FAQ

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When Things do not Occur as Promised

First, be patient. The Internet is a profoundly imprecise science, and sometimes it gets confused. Any number of hiccups can occur that are well outside our power to rectify.

Wait a little while, then try again. Chances are very good that things will go smoothly the next time.

If you continue to experience problems, by all means let us know by using the Contact option in the menu to the left. Spell out the details of your problem, and we will address it right away.

Tips for using the Search Engine

  • Keep it Simple
    This is a keyword search. It will not parse a complete sentence, such as "I am looking for a Christian Drama play about Family." Instead, it will search for that exact string of words, not find it, and the person searching will miss out on our popular one-act, Family. Search by using one or two keywords only.
  • Don't use something obvious, like "drama" or "Christian drama"
    This is a "Christian drama" web site! So searching on "drama" will not return anything meaningful.
  • Don't search on the word "skits"
    You will not find what you think you are looking for. There are no "skits" here. What you will find, instead, is the FAQ article entitled, "Why We Do Not Use (and do not like to hear used) the Word 'Skit'."

Downloads: How do I download the PDF file, rather than open it in my browser?

When downloading PDF files, be sure to right-click on the Download link, then select the appropriate menu item from the pop-up menu. This will usually be something like "Save target as..." or "Save Link target as...". You will then be prompted to specify a file name and folder for saving the file to your hard drive.

Note: In some browsers it may show an incorrect file name for downloading--such as "pubdlcnt.php"--when you click on a thumbnail (image) link. If so, try clicking on the text link, rather than the image link. Or, it may work the other way around. Moral of the story: If one way doesn't work as expected, try the other.

You may also save a PDF file to disk after it has been opened for viewing in the browser by clicking on the "Save to disk" icon on the Acrobat toolbar displayed inside your browser window.

Downloads: What programs do I need to open/view/print your resources?

  • A file with a txt extension can be opened by any word processor, e-mail program, text editor, or file manager client. It is plain, unformatted, ascii text.
  • A file with a pdf extension must be opened using Adobe Reader (free download at www.adobe.com) or Adobe Acrobat (commercial). Our PDFs have been created using version 4 or 6 of Adobe Acrobat; they require version 4 or later to be opened.
  • A file with a zip extension is a compressed archive, and requires a utility such as WinZip or PKUnzip to open and extract the file(s) within. We typically ZIP our larger files, or collections of files, to make downloading easier.

Downloads: Acrobat reports, "There was an error opening this document. File does not begin with '%PDF-'".

Did you first unZip the file? You will get that error message if Acrobat is being asked to open a file type other than PDF. So, if the file you are attempting to open with Acrobat is named, for example, "calling_d.zip", then the file has not yet been unZipped, and you need to unZip the file with either the Windows file manager or a separate utility (see below).

If the file is indeed named "calling_d.pdf", and still won't open, then it is possible you are using an older version of Adobe Acrobat, or Reader. You must use version 4.0 or later; for more recent versions of our devotionals and drama scripts, use version 6.x. For best results, download the latest (free) version of the Acrobat Reader.

Downloads: I get an error message saying the file is corrupted.

Let me assure you that every resource we offer for download has been tested for file integrity. This means that every file stored at our web site is intact. When an error message reports that a file is "corrupt" it usually means one of the following:

  1. The file has somehow become corrupted during the download process. Solution? Try again--or try it using a different computer with a different connection to the Internet.
  2. You are using the wrong program to open the file on your computer. Solution? Use the correct program (see above).

We usually list the size of our larger files at our web site, so when the "corrupt file" error message occurs, the first thing to do is compare the size of the file you have just downloaded to the file size listed at our web site. If they are the same, then the file is not corrupted.

Do I have to pay a royalty to use your plays?

No. Our scripts are copyrighted, but there is no cost to use them. We ask only that

  • all copies made include the script title page with copyright notice.
  • the total number of copies per script not exceed number of characters, plus director, plus any necessary technical personnel.
  • copies are not made for, nor distributed to, other churches; please recommend that they obtain their own free copy at our web site (http://dlampel.com).
  • the script, or copies thereof, are not sold or leased to others.

Do you ever charge for your resources?

No. The Lord has specifically called us to serve Him without pay.

Why do you not charge for your resources?

Obedience.

All right, perhaps that was a little too succinct. Here's the longer version:

Many years ago we tried charging for some things we did. For example, we created a Church Membership database and application and offered it at a market price. But every time we applied human logic to what we were offering (i.e., "We've created something valuable. We need to charge something for it."), God's mighty 2x4 swung down to knock us upside the head. Every effort on our part to charge for anything we did--or even to request a donation--He squashed like a bug.

For God's own reasons, He does not permit us to charge for what we do--and we are quite happy with that arrangement. We only experience true peace when we give away what has been produced by the gifts He has graciously given us.

This is not to say we take issue with others charging for what they do. Scripture is rather specific about His servants being supported by those to whom they minister. But in our case God has decided we are to serve Him and His people without charge.

The abilities and skills belong to Him. He can do with them as He pleases.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For Who has known the mind of the Lord , or who became His counselor? Or Who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)

Do you accept donations?

Yes. We never ask for contributions, but we do accept them.

If you wish to donate, use the "Contact Us" link to request a mailing address. To show our gratitude when someone voluntarily supports this work, we always offer a "Thank You" gift.

Do you have any scripts for children? Do you have any mime scripts? etc.

No. We don't pretend to be everything to everybody. Our specialty has always been the shorter sketch or one-act that broadens or illuminates a portion of Scripture—or a biblical character.

We do have some larger pieces, and we also have some in a contemporary, or timeless setting. But most of our plays are written with biblical settings, for the adult (or at least "non-child") audience.

So while our plays potentially speak to people of any age, you will not find scripts written specifically for children, youth, mime or puppetry, or scripts stridently evangelistic in nature.

Put succinctly, most of our scripts (like our devotionals) have been written to deepen the Christian life for believers.

Do you have more information about the music literature for your musical ________?

No. Everything we know about obtaining the music literature, Trax, or musical score for our musical resources is included on the page describing that musical.

As stated there, Christian music literature does not stay on the market for long, so it can be a challenge locating the original music years after it was first published.

Start with the publisher. If they cannot help, perform a search on the Internet. Most people who use our musical resources substitute other music.

I can't find the music literature or Trax for your musical!

When our musical scripts were first written, the choral and accompaniment music for which they were written were current and available. But Christian music literature has a brief shelf life; it goes out of print quickly.

Rather than remove our scripts because the associated music literature may no longer be available, we have opted to give our users the opportunity to either locate the original music, replace it with music of their own choosing—or use the scripts for a nonmusical.

Do not plan on using one of our musical scripts until you have made this decision.

Is there any way to get a hard copy of A Calling to the Stage?

No. The Actor's edition is approximately 146 pages, and the Director's edition is approximately 262 pages. We do not charge for any of our resources, and the size and weight of these books make it impossible to print and ship either for free.

Why We Do Not Use (and do not like to hear used) the Word "Skit"

Webster's defines a "skit" as "a short, comical theatrical sketch". We do not write "skits." Indeed, the word "skit" demeans every legitimate work of drama except those few pieces that actually fit the definition—physical or verbal slapstick performed for the quick and easy laugh.

Skits are what school children perform before their class after one quick, thrown-together rehearsal; skits are what Sunday School classes do as a fast read-through to illustrate a point. The "skit" mentality of performance (along with today's jaded concept of "volunteerism") represents everything we at His Company stand against. We stand for (and, yes, preach) the philosophy of excellence: turning in only our very best effort, because it is being done for the Lord.