Classroom Packs

While almost any of the scripts in our catalogue can be used in the classroom, there are some great resources designed specifically for drama and English teachers to use in class. The books gathered here include script anthologies, music packs and teaching packs which typically contain multiple script copies, teachers notes and production guidance. Visit the book link for more details of each pack.

12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays: Humorous Takes on Favorite Tales That Boost Reading Skills, Build Fluency & Keep Your Class Chuckling With Lots of Read-Aloud Fun!

12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays by Justin Mccory Martin (Author), Terry Sirrell (Illustrator)


Students will have oodles of fun building essential reading skills with rib-tickling versions of beloved fairy tales turned into read-aloud plays! Even your most reluctant readers won’t be able to resist these hilarious twists on their favorite tales— Spiderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bullfrogs, The Popsicle Boy, Little Late Riding Hood, The Cheetah and the Sloth, Rafunzel and many more! Plus: Each play comes complete with instant discussion starters, vocabulary boosters, imaginative writing prompts, and a brief history of the fairy tale. For use with Grades 2-4.


12 Fabulously Funny Folktale Plays

12 Fabulously Funny Folktale Plays by Justin Mccory Martin


Students will have oodles of fun building essential reading skills with rib-tickling versions of beloved fairy tales turned into read-aloud plays! Even your most reluctant readers won¹t be able to resist these hilarious twists on their favorite tales‹ Spiderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bullfrogs, The Popsicle Boy, Little Late Riding Hood, The Cheetah and the Sloth, Rafunzel and many more! Plus: Each play comes complete with instant discussion starters, vocabulary boosters, imaginative writing prompts, and a brief history of the fairy tale.


A Midsummer Nights Dream for Kids

A Midsummer Nights Dream for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett


“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.


 


 


Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds

Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds, edited by Jean Marlow


Intended for students and children taking part in speech and drama competitions and exams, this book contains a range of audition speeches. It includes female, male and unisex speeches selected from both plays and children’s books. Where relevant the author has indicated how a speech could be shortened for younger children. There is also an introductory section with contributions from Alan Ayckbourn, Carol Schroder (teacher and examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), Richard Carpenter (TV writer) and Ed Wilson (Director of the National Youth Theatre) and senior casting directors for the RSC, TV and film. This edition has been freshly revised to include 10 new speeches from well known recent productions as well as children’s books including Harry Potter. ‘A superb compilation’ Amateur Stage


Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tale Plays

Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tale Plays by Joan M. Wolf


What happens when Cinderella wears shoes she’s made from recycled materials to the ball? Tap into students’ sense of humor with five lively plays that take the plots, characters, and settings of traditional fairy tales and turn them on their heads! Includes character parts written at a variety of reading levels, book links, and writing activities that help students build on traditional fairy tale structures and write in different genres. For use with Grades 3-5.


Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops

Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops by Jessica Swale


This book is the first in a projected series offering a wealth of drama games for people of all ages and abilities. Their aim is to ensure that the drama leader never runs out of fresh ideas. A dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book, packed with 101 lively drama games for use in any classroom or workshop setting. The games are designed to explore a wide range of core drama skills: energy, focus, teamwork, trust, character, storytelling, imagination and improvisation. Each page features clear instructions on How to Play, notes on the Aim of the Game and advice on age range, number of players, timing and skills developed. The games are also ideal for directors in the rehearsal room, searching for new ways to energise and inspire actors.


Fractured Fairy Tales for Student Actors: A Collection of Contemporary Fairy Tale Scenes

Fractured Fairy Tales for Student Actors: A Collection of Contemporary Fairy Tale Scenes by Jan Peterson Ewen


This collection of comedic fairy tale spoofs is divided into two sections: Short five-minute scenes for two or three actors and longer ten-minute scenes for six to twenty actors. Each scene is a comedic re-enactment of a classic fairy tale. Well-known characters face contemporary situations or have new issues of their own. Sample titles include: Have a Seat – Miss Muffet sends the spider up a waterspout. Is the Doctor In? – Jack and Jill seek medical help. Go for the Gold – For your consideration: the life of Jack and Edith Sprat, and many more. All scenes have flexible, balanced casts. Easy to stage. Excellent contest material.


