Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Special: The Telltale Talent

It's that time of year again! And although it's too late to perform this skit by Halloween, you can enjoy reading it and listening to it right here.

Synopsis: A fellow, asked to direct a church play, declines due to a lack of faith in his ability. Later, while napping, an angel visits him in a vision and takes him to the Cemetary of Buried Talents. There he is confronted not only with the reality of what he has done with the talents the Lord gave him, but the cost in human terms as well.

Read the script here: "The Telltale Talent."

Listen to the audio version, fully produced, from the CD "Comedy Cookout."


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SPLAT #1



Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, homeschool parents and Christian school teachers all need help in making learning life lessons from the Scripture interesting and memorable. Christian Skit Scripts can supply some help in that area!

Tapping into the imagination is a great way to make lessons come to life in the mind of the student, and become imbedded in the memory. The albums by Prime Example, "Comedy Skits and Songs," and "Comedy Cookout," made available on the official site on the Comedy CDs page, are great not only for your listening enjoyment, but are terrific to use in classes for youth and young adults.

Another way to use our material is to get the students involved by having students do readings of certain scripts. The ones that are talented in reading out loud and performing will enjoy doing it, and the rest will enjoy listening. This exercise may also get them excited about actually performing the script for the class or church, which will stimulate your drama team growth.

After playing the skits from the album, or having the students read the scripts, you can invite a class discussion about what they just heard or read. That's where "S.P.L.A.T." comes into play!

What's S.P.L.A.T.?

Good question! Aside from the noise an egg makes when thrown against a hard surface, it's also short for:

SPiritual Life Application Teaching!

"Toss it out there and see what sticks!"

SPLAT is the name of a planned series of original outlines that help you to use the album tracks from the Prime Example CDs and scripts in your classroom. Each recorded skit or script will have a corresponding SPLAT page on this site, which supplies scripture references for the skit or song, questions to ask, discussion topics, etc. You will be able to print them out and put them in a notebook if you like, to use at your convenience.

SPLAT #1: "The Trials of Rev. Milton Blumquist"

This entry is #1 in the series and is intended for use with the first Prime Example album, "Comedy Skits and Songs," which can be ordered on the Soundtracks page. You may preview it by downloading the MP3 file. Or, you can read the script, which differs from the album in ways that make it easier to perform live.

Synopsis:

The good Reverend Blumquist has a weekly radio program on a local Christian station that he records at home. This week, his topic is "Patience." Unfortunately, Milton has some problems with patience in his own life, and each point that he brings out in the sermon comes back at him through irritations that threaten to stop the program: a psycho poodle, a noisy neighbor, a tremor-inducing train, etc. All of these are intended to help him learn his own lesson. But will he learn it before he completely loses it and ruins his testimony?

Questions for discussion:

These questions are intended to stimulate open discussion and thought. You may take the lessons further with your own insight and answers that you share after hearing the class input.

Q: Is the man in the skit a Christian? Explain your answer.

Q: Who do you think sent all the interruptions: God, to teach him, or the devil, to tempt him to sin?

Q: How do we see difficulties in our lives: as opportunities to learn and grow, or hinderances to trip
us up?

Q: Can a temptation by the devil be used of the Lord for our good?

Q: What was the result of his impatience? Who was affected by his outbursts?

Q: Are we ever in situations where our actions are different from our words?

Q: If we "lose it" like the character, how can we go about correcting the problem, or repairing the
damage?

Scripture references to look up and read:

These scriptures are either referred to in the skit or inferred by the message. After reading each scripture, discuss how it relates to the message of the skit, and how it relates to our own lives.

(All references are from the New King James Version.)

Luke 21:19 "By your patience possess your souls."

James 1:2-4 "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

James 5:11 "Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful."

2nd Cor 6:4 "But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses"

2nd Timothy 2:24 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

Romans 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 12:12 "...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;"

In coming weeks and months, this section will grow as the SPLAT pages are expanded and added. Come back soon and see what's new!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Listen to some samples of the new play soundtrack!

