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Book Image 101 Drama Games for Children: Fun and Learning With Acting and Make-Believe
by Paul Rooyackers, Cecilia Bowman (Illustrator), Cecilia Hurd (Illustrator)

Drama games are not staged plays but a dynamic form in which children explore their minds and the world, and use their play-acting in sensory games, pantomimes, story games with puppets, masks and costumes, and more.

Book Image 101 Improv Games for Children and Adults
by Bob Bedore

101 Improv Games for Children and Adults starts with the basics of improvisational comedy, giving aspiring performers the building blocks required to think on their feet. A great resource for educators as well as for the professional actor or layperson, the book includes rules for 101 games that cover everything from easy warm-ups to over-the-top crowd pleasers, such as Fairy Tales, Bizarre Games, On Your Toes, and Narrative Games.

Book Image 101 More Drama Games for Children: New Fun and Learning With Acting and Make-Believe
by Paul Rooyackers, Margreet Hofland (Illustrator), Amina Marix Evans (Translator)

Designed to help teachers and group leaders create dynamic and supportive play environments, this book features completely different games than the first one. These improvisational, noncompetitive games encourage involvement and cooperation — the participants gain as much as they contribute. By expressing themselves physically and emotionally and by exploring a range of possibilities, players gain self-confidence and a greater awareness of the feelings and experiences of others. 39 black-and-white illustrations are included.

Book Image Acting & Theatre
by Cheryl Evans, Lucy Smith
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Every aspect of the theatrical world is covered in this exciting introduction to acting and the theatre. With photographs and full-colour illustrations, it shows how actors train and rehearse, with lots of professional tips and exercises for character building, improvising, miming and voice production. It shows how a modern theatre is run and the role of the director, set designer, props person, wardrobe manager, lighting technician and stage manager. A fascinating history of theatre and a who's who of international playwrights and their works completes this wide-ranging and informative book.

Book Image Acting Natural: Monologs, Dialogs, and Playlets for Teens
by Peg Kehret

Short-length scripts expressing the honest feelings of teenagers - their joys and their problems. Subjects include the environment, diets, babysitting, self-image, drunk driving, teenage sex and more - all treated with humor, warmth and realism. Most roles may be played by either male or female performers. May be staged with no special sets, props or costumes. Ideal for speech and drama classrooms, variety shows and forensic competitions.

Book Image Arts and Art History: Interactive Adventure Units on CD-ROM
by Learning Launchers
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Impressionists, Creative Dance, Theatre Arts, World Puppetry, Holiday Crafts, Early Renaissance, Elizabethan Renaissance, The Italian High Renaissance, Classical Music, Composers, Biography: John Audubon

Book Image Break a Leg!: The Kid's Guide to Acting and Stagecraft
by Lise Friedman, Mary Dowdle (Photographer), Julia Stiles

A complete drama course for kids in a book. BREAK A LEG! teaches budding thespians everything they need to know about stagecraft and the production of performances, in home or out.
Illustrated throughout with informative how-to and candid shots of young working actors, BREAK A LEG! is as comprehensive as it is high-spirited. There are sections on body preparation, including warm-ups, stretches, and breathing exercises. Theater games, improv, miming, and other fun ways to develop technique. Important acting skills, such as voice projection, crying on command, learning accents, and staging falls and fights without getting hurt. The performance: analyzing scripts, building a character, what to expect from rehearsals, and overcoming stagefright. A backstage look at blocking, lighting, and other technical aspects of theater production. And for the fun of costumes and make-up, a 16-page color insert. In addition, it covers legends and lore (Why is Macbeth cursed? Why do we say "break a leg"?) and offers dozens of must-see movie recommendations. Plus, for the ambitious, talented, and just plain curious, there's advice on how to make a career of it all, with tips on agents and auditions and getting jobs in theater, film, TV, and radio.

Book Image Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults
by Suzanne I. Barchers, Jennifer L. Kroll

Enliven your literature and drama programs with these terrific Readers Theatre scripts! Featuring 16 original scripts that have been adapted from classic works of English literature, this book is perfect for use with young adults and ESL students. The scripts are easy to read and bring out the spirit and essence of each literary work. Each script comes with an introduction, background information, presentation suggestions, prop recommendations, and an overview of the characters. Your students will thoroughly enjoy themselves as they learn about the subject area and improve their vocal and presentation skills. And you will be pleased to support your school's English literature or language arts curriculum in a lively, unconventional fashion!

