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Zondervan/Youth Specialties Sketchuations: Instant Skits through Improv

It's Wednesday night and once again the youth pastor needs some elements to fill her program. She's got the message. She sees the purpose and value of getting students involved, but there never seems to be enough time. Between staff meetings and taking care of the ministry, she can't get to it all. SKETCHUATIONS can come to the rescue. The youth minister is sharing on lying/deception. She picks up the book, turns to the index of words, and finds "lying". Turns to the appropriate page and finds at least 15 situations she could use to get students on stage and illustrating the point. Granted, some SKETCHUATIONS may turn out to be home runs, and some may be duds, depending on who volunteers to get on stage. There is an introduction page for each sketch the user can read to make sure the situations go smoothly and the students are a success. The wonderful part of SKETCHUATIONS is that even if the situation doesn't go great, students love watching their peers and friends get on stage and be fools for a little bit. SKETCHUATIONS can fill that void with great visuals and great truths, which come out of the people who are experiencing the subjects firsthand. If there is a leader who likes drama, they can use the scriptwriting blueprint to take an improvised situation and (with some tweaking) make a great skit for the upcoming program. Plus, the book is packed with tons of useful improv games to use during rehearsal to make your team better onstage--or you can use them as icebreakers. Either way, SKETCHUATIONS is sure to be a success with your group!
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A Great Improv Resource

Date:May 5, 2012
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As a student that started a drama team in my church, I quickly ran into many obstacles including lame skits, expensive resources, and overall bad church drama. After all a while, my team was developing its own style, so finding good scripts was difficult. We found ourselves either trying to act like the original people who performed it (interpreting an interpretation) or changing it so much we could have just wrote it.
Fortunately, the Skit Guys have delivered for me and my team. Their material is solid. It's relevant. It's funny. I saw the Skit Guys live and instantly appreciated their style and delivery.
So what makes this particular resource so great? It is full of "starters" to get your team rolling on improv, as well a providing a base for writing your own skits. The book starts with improv tips and ten games, and then jumps straight into Scripture "situations," providing you with the essentials to start improvising. After that, there's a large collection of "conflicts," giving the set-up for a real-life scene for you to start with. My favorite part has to be the last section, which contain lists of settings, characters, occupations, traits, feelings, props, actions, and lines. This is great to get your creative mind going and for creating your own scripts.
Sure, you're not going to find this a perfect resource, but this book gives an amazing introduction to the world of improv and provides valuable tools to the group that wants to expand its palette of skits. I recommend it to any drama group that has enough experience to start improvising.
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