Script for Drama Workshop, Noah 2 Rotation. Adapted from NRSV. © October 2007, LD McKenzie
(This 1-act play takes place on the deck of the ark, a conversation between Noah and a few of the animals just before their
voyage ends. For younger children, you may need to recruit older children to be readers. Children can act along and/or be
coached to repeat a key line for their characters from the script.)
Noah, Mrs. Noah, Dog, Cat, Seal, Turtle, Giraffe, Raven, Dove.
Props, etc: Tunics for humans, face paints for animals, whittling stick for Noah, knitting needles for Mrs. N.
[All characters are starting off in distance in somewhat trancelike state.]
Turtle: See anything yet, Giraffe?
Giraffe: Nope. Lots and lots of water. Just like yesterday. And the day before that and the day before that…
Cat: Oh please. Have mercy. I’m seasick enough already.
Turtle: I don’t have any issues with water.
Dog: I’ve always been confident in my ability to dog paddle.
Noah: That’s the spirit, Dog. We have to keep looking on the bright side. God has brought us safely this far. And it
has stopped raining. Right, pet [to Mrs. N.]?
Mrs. N keeps looking ahead and knitting without looking at the piece she’s knitting. After a long pause says, “Yes,
the bright side. Which side is that again, port or starboard?”
Noah: Now pet. I know it’s been a long trip and you’ve been such a trooper.
Seal: Yeah, you didn’t even freak when Raven came back with no news.
Raven: It wasn’t my fault. There was no place to land.
Dove: I could give it a try guys.
Mrs. N: Oh Dovey. You don’t have to be a goody two shoes. Someone else can go.
Dove: No worries Mrs. N. I need to stretch my wings anyway. [Dove flies off.]
Giraffe: There she goes. Clear some landing space for her on the railing, everyone.
Cat: Oh Giraffe, don’t be so gloomy.
Giraffe: I’m sorry. I guess 40 days and nights on this boat has given me a pain in the neck.
Dog: That’s almost funny.
Giraffe: Oh my gosh, it’s Dove. She’s on her way back.
[Dove lands on railing. Has branch in her beak. Drops it on Noah’s outstretched hand.]
Noah: Dovey. What’s this? Can it mean…?!
Dove: Yes, I found a tree. Above water and everything. And over top of the tree, I saw the most marvelous thing. Some kind
of ribbon in the sky. It had red and blue and yellow and orange stripes.
Mrs. N: You’re the best Dovey. I’m glad you went.
Dovey: Thanks Mrs. N.
Noah: You know what this means, everyone. It’s a sign from God. It’s safe to land now and God will protect us.
Seal, take the wheel. Steady on toward that rain-bow in the sky.
Seal: Orr! With pleasure, Noah.
Giraffe: Funny, my neck is feeling better already.