have.
a. ____________________________________________________
b. ____________________________________________________
c. ____________________________________________________
d. ____________________________________________________
e. ____________________________________________________
NOTE: That was just our personal inventory explored. We could also look at the attributes of the building around us, our clothing, the signs, the people, or make a small purchase to add to our inventory.

C. Brainstorm method

(Great for: finding ‘far out’ ideas, titles, and advertising)

If the above method seems all a little too regimented, or you just can’t put your finger on a unique enough solution, it might be time to set your brain’s rational governor to “off” and let your thoughts roam unrestricted for a moment.
Brainstorming is the process of listing idea after idea as they come to mind, no matter how random they might be.
It can be done individually, but a group brainstorm will usually get more ideas flowing and take you to concepts you’d struggle to ever invent yourself.
But despite the whole point of the process being “free thinking,” here’s some structure to guide the freedom into something useful:
  1. Define the issue and desired outcome first.
  2. List the known or obvious solutions, even if they don’t completely solve the challenge or problem.
  3. Start listing “crazy” variations to these solutions.
  4. Continue on with any ideas or concepts that come to mind, without stopping to discuss good or discount bad ideas. You're after quantity, not quality. There is NO wrong idea to write down.
  5. When all the ideas come to an end, spend a minute or two exploring each idea's merits:
  1. Is it worth exploring further or ignoring?
  2. Are there any elements to the idea that can be used elsewhere?
  3. Are there any elements to the idea that mean it won’t work? If so, explore what would be needed to make it work with that inhibitive element or how it could be replaced.
Sometimes a great idea or two will become obvious during a brainstorming session; sometimes it will still be hard work, with a solution possibly coming to someone in the group days later.

Example:

Here’s a real brainstorm’s result when trying to find an interesting way to begin a workshop about creativity (perhaps you’re in the middle of it now). The list developed as follows:
Famous quote twisted, story, example, joke, song, puzzle, different language, web address, GPS directions, ten commandments, analogy, metaphor, wrong topic, creativity for dummies, creativity 101, light bulb, apple fall on head, flash back, quiz, cartoon, school, blackboard, detention, driving test, personal trainer, gym membership, poem, point form, fanfare, infommercial.
There are several good ideas here, and some clearly not.
But essentially it helped me choose an opening to this workshop.

And how many creatives does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Who says it has to be a light bulb? (And there’s a nod to the stocktake method.)
You try: Go through the brainstorming steps listed to come up with an enticing title for a youth trivia night.

D. INSPIRATION method

(Great for: long, unsolved challenges) 

Finding a creative solution is not always easy. As well as trying the other methods, sometimes creativity just appears in random moments.

For some, creativity comes in a quiet or uninterrupted place like in the shower, in bed at night, watching the ocean or clouds, or driving a car. Other times, you might find inspiration as you see or hear different things or interact with different people. And sometimes inspiration comes from experiencing a movie, song, artwork, or simply seeing someone else’s solution to a similar problem.
Given its fickleness, this is a difficult method to use if you need quick results (or as an activity to try in a workshop). But being still and letting inspiration strike is another important method for finding creative solutions to long term challenges.
Share: Where are you when you come up with your best/craziest ideas?

Step 3: Evaluate

Once you have your creative solution, evaluate it with your initial brief to see if it is an acceptable, workable or worthwhile solution. It’s also a good exercise to evaluate how well it worked after the solution has been implemented. If it is not working as you envisioned, maybe it’s not too late to implement some of the variations you thought up along the way.
You try: the solutions you came up with for the children at the airport, get those items and try out the activity on some kids – evaluate what activity they liked the best. See if they have any ideas.

Finally, the first thing

All said and done, the ultimate source of inspiration for creativity comes from God. The ultimate thing you can do before you even attempt to be creative is pray for inspiration, then delve into one or more of the methods suggested.
God has more creativity than we can handle.
When inspiration does strike and it’s an outstanding success, even if you didn’t pray, give Him the glory. Without God and the abilities He’s given us, we wouldn’t have any creativity!

Ponder: God was creative with His design of earth, but how much more creativity has He used in Heaven and the other worlds?

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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