We think you will find these tips for performing skits helpful whether you are new to performing skits or veterans.
Read through the skit completely and decide who will play each part. Everybody should get a copy of the skit and highlight their lines. Every part, no matter how small, is important to the skit. If you don’t have enough actors for a skit see if people can play a couple of different roles. It does call for quick costume changes sometimes, but it does strengthen your ability as an actor.
If you have too many actors and not enough roles you can choose two actors to play the same role and perform it several times, taking turns on who performs the part each time.
Sets, costumes and props add so much to the audience’s enjoyment of a skit. Always give this a lot of attention. Don’t be afraid to add things that aren’t listed. We’re giving you just the basics. Use your imagination and have fun with it! Your audience will enjoy it all the more.
Learn your lines as well as the cue lines just ahead of yours. It won’t do you any good if you know your lines but don’t know when to say them!
Practice, practice, practice and practice some more. Feel free to change the skits in ways that make it easier for you to perform them. Just make sure everybody writes down the changes on their scripts so that everybody knows what’s going on.
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Speak loudly and clearly. OVER enunciate everything you say. It may feel and sound odd to you, but it won’t to the audience and they will be able to understand everything you say, which is the idea after all.
Have fun with it! If you mess up, don’t say, “Oh, I messed up!” Just improvise and keep on going like it’s part of the skit. If somebody else messes up try to help them recover by improvising right along with them. Just try to get back on track as soon as possible.
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