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Posted By Hans Offenfrish 05-22-2024 12:29
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It just occurred to me that I know some schools have performed a selection of plays from It's Elementary! Twelve Short Plays for Upper Elementary School Actors for their productions. Although the title says "Elementary," some of the scripts are suitable for older age groups as well. In particular, the ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 05-22-2024 12:29
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I just wanted to second the suggestion of "The Play That Goes Wrong." I make it a point to frequent the shows of various high schools in my area to see what works and what doesn't work. This past fall, I caught a production of "The Play That Goes Wrong." It was absolutely hilarious! I was very impressed ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 05-06-2024 09:03
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"The Mother Goose News Hour" is a fun choice for a very young target audience. The script calls for a cast of 19 but it can be performed with a cast of 20 if the part of the ANNOUNCER is divvied up for 2 performers. The script can be purchased either directly from the publisher, YouthPLAYS.com, or from ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 03-09-2024 07:21
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Well, here's a one-act mystery with a simple set. Synopsis Little Boy Blue has gone missing! Oh where, oh where could he be? Don't fret-The Mother Goose News Hour is on the case, providing live coverage of the latest and greatest happenings in the world of nursery rhymes. It's available through the ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-21-2024 17:12
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I had no idea the wide variety of roles that people in this theatre Forum perform. Thank you so much for opening my eyes! ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-19-2024 13:13
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Last summer, Boji Bantam Children's Theatre in Iowa showcased a production of "The Mother Goose News Hour." Below is a link to an excerpt of the script. If you scroll to the The Production Notes, which appear on page 5 of the excerpt, it states that all songs can either be sung or spoken by the character. ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-19-2024 10:51
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I'm just curious about the members of this Forum. Are most folks drama teachers at public schools? Alternatively, are most people drama instructors through Parks & Recreation or other afterschool type programs? ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-18-2024 18:28
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This is great information. Thank you so much! ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-17-2024 20:19
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You might be able to find what you're looking for on Drama Notebook. They advertise royalty-free scripts. Here's the link: https://www.dramanotebook.com/plays-for-kids/ ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-17-2024 19:02
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Hello, all you experienced drama teachers out there! For those of us who are new at this, how far in advance do you figure out which play you're going to have your students perform? For example, do you figure out the Fall production over the summer or before then? ------------------------------ Hans ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-15-2024 17:32
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Ahh . . . I think the issue is the cast size of 25 - 35 students. The only 15 -20 minute production I've done with a cast that large for elementary grades has been "Cake for the Queen." Unfortunately, that script, which is published by YouthPLAYS, is not royalty free. You can read an excerpt of that ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-15-2024 13:56
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What is most in demand by theatre classes for elementary, middle grade, and high school students? Is it 10 minute plays, one acts, or full length scripts? Also, is the preference for comedies or dramas? ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 02-06-2024 15:44
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I don't have a lesson in mind. However, I did want to comment that some scripts are written such that the lines are significantly easier for performers to memorize their lines than others. ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 01-29-2024 13:47
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Thank you, everyone, for all the wonderful suggestions! ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 01-27-2024 19:33
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I'm looking for ideas on how to market a play to the community. Any suggestions on good ways to attract an audience? ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 01-23-2024 13:05
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Not a problem where I am. Could be just a Florida issue. I have heard a lot of stories from people who grew up in Florida. ------------------------------ Hans Offenfrish ------------------------------
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 01-18-2024 13:28
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For a one act for 9th graders, I'd consider "Cake for the Queen" which is published by YouthPLAYS. It deals with people not appearing to be what they seem as well as transformation. It is available on the publisher's website (youthplays.com) as well as on Amazon. It's great if you're looking for something ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 12-06-2023 15:27
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I recently started a discussion on the Educational Theatre Association's Open Forum with the heading "Where to look for scripts?". One of the people who replied, Brendan Conheady, provided a link to an article that listed play publishers for schools. I know that some of the publishers cited, like YouthPLAYS, ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 11-29-2023 17:09
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@Brendan Conheady -- Your curated list starts with "Stage Partners". Is that different than the "Stage Agent" that Elisabeth Ledwell mentions above? Also, your list includes "YouthPLAYS" which someone else pointed me to. Does anyone have any first-hand experience with them? ------------------------------ ...
Posted By Hans Offenfrish 11-29-2023 17:05
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Thank you. I see your list has a lot of old stand-bys (e.g. Arsenic & Old Lace, Shakespeare, etc.). I like seeing plays that I'm not familiar with which I see a number of as well. I especially appreciate the personal comments that you've included in your list. That's quite a chronology! --------- ...