|There are soooooo many
ways to conduct a "Variety Night." Here are a few ideas....
NO TALENT SHOW- get together
your most outgoing residents and staff to display their "no-talents."
Their self-esteem must be high to be on stage as they just might
be booed off the stage. You may tell the audience and the presenters
that boos are actually compliments! If this ideas doesn't seem
palatable to you, then be sure to have the audience cheer for
effort given.... no matter how bad the talent! The focus for
everyone, presenters and audience is laughter.
GONG SHOW- similar to the
no-talent show, but the performers can be "gonged"
off the stage by the judges.
WHISTLING CONTEST- participants
pucker-up and whistle away
HOG CALLING/ANIMAL SOUND SHOW-
this ought to be a laffer! Any time the clients get an opportunity
to laugh aloud is a sign of a successful program.
TALENT SHOW- why not...
we've done all the crazy shows above, so why not a good Ole
regular talent show.
- Invite patients/residents,
staff, and their families (kids too!!) to the talent
show. You may or may not have judges. You might want
to have prizes or trophies. By the way, what talent
does your administrator have? Ask him or her!!
STUNTS AND TRICKS NIGHT- Invite
a local magician to host this evening of talents. In between
acts, he can perform his own tricks. Prior to the show, invite
patients/residents and staff to an audition. You may also spend
time with individual patients to teach them a trick or two.
David Copperfield has a program called "Project Magic"
in which patients in a variety of health care settings are taught
simple to complex magic tricks to help bolster self-esteem.
Go to your local library and check out a book on stunts and
magic tricks. By the way, mind reading tricks work great in
COMEDY NITE- Same as Magic
Night.... invite a local comedian to host this event. Invite
patients and staff to share their best jokes or funniest stories.
FUNNIEST HOME MOVIES NITE-
Did someone steal this idea from Bob Saget? Invite families
to bring in short clips of their family's home movies. Be sure
to invite the patient or their family member to give a brief
narrative prior to the showing of the clip. Each clip should
last no more than 2 or 3 minutes. You should have on hand an
8mm film projector and a VCR/TV. Instead of funniest moments,
the evening may be themed around... "This is my home."
or "This is my family."