Book Image Drama Team Handbook
by Alison Siewert
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Drama has power.It can awaken us. Make us curious. Reveal our inner desires and passions. Remind us of our foolishness. Drama has power in worship. It can snap us out of our Sunday morning (or Saturday night) trance. It can draw us into the story of Scripture. It can help us see our sin. It can motivate us to change. But drama can also be dull, predictable, guilt-inducing and just plain cheesy. How do we avoid the pitfalls and discover the power? Alison Siewert and her team of writers have some ideas about that. They offer in this handbook articles on every aspect of drama ministry--from why it's biblical to how to direct a performance, from warm-ups for actors to how to write your own sketches. You'll learn how to do drama that is simple and meaningful--without experienced actors. You'll learn how to craft drama with authenticity and excellence. Also included are cutting-edge sketches for the postmodern crowd that you can reproduce for your drama team and use in your ministry. Drama has power to change lives. Drama Team Handbook will show you how.

Book Image Drama Team Sketchbook: 12 Scripts That Bring the Gospels to Life
by Alison Siewert
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We need drama.Drama helps us see ourselves. It makes space for the parts of life that are ambiguous, thrilling, painful, uncertain. It says things to us that we desperately need to hear, and it says them intuitively, by pointing rather than by explaining.Drama helps us see God. The woman at the well comes to know God because she admits who she really is--and in the very next turn, she hears Jesus speak who he really is.Drama speaks prophetically. Theater can ask hard questions by pointing to them on the stage, and we can say things in the context of theatrical dialogue that we would struggle to speak in any other context.Drama shows in a world that tells. It makes big ideas concrete, helping us understand ideas like hypocrisy, forgiveness, sacrifice and love.We need drama in our ministries, in our churches and on our college campuses. We need drama that helps us tell the story of Jesus so that people can hear and respond. In this "sketchbook" Alison Siewert offers twelve scripts of Gospel stories, from the nativity to the resurrection, that will help those who have ears to hear the Word of God.

Book Image Fabulous Fun Costumes
by Juliet Moxley
From surprisingly humble beginnings (a purchased sweat suit, or a simple-to-sew jumpsuit, pattern included) comes a lively menagerie of costumes that will delight young kids. To the basic suits of black, white, or gray (a couple use green), add a simple fake fur tabard or hood of varying design and the occasional extra accessory and you get a turtle, chimpanzee, elephant, butterfly, panda, penguin, skunk, stegosaurus, tarantula, vampire bat, and eight other critters; full directions and patterns are given for each. Perhaps the key ingredient in each costume's success is the well-designed face-painting scheme, for which detailed step-by-step instructions are provided. (Snazaroo is actually a brand of face paint available at craft stores, but any brand will do.) Costume construction is mostly easy (straightforward stitching; sometimes fusible web or fabric glue), and each project includes a kid-friendly sidebar that explains a bit about the animal's behavior and/or eating habits so youngsters can practice acting like their chosen creature and even learn a bit about it. One small quibble: the general instructions say the patterns are intended for ages 6 to 12, but the designs are more likely to appeal to ages 3 to 8; the average 10-year-old is likely to find them too juvenile. However, the gridded patterns can be enlarged to any desired size, so it shouldn't be a problem to adjust down for the littlest trick-or-treaters. --Amy Handy

Book Image Fifty Fabulous Fables: Beginning Readers Theatre
by Suzanne I. Barchers

Involve young children in reading and learning with these charming readers theatre scripts based on traditional fables from around the world. Adapted to beginning reading levels, each of these reproducible scripts has been evaluated with the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale and is grouped into a section for first, second, third, or fourth grade reading levels. Children will enjoy participating in Barchers' renditions of well-loved stories. Educators will appreciate the guidelines and tips for presentation, props, and delivery. The book also includes a fable unit with the history, elements of fables, themes, activity ideas, and suggestions for evaluation. A bibliography of further resources concludes the book.

Book Image Folktales on Stage: Children's Plays for Reader's Theater
by Aaron Shepard

Folktales on Stage is a collection of reader's theater scripts for young readers, adapted by award-winning children's author Aaron Shepard from his own folktale retellings. A wide variety of countries and cultures is represented, including Native America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia, and China. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed for educational, noncommercial purposes. While aiming mostly at ages 8 to 15, the collection features a full range of reading levels.

Book Image Frantic Frogs and Other Frankly Fractured Folktales for Readers Theatre
by Anthony Fredericks

Have you heard "Don't Kiss Sleeping Beauty, She's Got Really Bad Breath" or "The Ugly Duckling Sues His Parents for Bad Genes"? This resource offers more than 20 reproducible satirical scripts for rip-roaring dramatics. Fredericks's side-splitting send-ups are guaranteed to get everyone involved.

