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Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

  • 1.  Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 24 days ago
    Edited by Kathryn Telford 24 days ago
    Greetings!

    Im a sixth year teacher, but this is my first year teaching drama and not language arts. I am so happy I've made the switch! I want to do my first spring production and I'd love suggestions from you all. I teach at a school for students with high functioning autism. I would prefer to do a one act non-musical. My age range is 4th grade all the way up to 12th and I have a feeling that students of all age groups will want to participate. Im looking for a play with 5-10 main roles with room for additional players. Something simple but also something that the students will love.

    Thoughts, suggestions, etc? Thank you so much in advance!


    -Kathryn Telford
    Cumberland Academy of Georgia
    Atlanta GA


  • 2.  RE: Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 24 days ago
    Look at at STUART LITTLE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. I have had success with multiple levels with the ones listed above.

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  • 3.  RE: Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 24 days ago
    I'd suggest you look at Cobweb Dreams from Theatrefolk. Lots of supporting roles and since most are fairies, room for lots of ages.

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    Carolyn Greer
    Owensboro KY
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  • 4.  RE: Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 23 days ago
    It can be hard to find plays in one act with large casts and age range.

    ​I know of an Alice in Wonderland by Robyn Hilt that can be done as either one act or two. It is written as both readers theater (should some of your students be more comfortable with scripts in hand) or as a staged work. Act 1 is Alice in Wonderland and Act 2 is Through the Looking Glass. The acts can be done separately as one-acts or together as a full evening. It's not published yet, but the script is available for review through the playwright. Let me know if you're interested and I can put you in touch. You might also want to consider an adaptation of Oliver Twist. The best one that I know for your population is Oliver Twist by Mickey Coburn.

    James and the Giant Peach is also a good choice. Another possibility is Frankenstein if you look for an adaptation that is true to the original and which you might get permission to cut to the length you require. Check on the one by Kathleen McBlair.

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    Jean Klein
    [Playwright/Founder HaveScripts/BlueMoonPlays]
    Virginia Beach VA
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  • 5.  RE: Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 23 days ago

    I directed "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at a former school with the same type of demographic.  The students really connected to the subject, especially the idea of using art as a means of coping with the horrors that  the children were going through.  I also had great buy-in from the other subject areas to support the play with their units of study.  We even had math teachers teach students to design and graph a butterfly garden, science classes planted the appropriate plants, and art students designed and built a Holocaust memorial for the garden.


    Myndee Fleury Washington

    Music & Drama Teacher

    Union Park Charter Academy


    "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you EVERYWHERE"- Albert Einstein






  • 6.  RE: Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 23 days ago
    Ama and the White Crane

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  • 7.  RE: Spring script ideas for a brand new theater teacher!

    Posted 20 days ago
    Dear Edwina, Jr is a one-hour musical with a wonderful ensemble cast. You can add lots of ensemble members to be neighborhood children, and there are several featured roles. The songs are fun and upbeat, and it's very easy to stage. HIGHLY recommend.

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    Dianne Rowe
    Theatre Arts Teacher
    Junior Thespian Troupe 88177
    Berry Middle School
    bit.ly/BerryDrama
    Birmingham, AL
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