New musical plays for kids and teaching drama resources.

Drama Game: Emotional Quadrants

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Jul 25, 2018 Drama Games 3 Comments

Type: Creativity Purpose: An active way to allow students to explore a range of emotions. Procedure: 1. Create a cross in the center of the playing area. This can be done with jump ropes, chairs, chalk, etc. The goal is to make it clear there are four distinct quadrants that the students will pass through as they walk around [...]

Drama Game: Affect the Player

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May 8, 2018 Drama Games , 5 Comments

Type:  Creativity, Improv Purpose: A useful game that will help students explore objective and tactics. Most appropriate for slightly older students. Prep: Write a list of feelings up on the board (provided at the bottom of this post) Procedure: 1. Divide the students into pairs (preferably random pairs.) 2. Tell the students that you will give them [...]

Drama Game: The Truth About Me

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Mar 19, 2018 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Ensemble Building Purpose: Participants share truths about themselves in order to find commonalities amongst the group. This game is suggested for slightly older actors. Materials Needed: Painter’s Tape or Post-It Notes Procedure: 1. Give each student a small piece of painter’s tape or a post-it note. To start, each person must stand at a [...]

New Play for Middle & High School Coming February 5th, 2018

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Jan 31, 2018 4 Comments

  We’re kicking off the new year with a big announcement… On Monday, February 5th, 2018 we’re releasing our first ever play for middle- and high-school age actors. The play is a riveting drama about a bullying incident that occurs on a high school campus. It explores perspective and empathy. Soon we’ll reveal the title and artwork… But [...]

Drama Game: MeYouYouMe Name Game

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Jan 28, 2018 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Purpose: A fun, quick game to help learn the names of everyone in the class. Procedure: 1. Have the students stand in a single line. 2. The 1st student in line (i.e. Marc) turns to the 2nd student in line (i.e. Rachel) and initiates the following script (taken from the name of the game, Me You You [...]

VIDEO: Tony Nominee Mentions Beat by Beat Musicals on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Jan 12, 2018 0 Comments

We just had a I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moment! Patrick Wilson was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers and chatted about what it was like for him and his wife to direct their kids’ elementary school musical. When the Tony-nominated Broadway actor was asked about which shows he and his wife have chosen to do, he [...]

Drama Game: Do Nothing

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Jan 3, 2018 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Warm-Up Purpose: This game fits in a category that I call minimalism :)  Extremely simple, yet effective at focusing a class and having a bit of fun in the beginning of a session. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Tell them (with a wink) you are about to introduce to them a [...]

Putting on a Show: How do I get my kids excited about a musical they’ve never heard of?

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Dec 19, 2017 Arts Education, Children's Plays, Children's Theatre, Plays for Kids, Putting on a Show, Teaching Drama 0 Comments

The spring musical is around the corner…whoo hoo! This is the time when drama and music teachers have a chance to shine.  A chance to put up a show your kids will never forget. But this time of year can also come with a lot of questions… For experienced drama teachers, how do you keep [...]

Drama Game: Clap, Snap, Stomp

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Dec 3, 2017 Drama Games , 3 Comments

Type: Warm-Up, Focus Purpose: A simple game that requires focus and teamwork.  Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Count off around the circle “1, 2, 3”. (“1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, etc.”) 3. Do it again, but this time all the 1’s will be replaced by a snap of the fingers. (“snap, [...]

2017 Free Christmas Songs & The Holiday Magic CD

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Nov 27, 2017 Free Downloads, Holiday 0 Comments

Happy Holidays from Beat by Beat! Click below to listen to this year’s original Christmas song written by Denver Casado & Ashley Fox Linton for the Holiday Magic CD. <a href=”http://bbbpress.bandcamp.com/album/holiday-magic-songs-casado-linton”>Holiday Magic Songs – Casado & Linton by Ashley Fox Linton & Denver Casado</a>You can download this song and 5 others that Denver and Ashley contributed from [...]