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Overview A drama director's survival guide by David Grote. Directing plays in schools requires knowledge and talents far different than directing for community or professional theatre. In ten comprehensive chapters the author explains the "real world" of producing effective theatricals in the school environment. He details the pitfalls and the problems while providing ideas for consistently successful shows. He covers budgeting, scheduling, faculty politics, motivating and disciplining students and many other school-life realities beyond a director or teacher's job description. Anyone faced with producing a play needs this book as a "bible" for guidance and fulfillment of objectives. A drama director's survival guide.
Publishers Description Directing plays in schools requires knowledge and talents far different than directing for community or professional theatre. In ten comprehensive chapters the author explains the "real world" of producing effective theatricals in the school environment. He details the pitfalls and the problems while providing ideas for consistently successful shows. He covers budgeting, scheduling, faculty, politics, motivating and disciplining students and many other school-life realities beyond a director or teacher's job definition. It speaks from years of experience of a talented teacher/director who has "been there and done that." Recommended. Ten chapters: Selecting the Script, Analyzing the Script, Preparing for Production, Blocking, Casting, Rehearsal, Acting and Student Actors, Recurrent Problems, Directing the Musical, Building a Theatre Program.
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Studio: Meriwether Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Meriwether Publishing
ISBN 1566080363 ISBN13 9781566080361
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More About David Grote
DAVID GROTE has been involved in theatrical activities for 40 years in Texas and California, where he has acted, produced, and written plays and directed more than 120 productions for school, amateur, and professional theatre companies. He is the author of more than a dozen plays and of 7 previous books, including Common Knowledge (Greenwood, 1987) and British English for American Readers (Greenwood, 1992).
Reviews - What do customers think about Play Directing in the School: A Drama Director's Survival Guide?
David Grote is My Theater God! Jul 6, 2001
I bought this book the minute I read "The 7 Myths about Musicals. Myth #1: Musicals are fun." (He goes on the qualify that they are fun to watch and be in, but hard hard hard to direct.) I knew then I had found a kindred spirit, someone who loved theater with all his soul but wasn't sugar-coating all of the pettyness and brouhaha that accompany running a program in a high school. This guy is straight forward, no nonsense, and he believes that high school theater directors are real directors and should behave and be treated as such. His advice is smart, sharp, and on the mark. He includes very useful chapters on how to run and maintain a theater program and how to select plays. It is above and beyond better than any other "how to direct a high school play" book. Buy it, then tell all the theater teachers you know to buy it. This is the real thing.
Number One Title for High School Theatre Directors Jun 5, 2001
Despite performing in professional productions from the age of 11, despite a great high school theatre experience (thanks, JMO!), and despite a university degree in theatre, I suddenly realized how much I needed to know (but didn't!) when faced with my first high school directing job! I learned the director's craft and art from hard experience, from consultations with my own high school director (JMO again), and from reading everything I could get my hands on. This book would have saved me YEARS of trouble had it been available 'way back in the late 1970s!
David Grote knows his stuff. He has worked with actors of all ages and appreciates the special problems confronting the high school theatre director. His advice is solid, practical, and workable. He is, in short, eminently qualified to write on this subject.
If you can buy only one book on directing, buy this one. It's great--and a heck of a lot better than the textbook we used in my university-level directing course!
An excellent reference Aug 22, 2000
I recently student produced the play Little Women at my high school for my senior project, and I wish that I had read this book before I put on the play. In it there are great suggestions for choosing a play, analyzing the script, prepairing for production, blocking, casting, rehearsal, acting and student actors, recurrent problems, directing the musical, and building a theater program. Everything Grote said I could identify with, and I nearly always agreed. In one section he gives great specific ideas for helping students understand how to portray their part, and I found this section particularly helpful. The only negative thing that I could say about the book is that in the chapter on "recurrent problems" he didn't metion the number one recurrent problem: personality conflicts between cast members! Which anyone ever involved in a drama program would know is nearly always a problem. Overall, however, this book was insiteful, and quite useful. I recommend it for anyone who will be directing a play in a school situation.
A knowledgeable look at high school theatre Dec 21, 1998
A terrific work that "lays it on the line." I especially liked the sections about dealing with censorship in the high schools and the role of the high school musical in a drama program. An excellent work, worthy of being read by novices and experts alike.
A Drama Director's Best Friend! Sep 28, 1998
I read this book to get some new and different ideas for upgrading the Drama Dept in the HS where I teach, and it did not disappoint. While obviously not every suggestion will work in every school situation, the author's years of experience naturally lend themselves to some excellent advice. Of particular help to me where the chapters on how to run auditions, and how to select a play to perform. I highly recommend this book to all teachers and staff in the school setting who are responsible for theatrical productions.