Make Your Kids Drama Production Fly

Directing children's dramaThis is the time of year when many people are busy rehearsing plays and musicals in time for performances around Christmas time: school plays, youth drama groups and amateur companies are all at it.  If you are in charge of a kids drama production this year then this is for you, as we have rounded up some great advice on getting your cast and company to give their best.

Starting with the way in which everything stems from the initial choice of script, Joseph Adler introduces the starting point in directing drama in this great video:

How To Direct a Play | Theatre Directing

How do you approach a play as a Director? Is the playwright supreme, or is the director most important? In any case, if you are a director, the Number One th…

 

Of course kids and teenagers present their own strengths and challenges as performers. The writers of the next two posts present their experiences of working with students with humour and insight:

Things I’ve learned while directing a middle school play…. | Micah 

http://micahandheather.wordpress.com Sat, 06 Mar 2010 16:44:57 GMT

1. Never trust a middle school student explicitly. My main character needed cufflinks & I was wondering where in the world we were going to find cufflinks & a shirt that works with cufflinks all to fit a middle school boy.

 

November Newspaper Article – On Directing the School Play Recently

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Last weekend I concluded two months of directing our school’s fall play, a Woody Allen comedy called “Don’t Drink the Water”. It’s about an American family on vacation behind the Iron Curtain (it was written in 1967) which,

 

Although the script is the starting point and getting students to learn their lines may impossible there is much more to performance than just the words and in the next post you’ll find some great techniques to give your students real stage presence:

Directing Student Actors: Making Young Actors More Powerful …

http://broadwayeducators.com Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:26:40 GMT

If you are a teacher or drama director working with school students, then you have your work cut out for you. When directing a school or after-school play with those in primary or secondary grades drama directors must spent a 

 

Finally, from auditions to the curtain call Sparklife have a great digest of advice for anyone trying to bring out the best in young performers.

SparkLife » How to Direct a High School Play

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Sparkler bobbieslick directed Othello last year as a high school junior, and this year is directing an original play based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Snow White and Red Rose. Good luck, bobbieslick (and send us a 

 

 

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  1. efpierce
    efpierce at | | Reply

    Those were some very good stories! Thanks for the links to them, it gave me something to read over my evening coffee. I especially like the cufflinks one as I can relate well to it. 🙂

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