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Drama Game: Keeper of the Keys


Apr 16, 2014 Drama Games 3 Comments

keysType: Warm-up

Purpose: This is a simple game that is most appropriate for very young actors (Age 5-8).


1.  One player stands stage right (The Keeper) with his back to the other students.  A set of keys is placed at his feet.

2.  All other players stand stage left, facing the Keeper’s back.

3.  When the Keeper says “Go”, the group can move toward the Keeper to try and get the keys. When the Keeper turns around everyone must freeze. If the Keeper sees anyone “unfrozen”, that player must go back to the start.

4.  This continues until one player grabs the keys. This player now becomes the Keeper.


– Once the kids get the hang of the game, you can introduce variations that will help them explore different characters. (i.e. they must move and freeze as “ballerinas”, “tigers”, “80-year olds”, etc.)

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“It’s not often that I genuinely laugh at material written for this age group or genuinely get a lump in my throat. It’s so rewarding watching my younger actors perform material that doesn’t write down to them.”

Samuel Bush
September 20, 2014


  • Mr Ebrima Jawara
    Sep 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Love it. It’s elucrative.

  • Tommy Greene
    Jul 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Hi there,

    My name is Tommy Greene. I live in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia. I am a classroom teacher in primary/elementary school. Some time, about two maybe three years ago I ordered from you guys your drama games and activities booklet and a monologues booklet. I ordered online and received the download. It has been nothing short of brilliant for me.
    I have however had some misfortune in having my laptop stolen recently and have lost everything. If you can confirm and are satisfied that I did indeed purchase in the past would it be asking to much to have these sent to me again.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards

    Tommy Greene

    1. Linda at Beat by Beat
      Jul 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm Reply

      Hi Tommy, I’m sorry to hear about your laptop – I’m happy to help! Please check your email, I’ve resent the downloads that you purchased – if there’s anything else I can help with please let me know, thanks!

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