Hamlet For Kids

Hamlet For Kids adapted by Lois Burdett


Perhaps the best-known of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Hamlet has all the ingredients for a gripping story: revenge and power, familial love and betrayal, dramatic sword fights, dark spooky scenes. Once again Lois Burdett has woven her own brand of magic by transforming Shakespeare’s complex verse into rhyming couplets. She has created a version of Hamlet especially for children, even as young as seven, and one that readers of all ages will enjoy.


At the appropriately named Hamlet Elementary School in Stratford, Ontario, where Burdett has taught for over 20 years, her students have created wonderful drawings of Hamlet to illustrate Burdett’s fluid rhymes. The students’ interpretations are vivid evidence of Burdett’s clever ability to bring Shakespeare’s complex characters and intricate plots to life for young people.


How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig and William Shakespeare


A foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare’s plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Jane Austen to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. In a sense, his works are a kind of Bible for the modern world, bringing us together intellectually and spiritually. Hamlet, Juliet, Macbeth, Ophelia, and a vast array of other singular Shakespearean characters have become the archetypes of our consciousness. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to instill an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.


Ken Ludwig devised his methods while teaching his own children, and his approach is friendly and easy to master. Beginning with memorizing short specific passages from Shakespeare’s plays, this method then instills children with cultural references they will utilize for years to come. Ludwig’s approach includes understanding of the time period and implications of Shakespeare’s diction as well as the invaluable lessons behind his words and stories. Colorfully incorporating the history of Shakespearean theater and society, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare guides readers on an informed and adventurous journey through the world in which the Bard wrote.


This book’s simple process allows anyone to impart to children the wisdom of plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. And there’s fun to be had along the way. Shakespeare novices and experts, and readers of all ages, will each find something delightfully irresistible in How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.


Kids Musical Theatre Collection Volume 1

Kids Musical Theatre Collection Vol 1 – Vocal Collection


This giant two-volume resource will be indispensible for teachers working with children singing solos. There is a large variety of material, from classic Disney songs to Broadway to movie favorites to songs from “Sesame Street.” Each volume has songs for both girls and boys.


Volume 1 includes 29 songs from stage, screen and television musicals, these are by far our largest collections of solos for children.


Contents: Any Dream Will Do (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) * Born to Entertain (Ruthless) * The Candy Man (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) * Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables) * Consider Yourself (Oliver!) * Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians) * Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat (The Aristocats) * Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins) * Happiness (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) * I Don’t Need Anything but You (Oliver!) * I Got the Sun in the Morning (Annie Get Your Gun) * I Know Things Now (Into the Woods) * I Whistle a Happy Tune (The King and I) * I’d Do Anything (Oliver) * It’s the Hard-Knock Life (Annie) * Les Poissons (The Little Mermaid) * Let Me Entertain You (Gypsy) * Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Mary Poppins) * Little Lamb (Gypsy) * Maybe (Annie) * My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music) * On the Good Ship Lollipop (Bright Eyes) * Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) * Reflection (Mulan) * So This Is Love (The Cinderella Waltz) (Cinderella) * Tomorrow (Annie) * We’re All in This Together (High School Musical) * When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio) * The Work Song (Cinderella) .


MacBeth For Kids

MacBeth for Kids – adapted by Lois Burdett


“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.


Macbeth for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.


From the author: “Most students will be exposed to the works of Shakespeare, typically in high school. The language and content of the plays is seen as too difficult for younger children but primary children are underestimated as to what they can accomplish given the challenge. The study of Shakespeare has become an integral part of my grade two program at Hamlet School, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.


When I first moved to Stratford, I had no intention of teaching Shakespeare to 7 and 8 year olds. Stratford is a beautiful city noted for its Shakespearean theatre and I was interested that the schools were all named after Shakespearean characters. I asked my class, “Who is William Shakespeare?” and “Why is our school called Hamlet?” Their answers were surprising. One thought he was a famous boxer. Another believed he was the President of Canada. A third student responded, “I don’t know who William Shakespeare is. I don’t know any of the big kids.” It was the children’s enthusiasm and excitement on making the connection between an historical figure and the name of their school, which led me to continue. Thirty years later I can’t imagine teaching anywhere in the world and not introducing Shakespeare. The study provided tremendous growth, particularly in the area of language and communication and evolved into a learning experience of a lifetime. I have endeavored in my books and workshops for teachers to share the excitement of exploring with children, the timeless emotions and ideas of Shakespeare.”


