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Drama Game: Greetings

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Jun 22, 2014 Drama Games , 1 Comment

handshakeType: Warm-up

Purpose: A fun, simple ice breaker to play with a new group. Helps to get the kids interacting, make choices, and act a little silly in front of each other. Appropriate for young and older kids.

Procedure:

1.  Ask the students to walk around greeting each other.

2.  At first allow them to do this however they feel comfortable (probably with a handshake or a waive).

3.  Then, ask the players the greet each other in a specific way. Encourage them to continue walking around the room, greeting different people each time. Here are some options:

– Greet someone you don’t really trust.

– Greet someone like they are a long lost friend.

– Greet someone who has really bad breathe.

– Greet someone like you have a crush on them.

– Greet each other with a random, made-up language (gibberish). The person receiving the greeting should respond in the same fashion.

– Greet someone like you are a cowboy.

– Greet someone like you are a soldier.

– Greet someone like you are a business person very late to a meeting.

– Greet someone like an elderly person who desperately wants someone to talk to.

etc.

4. For older groups, you can continue this exercise by leading into an improvised two-person scene. Ask two students to take the stage, and assign them each one of the suggestions above. Have them begin with a greeting,  then have them continue the scene until you say stop. (For example, Player 1 is an elderly person who wants someone to talk to, and Player 2 is a business person late to a meeting. Begin with a greeting, then continue the scene…action!)

Have other greeting suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!


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Comments

  • Tjoni
    Jan 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I’d like to make a guessing game from this – secretly tell the two actors their characters and the audience has to guess who they are.

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