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Providing children with an excellent way to socialize and be creative after school and on weekends, this helpful guide teaches adults how to give basic acting lessons, then it proceeds with instruction on rehearsal activities and putting on a show. Included are sample scenes, exercises, and improvisations ...

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Overview

This lively primer turns inexperienced adults into able directors of children's efforts in theater through easy, step-by-step activities.

Providing children with an excellent way to socialize and be creative after school and on weekends, this helpful guide teaches adults how to give basic acting lessons, then it proceeds with instruction on rehearsal activities and putting on a show. Included are sample scenes, exercises, and improvisations geared to working with children from ages 8-18.

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The authors have long been involved in the theater and television and have themselves formed dramatics clubs for young people and worked within them for a number of years. With that background, they have produced a book to help young people find their own creative talents. The reader comes away with a positive feeling about the importance of acting in children's lives and how willing adults might foster such groups in their communities. 1997, Back Stage Books. Ages 16 up. Reviewer: Barbara Youngblood
VOYA - Jennifer Feigleman
Written by two authors with almost seventy-five years of experience between them, this well-done guide is a must-have for any professional looking to start a children's theater group. In a society dominated by extreme social pressures, Peterson and O'Connor posit that theater makes for a healthy outlet for children, an alternative to sports, and a way for youth to build trust and free their imaginations. The authors provide a step-by-step instruction of how to start a group, maintain order, and stage a production. Throughout the text are boxed anecdotes that complement their subject. In addition, the authors also outline many different theater activities for children, each with a clear purpose, goal, and procedure as well as techniques for working with older youth, whom they define as ages thirteen to twenty. New to this edition is a concise guide for teachers as to how to integrate acting in the classroom and a play that the readers may use. Peterson and O'Connor's guide is conversational and easygoing. The authors are passionate about advocating the benefits of theater and impress upon the reader the challenge and creativity that these activities can offer. A partially annotated bibliography is included, offering not only the authors' opinion on the texts but also a rating system of plays by cost. The authors' enthusiasm and knowledge are clearly evinced, making this selection a worthy choice for professionals interested in this specific subject area.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823077427
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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    The 'After School Drama Workshop' Teacher's Bible!

    I have read and re-read this book for outstanding ideas and inspiration. Having put it into practice for nearly two years, I'm still using Lenka and Dan's approach to uplift kids through drama.

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