Monday, July 4, 2011

Modesty, Dress, and Grooming Skit

This skit is based on the dress standards found in For the Strength of Youth.  It has parts for both Young Men and Young Women.  The skit is about 10 minutes long.  We added a song at the end about how everyone has a royal heritage.

Vance, Lance, and Chance Go on a Date
by Rebecca H. Jamison

Cast:     1. Vance
            2. Lance
            3. Chance
            4. Shoshawna Shepherd
            5. LaDawn
            6. Olympia
            7. Ribbon dancers
            8. Joseph
            9. Joseph’s body guards (2)
            10. Donny Osmond Fans (3)
            11. Casual Clothing Models
            12. Esther
            13. Esther’s Royal Entourage

       [Boys enter front stage dressed very casually in baggy clothes with baseball caps on.]

Vance:  Dude, these girls are psyched to go on this date with us. [funny laugh]  We must be cooler than I thought.

Lance:  Yeah.  I never thought I could get a date with Shoshawna Shepherd.


Chance:  Dude, we are cooler than we thought.  [They give each other high fives.]

(Boys ring doorbell on a house.  3 girls open the door.  They are wearing nice dresses.  They look the boys up and down and look shocked.)

Shoshawna:  I thought you guys said we were going to Le Caille. [substitute name of fancy restaurant in your area]

Vance, Lance, and Chance:  We are.

LeDawn:  Well, you can’t go to a nice restaurant dressed like that.

Lance:  Why not?

Olympia:  For one thing, nice restaurants have like, standards.

Shoshawna:  And for another thing, you should too.

Vance:  Dude, it doesn’t matter what we’re wearing on the outside.  It’s what’s inside that counts.

Chance:  Yeah, why should we have to worry about dress standards?  Our generation always gets picked on.

[Olympia starts looking around in her purse.]

Shoshawna:  Oh, man, you shouldn’t have said that.

Chance:  What?

LeDawn:  That thing about our generation getting picked on.  You see, it’s kind of embarrassing, but Olympia has this—

Olympia:--time-travel phone.  I can call up like anyone I want from the past . . . [she pushes buttons on her phone]  And right now, I’m calling the perfect people to talk to you about like dress standards.

[Youth watch as ribbon dancers come out followed by Joseph, dressed in Egyptian clothes.  Joseph looks around, slightly confused.  He is accompanied by 2 body guards.]

[a group of youth happen to be walking down the street.]

Fan 1:  I can’t believe it.  It’s Donny Osmond.

[Joseph is unruffled.  He stands with feet apart and arms folded.]

Fan 2:  Donny, can I have your autograph?

Fan 3:  I never thought I’d meet—[faints.]

[Body guards remove fans.]

Joseph:  I am Joseph, son of Jacob.  I have come to talk to you about modesty.

Lance:  Dude, what does this guy know about modesty—he’s wearing a dress.

Joseph:  If you must know, I’m wearing knee-length shorts under this.  And, if you’ll read the Old Testament, you’ll find that I know plenty about modesty.  People were always taking away my clothes.

Olympia:  He’s right.  Like, remember how his brothers took his coat?

LeDawn:  Not to mention Potiphar’s wife.  You poor thing.  [LeDawn seems attracted to Joseph.]

[Joseph’s body guards enter with models behind Joseph.]

Joseph:  Never lower your dress standards for any occasion.  Doing so sends the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval and that modesty is important only when it is convenient.

Joseph’s body guard #1:  As a demonstration of modest, modern clothing, we have brought along some helpers.

Joseph’s body guard #2:  You’ll see they are wearing clothing that covers the shoulders, stomach, thighs, and back.

Joseph:  Yes, but have you given them the test?

Joseph’s body guard #1 and #2 sing with models:  Head, shoulders, knees, and toes.  Knees and toes.  Knees and toes.  Head shoulders, knees and toes.  Eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.

Joseph:  [nodding]  Very good.  I saw absolutely no skin.

[Ribbon dancers enter.  Joseph exits.  Esther enters in dress with a big crown on her head.]

Shoshawna:  Oh, Queen Esther, you’ve been my hero ever since I was a little girl.

LaDawn:  It must have been so exciting to be royalty.

Esther:  Well, you’re royalty too.

LaDawn:  [Giggling]  You must have me mistaken for someone else.

Esther:  No, you are royalty.  Everyone standing here right now is royalty.  Everyone sitting in the audience is royalty.  Everyone in the world is royalty.

Chance:  Dude, this one’s cracked.

Esther:  You’ve all just forgotten you’re royals.  You’re all children of Heavenly Father, the greatest king of all.  He’s given you a sacred gift.

Vance:  I don’t remember getting any gift.

Esther:  Your body is God’s sacred gift to you.  Through your dress and grooming, you can show the Lord that you know how precious your body is. 

Olympia:  I love the story about how you saved the Jews from wicked Haman.

Esther:  Yes, in that case, being well-groomed helped me influence a nation for good.  Now, my royal entourage is going to demonstrate how you can dress appropriately too.

Entourage Model #1:  Here’s something you could wear to church. [Youth model appropriate church clothing.]

Entourage Model #2:  Here’s something you could wear to a formal dance.  [Youth model appropriate prom or wedding party clothing.]

[Everyone sings Royal Song.  Then ribbon dancers accompany Esther’s party off-stage.]

Lance:  If we’re so royal, maybe we should dress better.  And maybe [goofy laugh] shave.

Chance:  And, dude, we should stop saying “dude” so much.

Vance:  Yeah, dude, it doesn’t sound too intelligent.

Olympia:  Yeah, I guess there are like a lot of words that would be like better left unsaid.

Shoshawna:  Well, we all have some improving to do.  But I’ve enjoyed spending time with you guys anyway.

Everyone:  Me too.

LaDawn:  See you in a little while.

[The End.  Everyone exits.  Entire cast comes back onstage and bows.]

4 comments:

  1. Love it - one of my favorites. I am constantly amazed at your talents. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What is the royalty song you sang?

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    1. We sang a song one of the leaders composed. It's not online. But you could use Jenny Phillips' "Daughter of a King." Our young women sang it for camp. They liked it.

      http://www.jennyphillips.com/products/sheet-music/daughter-of-a-king-sheet-music-download/

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    2. whoops! I forgot it has to be a song for both boys and girls. Daughter of a King wouldn't work.

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