SkitWorks (Beginning) Skits Workshop

We’ve just now adopted “Skit Works” to name our overall skits department, which now consists of two classes, and not just one. What we *used* to call our skits workshop is now called SkitWorks Performance Troupe, and now are new beginning level, non-auditioned class is called SkitWorks Skits Workshop. (And we put “Beginning” in parentheses here to be sure everyone understands which level is which.)

This non-auditioned skits class is designed for the beginner- or intermediate-level student to “learn the ropes” of the acting/theater craft in a fun and structured atmosphere. Our students will learn things like the following:

  • Common theatrical terms/nomenclature
  • How to consistently speak loudly so as to be heard
  • Acting in skits
  • Telling jokes
  • Group recitation
  • How to consistently speak loudly so as to be heard
  • Memorizing lines
  • Following stage directions
  • How to be an usher
  • How to be a stage hand
  • How do handle/manage props
  • How to consistently speak loudly so as to be heard
  • Traditional theater etiquette and decorum (How to put on a fancy show in unfancy times!)
  • The basics of theatrical lighting
  • The basics of PA/Sound Reinforcement, and finally,
  • How to consistently speak loudly so as to be heard

If this class proves to be popular, it will meet every semester, from now forward. The performances each semester will generally involve both this (Beginning) Skits Workshop class and our advance Performance Troupe, working together. The Skits Workshop members will have a limited role in the show, but will also cover things like ushering and concessions (should we choose to venture into concessions). And because we hate to work all semester on something to be performed only once, we’ll always have TWO performances at the end of each semester.

Other Information

A Code of Conduct agreement is required for this course. This helps to ensure the positive environment in each class. This document is being updated and will be published this summer.

Mondays, 12:35pm to 1:50pm.
The Fall semester runs from Monday, September 13, 2021 through December 6, with our final performances being on Thursday and Friday, December 9 and 10.

The fee for this course is $50 per student for the semester. This is our discounted rate, so there is no payment plan or large family discount.

The semester-ending performances will be on Thursday and Friday, December 9 and 10, 2021. This class will play a limited role in the production, but will definitely do some skit work and joke telling in the show, with the Performance Troupe carrying the bulk of the show. The Skits Workshop students will also usher the show—which is a crucial task that we’re excited to be able to start teaching.

We haven’t decided yet exactly what we’ll wear in the performances. It could be that we all dress the same as our Homeschool Glee Club and Freedom Choir dresses. See that here:

We have a dress code for our concerts, because we are cool like that! All chorus members are expected to dress in all black as follows:
Boys/Men: Black slacks. Black belt and black shoes. Black long-sleeve, button-down shirts.
Girls/Women: Black bottoms of modest length, whether slacks, skirts, or dresses. Modest black tops, long or short sleeve. Sequins or other sparklies are OK, provided they do not change the color from the basic black look. NOTE: Ballroom gowns are too fancy for this event, and would stick out. Meanwhile, cowboy boots and hats with all black are too un-fancy, and would stick out in the opposite way!

Or, it could be that enough of the class members opt to purchase personal T-shirts, so we might wear the T-shirts with black slacks. If we get shirts, they would look like the ones in the picture below.

If the students want to buy these, we might opt to wear them for the performances. (Note: The backs would be blank on these, where the Performance Troupe version of the shirt has either “Cast” or “Crew” on the back. Also be sure to note that the tagline above says “skits workshop”, where the other class’ shirt says “performance troupe”.

16 students

This course will likely be canceled if we have fewer than 10 registrations.

This course meets, as do all our courses, in the We, Montana! Great Room.

Jack Pelham