Remember When-Drama Skit

Remember When-Drama Skit

Themes: Remembering times past, honoring senior citizens, a comparison of the present versus the past
Categories: Senior Citizens, Family, Relationships 

Jack and Melissa wait for their families to arrive, the day of their wedding rehearsal dinner.  When the family finally arrives, the focus seems to be on Jack and Melissa's grandparents: her grandfather is hard of hearing which is perfect since his wife talks loud all the time; and Jack's grandfather seems to forget his age, trying to do the things he did when he was young, while his wife is very animated and lively.  A discussion ensues about how times have changed over the years, both for the good and the bad. For anyone who remembers a time when people didn't have to lock their doors, when gas was a quarter and a party line meant a telephone, this skit will make you nostalgic for the past.

Style: Comedy

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Characters: 8 (4 Male, 4 Female)
(2 older ladies, 1 middle aged woman, 1 young woman in her 20's, 2 older males, 1 middle aged male, 1 young male in his 20's)
Length: 8-10 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting:  4 chairs sit center stage facing the audience, 2 chairs are angled off to the left facing stage right, and 2 chairs are angled off the right facing stage left 

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A soon-to-be bride and groom are seated in the chairs at their rehearsal dinner waiting the arrival of their family 

Jack:                Well that was an interesting wedding rehearsal.  

Melissa:            I'm sorry, I should have warned you Pa Pa was a little hard of hearing.  

Jack:                He's not going to be like that tomorrow is he?  Every time the minister said anything, your grandfather would yell out, .Eh?  What's that you say sonny?. (laughing

Melissa:           (smiling) I know.  I'm so sorry.  I'll talk to him about it.  At least he and my Nana are a perfect pair.he can't hear and she doesn't know the meaning of the words talk softly. (laughing)  They're a hoot! 

Jack:                My grandparents can be funny too.  Gramps seems to forget he's nearly 75 and nearly injures himself trying to do the things he did when he was younger. 

Melissa:           Your Gran is hysterical.  She's so animated.  With all that hoopin. and hollerin. she does, she's a riot.  They're so cute together.  You think we'll be like that when we're their age? 

Jack:                (poking fun, cups his ear) Eh?  What was that? 

They both laugh 

Melissa:           I just wish your parents could have made it tonight. 

Jack:                As long as they're here tomorrow I don't mind.  Hopefully, the fog will clear and the plane will be able to take off soon.  

Melissa:           I wonder what's keeping everyone.  They were right behind us, weren't they? 

Jack:                I think so. 

Melissa:           I hope they get here soon.  I'm starving!  

Jack:                (looks to the side and stands up) Wait no longer.  Here they are now.  

Melissa stands and she and Jack go to meet their guests 

Gran  & Gramps enter 

Jack:                (shakes hands with Gramps) Hi Gramps.  Did you have any problems finding the place? 

Gramps:          No.  We would have been here sooner but we got behind a slow driver. 

Melissa:           That slow driver would be my Pa Pa.  He refuses to drive over 50 miles per hour.  

Gran:               Why is that? 

Melissa:           Better gas mileage. 

Gramps:          Well, I don't know about gas mileage but we burned some serious rubber once we were able to pass, didn't we dear? 

Gran:               Amen to that!  The way your grandfather was taking those turns I thought we were bound to meet Jesus tonight!  Hallelujah! 

Jack:                I'm surprised you weren't here sooner then. 

Gramps:          We had to make a pit stop. 

Jack:                You couldn't have waited until you got here? 

Gramps:          Son, at this age, when Mother Nature calls it's best to answer the phone as soon as possible!  

Jack:                Why don't you two take a seat right over here by me.  (he pulls out a chair for Gran and she sits, followed by Gramps) 

Jack and Melissa sit.  Within moments some voices are heard off stage. 

Nana:               (speaks loud) Is this the right place? 

Pa Pa:             What? 

Nana:               (even louder this time) Is this the right place? 

Melissa:           (standing) That would be my grandparents.  

Pa Pa:             2207, that's what the invitation said. 

Dad:                This is it, Pop.  Look, there's Melissa. 

(Mom & Dad, Nana & Pa Pa enter. Through the whole skit, Nana will be speaking very loudly) 

Melissa:           (to her dad) Dad, why did you let Pa Pa drive?  You know how slow he is! 

Dad:                He insisted.  He didn't want my gas guzzling heap out on the roads. 

Melissa:           Gas guzzler?  You get 36 miles to the gallon. 

Dad:                I know but he squeezes out 37.  Besides, you know what it's like trying to argue with him.  

Melissa:           I'm just glad you're finally here.  (to her parents) Mom, you and Dad sit right here next me.  Nana, you and Pa Pa sit next to Dad. 

(they all sit) 

Jack:                I'm glad you're all here.  Melissa's starving.  I thought she was going to start gnawing on my arm if you all didn't arrive soon! 

Mom:               What are we having for dinner sweetheart? 

Melissa:           Cornish game hens with scalloped potatoes and snow peas. 

Pa Pa:             (to Nana) Eh? What does that mean she's gonna garnish our scalp?  Is that some new game the kids play these days? 

Nana:               (shouting) Cornish game hens!  

Pa Pa:             Gay men? (looking around) Where? 

Nana:               (shouting) No, Cornish game hens.for dinner! 

Pa Pa:             What's a Cornish game hen? 

Nana:               (talks loud) I don't know.  I guess it's some kind of bird. 

Pa Pa:             Eh? 

Nana:               (shouts) Bird! 

Gramps:          You know, back in my day we didn't have things like Cornish game hens.  We went in the backyard, choked a chicken, slapped some flour on it and deep-fried it.  And we liked it that way. 

Jack:                Well, things have changed a lot since your day, Gramps.  

Gramps:          I'll say! With all the fancy gizmos nowadays people don't even have to leave the house.  

Melissa:           Are you talking about computers? 

Gramps:          Among other things, yes.  You can shop at home, have food delivered, and chat with your friends all without ever having to leave the comfort of your chair.  

Jack:                It's called convenience. 

Gran:               Back in our day you would have been called a hermit.  

Pa Pa:             Kermit?  As in frog? 

Nana:               (yells) Her-mit! 

Gramps:          She's right.  Back in the day we got out and socialized.  We went to the general store, to church on Sunday and maybe an ice-cream social.  We got out and visited people.  We talked to them. 

Mom:               Now days, it's all about 'skyping. and 'texting..  You don't even have to talk face to face anymore. You just type LOL and OMG.  

Gramps:          What's that mean? 

Jack:                .Laugh out loud. and (mimics a teenage girls voice)  .Oh my gosh!. 

Dad:                No wonder kids can't spell anymore'they never write whole words! 

Nana:               (talks very loud) I don't like those pocket phones. 

Melissa:           You men cell phones, Nana? 

Nana:               Yes.  I prefer the old party lines. 

Pa Pa:             Who's having a party? 

Jack:                (ignoring Pa Pa) That's where several households share a phone line, right? 

Mom:               Right. We had one of those once when we lived out in the country.  I hated it.  Everyone always seemed to know my business. 

Nana:               That's what I liked about .em!  

Gran:               There's something to be said for knowing everyone's business.  Back when I was young, I didn't have to worry about where the kids were or what they were doing because there was always someone around looking out for them.  

Nana:               The kids knew better than to get into trouble because they knew they were being watched. 

Gramps:          And if they did get into mischief, we heard about it and took care of it right away.  

Dad:                Forget about the principal's office or the police'the threat of mom and dad finding out was way worse! The fate that awaited us at home was worse than any punishment anywhere else. 

Gran:               Preach it, brother!