Wisdom at the Bus Stop

This game is a variation on an improv game called Bus Stop. You will need to choose 5 people at a time to do the game.  It works like this.  Ask for suggestions for inspiring people from history, UU or otherwise (fictional is ok.)  Assign each of the 5 people a person.  They will need to think of a voice or movement pattern for that person.  If they don’t know the assigned person, take a moment to explain. Now they are ready to play the game.  It works like this:

The first person comes in to the bus stop as their assigned character.  After a minute or so send in the second person in character.  The first person must take on the character of the second.  Now we have two of the second character.  After a minute or so, send in the third character.  Now the first and second person take on the third character creating three of number three.  Continue this until all five people are acting like the fifth person.  Let that go for a minute or so then pull out the fifth person.  Now they are all back to the fourth.  Then take out the fourth; they all become the third.  Now take out the third; they both become the second character.  Finally, take out the second and leave the first person for a moment.   

So for example:

Person 1: is Abe Lincoln

Person 2: is Mother Teresa

Person 3: is Henry David Theareau

Person 4: is Jesus

Person 5: is MLK

Person 1: enters standing tall and saying “Four score and seven…”

Person 2: enters hunched and giving food out

Person 1 and 2: both are now hunched and giving out food

Person 3: enters quickly talking about how he loves trees and hugging them.

Person 1, 2 and 3: are now running around hugging trees and talking about them.

Person 4: enters pretending to walk on water and make wine.

Person 1,2,3, and 4: are now walking on water and making wine.

And so on from there.  When the 5th person is in it should be

Person 5: enters standing tall and talking about having a dream.

Person 1,2,3,4 and 5: All stand tall and talk about dreams.

Person 5: leaves

Person 1,2,3, and 4: are now walking on water and making wine.

Person 4: leaves

Person 1, 2 and 3: are now running around hugging trees and talking about them.

Person 3: leaves

Person 1 and 2: both are now hunched and giving out food

Person 2: leaves

Person 1: standing tall and saying “Four score and seven…”

 

Great for the themes of: Memory and Hope, The Sources, and Wisdom.

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