Making Theatre

Making Theatre by Joss Bennathan


 


An inspiring, practical handbook for anyone working with young people to make devised theatre.

Managing the devising process is often demanding, difficult and challenging. It can lead even highly competent drama teachers to feel disempowered. However, help is at hand. Making Theatre: The Frazzled Drama Teacher’s Guide to Devising provides a framework that will take the stress out of the process, and help teachers to ensure their students realise their full potential.


Bennathan answers the common questions raised by drama teachers, from ‘What’s the best way of grouping my students?’ and ‘How long should the rehearsal process be?’ to ‘How do I enable students to avoid shallow, clichéd work?’ and ‘How do I ensure that boys engage and attain?’ He shows how to build the foundations that underpin devised theatre, and provides ten invaluable structures for devised work, to meet the needs of different students and situations.


The book also includes a range of stand-alone exercises covering key areas such as voice and movement, characterisation, communication, scene transitions, narrative economy and clarity, performance conventions, and the relationship between style, content and form.


Much Ado About Nothing for Kids

Much Ado About Nothing for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett


“What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?” These famous lines from Shakespeare’s comedyMuch Ado About Nothing delightfully show the verbal sparring between the reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick who are happily brought together at the end by the schemes of their friends. And, no story is complete without at least one evil character, Don John, who unsuccessfully tries to tear apart the wedding plans of Hero and Claudio, the other lovers in this sparkling tale.


Written in rhyming couplets, Much Ado About Nothing, the eighth book in this successful series, captures all the exciting elements of the original story, and is truly a delightful read for both adult and child.


Lois Burdett has been a teacher at Hamlet Public School in Stratford, Ontario, for over twenty years and her expertise in bringing Shakespeare to life for children as young as seven is reflected in the children’s clever insights and wonderful drawings which complement the play.


Her success has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for workshops as far afield as Europe and Australia where she instructs educators on how they too can familiarize young children with Shakespeare.


From the Foreword by Denzel Washington


“[Lois Burdett’s] delightfully entertaining text is complemented by her students’ thoughtful interpretations and charming artwork which make Much Ado About Nothing come alive in a whole new way.”


No Stable Too Small - Fifteen Christmas Plays for Churches of All Sizes

No Stable Too Small – Fifteen Christmas Plays for Churches of All Sizes


This great value festive Collection offers no fewer than 15 Christmas plays

These humorous, down-to-earth plays each bring a fresh perspective to the Christmas story through such creative devices as imagining the thoughts and feelings of fringe characters (like an innkeeper or a servant or one of the magi)


Or by updating the story with contemporary settings and characters


It also offers a variety of practical material for a range of situations – from shorter plays with small casts and lines that can be easily mastered by younger children to more elaborate pieces with sophisticated themes for older children and adults


The flexible scenes are especially valuable for small congregations that lack the resources to mount large-scale productions


No sets are required, and only simple costumes and minimal props are needed


And with a running time of about 20 minutes each, it’s easy to fit them within a Christmas Eve or Advent Sunday worship service


TITLES INCLUDE:


No Stable Too Small

Love Finds a Way

It Wasn’t the Hilton, You Know

Christmas Eve at Angel School

Because God Said So, That’s Why

No Small Parts

“Unto Us a Child Is Born”

Miracles? No Problem!


And seven more!


Play Time by Julia Donaldson

Play Time by Julia Donaldson


From the best-selling and much-loved author of THE GRUFFALO and other classic picture books, eleven fun-to-act short plays for primary-aged children (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) complete with helpful, simple guidance on target age, running time and cast! Ranging from adaptations of traditional tales (eg, the legend of Persephone and Three Billy Goats Gruff) to original and contemporary short plays, Julia Donaldson has produced an entertaining, simple, satisfying play collection.


About the Author

Julia Donaldson MBE is the Children’s Laureate and author of many bestselling books for children, including the acknowledged modern classic THE GRUFFALO, which has won the Smarties Prize and the Blue Peter Award for the Best Book to Read Aloud. Julia has also written many children’s plays and songs, and runs regular storytelling and drama workshops. She lives in Glasgow with her family.


