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Drama Game: Orchestra of Sound & Emotion


Jun 11, 2015 Drama Games , 1 Comment

Orchestra Theatre GameType: Creativity, Ensemble Building


VERSION 1: Traditional Orchestra

1.  Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4.

2.  Have the groups sit in sections across the stage like an “orchestra”.

3.  Choose one student to be the “conductor”.

4.  The “conductor” should stand in front of the stage facing toward the “orchestra”.

5.  Have the conductor assign each section an instrument (i.e. violins, trumpets, percussion, flutes, harp, cellos, etc.) If necessary, explore what each of these instruments sound like.

6.  One by one, the conductor will point at each section to test out the instruments.

7. Then the conductor will turn around and announce to the audience “The next piece we will be playing is called [Swimming in December]” (He/she can make up any name he/she chooses)

8.  The song begins. Each time the conductor gestures to a particular section, the performers will make sounds of their instrument. When the conductor raises his hands high, the volume of the performers increases. Hands low, the volume decreases.

9.  The song ends when the conductor raises his hands and quickly closes his fists.

10.  Then the whole orchestra stands and takes a bow.

VERSION 2: Orchestra of Emotion

1.  The setup is just the same as above, however instead of playing a specific instrument, the sections are playing a specific “emotion” (i.e. joy, fear, confusion, stress, anger, excitement, etc.)

2.  The sections should make sounds that reflect that emotion.

3.  It’s not necessary to have a title for each song in this version as it may confuse the emotions, simply test out songs using different conductors.

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  • Julie Glover
    Mar 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm Reply

    I could use a little clarification. What does it mean by 3 or 4 groups. Is that, three or four groups of students, lets say at least 4 in a group, and 3 or 4 of those 4 people groups?

    Or is it the class as a whole is divided into 3 or 4 sections. Lets say, theres a class of 15, so we have three people here (horns), four people here (windwood), three people here (strings), and four people here (percussion), and then the left over is the conductor?

    I think it could work either way I was just curious to see if I understood it correctly.

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