SkitWorks (Beginning) Skits Workshop

Updated February 2022

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 is a performance-based ensemble, so it’s not just about you, like some academic courses might be—but your attendance at rehearsals and performances affects the whole group. Missing performances and rehearsals is very costly to the whole of the group, and students who do poorly at this will not be welcomed back in future semesters. So please don’t sign up if you don’t have a high level of commitment to being there. The performance dates are difficult to schedule, and we take great pains to schedule them before the semester begins. Please do not come to us later requesting that we reschedule performances so as to accommodate some other event you have become aware of after having committed to this class.

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. Students will learn their parts from written scripts, and must be able to read. 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

There is a mandatory pre-semester orientation meeting for this class. Please read the details carefully here.

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 2:05pm. (NOTE: This runs 15 minutes longer than it did in Fall 2021.)
The Fall semester runs from Monday, September 13, 2021 through December 6, with our final performance dates listed below.

Our Skitworks Comedy Show dates are as below. Please remember that you are committing to these, and missing a performance will likely result in you not being welcomed back in future semesters.

Thursday and Friday, April 7th and 8th.
Show starts at 6:30 pm. Done by 8:30.
Location: To be announced.

Cast should report at 5:00 sharp for final preparations.

Unless otherwise directed for specific skits, the cast will dress as below–which is the same as our Chorus Dress Code:

We have a dress code for our shows because we are cool like that! All Skitworks 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!

We should talk about T-shirts—not for performance attire, but because they are cool! If some parents would like to help head up taking orders, I’d love to see is get some of these.

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”.

The following policies must be read and understood to enroll in this class. This is a lot of stuff because it takes a lot of details to run an excellent organization for everybody. Please invest the time to study all this. You will be asked at registration to give your word that you have done it.
Mandatory Pre-Semester Orientation
House Rules
Communication Policy
Code of Conduct
Performance & Rehearsal Attendance Policy
COVID-19 Policy
Special Needs Policy
Spring 2022 Performance Schedule

16 students

$70 for the semester.

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

Register for this course at Google Forms.