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Drama Warm-Ups

So, just like in sports, you have to get your body ready to go into the game – or, in this case, on the stage… sometimes warmup games are just to get your nervous energy out. Many times it’s to get your acting tools sharpened before you are about to perform. Now, for kids –…

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Teaching or directing tips Performing Shakespeare for kids

Drama Games

There are dozens and dozens of different drama games out there, and many variations of each. What I have listed below is a small sample of fun games my kids love that are easy to do and can work well for you and your kids. So, get out there and have some fun! No better…

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Performing Shakespeare for kids Jungle Book

Coloring Sheets

Sometimes, I need to keep the younger kids occupied while I’m running a drama camp and we are rehearsing. That being said, I typically have some butcher paper taped down with a bunch of washable markers nearby to keep them occupied. But, something else that is fun are coloring sheets that are related to the…

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Improv – Part 11 Of Why Drama Is So Important In School

Part 11 of the 12-part series: Why Drama is so important in School. – IMPROVISATION Improvisation is a skill set with immense life-skill potential. For many, improv brings up the thought of comedic skits on stage, but in reality, that stage is the playground—or dare I say, the classroom — to hone skills preparing students to be ready…

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Affect– Part 10 Of Why Drama Is So Important In School

Part 10 of the 12-part series: Why Drama is so important in School. – AFFECT Affect defined: touch the feelings of (someone); move emotionally. In psychology, the term “affect” refers to the expression of emotions, feelings, or moods that are outwardly observable. It encompasses the observable and measurable aspects of an individual’s emotional state. Affect involves a range…

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Charles Dickens Fact

Did you know that Charles Dickens fronted all the money to make 6,000 copies of A Christmas Carol that he turned and sold within 5 days. Selling out on Christmas Eve! Learn more from our Did You Know facts.

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Charles Dickens

Did you know Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in only 6 weeks? And, he only did it because he was strapped for cash and needed the money! Check out our Did You Know section for other fun author facts!

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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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Teaching or directing tips Performing Shakespeare for kids

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…