One of the most fun parts of my job is writing and performing with my puppet, Sam the Turtle. It has been such a joy to see children respond to Sam. I thought you might enjoy some of our previous scripts. Sam said I should share these but I rarely listen to him. In the beginning most of my puppet scripts were written for church groups.
Sam the Super Hero (One of my first scripts with Sam)
It’s Sam the Turtle.
I’m SUPER SHELL, hero turtle. Ta dah!
What kind of hero are you?
I’m a SUPER hero! Look at my logo. He really needs to pay more attention.
Sam, your logo is a Frisbee.
Yep, I’m a high flyer.
So if you’re a high flyer do you have super powers?
Of course I do. Duh! I’m a super hero. Haven’t we discussed this?
Are you faster than a speeding bullet?
I’m . . . faster than a snail.
Are you stronger than a locomotive?
I’m . . . stronger than your smelly arm pits.
Hey, do you think I stink?
No. I KNOW you do. Nasty.
Stop that. Are you able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
(Look around, up and down) Will I need to?
Well it is one of the average hero powers.
I’m no average hero. I’m a SUPER hero!
Sam, why did you decide to be a super hero?
Well, I was reading this story about my great, great, great, great grandfather the tortoise. He was a hero racer.
You mean your great, great, great, great grandfather was the tortoise in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare?
Yep, and he was just like other turtles. He was always scared, weak, and hid in his shell.
I thought turtles were strong because of their hard shell.
Under our hard shell we have a very soft heart. We get teased because we are slow and different. I bet you get teased because you have no hair.
I don’t really get teased about it.
You should. It’s funny.
Alright Sam, I know you’re kidding. I know it hurts when anyone is teased about being different, even if you’re not a turtle. So what happened with the Tortoise and the Hare?
The tortoise made a hero decision.
Wait a minute. I don’t remember anything in the story about the tortoise making a hero decision. I just remember him deciding to enter the race.
That’s a hero decision.
Sounds to me like a faith decision.
I guess it is. That rabbit was laughing at the tortoise for being slow. He challenged him to a race thinking he would win.
Well, let’s be honest, a rabbit is much faster than a turtle.
Yes, he is. That’s why the tortoise was such a hero. He could have ran, or at least walked away, from the challenge but he didn’t. He got in the race.
He made a faith decision.
Yep, and because that old bully rabbit thought he was so special he wasted his time in the race while the slow and steady work of the tortoise passed him by. Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye. Boo Yah!
Sam, even if the tortoise had lost, he still showed faith.
Why do you keep talking about faith?
Well you keep referring to the tortoise as a hero. I think he was a hero because he believed in himself.
But he didn’t just believe. He got in the race. When he got in the race, he put legs on his belief.
That’s what faith is Sam. Putting legs on your belief.
I guess it is.
Great story Sam. I’m glad you see yourself as a hero too, even if your logo is a Frisbee.
Yeah, but it’s a nice Frisbee.
Say goodbye Sam.