No Peeping Under the Curtain: Tips and Scripts for School Drama Productions

Overview

Teachers will love this quick reference text that includes practical information and tips about all facets of drama: casting, planning the action, costumes, lighting, make-up, rehearsals, scheduling, acting, and directing. The glossary, illustrations, and diagrams help make the instructions simple to follow. Large cast plays—dramatizations of fairy tales, the stories loved by people of all ages—are available for performance by or for children in the perfect length for assemblies and other school functions. The ...

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Overview

Teachers will love this quick reference text that includes practical information and tips about all facets of drama: casting, planning the action, costumes, lighting, make-up, rehearsals, scheduling, acting, and directing. The glossary, illustrations, and diagrams help make the instructions simple to follow. Large cast plays—dramatizations of fairy tales, the stories loved by people of all ages—are available for performance by or for children in the perfect length for assemblies and other school functions. The author explains methods of adapting the scripts to fit any size classroom or drama club. For each play, she includes provocative questions designed to promote higher level thinking skills and stimulate creative writing. Core curriculum activities are also provided. The section that deals with creative dramatics has methods for implementing drama into the curriculum and is packed full of suggestions for enlivening and enriching all areas of subject matter and making learning fun. Easily read, the book is designed to promote innovative teaching and to give teachers the expertise and confidence to handle any aspect of theater.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810825451
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Beck is knowledgeable about all levels of education, having taught on the elementary, secondary, and college levels. She has worked extensively in community theater, been an editor for Economy Publishing Company, and conducted workshops in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Drama in the Classroom 1
Creative Dramatics 3
Using Creative Dramatics to Teach Other Subjects 9
Training Students to Become Effective Actors and Speakers 18
II 10 Steps to a Super Production 33
Step 1 Selecting the Play 35
Step 2. Planning the Production 42
Step 3. Casting the Play 52
Step 4. Rehearsing 54
Step 5. The Set 62
Step 6. Props 67
Step 7. Costumes 71
Step 8. Makeup 73
Step 9. Lighting 76
Step 10. Performance-Day Checklist 80
III Large-Cast Plays 85
Getting Started 87
Cinderella 92
The Dancing Princesses 119
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 152
Sleeping Beauty 187
The Magic Pot 217
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 251
The Two Bad Bargains 280
Glossary 312
Index 319
About the Author 322
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