If you haven’t been to the website recently, it might be worth your while. I added three new skits this week. All three were added as part of the “Confronting Your Giants” skit series. However, I also listed one of those as a one-act skit. It is entitled “Good Intentions.” While it does deal with the “giant” of neglecting prayer and the Word, it is a powerful skit that could pretty much be used any time because it deals with our good intentions to have a daily quiet time, and the excuses we make. It is a short, powerful skit that can stand alone in just about any setting. Take a look at this skit–you’ll find it here.
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We just held our spring women’s event. It was a dessert for women, ages 10 and up. I thought I would share a little bit with you, as the theme, “Singing in the Rain,” was such fun, and would easily work for any event, including a retreat.
It was a theme we had seen somewhere online…we didn’t come up with it all by ourselves. But what a great theme! Doesn’t the Bible encourage us to “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!”? There are so many potential theme verses, including Habakkuk 3:17-18 which basically says that even if everything is going wrong in our lives, YET we can choose to rejoice in the Lord.
Our schedule included showing a YouTube video of the song as performed by Gene Kelly in the 1952 movie of the same name. We wrote a short skit for the occasion (check out our new downloadable skit here) and a devotional teaching.
The decorations were such fun. We collected umbrellas and rain boots from our women for use in decorations. ”Raindrops” made of beads and/or tissue paper were hung from the umbrellas. Rain boots were used on the tables with flowers and tissue paper. Other additions included ribbon preprinted with music on it, as well as musical symbols that you can barely see hanging from the umbrellas. The pictures below give you an idea of what our simple decor looked like; in person, the decor was much more dramatic…Or at least we thought so!
For the final added touch, the Lord brought a light shower that evening, to make certain that we were “singing in the rain.”
If you watched the Oscars this past February, one name that you probably don’t remember is the winner for “Best Production Design.” This person is behind-the-scenes, but has a key role in visually telling the story. The job description includes set design, decorating and even some costume design, in addition to supplying all the props.
Why am I bringing this up? We’re not Hollywood, but even our our small-scale skit at a retreat or women’s event benefits from the skills of a person with the gift of “production design.” The setting and props, no matter how simple, can go a long way toward getting the message across. Someone with that gift can read the skit, envision the set and the props needed, and then make it come together. That’s a gift I don’t have!
Since we have no budget for our skits or props, these ladies not only “see” the setting, but they are able to create the scene by repurposing something from around the house, or by using a little cardboard and paint. For example, one of our skits required something that would represent jail bars. So what did our “production designer” come up with? A child safety gate, propped on a desk. It got the point across.
If you plan on using skits, pray for a person with this gift to join your team!
We just added a new skit for free download called “Heart Transplant.” If you haven’t been to the website itself for a while, we have added several new free downloadable skits and graphics over the summer. But “Heart Transplant” is actually one of my favorites, and we have used it in many different settings–from our women’s retreat to a youth mission’s trip. Many of our skits are theme related, and this one was, too–originally. Our retreat theme was “Hearts Entwined with His” and the graphic for that retreat is also available on the website (under “resources”→”graphics”). However, this particular skit is something that could be added to any retreat or event. Its themes of salvation and transformation can be used with any Christian retreat, and applies to any salvation message. Check it out! Find it on the home page under “Latest Free Downloads.”
Just some tips that we have learned over the years that may be helpful for you:
- JUST DO IT! Start small, but try it! Taking on a skit production in addition to the normal event planning may seem like a daunting endeavor, but your efforts will be much appreciated. In an event where teaching takes precedence, skits will be a welcome respite for your ladies.
- Keep an open mind as you assign skit parts. You may not realize that God has gifted the introvert in your group with hidden acting talents. More than once, I have asked an extrovert in the group to participate in the skit and she has refused, while another quieter woman has turned out to be the perfect person for the part.
- Be sure that you as the director have all the contact information for every woman who has a part in your skit. If you are away from home at a retreat location, be sure you have each person’s room number and cell phone nuber. Have everyone meet (or check in with you) before the beginning of the session when the skit will be performed. If someone doesn’t show up, you will have time to find her.
- You may begin skit preparations before retreat registration has opened. But do not give out final role assignments to ladies who have not registered (and made their down payment) for the event/retreat.
- Every actress should have a backup! Even as you are doing read-throughs and rehearsals, everyone should know who they are the backup for. I normally have women with smaller parts to be backups for main characters; I can more easily find women at the last minute to play a minor part.
- Have a person in charge of props and setting up. The director and actresses may help, but you need someone whose mind will be totally focused on the props and sets.
- Make sure props which are to be returned after the event are labeled with the name of the owner. For the most part, anyone contributing a prop to the skit should be responsible for picking it up at the end of the skit.