He Got Barbara!

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Skit Bit: “He Got Barbara!”
copyright 2002 by Frederick Passmore

Skit Bits” are approximately one-minute mini-skits that you can do as sermon-starters or in between songs at your church service, or to start conversation at a youth meeting! They are offered for free on this site, to serve as samples that will introduce you to our script style and hopefully cause you to want to move up to the longer ones next time.

(Adapted from our national one-minute radio program, “You Gotta Laugh!”)

(Pastor Shepherd walks onstage and looks around, where he is joined by Dr. Korby, walking in to greet him from the other side of the stage.)

(Dr. Korby may be male or female, which ever works best for you and your cast. Also, the gender of the patients and their lost love can be switched if desired, making the patients women who are distraught over a man named “William.” Click here for that version of the script.)

Dr. Korby: (English or British accent) “Hello, Pastor Shepherd, I’m Dr. Korby, the Administrator here at Happydale Sanitarium. I’m glad you could come.”

Pastor Shepherd: “Thanks for the invitation. I hope I can be of some help.”

Dr. Korby: “Well, we’ve done all we can, perhaps you’ll succeed where our efforts have failed. Let me give you the tour. This wing is for the particularly disturbed patients.”

(Dr. Korby takes a few steps to the right front of the stage, followed by the Pastor. He indicates an imaginary door, facing the audience. This has the effect of placing the audience viewpoint behind the patient’s doors.)

Dr. Korby continues: “In this room for example, is a sad case.”

(An echoing voice can be heard moaning offstage) “Oh, Barbara! Come back!”

Dr. Korby continues: “This man was in love with a girl named Barbara. She jilted him and he never recovered.”

Pastor Shepherd: “Poor man!”

(Dr. Korby moves to the center front of the stage and indicates the next patient door, followed by the Pastor.)

Dr. Korby: He’s not as bad as this next case. He cries aloud day and night for his lost love.”

(You hear another voice crying.) “Barbara, don’t leave me! Barbara!”

Dr. Korby: “He was engaged to the same Barbara, but she left him for a man with more money. It broke his heart and his mind.”

Pastor Shepherd: “Terribly tragic!”

(Dr. Korby moves to the left front of the stage and presents the last door.)

Dr. Korby: “And this next case is the saddest of all.”

(Another voice is heard screaming.) “Oh, Lord, help me! Barbara!”

Pastor Shepherd: “Let me guess. He lost Barbara too!”

Dr. Korby: “Nope. (a beat) He’s the one that got her!”

(The Pastor reacts to the punchline with astonishment, and they walk off stage to continue the tour.)


Dramatic Plays:
Our plays range from 20 minutes all the way up to 80 minutes. They are written to engage the viewer, make them think, to impact the emotions, and present the Gospel in such a way that they perceive it as meeting the needs of their life. The aim is to bless the believer, and give the person that has never made a decision for Christ a desire to invite Him into their life.

Comedic Skits:
Our skits range in length from 5 minutes up to 20 minutes. While most are comedic in nature, using humor to impart a perspective that may not have been considered, the laughs are all tied into the message, and there is always a resolution that leads the viewer into consideration of the Truth contained in it. The humor can be enjoyed by all ages.

The soundtracks that we make to accompany the scripts add drama and emotional impact to the script’s performance. There are two different kinds of script and soundtrack; 
the kind where you do the lines live and the soundtrack is played at certain times during the performance; and second, the kind that supplies all the narration, music and effects mixed together to play as the actors perform, with no lines to learn. Each script description page tells you which kind it is under the “Soundtrack Key.”