Amateur- someone who takes
part in a play for fun and does not get paid
Audience- the people who watch the show
Backstage- the area behind the stage that the audience cannot see
Cast- the actors in a play
Character- the part being played by an actor
Comedy- a funny play with a happy ending
Costume- the clothes worn by the actor on-stage
Cue- the signal for an actor to speak
Drying up- forgetting your lines on stage
Expression- a look on an actors face used to convey feelings
Gesture- the movements of the hands, arms and body to show feelings
Improvisation- performing with no practice and making up the words as you go along
Lines- the words and actor speaks in a play
Mime- acting without words
Professional- someone who is paid to act or perform
Project- to speak clearly so the audience can hear
Prompter- the person who whispers the actors lines to them in case they forget
Props- short for properties-the items used on-stage during a performance
Rehearsal- a practice session
Set- the place that represents where the scene is happening
Scenery- Stage decorations
Script- Written words in a play
Slapstick- comedy using lots of clowning and silly behavior
Stage- the platform the set is placed on
Tragedy- a play with a sad ending
Wings- the sides of the stage
Tips for a production:
For practice and play, being trees and flowers is fun and fine, but in a 'real' play for an audience, avoid casting kids as inanimate objects with no lines or movement. Everyone should have lines and parts should be fairly equal.
Keep costumes simple, little make-up and avoid elaborate costumes.
Scale the sets and props so the kids are not towered over by looming trees, or having to climb into adult-sized furniture.
Keep room for changes involving ideas and talents of individual children.
You will want a few items to help these activities more fun:
A tape or CD player-you can check CD's out from the library free!
Crepe paper, streamers, ribbons and scarves for dancing
Sticks, small bongos, bells, tambourine
Vary rhythms by:
In small groups
In circle formations
In game situations
Fast to slow
Slow to fast
Intensity or Dynamics
Heavy and loud
Soft and light
Heavy to soft/ soft to heavy
Movement with props:
Streamers - one for each hand
Musical makers - stocking eggs or margarine containers filled.
Ribbon Tubes - tie gift ribbons to cardboard tubes.
Animal ears - make animals ears from construction paper and cardboard
Hula Skirts - Use the comic section from a Sunday paper. Fringe one end of the paper three inches from the top. Fold the other end a few times to form a waistband. Use large paper clips to secure the two ends of the band.
How can you make your streamer fly? High, low, fast, slow, crazy
Walk with your streamer - how fast, how slow?
Make shapes with your streamer
Make your streamer stay close to you, far away from you.
Pound out the beats of songs with fists. Try beating on different surfaces for different sounds.
Rock to the rhythm of the music.
March like robots to the beat of the music
My space (pretending games)
Balloon being inflated
Starting and stopping:
Directions (left right)
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
'Mother, may I?'