You have a good idea
for a skit. But, how do you insure a good performance? These suggestions were designed for
Cub Scouts but can easily apply to other Scouting Units.
Sure Fire Steps
Successful Skit Presentation
This is the most important item in a skit that has dialogue. You can't
enjoy a skit you can't hear. Work with your Scouts (especially Cub Scouts) to speak louder
than normal. The volume will be just right for a crowded pack meeting or campfire.
If Scouts talk too fast, their words tend to slur together. Remind those
who do, to talk slower.
Don't expect memorization - especially if dialogue is lengthy. If
needed, write the words on a 3x5 index (recipe) card for each Scout. It is better to be
able to read your part than to be embarrassed because you forgot and the skit couldn't
Remind your Scouts to wait until the laughter stops before continuing to
speak so that everyone will hear the words.
Always exaggerate! BIG smiles - BIG frowns - LOUD cries, etc.
That old Scouting word is important here. Keep it simple, make it fun.
Re-arrange, change, delete, - whatever. But, always simplify, simplify, simplify.
Keep practices short, but, for new Scouts practice more than once.
Part in the skit, that is. Make sure everyone in your den or patrol has
something to do in the skit.
Sometimes new Scouts (whether Bobcats or Tenderfoots) may be hesitant
and shy about doing anything in front of a group. If you are a den leader, stand up with
your Cubs the first time to give them moral support. A Tenderfoot will manage if other
Scouts are on stage with him. If a Scout is extremely shy involve him in his first skit
with something to do other than a speaking part.
Give your Scouts a good experience in the beginning
and soon you can sit back and enjoy the show.
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