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ITS and Best Buddies

  • 1.  ITS and Best Buddies

    Posted 08-28-2019 19:43
    We are trying something new and really exciting this year at school.  My ITS troupe is partnering with our school's chapter of Best Buddies to put on a play with a cast comprised of our general ed students and our students with special needs!  We are so excited to work on this, but I need help on where to start with scripts.
    I'm looking for something at a pretty low reading level, probably something vignette-style, a large flexible cast (we're expecting a lot of kids to want to participate), and a relatively simple set/costume demand.

    Any script ideas?  Any ideas on where to even start looking for something like this?

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    Annie Rice
    Spring Hill TN
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  • 2.  RE: ITS and Best Buddies

    Posted 08-29-2019 10:58
    Edited by Vicki Palmer 08-29-2019 10:59
    Hi Annie,

    There is a play called The Yellow Boat by David Saar. It is available from Dramatists. According to the website, it is also available in a touring and a competition version.

    Dramatist says it is a small cast of 5. However, a local children's theatre performed it a few years ago. The cast was very flexible and the costumes were just tshirts in varying colors. It was a beautiful show.

    I don't know if this would fit your criteria but it might be a place to start. I love the idea of your project. Best of luck!

    Vicki


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    Vicki Palmer
    Theatre Technical Director
    Hickman High School - Home of the Kewpies
    Columbia MO
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  • 3.  RE: ITS and Best Buddies

    Posted 08-29-2019 12:51

    How exciting!  I'm on my third year of doing what we are calling a "Unified Play!"  Last year we did "We Open Tomorrow Night?!" published by Theatre Folk.  The one act version.  Its exactly as you described.  It was PERFECT for this, and a huge hit.  Plus allowed tremendous flexibility to showcase the talents of our students with special needs.
    We had a mix of actors from both classes in the main characters and other advanced drama students direct the talent portions of the show.

    I highly recommend, and feel free to reach out with any more questions about how we did this!  I think there is going to be an article in dramatics or teaching theatre about it soon too!



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    Brooke Phillips
    Omaha NE
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  • 4.  RE: ITS and Best Buddies

    Posted 08-29-2019 14:08
    Look up "The Jellybean Conspiracy."  We did it years ago and it is perfect for what you're looking for. It was one of the best things I've done.

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    Jennifer Bunnell
    Pensacola FL
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  • 5.  RE: ITS and Best Buddies

    Posted 09-01-2019 12:28
    Hey Annie,

    I like Jennifer's suggestion.  "The Jellybean Conspiracy" is a great show that will allow for flexible casting. 

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    Crit Fisher
    Lighting/Sound Designer
    New Albany High School
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