Book Image From Atalanta to Zeus : Readers Theatre from Greek Mythology
by Suzanne I. Barchers

Greek mythology, an important part of the curriculum for middle and high school students, serves as an exciting source of creative inspiration. Through these 26 scripts, you will not only introduce students to a fascinating body of literature, but also build their oral reading and presentation skills. Each script introduces a character from Greek mythology and chronicles some of the important mythical events surrounding the figure. Students get to know heroes, such as Heracles and Athena, in addition to lesser known but equally fascinating figures, such as Chiron and Asclepius. A pronunciation guide for more than 300 Greek names and a detailed index make this a user-friendly resource.

Book Image Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz (Author), Robert Byrd (Illustrator)

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant’s daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. There’s also mud-slinging Barbary (and her noble victim); Jack, the compassionate half-wit; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and many more. With a deep appreciation for the period and a grand affection for both characters and audience, Laura Amy Schlitz creates twenty-two riveting portraits and linguistic gems equally suited to silent reading or performance. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by Robert Byrd — inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany — this witty, historically accurate, and utterly human collection forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England.

Book Image Great Moments in Science: Experiments and Readers Theatre
by Kendall Haven

Significant moments of scientists' discoveries and inventions come alive in these 12 scripts based on stories in Marvels of Science. Linked with each are student experiments that parallel or simulate the actual experiments in the story. For example, young learners can enact the process by which Galileo developed his Law of Falling Objects. Detailed directions and step-by-step instructions guide students through experiments in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, rocketry, genetics, and other major fields of science.

Book Image Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques
by Viola Spolin, Paul Sills (Editor)

Here is the thoroughly revised third edition of the bible of improvisational theater.

Viola Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the very nature and practice of modern theater. The first two editions of Improvisation for the Theater sold more than 100,000 copies and inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, film. These techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, and psychology.

Book Image Judge for Yourself: Famous American Trials for Readers Theatre
by Suzanne I. Barchers

Ten readers theatre scripts based on some of the most famous, sensational trials in U.S. history provide a fascinating glimpse into our past and our justice system. These compelling dramas are based on actual trial proceedings, and have been adapted to the interest and reading level of students in upper elementary and middle school. Details of the crime have been incorporated into the trial format allowing the story to unfold through the eyes of the jury. The verdict is detailed in a separate section, allowing students to decide what the outcome should be. These scripts are wonderful tools for enhancing history, social studies, civics, humanities, or the English program. They sharpen critical thinking skills through the deliberation process; help build and refine reading, oral presentation, and performance skills.

Book Image Kids Take the Stage: Helping Young People Discover the Creative Outlet of Theater
by Lenka Peterson, Dan O'Connor

Book Image Let's Put on a Show!: A Beginner's Theatre Handbook for Young Actors
by Adrea Gibbs

A beginner's theatre handbook for young actors. This text covers the "what", "where", "when" and "how" of staging a show. Includes information on scripting, casting, staging, sets and scenery, props, costumes and makeup. Also included are the basics of backstage and technical particulars. Every beginning participant in a play production should have a copy of this book to learn theatre vocabulary and what they can do to make a show work! Illustrations make for quick and easy comprehension of theatre essentials.

Book Image Mediaeval Stage, The
by E. K. Chambers

Comprehensive, groundbreaking work encompasses vast amount of material—from the demise of ancient Roman spectacles (c. 400 AD) to a new class of professional players by the 16th-century. Excellent accounts of wandering minstrels, mimes, mummers, miracle and morality plays, puppet shows, dramatic pageants, liturgical plays and much more. An indispensable reference for historians, students of English theater and anyone interested in medieval life.

Book Image More One-Act Plays: Acting for Students: An Anthology of Short One-Act Plays for One to Three Actors
by Norman A. Bert (Editor), Deb Bert (Editor)

Book Image New One-Act Plays for Acting Students: A New Anthology of Complete One-Act Plays for One, Two, or Three Actors
by Deb Bert (Editor), Norman A. Bert (Editor)

Twenty modern one act plays.

Book Image On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids
by Lisa Bany-Winters

Book Image Readers Theatre for American History
by Anthony Fredericks

Give students a "you are there" perspective on the unfolding of critical milestones, memorable circumstances, and colorful venues that have shaped the American experience. Arranged chronologically, these 24 readers theatre scripts put students in roles of selected historical figures where they can travel with a determined family along the Oregon Trail or to the moon with Neil Armstrong. Activity ideas and learning extensions follow each script.

Book Image Readers Theatre for Beginning Readers
by Suzanne I. Barchers

Build reading skills with these charming scripts based on folktales and fables from around the world. Each of the 20 reproducible scripts has been evaluated using the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale and grouped into readability levels by grade.

Book Image Scenes from Shakespeare: Fifteen Cuttings for the Classroom
by Michael Wilson

A collection of fifteen short scenes from five Shakespeare plays: "Romeo and Juliet," "The Merchant of Venice," "Julius Caesar," "Othello," and "Hamlet." Each scene is preceded by a plot synopsis and descriptions of the characters.

