New musical plays for kids and teaching drama resources.

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 [...]

Drama Game: Moose!

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Oct 18, 2017 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Creativity, Improv Purpose: This fast-paced improv game helps students quickly be able to justify their actions in the middle of an improv. This game is best for slightly older students with some improv experience. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Go around the circle having each student count off as “A” [...]

Drama Game: Paper Airplane Introduction

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Sep 10, 2017 Drama Games 0 Comments

  Type: Ensemble Building Purpose: A fun getting-to-know-you game for the beginning of a new semester…that involves making paper airplanes! Procedure: 1. Gather the class into a sitting circle. 2. Pass out a piece of paper to each student and a writing utensil. 3. On the piece of paper they must write their name, and two places they would [...]

Drama Game: Witch & Wizard Cauldron

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Aug 27, 2017 Drama Games , 3 Comments

Type: Warm-Up, Creativity Purpose: A fun game that will help students begin to think about using their voice and body to create different types of characters. Procedure: 1. Gather the students into a standing circle. 2. Tell the students to close their eyes. When you snap, they will be transformed into a witch or wizard. They should [...]

Drama Game: Two-Headed Monster Dance

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Aug 7, 2017 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Warm-Up Purpose: A fun warm-up that allows everyone to be a little silly and breaks down barriers. Procedure: 1.  Have the students pair up (preferably to someone they don’t know very well.) 2. Tell the pairs to stand back to back and to hook their elbows together. 3. Play some music with a beat. The pairs must [...]

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 2 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 , 3 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 , 2 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 [...]