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...
This dynamic collection of 25 stand-alone scenes and monologues is a perfect resource for classroom, competition, or stage. The diverse material was carefully selected from playwright Bryan Starchman’s most popular shows. From playful monologues, such as “The Lunch Lady Cometh," to the more profound “And I Did Nothing,” this book provides material relevant to teenagers. Scenes include options for two to five, mostly gender-flexible actors, and use minimal sets and costumes. All of the scenes have been deftly edited so that it is not necessary to be familiar w...
By Dennis Bush
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
By Dennis Bush
These four plays are ideal for young actors in school, for children's theatre groups, or even for summer camp talent shows. With plenty of rhyming and choral recitation, they can be presented easily with only a few rehearsals. Though each requires strong leading characters, any number of children can participate. Included with each piece are suggestions for simple staging, but feel free to use your own creative ideas. 30-40 minutes. Each play is 7-10 minutes long.
"Lost in the Forest...