Here are 4 ways for homeschoolers to participate in drama WITHOUT producing a play.
4 Ways for Homeschoolers to Participate in Drama WITHOUT Producing a Play
Producing a play is loads of fun! It’s also a big commitment, and sometimes homeschoolers in your community or even your own children would benefit from involvement in drama at a time when there is no director/producer available to mount a full-scale production of a play.
Here are some ideas for giving student actors opportunity to perform even if there’s just no way to do a play right now:
4 Ways for Homeschoolers to Participate in Drama
Prepare “An Evening of Monologues and Cuttings.” There are loads of books created for actors who need a personal mini-library for auditions or classroom work. Find an appropriate monologue or two for each actor. Than study a bit about the background of the piece, and prepare for a low-key, living room performance.
Watching performances of your monologue by other actors is easy in the day of YouTube. This allows you to get lots of ideas on how to present the piece. If you try this with a co-op, you’ll have enough performance material for an event! Maybe combine it with a potluck meal for the families of the actors. Don’t forget to invite grandparents or friends, and clap as loudly as you can!
Tips for Organizing
Organize a book club, and with the group encourage a drama option for bringing a scene from your story to life. If your students are high schoolers, or are fairly “serious” about drama, find a well-written, published adaptation. Don’t subject them to a “Lame!….my mom threw it together and made us do this” script. Lest they will feel insulted by it. Respect their feelings about the endeavor. Sometimes coming to together to read a-loud a drama can be fun and educational for the students.
Organize a talent show in your homeschooling community. If there are only a few kids who want to act, help them find monologues or cuttings from plays, and fill out the event with singers, jugglers, artists, dancers, etc. Meanwhile, for bonus points to help include more students make it a fund-raiser and sell snacks. This can help to include other students who may not want to perform.
Lead by Example!
Offer to teach an Acting Class for a semester in your homeschool community. You don’t have to be an expert. Meet weekly for 2 hours, and use those same trusty books for your classroom material. Therefore, use the internet and video of productions for your own learning process as you figure out ways to help students bring their characters to life. Specifically, websites like ehow.com will give you ideas for the core techniques you need to teach.
We even have a curriculum to help you teach! How to Direct a Drama Camp You really CAN produce a full-length, high-quality show in only two weeks! Your audiences will be amazed at all you and your cast accomplished in such a short time. Sabrina has been producing annual Drama Camps just like these with groups of homeschoolers in her area (although the material would be suitable for young people who are not homeschooled as well) for over a decade.
Have you found creative ways to inspire teens in drama and the fine arts?
We even created a Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Curriculum to continue the learning. Cinema Studies for Literature Learning curriculum is geared to the visual learner in high school, to those who are reluctant readers or for whom reading is very time-consuming, and to those who love movies! Good movies tell good stories, and good storytelling requires the use of traditionally respected literary devices and techniques. With a little help from a study guide, many movies introduce the viewer to excellent literature that is being presented in a visual medium.
Creating these kinds of opportunities for student actors will require much less on the part of the director. Hence, no need for booking a stage or a church for performance. No need to pay for royalties or to find a whole cast. Nor a need to do costumes for a crowd. But even using the limited parameters, the student actors themselves get to learn respected material by published playwrights, and they are limited only by themselves as they prepare a monologue for performance.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. The actors have arrived!
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