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  Picasso Pickup Scenes for Teen Actors

Resource by Daniel S Kehde

76 pages

Resource Book


These 22 dialogues present unique acting challenges that will stretch your teen thespians. The anthology is divided into two sections. "Then" features historical pieces such as Mary Surratt shortly before her execution for her involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln, and Marie Antoinette's maids on the eve of the French Revolution. "Now" offers contemporary situations such as the excitement and anxiety of a first date, how to deal with one's reputation, and difficulties with parents. Each scene requires investigating the characters' specific tim...

  Chilly Dog and Other Plays

Resource by Margo Haas

67 pages

Resource Book


Here is a fun-filled collection of seven short comedies and dramas about teens and young adults in various delicate and outrageous situations. Replete with true-to-life characters, the plays abound with suspense, secrets, revelations, laughter, poignant moments, and surprising twists at the end. "Interview" deals with an impatient job applicant who doesn't realize that the interview is taking place already. "Chilly Dog," the title play, is a howler. Just what is in Mrs. O'Malley's cooler? Soft drink? Well, yes, and the family dog, on ice, to bid its final adi...

  Classroom Drama-The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have!

Resource by Judy Millar

45 pages

Resource Book


Here is a complete three to five-week lesson plan resource book which includes puzzles, activities, and guides for teaching drama to English or beginning drama classes. It teaches basic theatrical history, etiquette, memorization, characterization, theatrical vocabulary and much more. The first section is for the teacher's use, while the second section (with new page numbers) consists of reproducible worksheets for your students. The curriculum culminates in your class being anxious and ready to produce, both onstage and off, their first play.

  Comedy Monologues for Young Actors

Resource by Larry Hillhouse

48 pages

Resource Book


This collection of more than 30 monologues is just right for junior high students. Some monologues keep their roots in the fairy tale world but bloom with humor such as the “Big Bad Wolf Building Inspector,” and ”Johnny Appleseed, the Litterer.” Others feature famous folks and what they might have said or done such as “General Custer’s Muster,” “Robin Hood’s State of the Forest Address,” and “Crisis With Chris Columbus.” In class or onstage, students will love the humor of these monologues.

  Comedy Monologues for Youth

Resource by Larry Hillhouse

43 pages

Resource Book


This collection of more than 20 original monologues features clean comedy for younger actors based on literary, historical and real life situations. From the guaranteed-to-make-you-smile “Book Report” series to the buoyant monologues about family situations, this collection is just perfect for grade school actors. These gender-flexible pieces range from 1 to 4 minutes in duration, and there are even some shorter “mini-logues,” for first-time or very shy performers. Ideal for speech classes, school programs, recitals, auditions, or as short fillers for various...

  Creative Dramatics

Resource by Vern Adix

47 pages

Resource Book


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...

  Director's Survival Notebook

Resource by Eldridge Publishing Company

61 pages

Resource Book


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...

  Great Moments in American Oratory

Reading by Val Cheatham

10 pages

4 narrators


In this dramatic reading we are reminded that America has been ever dedicated to the freedom of speech. Included are some of our country's most historic quotes. This reading is certain to create or renew a sense of pride in our country.

  House That Sarah Built

Skit by Christina Hamlett

11 pages

6 m, 7 w, extras


Overcome with guilt over her late husband's creation of the Winchester rifle, Sarah Winchester became quite eccentric and to appease her ghosts, started building a mansion in San Jose, CA. She feared that if ever construction stopped, so would her life. Here's an excellent choral speaking piece as the maids, butlers, and workmen tell Sarah's story speaking in rhymed meter, echoing the rap tap tap of the never-ending hammers.

  Important Things in My Life

Resource by Daniel S Kehde

50 pages

Resource Book


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...

  Improvisation: A Guide to Unlock Your Acting Power a Workbook for Teachers

Resource by Rod Martin

68 pages

Resource Book


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...

  Louder Than Words

Resource by Linda Dumas

64 pages

Mime book


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.

  Middle School Awakenings

Resource by Deborah L. Jacobson

63 pages

Resource Book


The middle school years are a time of individuality, of finding out who you truly are inside. Here is a collection of 60 monologues where the characters talk, think, and feel like real-life pre- and early teens. The monologues, which each run from two to three minutes in performance time, highlight the most unpredictable, explosive and often humorous years of young adulthood, those middle school years. This collection is perfect for acting exercises, auditions, showcases, and variety shows.

  Multiplicity

Monologues by R. James Scott

60 pages

Resource Book


Looking at life not frontwards, not backwards, not sidewards, but slantwards, this collection of haunting and poetic monologues will have your actors deeply involved in character and committed to what is wanted the objective. Many of the characters they paint, from a presidential assassin to a human duck, are intriguing, quirky, and entertaining. There is a clear through-line of thought. These monologues run from 2 to 8 minutes in length and are ideal for community theatre auditions or for college classroom work.

  Mystery Plays on the Air

Skit by Alice Duckworth

20 pages

Resource Book


Turn down the lights in your classroom and let your actors raise some goosebumps as they read and create the sound effects for these radio plays. "The Pool" (5 characters) is about a hidden pond with enticingly deadly waters "The Mask" (4 characters) is about a tribal mask which has powers to change looks and "The Message" (7 characters) is about a fax machine which sends warningsby itself.