My name is Lisa Mladinich.
I’m a former actress living
on Long Island, NY with my DH and DD, loving suburban life
after many years in the city. I’ve spent my life writing,
including several years of writing theatrically (sketch
comedy, one-woman shows) and am currently at work on my first
novel, a Catholic inspirational/murder mystery & romance!
I fell backward into creating puppet shows for children last
summer, working part-time in my daughter’s YMCA camp in the
character-development program. As a result of that work and
word-of-mouth, a home-business was born. I teach workshops in
puppetry and improvisation, and do performances in schools,
libraries, scout-troop meetings and children’s parties.
I wrote the attached scripts in the course of the school year
to help me keep the attention of the twenty-three children
(50% boys) in my daughter’s first-grade religion class. The
children came to class in our parish center at 4:15 pm,
exhausted and wired from a day in the confines of school. I
ran the classes like children’s parties, (with the exception
of a weekly decade of the rosary, during which absolute
reverence was required), using art, music, movement and acting
work (improvising Bible stories together) to make the lessons
memorable. The weekly puppet shows were always the highlight
of every lesson.
Some of these scripts were adapted from virtue-oriented
character development scripts I had written previously, but
most were written with specific Catholic lessons in mind.
Several of these were inspired by or adapted from the work of
Louise Ferry, a talented Christian writer with a Yahoo Group I
highly recommend, which features puppet scripts based on
specific scriptures [firstname.lastname@example.org].
She has given me permission to share the scripts based on her
work and to provide the above link to her site. Like Ms.
Ferry, I offer these scripts to you free of charge and ask you
to do the same. If these scripts are printed out and
distributed within your parish community, always remember to
include the authorship notes.
As you read through the scripts it is helpful to keep in mind
that they are written to be extremely silly in tone. In spite
of the fact that these scripts are wacky and slightly insane,
the parents of my students tell me that they have been
effective tools for driving home simple concepts, encouraging
further inquiry and inspiring prayer! Simply put, the children
love and remember the lessons learned when they are
entertainingly presented. I never use an actual puppet
theater, preferring to sit on the rug in front of the children
and augment the action of the story with my own facial
expressions and eye contact with the children. Keeping the
presentation style very simple has worked well for me, but use
them in whatever way inspires you to bring joy and excitement
to your lessons.
Please feel free to email me with questions, suggestions and
comments. If I can help you develop scripts for specific use,
I am happy to do so. If you're interested in my lessons plans,
write to me and I'll send you anything that might be helpful.
I’d love to hear from you! God bless you in the vital work you
do with children. May He light us up with the joy and love of
His Sacred Heart as we share the Gospel with our little ones,
the future of our Church and our world.
In Jesus and Mary,
to Our New Spanish Interpreter Maria M. Riviera
María M. Rivera is a Spanish
Medical Interpreter who writes on diverse topics. Besides
being bilingual (Spanish <> English) she also studies Italian
and Technical Communications. Originally from Puerto Rico, she
now resides in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She is an active member
of St. Florian Parish in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she
volunteers as a Confirmation catechist.
Other published articles include: “The Many Marys of Latin
America” (2000), an article published by The Catholic Herald;
“Fatima by the Lake” (2002) and “Carmelite Ascent in
Wisconsin” (2002); both which appeared in National Catholic
Register. And, “The Gift of Aunthood”, published by Canticle
Magazine (2001), among others.
María M. Rivera graduated from Cardinal Stritch University,
with a degree in Mathematics, which she considers ‘another
language’. María is a member of Midwestern Association of
Translators and Interpreters; Catholic Writers Guild; Amici
d’Italia; St. Florian Adoration Choir; and St. Florian Book