Hello all, and Happy Spring!
Let’s celebrate the month of May with an easy, breezy drama game. I have some marvelous mini-skit possibilities for you and your students. They’ll show off the drama skills you’ve been working on all year long, and they’ll spark everyone’s imagination in creating a scene. But above all, they’re just a bit of springtime fun!
MAY DRAMA GAME: “Marvelous Mini-Skits”
Directions: Divide your group up into smaller groups of two to four actors each. Then give each group an idea for a short skit and provide them with the final line that cues the end of the skit. Allow them at least a few minutes to come up with a plan for their dialogue, and then let each group take their turn on stage. See? Easy!
SKIT IDEA: Getting ready for a surprise party. FINAL LINE: “Surprise!”
SKIT IDEA: Playing a board game. FINAL LINE: “Game over.”
SKIT IDEA: On a long hike up a mountain. FINAL LINE: “Hey, we’re at the top!”
SKIT IDEA: Sitting in a traffic jam. FINAL LINE: “Finally! We’re moving!”
SKIT IDEA: Picking a dog out at the pound. FINAL LINE: “That’s the one!”
SKIT IDEA: Baking cookies in the kitchen. FINAL LINE: “Yum!”
SKIT IDEA: Getting ready for a family photograph. FINAL LINE: “Say cheese!”
SKIT IDEA: Landing on Earth as a bunch of aliens. FINAL LINE: “Let’s go back to Zibtron.”
SKIT IDEA: Greeting each other at a family reunion. FINAL LINE: “Time for pasta salad, everyone!”
SKIT IDEA: Doing a large load of laundry. FINAL LINE: “Done! That was the last pair of underwear.”
SKIT IDEA: Playing mini-golf with only one club. FINAL LINE: “Wow! A hole-in-one! I win!”
SKIT IDEA: At a dance party. FINAL LINE: “Awww…the music stopped.”
SKIT IDEA: In the car on a long road trip. FINAL LINE: “I know. Let’s play the quiet game.”
SKIT IDEA: Ordering in a restaurant. FINAL LINE: “I’m starving.”
SKIT IDEA: Wasting time until the movie starts. FINAL LINE: “Shhhhh! It’s starting!”
SKIT IDEA: Having a Thanksgiving meal. FINAL LINE: “Time for a nap.”
SKIT IDEA: Setting up a lemonade stand. FINAL LINE: “Look! Our first customer!”
Rules: Everyone has a role in the skit. The scene ends at the final line—no additional dialogue, please.
Variation #1: Have every group do a second version of their scene—giving the final line a completely different tone.
Variation #2: Challenge the group in their non-verbal acting abilities. Have the only line be the last line.
When I set young actors loose to develop a skit, I prefer to give them a little structure. This is why I offer them a starting point (idea) and an ending point (final line). Call me particular, but I love a short, snappy skit with a satisfying last line. You’re sure to see the evidence of that in my three comedy skit collections. Check them out!
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
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P.S. I won’t abandon you during the summer break. A new drama game coming in on June 1st!