Thanks to the great generosity of the Nord Family Foundation, Cleveland Play House has put together a fun and user-friendly series of videos and supplemental guides that can serve as a valuable resource for Drama Teachers. These resources are designed to support drama clubs that might be in the beginning stages as well as clubs that are already well established and everything in-between! We hope that these assets will help to enhance the drama club experience for your students at whatever stage they may be!
Selecting the best play for your students to perform can be a daunting process at any level. If you need advice to make the selection process much easier you have come to the right place!
Meeting with the principal to discuss producing a play or musical can be the hardest part of any drama program. Learn how to strategically and effectively get the support of the administration for your drama program.
If you are equipped with the right information, publishing companies are much more likely to grant you permission to perform their plays and musicals. Learn how to properly go about securing rights through the materials provided.
This is an important chapter for all drama club students! The resources provided will bring invaluable insights in how to practically analyze the world of the play.
The audition process can be daunting to both drama club directors and their students at whatever stage they may be! We hope to make the process easier to maneuver, and make it both effective and fun for all involved!
Now that the fun part is over we get to the hard part, casting! Sometimes you just need an effective strategy to navigate this the delicate issue.
Your show is cast, you have your actors in place and you are ready to go! Now it’s time to put the plan into place by making a schedule that works for everyone. Learn how to handle the challenge of creating an effective rehearsal schedule!
The first rehearsal is your opportunity to outline your expectations to your cast as well as provide your insights for your direction and vison of our play. Learn how to shake off those first day nerves and get down to business!
The real work begins as you both inspire and nurture your actors through your direction and help your ensemble develop their characters. Learn how to help your students to put their character into action!
The essence of any rehearsal pursuit is first and foremost the development and building of your ensemble of actors. A successful ensemble can be built through trust, respect, and having a little fun in the process!
It’s time for the “nuts and bolts” of it all, staging your play! There is great practical advice contained in this chapter that will help you create the blueprint for your ensemble of actors and manage your rehearsals effectively.
It’s make or break time, you have had several weeks (hopefully!) with your actors to rehearse; now it’s the critical phase of any production where the technicians get their brief opportunity to support your vision. Tech week, learn how to navigate through the dreaded but essential part of the process!
This entertaining video will provide you with some fun ideas on how to handle the expenses of your production on either the front or back end of the process or a combination of both!
Identifying the best advocate for your production is a key part of the collaborative process of presenting a play. It may be a parent, a fellow teacher or perhaps an administrator who see the value of your production not just for your drama students but for the school as a whole. When it comes to the arts you can never get too much support!
Having a realistic sense of your school’s resources and taking all of the expenses for your production into account is critical to the success of your play. Provided is some insight and advice on this important topic!
Keeping the drama on the stage can be a challenge, especially with the ever-shifting dynamics of young people’s relationships. Learn how to keep the drama where it belongs and to negotiate sensitive issues among cast members when they might arise.
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