Skits are a way of getting a point across to an audience within a limited amount of time. It can be humorous or serious in content. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Age Group – Cater your message to the audience that it is appropriate for. You have to be flexible because there may be several age groups present. Find creative ways to get your point across to integrated groups without the material being too complex for younger children to understand.
Statement – Start off by making a bold or thought-provoking statement. Their ears may just be perked up enough with curiosity wondering what you will be speaking about.
Props – These don’t have to be flamboyant but they should be clearly seen. They are a good way to invite the audience to stay focused with rapt attention.
Participation – In order to keep the audience involved and interested, occasionally ask them for their input. It could be through questions that they can verbally answer or ones that are rhetorical in nature. This will help to ascertain if the story is being grasped.
Costume – Dress up in attire that will represent the context or time period of the skit. It will go a long way in cementing what you are imparting.
Stage Presence – Exude a sense of confidence as you make your presentation. This means speaking loud and clear with good enunciation. Feel free to move around if space allows you that liberty.
Improvise -Change the script “on the fly” by ad libbing if it helps get your point across. You don’t have to be so rigid and polished that you lose your audience.
Relax – It isn’t supposed to be a Hollywood production. Have fun with it. The audience will take its cues from you. If you’re not committed or passionate about what you’re speaking of, your audience will probably have a lackluster response.
Skits can be a quick way to get a message across without a lot of memorization of lines needed. It can be used to highlight a special event or used as a way to spruce up an announcement of some sort. But most important it should get a point across to an audience in a limited amount of time.
Personal experience and suggestions