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Skit: The Whole Family is Sick

Students perform the sick family skit multiple times according to the Director’s instructions. He makes them do it “slower”, “faster”, “scarier” etc. There are 7 parts, including the Director.

 

 

Scenario

A girl/boy comes home to find the whole family moaning in pain, and is asked by the mother to call a doctor. The doctor arrives quickly and tries to give everyone a huge injection! At this point a film director who was sitting on the sidelines calls out カット!カット!(Cut, cut!).
It turns out he is making a film, and he is not happy with the scene. He instructs actors to play the scene over and over, in the following ways, more slowly, faster, cheerfully, etc. The cards provided can be used as cues.

Suggested Props

Cue cards, telephone, stethoscope, syringe, white doctor’s coat, bag.
(The director can use the cue cards provided to emphasise his instructions)

Model dialogue

ぼく/わたし:ただいま!
(The whole family is moaning in pain)
おとうさん、だいじょうぶ?
おとうさん:おなかがいたい。
ぼく/わたし:おかあさん、だいじょうぶ?
おかあさん:あたまがいたい…。
ぼく/わたし:おにいちゃん、だいじょうぶ?
おにいちゃん:みみがいたい…。
ぼく/わたし:おねえちゃん、だいじょうぶ?
おねえちゃん:はながいたーい。
おかあさん:おいしゃさんにでんわして!
ぼく/わたし:でんわばんごうは?
おにいちゃん:1234の5678!
ぼく/わたし:OK! (Picks up the phone and calls doctor)
もしもし、おいしゃさんですか?
おいしゃさん:はい、こんにちは。
ぼく/わたし:みんな、びょうき!はやくきて!
おいしゃさん:はい、わかりました。
(The doctor comes to their house and checks on them)
うーん、だめだめ。ちゅうしゃをしましょう。
(Takes out a huge syringe from their bag)
みんな:(Screaming) きゃあ~!!ちゅうしゃ、きらい!!
かんとく:カット!カット!
(A director comes out and gives them direction)
だめだめだめ!もっとゆっくり!
(Go back to the beginning of the dialogue and start the scene again differently)

Model Dialogue (PDF 297KB)

Director’s Instructions

Director’s Cards (PDF 45KB)

When your skit is ready, why not enter it into the Japan Foundation Video Matsuri Contest! Check the details by using the url below.
https://jpf.org.au/language/for-learners/contests/video-matsuri/

Additional Resources

Please read the article “Developing Your Own Skits”

Developing Your Own Skits (PDF 131KB)

Created by Himiko Negishi-Wood, Shingo Usami and Cathy Jonak. (2003 Mar)

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