Theatre Online: A new page for Distant Learning via Zoom or Facetime or Goggle Hangout as we navigate these rocky times.
Theatre is tricky for distance learning. It is physical – involving movement. But it also involves opening up the imagination and using your senses. These pages contain theatre exercises that can be done via Zoom, facetime, skype or any manner of video during distance learning. Once you are back in the theatre or classroom, they are easily incorporated into your other lesson plans.
In addition to exercises, there is a chapter on creating the “Five-Day Wonder Play” for different age groups. It’s bare-boned theatre, but it’s still theatre. After “The Wonder Play,” there are 9 short plays that can be done on the computer – offered free of charge for classroom use. They have all been produced. More Free Scenes for Teens can be found here: https://www.claudiahaas.com/free-scenes-for-teens.html.
You can download the packet of information here: Theatre Online Enjoy!
The plays below are free for use in classroom. They are not free if there is any audience member - whether they paid a ticket or not. (This is generally the fair use for anything theatrical in the classroom.) They cannot be taped or viewed online without special arrangement from the playwright. (Because viewing online has an audience.)
Do let me know if you use these for the classroom. It helps me gauge what works for young performers. It is especially important i you use anything from My Brother's Gift. I update Eva Schloss on its use. Many thanks.
Founding Daughters: - for Zoom Cast: 9-25 (5-7 females, 4-18 males *many male roles are small so encourage doubling)
An episodic sneak peak into some of the heroic deeds of young women (teens and early twenties) that would be long forgotten if not for oral history. Ocassionally tongue in cheek. Just because. Heroines are: Sybil Ludington, "Mama Kate," Dicey Langston, and Deborah Sampson.
My Brother's Gift: - for Zoom Cast 6-11 (3f, 3m or 7f, 4m)
My Brother's Gift (developed at Utah Valley University) is based on the true story of Heinz Geiringer and how at ages 15-17, he used art to cope with his two years in hiding from the Nazis. The play utilizes Heinz's paintings for the set. It focuses on Heinz's world with his sister Eva Schloss prior to the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam and ends at Auschwitz. Eva Schloss has been generous with her time and memories in helping me develop the play. We hope to introduce Heinz's artistry to students. Eva hopes that students can relate to Heinz artistry knowing young people today are faced with many personal challenges in an imperfect world.
Not in Our Town: Cast 10 (3 females, 2 males, 5 roles either male or female) : 30 minutes. A true story of a town's fight against hate. Also includes a true story of a transformation of a white supremacist. Teen-appropriate; good for holidays. Email me for details.
Quarantined with Human: Cast: 2 2 minute comedy
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