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IN THE LIONS DEN

(The story of Daniel)


Little Kids' Script for the Drama Workshop, Daniel Rotation LD McKenzie, January 2005 (adapted from the New Revised Standard Version)


CAST: Lots of officials, Daniel, King Darius, lions, angel


PROPS: pillows or drops cloths to form circle for lions' den; stuffed toys or paper cutouts of lions (where little kids no available to volunteer to be lions!)


[Play opens with Daniel sitting at a desk writing and occasionally daydreaming out the window]

Narrator:

Once there was a young man named Daniel who was very loyal to God.


The kingdom where Daniel lived was ruled by a king, a not completely unkind king, but one who didn't understand Daniel's God.


Neither did the king's many officials. [Enter large group of officials.]


The officials didn't like how the king seemed to like Daniel better than them. Daniel was different, always praying to his own God and stuff.


So they decided to ask the king to make a new rule. Anybody who prayed to anybody except their king should be thrown into a pit full of hungry lions. (That wasn't nice, was it?) [Officials go off to tell the king their new idea ...]


Meanwhile, Daniel went about his business as usual. Oh, he knew about the new rule, all right. But that didn't stop him from going upstairs in his house, 3 times a day, to the window that faced Jerusalem. And he would kneel and say his prayers. Now the window was a big open one, so all the king's observant officials had no trouble seeing what he was doing. They told the king on him.


The king asked Daniel to meet with him.


The king said, he was sorry about this because he really liked Daniel. But rules are rules, and Daniel would have to be thrown in with the lions. [Don't worry. The lions don't hurt Daniel!]


So at the king's command, Daniel was tossed into a pit with the hungry lions.


Now the king felt terrible about this. He really did like Daniel. After the pit throwing ceremony, the king went to the palace and wouldn't eat anything, and he had a rotten sleep.


[King goes to bedroom (could be blanket for sleeping bag.) Horde of officials follows him.]



King:

Go away. Get lost, you goons.



Narr:

But God had sent an angel to watch over Daniel and protect him, because God knew Daniel hadn't done anything wrong. So the lions didn't hurt him one bit.

At the crack of dawn, the king hurried off to the lions' den.



King says:

Daniel! Are you all right. Did your God save you?



Daniel:

Good morning King. I'm okay. The lions didn't hurt me. They were friendly as pussycats.



Narrator:

Daniel climbed out and told the king how an angel had appeared in the lions' den and kept him company.



King [hugs him]:

Dan. I'm so glad you're alive.



Narr:

The king told the mean officials that the only thing they were good for was feeding lions.



Daniel kept his job and figured out lots more dreams for lots more kings and worked on his book.





THE END

All original text 2004 - 2014, LD McKenzie

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