[Duck behind the pulpit to get your hat, pad of paper, and hand-held microphone. Pop up and begin immediately in character, using an overly-energized, announcer-style voice.]
This is Martha Dallas reporting live for UUTV from the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont, where this very moment the children are gathering at the front of the sanctuary.
This month, the congregation is exploring the theme of creativity and this morning, in fact, speakers will share about creativity as expressed through playing music, playing sports, and playing artistically.
Who, better then, to tell us about play, and about playing, than the children.
[From here on, you can consult your pad for the questions, all of which are directed to the children. Use the hand-held mic like an interviewer, to get the children’s voices directly. Be prepared to ad lib based on their responses.]
First, am I correct in understanding that you play?
Is there anyone here who plays a lot?
Are there some of you, then, who consider yourselves experts in playing?
What IS playing? Tell me about it.
How can you tell when someone’s playing?
How does playing make you feel?
Why do you sometimes have to stop playing?
In your opinion, what kinds of people play the most?
Are there kinds of people whom you think should play more?
What would the world be like if everyone played more?
Well, there you have it, folks. This is Martha Dallas reporting live for UUTV from the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont. Now, back to you, [name the worship leader.]
Props: Fedora-style hat, small pad of paper, hand-held microphone.
Expect the unexpected with this one! Of course, what’s implied in the approach to this topic, is that being dramatic and theatrical is a form of play, too. I got fewer overall responses than expected (some kids may have been shy in reaction to my vivacious character). I had one eager, yet sarcastic child. If I did it again, I would try introducing the piece with more context, by revealing the wide extent to which the term “play” goes along with so many activities adults do.