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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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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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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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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…