Blog

Archive for Skits

More Hints on Signs

Regarding doing skits at your retreat, I’ve said before that I like signs! With minimal scenery and props, a sign can give your audience a wealth of information in a small space.
P1060813P1060816
 While many times we will make our signs by hand, the above are some computer-generated signs created for our recent retreat skit.  I asked Kristen to share some of her “secrets” for sign-making:
To create a sign using Microsoft Publisher, select a custom size blank page and give it the dementions of the foam board you will be attaching it to. Once you have your blank page, then Google to pull up a few websites were you can download free fonts and free backgrounds. I like 1001freefonts.com and backgroundlabs.com.
 
Once you’ve selected your background you can then paste it on the page. Make sure it goes all the way to the edge or a little bit over. Then add a text box with your sign wording. To make your text box transparent (so your background shows through), click Ctrl T when the text box is selected. You can easily move items around on the page by holding down Ctrl and Alt and using the arrow buttons to move the item. This allows you to line up things more precisely.
 
Now that you are ready to print, make sure your printer is ready. Most printers will automatically divide your sign into several pages (if your sign is larger than a standard sheet of paper). After printing, you will cut off all the white edges.  Then carefully glue or tape each piece to the foam board, taking care to line it up perfectly.  This way it will appear to be one large print!
See some of our other suggestions on making signs here.

Posted in: Little Things Make a Big Difference!, Money-Saving Tips, News & Information, Skits

Leave a Comment (0) →

It’s a “Props” Time of Year

October 2014  Calendar

October is coming to a close.  I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that this is prime time for finding those skit props that you need.  When it comes to skits for women’s retreats and events, I am a minimalist.  I’m not big on elaborate costumes, sets and props.  As I’ve said before, one of my favorite props is the simple hat, which can define your character without major make-up or costuming.

That said, with all the party stores stocked to the brim for Halloween, this could be a great time for you to grab a few hats or props that could be useful in the future.  And don’t forget those after-holiday sales!

Remember, you want your props to be larger than life so that your audience can see them from a distance.  Some examples of things to have on hand are:

  • Oversized money, glasses or sunglasses
  • Various hats (captain hat, safari hat, cowboy hat, straw hat, sailor hat, hard hat, etc.)
  • Simple props like a judge’s gavel, large magnifying glass, etc.

Our next skit has just been written for our upcoming retreat (theme: “Hidden Riches”).  This skit will revolve around miners, and we just found plastic “hard hats” for our miners.  We will be looking for large “gem stones” this week, too.

 

Posted in: News & Information, Skits

Leave a Comment (0) →

What You Can Do with Cardboard

cardboardCardboard can be an amazing resource for women’s ministry, and it is worth finding a few places where you can pick it up cheap, or even better, free.  Cardboard is thrown away daily at big box stores like Costco.  I worked in a showroom which regularly got rid of wonderful large pieces of cardboard.  Cardboard is easy to work with, light-weight, and you don’t feel bad throwing it away when you have used it.

We have all used cardboard for signage.  But consider cardboard for use as backdrops and props for skits. one of our talented prop designers taught me this trick:  use duct tape to finish the edges your cardboard.  Fold it over the edge, and it makes for a finished look and borders the sign, backdrop or prop.  Note the edging on the sign below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Posted in: Money-Saving Tips, News & Information, Resources, Retreat and Event Planning, Skits

Leave a Comment (0) →

New Skits

3093229_300If 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.

Posted in: News & Information, Resources, Skits, Website News

Leave a Comment (0) →

Singing in the Rain

Unknown

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!

_29B4387

 

 

 

 

_29B4192      _29B4203

For the final added touch, the Lord brought a light shower that evening, to make certain that we were “singing in the rain.”

Posted in: News & Information, Skits, Theme Ideas

Leave a Comment (0) →
Page 1 of 5 12345