On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids

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Lights, camera, play! With this second edition of On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, budding thespians will have fun under the footlights as they choose from more than 125 theater games that spark creativity, boost confidence, and encourage collaboration. They’ll learn all about how to make a stage performance great with improvisational games such as Freeze, Party Quirks, the Yes Game, and Gibberish; they’ll make puppets, discover makeup secrets, and design and build a set. This revised and ...
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Overview

Lights, camera, play! With this second edition of On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, budding thespians will have fun under the footlights as they choose from more than 125 theater games that spark creativity, boost confidence, and encourage collaboration. They’ll learn all about how to make a stage performance great with improvisational games such as Freeze, Party Quirks, the Yes Game, and Gibberish; they’ll make puppets, discover makeup secrets, and design and build a set. This revised and expanded edition features 35 new improvisational games and ready-to-use monologues, scenes, and short plays. Whether playing alone or in a group, everyone can have theater fun with On Stage!

Covers basic theater vocabulary, puppetry and pantomime, sound effects, costumes, props, and makeup; includes several play scripts.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—This updated edition of the drama club classic offers a good blend of practical and fun information and includes 30 new games and scripts. The encouraging tone is perfect for novice thespians. Theater vocabulary and other basics are thoroughly covered. Popular improv games such as "Yes And…," "Mirrors," and "Party Quirks" make up the bulk of the book. Attractive sidebars in the shape of movie slates feature informational text. "Play It Again, Sam" sidebars feature multiple variations for further inspiration. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations show cheerful children participating in the exercises. The final two chapters give a cursory treatment to puppetry, mask-making, and backstage skills. This book is a boon for educators, theater directors, camp counselors, and students looking for theater warm-ups, circle games, improv prompts, short scripted skits, and other activities.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA
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Gr 1-6A compendium of theater games that is sure to delight young thespians. While the material is not new and many of the games are classics ("Mirrors," "Change Three Things," and "Freeze"), Bany-Winters has a clear and concise way of explaining both the activity and its purpose, making her work a useful source for ensemble-building games for student-run drama groups and rehearsal techniques for adult teachers/directors. Often renamed for greater child appeal, the activities range from vocal warm ups to improvisational scene work, and many include helpful suggestions for variations on familiar games. Exercises in puppetry, mask making, costuming, makeup, and set design, as well as several short scripts, round out the presentation. Explanations of theatrical terms are smoothly incorporated into the text. Tips for young actors and short anecdotes about theatrical figures or plays are featured throughout. Simple black-and-white graphics add touches of humor. One drawback is the list of "Suggested Plays and Stories for Kids," which includes some titles that are beyond both the abilities and interests of preteens. Nevertheless, this will be a terrific addition to drama collections. Purchase an extra copy for the professional shelf as well.Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613740736
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 456,795
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Bany-Winters is the author of Funny Bones and Show Time! She is the cofounder of an educational theater company called Play On, where she adapts and directs children’s theater, runs school drama clubs, and codirects drama camp. As a faculty member of the Second City, she teaches adult improv, youth workshops, and residencies.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2001

    Wonderful Ideas!

    This book offers great ideas for drama activities and games to use in therapy groups, classrooms, and more. Wonderful ideas - well written!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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