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How to Quickly Get Students Involved with Skits
February 19, 2008, 4:41 pm
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It hit me one afternoon–I have these scripts. I have students who want to act. I cast the script. We read the whole thing together (much like television shows do where they sit around a table and just read the initial script for an episode). We took notes on what we liked, what lines we thought were cheesy, etc.

Then came the moment of truth:

  1. We read the first page only.
  2. I turned their scripts face down and I said boldy like Charlton Heston, “Act out page 1!”.
  3. They freaked.
  4. I stood my ground and said “act out page 1”.
  5. They did it. (it was all in their head, they just read it)
  6. We turned the page over. Looked at what they missed.
  7. Turned it over again. Acted and Added to page 1.
  8. Did the same thing with page 2,3,4 and 5.

We got a five page script done and acted out and in their “heads” in about an hour and a half. They performed it that Wednesday and it was more real, less cheesy- more of a slice of life than ever before because they made it their own and didn’t take anything home.

Read the whole article by Eddie James (of the Skit Guys) at youthworker.com 


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