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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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Sofa Shakespeare for Kids

Online drama classes with your kids can come with some challenges. We did a Zoom of our Hamlet for Kids for teachers by teachers, and it was fantastic and a great way to engage your kids back into performances. However, time, access to technology, lack of bandwidth, and a variety of other reasons can hinder…

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Awesome Online Macbeth Backgrounds

OK, this is really cool. For those of you doing Zoom online recordings of Macbeth for Kids. I had a teacher (thank you Gerald Murray!) find the correct tartans for each family. And, it is very simple to drop them into the backdrops in Zoom. Brilliant! And what a great learning opportunity! You can see…

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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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How to do an Online Reader’s Theatre

Was it perfect… no way. Was it fun, oh yeah! A group of theatre educators, drama teachers, and I got together, via zoom, to perform our Hamlet for Kids.  We were from all over… Houston, Seattle, Chicago, Anaheim, and San Luis Obispo. We did this to inspire other teachers to do remote online performances. We…

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Online Theatre and Drama Options

Having a difficult time figuring out how to perform if your show might be cancelled? Here’s a list of options that might work for you and your kids!

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Switching Roles – Warm Up Game

I came across this great game and thought I would share by Kerry Hishon. I love how it allows the students the opportunity to look at their own character, especially when they may feel stuck in the forest on a developmental point of their character. Here’s a warm-up game you can try at your next…

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Theatre vs. Drama, what’s the difference?

I’ve been in the drama education world for quite some time now, and I just figured out the actual difference between drama and theatre. So, to help clarify for anyone else, I thought I’d share the difference between theatre vs. drama. First of all, theatRE vs. theatER, what’s the difference? Well, truthfully, nothing. The ‘er’…

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3 Quick Tips for New Drama Teachers

I am often asked by teachers, when I present to their classes, to give their kids my top two or three tips they should focus on while they rehearse. Although there are so many tips that one could give, it always comes down to the following three for me: 1) PROJECT YOUR VOICE – One…

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“SHATNER!” Drama Improv Game

Ok, this is a REALLY FUN improv drama game that your kids will LOVE! It’s called, SHATNER! (At least the adults of the kids will surely love it!) 🙂 (I did not think of this game, and due credit goes to where I heard of it from; the Facebook group, Homeschool Snark.) We all know Captain…

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