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Theatre Classroom Library Resources

  • 1.  Theatre Classroom Library Resources

    Posted 16 days ago
    Edited by Ginny Butsch 9 days ago

    Greetings! 

    I am teaching theatre at a school that has had teachers in and out - a revolving door, staying 2 years at most, for the last decade. I'm in my second year at this school, and it has been a challenge to try and build the program- made even more difficult with Covid, obviously. 

    I would like to invest in a small classroom library of resources: plays, monologues, poetry - any quality prose, really - to be used for lessons in the classroom as well as material for competition pieces. My budget is limited. 


    Any suggestions would be appreciated! 

    Thanks so much,
    Tam Friend



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    Tammy Friend
    Teacher
    Bauxite High School
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  • 2.  RE: Theatre Classroom Library Resources

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hello,

    I think Pioneer Drama has some great resources to start a Theatre/Drama library. Take a look and see if it's got what you're interested in.  https://www.pioneerdrama.com/Default.asp

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    Sterling Johnson
    Middle School Drama
    Cairo American College (CAC)
    Cairo, Egypt
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  • 3.  RE: Theatre Classroom Library Resources

    Posted 15 days ago
    You should also invest in a copy of Real-World Theatre Education; A Teacher's Guide to Growing a Theatre Education Program.
    It covers issues like school politics, fund raising, production problems, dealing with divas and drama mamas, and all that paperwork -- the kinds of things that can drive away a promising teacher who thought all their time would be spent working with the kids...!

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    Douglas "Chip" Rome
    Theatre Consultant
    Educational Stages
    Burke VA
    http://EducationalStages.com
    https://bit.ly/RWTEOview
    https://bit.ly/eTeachTech
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  • 4.  RE: Theatre Classroom Library Resources

    Posted 14 days ago
    Maybe have the students pick the plays. Let them search through some of the publishers' websites for plays that seem interesting. When the scripts come in, they can read them and do a report on them, and maybe act out a scene for the class. You will invariably end up with some plays that no one likes, but that will happen anyway. I would start with playscripts for more high school appropriate plays, then branch out to DPS and Concord for more challenging adult plays.

    If you'd like specific recommendations, I'll put some thought into it and post later.

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    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA
    http://mcintoshtheater.org/

    Theater kills ignorance
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  • 5.  RE: Theatre Classroom Library Resources

    Posted 14 days ago

    Here a few suggestions based on what's been successful for my classes.

    If you are okay with some brief strong language, Bellwether by Steve Yockey. My Advanced Drama class worked on scenes a few years ago and it was uniformly the best acting I've seen from a class project. The students loved the play and loved the challenge of it. We also performed this last year for our competition one act.

    The Christians by Lucas Hnath. Great for scene work and character work! Deals with the concept of Hell in Christianity, but in a way that is accessible to anyone, and it does not choose a side. One student said of it, "I'm an atheist, but it's my favorite play we've done." It consists of two person scenes. 

    Brothers' Grimm Spectacularthon by Don Zolidis (or really, any of his comedies). They're popular for a reason. 

    Women of Lockerbie. A beautiful play about grief and forgiveness. It is structured like a Greek tragedy, so you could pair it with Oedipus or Antigone. And throw in Greek Mythology Olympiaganza by Zolidis for a palate refresher at the end of the unit.

    For short play collections, All in the Timing by David Ives and Shel's Shorts by Shel Silverstien. Both have some language that may be a concern. 



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    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA
    http://mcintoshtheater.org/

    Theater kills ignorance
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