June 22nd, 2005
Vaudeville: On with the Show
Procedures for Teachers

Steps

The activity is primarily designed as a group or class activity. Of course, since only one or a few scripts can be staged, it will be up to you to assign roles and duties for everyone to do. This will especially be the case if the whole class is involved.

This activity will require a certain amount of guidance on your part. First, you have to decide if the students are going to merely write their skits, or actually stage them. If you decide on the former, this can be done as an individual activity, with the students passing around copies to you and each other.
 

  1. More fun, of course, is allowing the students to stage their skits. This can be done in groups. Each group will have one or more writers, a director, actors, and various stage and prop persons. You can assign these duties or have the students sort things out amongst themselves. The nice thing about having several groups do different skits is that these can be combined into a vaudeville-style variety show.
  2. In addition, students will probably need help finding a venue. The classroom is one idea; or, better, there is the school auditorium. Similarly, for props, makeup, and costumes. Most of this stuff can be found in the students’ homes or it can be obtained, with your help, from the school’s theater department, if there is one.
  3. Also, you might want to help the students stage the show, guiding them in the creation of scenes and backdrops and the use of makeup and costumes. You might also arrange for them to have some rehearsal time and space.
  4. Lastly, there is the matter of the audience. Should this be staged for other students, parents, or the community? And how will it be advertised? There are some suggestions in Step 3 of the Activity Web page.

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