In my last post I told you about the new play I had written for this Christmas titled "Redemption In The Wings," which you can read and print out from the official site. Below are some MP3 samples of the soundtrack CD that you perform it to.

Click to listen: Sample #1 From Act One: the start of the play

Click to listen:
Sample #2 From Act One: the tree-decorating scene

Click to listen:
Sample #3 from Act Three: Sophie's prayer and background song

Click to listen:
Sample #4 from Act Five: father-daughter revelation/reconciliation
scene

Click to listen:
Sample #5 from Epilog: Nathan shows Old Johnny the gates of Heaven

To download and then listen, right-click on the link and select "save target as" to your preferred folder. Then use "My Computer" to go to the folder and click on the file.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Christmas play added!



Well, it's been 5 months in the making: first, developing the idea, then plotting it out, then actually writing it, then a month and a half devoted to recording all the lines and mixing it with music and sound effects. But on Tuesday, October 13, I posted the script and the CD purchase link, and breathed a huge sigh of relief and exhaustion. There were nearly 20 pre-orders waiting for the CD, and they had to be mailed out immediately. Most of the people pre-ordering were those that had done my play "The Christmas Family" in the last year or two, and they were waiting for the new one. I hope everyone likes "Redemption In The Wings" as much as the former one.

This one is done in the same style, the unique "Play/Act!" format that I came up with. All of the dialog is related by the narrator, so the actors don't have to learn lines, only actions. They don't even lip-sync it, which I am not a fan of. They just act as if saying the approximate things, and the narrator tells the basics of what is being said. We've all seen montage or flashback scenes in movies, where the main character tells what happened in the past, and we see it, only hearing the sound in a reduced manner in the background. Well, that's how the entire play works here.

All that is happening is in the past, and the main character is also the narrator who is relating it according to memory.

Read the script here: "Redemption In The Wings."
Here's a ten-minute MP3 preview of one of the tracks: Listen here!

It just might solve your problem of getting actors involved, due to the stress of learning lines being absent!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Best Skit Ideas Come While At The Flea Market!

Down in Savannah, Georgia, about an hour from where I live, there is a large place called "Keller's Flea Market." Me and my wife go there sometimes, and once we find a parking space (a daunting task in itself), we split up and go our separate ways, (temporarily) to meet back at the entrance at a specified time.


Home of the Big Cow

I usually haunt the old book, comic and record bins, but I also keep my eyes open for interesting junk that can be used as props in skits. Flea markets, or just plain old yard sales, are great places for this.

But I seldom, if ever, go out looking for a specific item needed for a pre-written skit. It works kind of opposite. I see interesting or odd items, and they generate skit ideas that utilize them! For example, I might find a hat with a large pair of lips on them. "That looks funny," I think. Then an idea for a skit where a character wears such a hat suggests itself. If it seems promising, I'll buy the hat, then go home and write down the skit idea that came to mind. When I have the time, I'll sit down later and think it through, developing it into a full-blown script.

Now, few of those type of ideas end up on this script site, since you may never find a prop or costume item just like that. I try to post scripts that use easy-to-find props. However, it demonstrates a technique that you can use to develop your own skit ideas. Seldom do skits come by sitting down and saying, "I shall now write a skit." They come by capturing the odd ideas that float through your head, mostly prompted by something you see or hear. An interesting prop, anecdote, sermon, song, etc., that gives you a kernal of an idea that you jot down and develop later.

That's how most of the ideas for the scripts on this site come about; by harnessing the ideas that flit through my mind all during the day, and saving them for future work. Don't depend on your memory, you'll forget it. Jot it down quickly and save it. I have a text file on my PC just for saving ideas. Regularly I'll open it up, go over the large collection of thought and ideas, and pick the one that is the most promising for what I need. Most of them do get developed over time. Others just float there, in limbo, waiting for the day when they too, might be picked for development.

So, watch for junk as you browse your local garage sales or flea market. You might be surprised at the treasures you will find that will spark an idea for a great skit! And you never need tell your audience where you came up with it. It's our secret!
For more great skit ideas and free scripts, go to my site: http://www.christianskitscripts.com/!