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.
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.
Cue cards, telephone, stethoscope, syringe, white doctor’s coat, bag.
(The director can use the cue cards provided to emphasise his instructions)
(The whole family is moaning in pain)
ぼく／わたし：OK! (Picks up the phone and calls doctor)
(The doctor comes to their house and checks on them)
(Takes out a huge syringe from their bag)
(A director comes out and gives them direction)
(Go back to the beginning of the dialogue and start the scene again differently)
When your skit is ready, why not enter it into the Japan Foundation Video Matsuri Contest! Check the details by using the url below.
Please read the article “Developing Your Own Skits”
Created by Himiko Negishi-Wood, Shingo Usami and Cathy Jonak. (2003 Mar)