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ENUNCIATION

Part 9 of the 12-part series Part 9 of the 12-part series: Why Drama is so important in School. – ENUNCIATION This one is near and dear to my heart, as I have a son who didn’t speak until he was 3 and a half years old. We are still working on some of his speaking challenges today,…

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Director’s Toolbox

Over years of writing and directing Playing With Plays scripts and working with directors all around the globe, there are several tools that I’ve learned directors love to use. I’m consolidating them here in this simple Director’s toolbox. Please note, most of these tools are specific to directing Playing With Plays scripts. First: Cast size…

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Why Teaching Shakespeare is Beneficial to Youth

Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest playwrights in history. His plays have been performed and studied for hundreds of years, and they continue to be a cornerstone of theatre and literature education. But why is it important to introduce Shakespeare to kids? More importantly, how can it benefit their education and personal growth? First…

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Flexible Cast Sizes

Playing With Plays scripts are designed to be flexible. You have a small class, a large class, or somewhere in-between, we have a script that can be adjusted for you! Each book comes with 3 plays for 3 different group sizes: small, medium, and large. I designed these because I used to teach afterschool programs…

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Plays with 6 or Less Actors

Here at Playing With Plays, we are known for highly flexible casts from very small to quite large. I get questions all the time as to what plays work for smaller groups. Well, this is a great list to get an idea of what plays, from the Playing With Plays plays (say that three times…

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Female Centric Plays

On occasion, I get requests asking about female-centric plays. Plays with several girls in the cast. Unfortunately, many classic stories are based around the male. However, not all. Here’s a short list of plays that have more female roles than typical. As well, if you know of a classic story with females that you would…

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Plays with 20 or more characters

The beauty of Playing With Plays scripts is they are designed to be flexible, having 3 different cast sizes allowing the teacher and/or director to have a few or many kids. However, regarding the large cast size in each book, there are a few that have 20 or more characters. Allowing you to have larger…

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Add a Commercial!

Have you ever been in a position where you have some decent actors that have maybe one, two, or possibly no lines? You want to give them a little more meat for the play, but you don’t quite have the material to fit in those extra kids? Well, a homeschool mom gave me an idea…

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Ides of March Activities

When it comes to Caesar and the Ides of March, you wonder how things would have changed if he only listened to the soothsayer and his wife and stayed home. But hey, greed and fame can do wonders on the psyche. Maybe if Julius played some of these Ides of March activities, he might have…

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Teaching in-person Drama in Uncertain Times

If you are one of the many theatre teachers that have to go out and teach drama in-person, it can be stressful and full of anxiety. For both you, your kids, and their parents. Data shows less than 20% of parents want to go back to full-time right now. But, if you are going back,…

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