Participating in improvisation is fun...it has to be for students to be so enthusiastic about it. But what do they learn? They learn to have the power to create. They move from puppet to playwright they no longer mimic the words and ideas but find a language of their own they initiate and shape the ideas of their scene they create the characters, the comedy, the conflict. They are empowered they are set free to experiment with ideas and language and relationships. Here is a sequential structure of lesson plans for teaching acting through improvisation to stud...
Here is a resource chock full of games, poems, improvisations and acting stories just perfect for beginning theatre classes. Although creative dramatics, by definition, should come from the participants, this book gives plenty of pump-priming material to use to get started. The materials are specifically designed to help budding actors, especially introverted students, gain knowledge and confidence in a familiar classroom setting, where "show-offs" can't grab the spotlight of attention as easily. The games and exercises can also serve as fun, rewarding breaks...
Our ever-popular Notebook, designed for the frazzled who juggle day jobs with directing at night, is updated and better than ever. The information, reminders, forms, charts, checklists and multitude of tips are now organized into three main sections: pre-production (which often runs longer than the show itself) production (beginning with auditions) and post-production (the shortest time). Our Survival Notebook will help you stay on track and organized providing such items as typical a production schedule, planning calendars, audition and evaluation informatio...
The thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams - the important things in the lives of teens - are explored honestly in this collection of 18 monologues. For humor, two of our favorites are "Studs," about trying to don a tux for the first time while running late for the prom, and "Bubbacar," about a teen's first car which is so ugly it should only be driven at night. We can all identify longing for Saturdays after tough school days in "Making It to the Weekend," or laugh at the frustration in "The Proper Way to Wear a School Uniform." In addition to those typical "teen pr...
Step out of your comfort zone and take a creative risk with these 20 monologues. With a rich variety of strong characters, these short monologues were specifically written to challenge and inspire actors. Playwright Dennis Bush says many of them are based on remarks overheard at parties, in waiting rooms or while shopping. While each is titled after the speaker's name, most can be adapted to the opposite gender. Some subjects include losing a father to cancer, telling a boyfriend to take a hike forever, speaking to a sister on her wedding day, and knowing fam...
Even the shiest student will enjoy acting in these mimes created by a teacher and test performed by students. All mimes give complete music suggestions. Act I contains over 20 mimes of varying cast sizes, a lip sync and a narrated mime, several solo mimes, and several group mimes. Act II contains 20 more advanced mimes, strobe light mimes, silhouette mimes, as well as several solo and group mimes.