I don't know if any of you do written warm ups or bell ringers with your students, but I do. I alternate between a writing prompt for a short scene, a vocabulary word with a grayer model graphic organizer, and something they take notes on (sometimes it's text they read and other times it's a video we watch).
I have included warm ups about shows that has a quick synopsis and details about when it opened, who directed it, etc. I f it's a musical we may listen to a song from it or view pictures or a video about it (there are backstage tours of a lot of the shows online, interviews with cast, and short clips from the shows).They know know about shows beyond Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen. They want to see My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, and even understand the storyline of classic theatre productions instead of just recognizing the name.