Alameda County Skit Night - Mission 4-H
Friday, February 24, 2017
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE:
Sunset Elementary School
1671 Frankfurt Way
Livermore, CA 94550
Check in will begin at 6:30 pm and the event will start at 7:00 pm.
Each 4-H club in Alameda County may sign up for one Full Length Skit and three Commercials. Remember to pre-register.
Each skit or commercial is to be written by the 4-H youth members. As well as being written by the youth members, the skit needs to feature youth members as the actors and stagehands, as no adults are allowed onstage or backstage during the skit performance. All props, backdrops and costumes need to be determined and made by the members. Adult volunteers may be there to supervise and advise, but should only step in to help if there are safety issues.
Full Length Skit
- Full Length Skits should reflect the theme
- Full Length Skits may not exceed 12 minutes total, including the time to set-up and take-down. There will be a four point deduction from the final score for going overtime.
- Props and backdrops must fit thought a standard doorway and youth must be able to carry and set them up without assistance.
- Commercials are to be between 30 to 90 seconds. There will be a two point deduction from the final score for going over 90 seconds.
- Commercials will be performed in front of the stage curtain between full length skits.
- Commercials will not use backdrops and no prop can be bigger than a two foot by two foot cube or a folding chair.
- The commercial needs to advertise 4-H.
- Commercial with 4-H Theme will advertise 4-H in some way, shape or form. They should be geared to a public audience that may not know much about 4-H
- Event Theme, “Mission 4-H” will create a short skit that follows the theme
- Skit with 4-H Theme will be about 4-H in some capacity
- Improv Skit does not require pre-event preparation though you can practice if you like. Each team will be given a prompt and a paper bag or props.
Closed Friday, February 17, 2017
Tips to Organize Your Skit
Each club determines the best way to organize their members in creating and performing their skit.
A. Organize an official Skit Project and holding scheduled project meetings.
B. Organize committees to complete your skit.
Each component of the skit production process can be counted as a committee. This means that your club can have a Script Writing Committee, Prop committee, Costume Committee, and Performing Committee with separate chairs for each. Participation in each committee can be counted under Leadership in the Record Book.
Script Writing Committee: It may be better to work in small groups to write and revise scripts. Even with a small group, it may be hard to get all of the members together so don’t forget technology, conference calls, Skype or other video calling software, and email. Since skit night is in March this year you should get a group together to write the script ASAP so that your members can get started practicing. Make sure that the script does not take up the whole allotted twelve minutes. The twelve minutes includes not only performance time, but time to set-up and take-down. Allow between two and three minutes total for your group to get on and off the stage, leaving about nine to ten minutes maximum to perform the skit. If the skit goes overtime, four points will be deducted from your total.
Prop Committee and Costume Construction Committee: Props and costumes need to be designed and constructed by 4-H youth. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have good props in your skit. There are many cheap or even free ways to procure supplies. Appliance stores can usually provide you with refrigerator, stove and oven boxes if you simply ask. Paint stores sometimes give discounts if you tell them what you need it for. Dollar tree, Thrift Stores and clearance bins are usually great places to find inexpensive supplies and costumes. You can also talk to grandparents who have lots of old fabric and building supplies. In this phase of skit production, the only thing parents should be used for, is to drive youth and transport props and costumes.
Performing Committee: Directing and performing is the sole responsibility of the youth members. Don’t forget rule number 1: Have Fun! Skit is a great experience for all involved. All of your practices will not be perfect. You may have absent members, rowdy kids or lines not learned. All of these things will be challenges, but don’t be discouraged, simply use your skills to resolve any problem. Let your challenges make the Best Better.
Commercial Committee: There is a 30 to 90 second time limit on commercials. If you go over 90 seconds, 2 points will be deducted from your final score. Commercials will be performed in front of the curtain between skits. There will be no backdrops used and no prop can be bigger than a two foot by two foot cube or a folding chair. The commercial needs to advertise 4-H.