NICK — Usually for the first four weeks I go . . .
DORA — Apple picking? Strawberry picking? Tomato picking? Dish washing?
NICK — And then . . .
DORA — To Mexico for a week!"
— from the book
101 Dialogues, Sketches & Skits: Instant Theater for Teens & Tweens is a collection of short theater dialogues that can be performed on the spot. Each dialogue is introduced with suggested interpretations for the performers. Written primarily for drama teachers working with students ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, the sketches and skits can also/i>… See more details below
101 Dialogues, Sketches & Skits: Instant Theater for Teens & Tweens is a collection of short theater dialogues that can be performed on the spot. Each dialogue is introduced with suggested interpretations for the performers. Written primarily for drama teachers working with students ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, the sketches and skits can also be used in many other middle and high school classrooms as well as by professional and non-professional theater-training groups of any age.
101 Dialogues, Sketches & Skits is part of the SmartFun Activity series from Hunter House which includes over 25 titles that have sold more than 200,000 copies to date. These books encourage imagination, social interaction, and self-expression in children. To make the books easy to use, games are organized according to the skills they develop and then further marked with icons that highlight appropriate age levels, times of play, and group size. Most games are non-competitive, few requires props or equipment, and none require special skills or training. The series is widely used in homes, schools, daycare centers, clubs, and summer camps.
A family full of drama experts, authors Paul Rooyackers, his son Bors, and daughter-in-law Liesbeth Mende have created a book that will be fun for teenagers and their teachers. The authors know a good dialogue when they see one. Paul Rooyackers is a well-known dance and drama teacher with over 20 years experience in children's education, including youth work and creative therapy. Bors Rooyackers, is a well-known actor, director, cabaret performer and stand-up comedian. Liesbeth Mende, is an author and a teacher of creative writing and play writing.
Teachers will appreciate the practical tips and suggestions for ways to use the dialogues to teach acting and storytelling while also maximizing entertainment value. Each dialogue centers around a theme related to teenage life: falling in love, arguing, gossiping, pets, food, parents, joking, clothes, hobbies, and movies to name just a few.
Students will get so much more out of these dialogues than just acting practice. These dialogues have been designed with improving students' overall academic performance — and enjoyment of school — as a priority. The dialogues also stimulate student's creativity and problem solving abilities. In this book the stories around the dialogues are omitted, giving students free rein to interpret them. As the authors explain in the Introduction,“In a dialogue you can count on the fact the the person speaking has a message to convey. This is very important to remember as a reader/actor. Why is my message? What am I really saying here? Every sentence contains a message, however futile it may sound.”
Using performing arts activities such as the ones in this book in schools boosts literacy, cultivates curiosity, and has been shown to improve school attendance. In 2005, students involved in drama performance outscored the national average SAT score by 35 points on the verbal portion and 24 points on the math section.
These one hundred and one snappy dialogues — short and long, serious and funny, simple and complex, absurd and realistic — make for instant, entertaining two-performer theater. These simple dialogues can be practiced and performed with a minimum of preparation or experience. And 101 Dialogues, Sketches & Skits isn't just a collection of dialogues. The introductory chapters give general recommendations for how to use dialogues as a teaching tool, and each dialogue is accompanied by expert guidance on how to make the most of it. With this book in the classroom, teachers and students alike will be having fun and learning.
From Series 1: Prologue/Short Dialogues
Dialogue 2 Blue
Props: It's interesting to use no props with this game, but to act as if there are props.
Tip: This dialogue can be played in various tempos. Short and fast is probably best.
FREDO Those blue trainers are cool. Where did you get them?
SAM They're green.
FREDO Blue. That's what I said.
SAM They're green, man. Look.
FREDO I'm looking.
SAM This isn't blue, it's green.
FREDO Blue. I've got a sweater that color.
SAM That one with the v-neck?
SAM That's green man.
From Series 1: The Beginning and The End
Dialogue 13 A Sack of Hay
Tip 1: In this dialogue the opening sentence is a strong message for Duke so it's important that it comes across clearly. Try out different ways of saying it and see which one has the right tone. Should it be sweet, angry, yelling, crying? The only way of finding the right way is to try it.
Tip 2: If Sheri names the people that think Duke is a sack of hay, then that many people can appear in the performance of the dialogue. In that case the names can be spoken slowly as the people come on.
SHERI And that's why I think you're a sack of hay!
DUKE That's your opinion.
SHERI Not only me.
DUKE Oh? Who else then?
Anna, Shirley, Vivian, Clare, Talitha, Monica, Joyce, Jill, Edith, Remi, Sabine, and Annabelle.
The volleyball team.
Ben, Wesley, Viola, Larissa, Nanette, Babette, Listette, Yvette, Joni, and Talissa.
DUKE Well. That doesn't mean anything.
From Series 2: The Message
Dialogue 24 Nice Pants
Tip: Make up a situation where this dialogue can happen. Imagine that DORA is very rich, or very poor, or a student, or a homeless person. Add cynicism according to the context.
DORA Nice pants.
DORA They must have been expensive?
DORA Do you have to save up a long time to get pants like that?
NICK I've got a paper route.
DORA So with that paper route you can buy...what, a pair of pants every month?
DORA And then a sweater the next month?
DORA So after a year you've got roughly two pairs of pants, three sweaters, two T-shirts, a pair of boxer shorts and maybe...a new pair of shades.
NICK That's possible.
DORA And during summer. You have a summer job?
NICK Usually for the first 4 weeks I go...
DORA Apple picking? Strawberry picking? Tomato picking? Dish washing?
NICK And then...
DORA To Mexico for a week!
DORA And do you still have money left after that?
NICK Yes. Why?
DORA I'd love some French fries.
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