Book Image Shakespeare's Globe : An Interactive Pop-up Theatre
by Toby Forward, Juan Wijngaard (Illustrator)
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Welcome to the Globe, the greatest theater in the world! The year is 1612, and leading Shakespearean actor Richard Burbage is conducting a backstage tour of everything from the pit below the stage to the grand ceiling painted to resemble the heavens. Take a peek inside this marvelous miniature theater to find:
— A 3-D pop-up model of the Globe Theatre
— A book of fascinating inside facts on the theater's history, design, and legendary performances
— 10 sheets containing a total of 20 press-out, standup characters
— Two booklets — one for you and one for a friend — featuring popular scenes from 12 Shakespearean plays, including A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT, and more

In SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE — approved by the Globe Theatre itself — you'll find everything you need to stage your own performances of the most memorable scenes in theater history.

Book Image Silly Salamanders and Other Slightly Stupid Stuff for Readers Theatre
by Anthony Fredericks

Fill your library or classroom with giggles and laughter with these uproarious readers theater scripts from popular author Tony Fredericks. The more than two dozen reproducible scripts are based on fractured fairy tales and twisted legends. Guaranteed to re-energize the language arts and writing curricula, this collection will educate and entertain. The book also includes helpful guidelines and an abundance of tips and ideas for using readers theater to extend learning.

Book Image Simply Shakespeare : Readers Theatre for Young People
by Jennifer L. Kroll (Editor)

You don't have to look any further to find the best of the Bard! From misalliances and misadventures to romance and comedy, students can explore the wonderful world of Shakespeare through Readers Theatre. This unique collection of 13 scripts from Weekly Reader's Read magazine features age-appropriate play adaptations from some of Shakespeare's greatest and best-known works. Magnificently preserving the flavor of Shakespeare's writings, the language has been modernized so that young readers can easily grasp and appreciate the characters and the plot. Each script is accompanied by a summary, presentation suggestions, and a character list.

Book Image Small Plays for Special Days
by Sue Alexander (Author), Thomas Huffman (Illustrator)

Seven original short plays for two actors, with themes relating to our most popular holidays. Includes notes on staging and a list of common items to be used as props.

Book Image Social Studies Readers Theatre for Children : Scripts and Script Development
by Mildred Knight Laughlin, Peggy Tubbs Black, Margery Kirby Loberg

This resource provides 14 reproducible tall tale scripts about such characters as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Mike Fink, and Stormalong, and a section that uses 8 books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and 60 suggested scripts for students to write. The latter are based on passages from books about Colonial America and the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the settling of the West, and twentieth-century America. All books used for scripts have been selected for their literary excellence and reader appeal. Grades 4-6.

Book Image Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theatre
by Anthony Fredericks

Energize your language arts program with these wild and wacky adaptations of Mother Goose rhymes and traditional fairy tales that will fill your classroom with laughter and learning! Featuring more than 25 reproducible scripts, it also offers numerous practical guidelines for using readers theatre in the classroom, this book is a perfect resource for your reading program.

Book Image Theatre Games for Young Performers: Improvisations and Exercises for Developing Acting Skills
by Maria C. Novelly, Arthur L. Zapel (Editor), Kathy Pijanowski (Editor)

Written especially for those who coach adolescent actors, this delightfully fresh workbook tells you the how, when, what and why of theatre games for young performers. Anyone working with young actors in schools or recreational centers will find this book exceptionally helpful. The basics of pantomime, improvisations, voice control, monologs and dialogs are all presented in game formats with exercises and worksheets for easy organization.

Book Image US History Readers' Theater Grd 5 & up
by Robert W. Smith (Author)
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Why use Readers' Theater in history classes? The format gives students a sense of involvement with the human dramas that make up history. Performers can relate to the tension of a young married couple escaping from slavery to freedom. They can imagine the terror of wading through the water at Omaha Beach as bullets strike their buddies. They can visualize Hugh Glass crawling across rocks and cactus on his 100 mile journey to safety. Each of 15 scripts is accompanied by background information, extension activities (including literature connections), and discussion questions.

Book Image World History Readers' Theater Grd 5 & up
by Robert W. Smith
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ormat gives students a sense of involvement with the human dramas that make up history. Performers can relate to the tension of a young married couple escaping from slavery to freedom. They can get a glimpse of the extraordinary creativity and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and the Impressionist painters, as well as experience tons of other worldy adventures! Each of the15 scripts in each book is accompanied by background information, extension activities (including literature connections), and discussion questions.

Book Image Young Actors' Workbook
by Judith Roberts Seto

A collection of specially chosen scenes and monologues with directions for the actors. Sections for 12 and older, 16 and older, young women, and young men.

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