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REVIEW: Skits and Giggles 2: An acting extravaganza

Credit: Thomas Jagoda, 42Fifty

Disclaimer: Editors Jeremy Davis and Andrew Provost were both writers and directors for ‘Skits and Giggles 2.’ They were not involved in the writing or editing of this article.

EDITOR’S NOTE, Feb. 14, 2020, 12:40 P.M.: The original version of this article stated that “Skits and Giggles” took place on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. This has been corrected to Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, and Friday, Feb. 7, the Standing O Theatre Company performed its play “Skits and Giggles 2.” Like the first “Skits and Giggles,” the play was made up of seven scenes with six short films mixed in between the scenes, and all actors were freshmen and sophomores.

The skits came from the minds of student writers: senior Jeremy Davis, senior Mark Melton, sophomore Nolan Olson, junior Abraham Ortiz, senior Maddie Capasso, and senior Andrew Provost. As people who know some of the writers, it was cool to see their quirks shine through in some of the skits’ scripts.

The play was an excellent mix of skits—not one was similar to the other. This kept the play fresh throughout the entire hour and 15 minutes. Many skits had us laughing and they were a great mix of unique ideas and funny concepts. The skits were well executed and all of the actors took their roles and brought them to life.

A couple of skits that were our personal favorites were “Family Feud” and “Sitcom Sounds” because of their charismatic characters and the dedication displayed by the actors. Stephen (freshman Carson Moore) from “Family Feud” played his part perfectly while he was trying to capture the role of a Steve Harvey-like character.

Sophomore Shaelynn McCabe, who played the director in “Sitcom Sounds,” took a noticeably hard fall at the end of the skit—showing her dedication to the role—which really impressed us. We do not think that most people would be willing to take that hard of a fall to please the audience that much more. It truly is the little things that count and “Skits and Giggles 2,” certainly did the little things right.

Our only complaints come from the poor audio. At the beginning of the play, it was a tad difficult for us to hear in the back of the auditorium, so we decided to move up much closer to the stage. Once we moved up, we had far fewer issues making out the lines of the actors and the sound effects sounded louder and clearer. Even with the improvements though, some of the audio was still hard to understand, which made some skits and videos hard to follow, hurting the overall experience. While this is a complaint of ours, we do understand that the audio was as good as it could have been, and we don’t expect professional-grade audio from a high-quality high school play like this one.

Overall, “Skits and Giggles 2” was an enjoyable experience. We had a great time from start to finish taking in the tremendous acting of the freshmen and sophomores while enjoying the controlled chaos on stage in skits like “Family Feud” and “Sitcom Sounds.” We encourage anyone who hasn’t seen the Standing O’ Theatre Company perform to see one of its next plays— you will be treated to excellent and committed acting.

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