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ASCEND   5'?m2f Puppets attend the ascension of Jesus

LIZ -- (pops up, frantic, gasps) What was that?! (looks 
repeatedly at floor in front of stage, then at ceiling) I can't 
believe it! I can't believe it! (to audience) Did you see that?! 
(head wobbles, turns back to audience, faints, flopping head 
back on front right corner of stage)

AMY -- (enters left, wearing cardboard angel wings, floats 
slowly toward Liz) Oh, dear! What have we here? Oh, dear! (bends 
over Liz) Are you alright? (to audience) Is she alright?

LIZ -- (moans)

AMY -- Oh, good. (to audience) At least she's not dead. (to Liz) 
Are you alright?

LIZ -- (moans) I think I fainted. I... Oh, yes, I... I did 
faint. (stands) Oh, you should have seen it! You would not 
believe your eyes! (paces) He was standing right here (looks at 
floor in front of stage) in front of me...

AMY -- (follows, peers over edge of stage) Yes, uh huh.

LIZ -- (straightens and paces) ...then, all of a sudden, his 
whole body just lifted off the ground... (stops turns, nose to 
nose with Amy) ... all by itself...

AMY -- ...all by itself... (follows)

LIZ -- (paces) ...Yes, no strings, no ropes holding him up. His 
whole body just lifted off the ground all by itself...

AMY -- ... all by itself...

LIZ -- ...and then he just floated up through the air and 
disappeared into the clouds! I can't believe it! (head wobbles)

AMY -- Oh, please, don't faint again!

LIZ -- (faints, face up in same corner of stage)

AMY -- (to audience) She fainted again. Oh, dear! (to Liz) 
Please wake up. Are you alright?

LIZ -- (moans)

AMY -- Please wake up. I have something to tell you. Are you 
alright?

LIZ -- (moans) I think I fainted. I... Oh, yes, I... I did 
faint. (stands) 

AMY -- I know. I was here when you fainted, remember? (follows)

LIZ -- (paces) Oh, yes, yes, I remember you now. But I don't 
know who you are. You're new around here, aren't you?

AMY -- Why, yes, I am...

LIZ -- Did you see him? Did you see that man just float up 
through the air and disappear into the clouds?

AMY -- You're not going to faint again, are you?

LIZ -- No. No, I'm okay now. (stops turns, nose to nose) But did 
you see him? Did you see that man?

AMY -- Yes. Yes, I saw him. Do you know who that was? 

LIZ -- No. I didn't see his face.

AMY -- That was Jesus.

LIZ -- No!

AMY -- Yes!

LIZ -- (paces) You mean the man I just saw float off the ground 
into the air was Jesus himself?!

AMY -- (examining) You're not going to faint again, are you?

LIZ -- No. No, of course not. So, that was Jesus... The same man 
I saw healing all those sick people, and making that crippled 
man walk again...

AMY -- ...Yes, that was him...

LIZ -- ...the man who made that blind man see again, and that 
deaf man hear again... that was him?

AMY -- Yes, that was him. 

LIZ -- Then, it's true!? They killed him and he really raised 
from the dead?!

AMY -- Yes, it's true. Jesus did all that. He's in Heaven now. 
(looks up) But he'll come back again.

LIZ -- (looks up) He will? He'll come back down to earth again?

AMY -- Yes, he will. And when he comes again, he will come just 
the same way as he left.

LIZ -- (to Amy) What do you mean?

AMY -- (to audience) When Jesus comes back down to earth again, 
there will be lots of people watching, just like there are now 
and everyone will see him (sings, follows imaginary descent) 
floating down through the air just like we saw him leave.

LIZ -- (follows the imaginary descent, sings) Floating through 
the air.

AMY -- Just like now. (follows imaginary descent) No ropes, no 
strings, nothing holding him up, nothing except the strength of 
God himself.

LIZ -- (looking at floor in front of stage) Wow!

AMY -- (nose to nose) Say, you're not going to faint again, are 
you?

LIZ -- No. No of course not. But tell me, when will Jesus come 
back again?

AMY -- When?

LIZ -- Yes, when will Jesus come back down to earth again, like 
you said?

AMY -- Nobody knows for sure. But we know what has to happen 
before he comes back again.

LIZ -- What's that?

AMY -- Before Jesus will come again, everybody in the whole 
world must be told about all the great things Jesus did and how 
he died for our sins and rose again from the dead...

LIZ -- (looks at floor in front of stage, follows imaginary 
ascent) And how his whole body just floated off the ground and 
right up into the clouds...

AMY -- (follows imaginary ascent, suddenly nose to nose with 
Liz) Say, you're sure you're not going to faint again, are you?

LIZ -- No. No, of course not. But tell me, how do you know so 
much about Jesus and where he is now and what has to happen 
before he comes back again?

AMY -- I'm an angel.

LIZ -- (paces) Oh, wow, I can't believe it! First, I see Jesus 
floating through the air into the clouds and now I see an... 
an...

AMY -- (to audience, tilting head left and right) ...angel... 
I'm an angel. 

LIZ -- (head wobbles) Oh, wow! An angel! (faints, falls out of 
sight) 

AMY -- (looks down a Liz) Oh dear! Oh dear! You said you 
wouldn't faint again. I have more to tell you. (to audience) 
Boys and girls, the Lord sent me to tell him... to tell you all, 
that if you want to see the Lord coming again real soon, you 
should tell all your friends and family about all the great 
things Jesus did. Will you do that, boys and girls? (waits for 
response) Good! (looks down at Liz) Oh, well, I guess I have to 
take care of my friend here. Bye, Bye, everybody! (exits, 
walking down stairs, to Liz) Oh, dear. Are you alright?

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