New musical plays for kids and teaching drama resources.

How to Write a Monologue – Free Lesson Plan from “Teaching Playwriting”

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May 23, 2017 Drama Games, Teaching Drama, Teaching Drama Resources 0 Comments

The following lesson plan is an abridged excerpt from the new book Teaching Playwriting: The Essential Handbook, a step-by-step guide to fostering creativity in your classroom. You can learn more and instantly download the entire 108-page resource by clicking here.  The first step to becoming a great playwright is the ability to step inside a character and find [...]

Drama Game: Magical Connection

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May 1, 2017 Drama Games 0 Comments

Type: Focus, Observation/Communication Purpose: This game involves the instructor and an “assistant” who together have a secret form of communication, and the class who must guess what that “magic” communication is. This activity will help the whole class to focus, to think outside the box, and to explore all the different ways two people can communicate. Procedure:  1. Before [...]

Drama Game: Emotional Transfer

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Mar 7, 2017 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Improv, Creativity Purpose: A simple improv game for more advanced actors. Procedure: 1. Ask two players to take the stage. 2. Assign two different emotions to each of the players. 3. Ask the audience for a setting and conflict, and have the two players improvise a scene starting with the emotions they were assigned. 4. Over the [...]

Drama Game: Superfans

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Feb 13, 2017 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Improv, Creativity Purpose: A simple improv game that helps create a positive creative environment. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a semi-circle.  2. Everyone standing in the semi-circle is a “superfan” of whomever steps in front of them. 3. One at a time members of the group will step in front and narrate a real or fictional [...]

Drama Game: Ninja Star, Baby Kitten, Angry Chihuahua

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Jan 9, 2017 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Warm-Up Purpose: A fun short warm-up to loosen kids up and have them practice pantomime.  Procedure: 1. Have the class silently walk around an open space. 2. Tell the students that they are going to mime passing different objects from person to person as they walk through the space. To pass an object, they must make perfect eye [...]

Drama Game: Three Ball Toss (Name Game)

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Jan 1, 2017 Drama Games , 3 Comments

Type: Focus, Ensemble Building Purpose: A great way to work on focus and collaboration through a repetitive physical activity.  Materials: 3 bean bags or light balls for the kids to throw. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Begin by introducing just 1 ball to the group. 3. Tell the class that the goal of this [...]

Drama Game: Three Words

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Nov 29, 2016 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Improv Purpose: A fun beginner improv activity that involves every player at the same time. Procedure: 1.  Divide the class into pairs. 2. Have each pair decide on who is Player A and who is Player B. 3. Call out three words that are unrelated (i.e. “Palm Tree”, “Saturn”, “Shoelace”) 4. Player A has one minute to tell [...]

Theatre Rehearsal Tip: Thought Bubble Tableau

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Nov 1, 2016 Drama Games 0 Comments

Type: Rehearsal Tip Purpose: When rehearsing a play or musical, at some point you’ll reach a scene that you feel just isn’t working. It could be that the scene has fallen flat from over-rehearsal, or it may be a complex scene that just doesn’t seem to gel. Below is a quick little activity that can help. Prep: Print [...]

Drama Game: Paper Affirmation

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Oct 7, 2016 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Ensemble Building Purpose: A great activity to introduce if you feel like there are some issues with the group dynamics. This activity will make everyone feel good and provide everyone with a little boost of confidence. It should be played after the group is already a little familiar with each other. Procedure: 1. Have everyone sit in a circle. 2. Give each player [...]

Drama Game: Group Laugh (Without Laughing)

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Sep 25, 2016 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Focus, Warm-Up Purpose: A simple activity to work on group focus. Procedure: 1. Create a sitting circle with the group. 2. Tell the class the goal is to perform the following activity without laughing. 3. Player #1 begins by saying “Ha”. 4. The Player to his/her left repeats the “Ha” and adds a new “Ha”. 5. The Player to his/her [...]