Tips to Presenting an Unforgettable Skit

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 15th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Skits are a way of getting a point across to an audience within a limited amount of time. It can be humorous or serious in content. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Age Group

Cater your message to the audience that it is appropriate for. You have to be flexible because there may be several age groups present. Find creative ways to get your point across to integrated groups without the material being too complex for younger children to understand.

Startle Them

Start off by making a bold or thought-provoking statement. Their ears may just be perked up enough with curiosity wondering what you will be speaking about.

Props

These don't have to be flamboyant but they should be clearly seen. They are a good way to invite the audience to stay focused with rapt attention.

Participation

In order to keep the audience involved and interested, occasionally ask them for their input. It could be through questions that they can verbally answer or ones that are rhetorical in nature. This will help to ascertain if the story is being grasped.

Costume

Dress up in attire that will represent the context or time period of the skit. It will go a long way in cementing what you are imparting.

Stage Presence

Exude a sense of confidence as you make your presentation. This means speaking loud and clear with good enunciation. Feel free to move around if space allows you that liberty.

Improvise and Relax

Change the script "on the fly" by ad libbing if it helps get your point across. You don't have to be so rigid and polished that you lose your audience.

It isn't supposed to be a Hollywood production. Have fun with it. The audience will take its cues from you. If you're not committed or passionate about what you're speaking of, your audience will probably have a lackluster response.

Conclusion

Skits can be a quick way to get a message across without a lot of memorization of lines needed. It can be used to highlight a special event or used as a way to spruce up an announcement of some sort. But most important it should get a point across to an audience in a limited amount of time.


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"Beauty Girl Surprise" by Paul Duke from Ogden, USA - Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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Audience Participation, Costumes, Presenting A Skit, Props, Skits, Stage Presence, Theater

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Retired
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Good points to bear in mind should I ever find myself in this situation - which is unlikely!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks John.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Excellent points. I try to keep all these things in mind when visiting students. Kindergarteners have especially short attention spans -- but they don't miss the moment(s) when I mess up!! ;)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Phyl I can definitely relate.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
16th Sep 2014 (#)

I am thinking that this is a valuable piece for anyone studying to be on stage. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful way to get the audience and the performers to interact. Nice job!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Sherri. It could definitely be used as a guide for those with stage careers.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Sep 2014 (#)

great advice Lee...thank you

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author avatar Lee Hansen
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you so much cnwriter..carolina.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Solid tips! Fabulous photos to accompany, too.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Enjoyed this so much...our kids love to put on family skits when they were little- and when Mike had the time he did community theater...terrific Lee thanks..

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks D. I am sure those are happy times with the family skits. If Mike's performances are as good as his writing and pictures he is a star in my book:)

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author avatar Smileworld
3rd Oct 2014 (#)

Creative presentation of message like skit is more attractive to children of all ages. Thanks, Lee for sharing.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Smileworld. I agree with you.

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