Playscripts for Primary Schools: A Resource Pack of Scripts for Adaptation

Playscripts for Primary Schools moves beyond the traditional end-of-year or Christmas production to show that working together with variously sized groups of pupils can be a valuable curricular activity. The author’s playscripts can be used for many purposes e.g. to reinforce or introduce history topics, for group writing exercises, to build co-operation and problem-solving skills and a way of opening up discussions on any range of topics. The playscripts can also be customised to suit individual schools and location, and to include opportunity for improvisation.


Romeo and Juliet Class Pack: Oxford School Shakespeare [Paperback]

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Classroom teaching pack


BL Full accessible notes ideal for students

BL Additional information and reading lists

BL A range of llustrations, both decorative and explanatory

BL A school edition that is both accessible and academically rigorous

BL OSS range also includes Romeo and Juliet Reading Guide and OxBox to support study of the text


BL Provide essential background material for students

BL A reusable booklet with magazine-style feel to engage students

BL A useful ‘way in’ to various aspects of the play

BL A flexible resource that can be used throughout the study of the play


Romeo and Juliet for Kids

Romeo and Juliet for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett


“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.


Romeo and Juliet for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.


Shakespeare with Children: Six Scripts For Young Players

Shakespeare with Children: Six Scripts For Young Players by Elizabeth Weinstein


Does your class or children’s group need a jump start in producing thrilling, engrossing, lively theater?


Joy, greed, love, fear, and gluttony are just a few of the elements woven into Shakespeare’s plays; these timeless topics provide endless fascination for children of any age.


In Shakespeare with Children: Six Scripts for Young Players, Elizabeth Weinstein retains the beauty of Shakespeare s original language and the sheer fun of acting onstage, while substantially shortening and adapting six plays for children ages eight to thirteen.


These forty-minute scripts come with an arsenal of practical suggestions for simple productions. Teachers (and parents) will find ideas for easy back-of-the-closet costume pieces, as well as for sets, props, and music. Historical and literary background is also provided.


Contents:

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Why Perform Classroom Plays?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Macbeth

King Henry IV, Part I

Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

Appendix A. About Shakespeare

Appendix B. Bibliography

Appendix C. Sample Letter Home


Weinstein has created an amazing resource for teachers who want to introduce their own students to the richness and wonder of the Bard. Her beautifully adapted texts are especially well served by the wonderfully useful suggestions for staging and music. Hurray for Shakespeare with Children! –Bruce Coville, Author of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (and other Shakespeare picture books), My Teacher Is an Alien, Song of the Wanderer, and many other books for children.


As a fifth-grade teacher, I am thrilled that I can use this wonderful resource to introduce my students to the beautiful language, marvelous characters, intriguing plots, and fascinating history in Shakespeare’s plays. The adaptations in this well-chosen collection lend themselves beautifully to cross-curricular connections among social studies, reading, language arts, music, and art. It is hard to imagine a better way to hook young students on Shakespeare than by having them read and act in these delightful versions of the Bard’s work. –Elizabeth Ester, North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois


Ms. Weinstein’s book is a must for every creative elementary classroom. She gives you all the tools you need to build a beautiful production of six different Shakespearean classics including comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest), tragedy (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet), and history (King Henry IV, Part I). The book provides a detailed blueprint that includes a synopsis and ideas for music, props, backdrops, and costumes, as well as a hard-to-find pronunciation key for each character. A great gift for teachers that will benefit their students forever. –Ronald Bell, Artistic Director, Syracuse


The Tempest for Kids

The Tempest for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett


The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child’s imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare’s complex verse into a format readily understood by children.


Children’s enthusiasm toward Burdett’s adapted Shakespeare is evident in the wonderful drawings and anecdotes created by her Grade 2 and 3 students at Hamlet Elementary School in Stratford, Ontario. Together with the five other books in the successful and beautifully produced Shakespeare Can Be Fun! series, The Tempest will delight teachers, parents and children.


Twelfth Night for Kids

Twelfth Night for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett


“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.


Twelfth Night for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.


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    hi , I please need a speech for school for 11yrs about Romeo and Juliet, from shakespear, urgently,

    I am from South-Africa
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    Maria

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