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Online Readers Theatre Lessons Learned – Tips and Tricks

Update 5/7/2020 First of all, let’s be honest, was it perfect? Not even close! Was it a blast to do and did it give us a similar feel as performing? Absolutely! Most importantly, this was EASY. We did a Zoom recording of ‘Hamlet for Kids Reader’s Theatre – the Teachers Edition‘, based on the play:…

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Performing Shakespeare for kids Costumes and Props

Summer Drama Camp in 1-week – a Simple How-To Guide

Want to run your own summer drama program? Learn how to run a 1-week summer drama camp and all the questions around it. If you’ve ever thought about running your own program and getting kids excited about Shakespeare and drama, this page is for you! First of all, YES, yes you can do it. It’s…

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Why Drama?

Affect– Part 9 Of Why Drama Is So Important In School

Part 9 of the 12 part series: Why Drama is so important in School. – AFFFECT 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…

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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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Why Drama?

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 Drama? Performing Shakespeare for kids

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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Teaching or directing tips Performing Shakespeare for kids

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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Teaching or directing tips Performing Shakespeare for kids

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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