Item description for Theatre Games for Young Performers: Improvisations and Exercises for Developing Acting Skills (Contemporary Drama) by Maria C. Novelly...
Overview Improvisations and exercises for developing acting skills by Maria C. Novelly. Written especially for those who coach adolescent actors, this delightfully fresh workbook tells you the how, when, what and why of theatre games for young performers. Anyone working with young actors in schools or recreational centers will find this book exceptionally helpful. The basics of pantomime, improvisations, voice control, monologs and dialogs are all presented in game formats with exercises and worksheets for easy organization.
Publishers Description Written especially for those who coach adolescent actors, this delightfully fresh workbook tells you the how, when, what and why of theatre games for young performers. Anyone working with young actors in schools or recreational centers will find this book exceptionally helpful. The basics of pantomime, improvisations, voice control, monologs and dialogs are all presented in game formats with exercises and worksheets for easy organization. Contents include: Introduction, Terms and Goals for Performers, Planning Your Program, Pantomime, Voice. Improvisation and Scene-Building, Index to Activities.
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Studio: Meriwether Pub
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Meriwether Publishing
ISBN 0916260313 ISBN13 9780916260316
Availability 0 units.
More About Maria C. Novelly
Maria Novelly and Adele Firth are American and British drama teachers and workshop leaders who have been producing musicals for many years. Ms. Novelly is the author of "Theatre Games for Young Performers.
Reviews - What do customers think about Theatre Games for Young Performers: Improvisations and Exercises for Developing Acting Skills (Contemporary Drama)?
Indispensible Mar 1, 2007
Maria Novelly's book was one of the first I purchased as a new drama teacher, and I'm very grateful to have had such an excellent resource so early on. Most of the the theater game compendiums I've read before or since have been hit-or-miss; I'd get use out of some suggested activities, but the others lacked depth or educational merit. Not so with Novelly's book--I've used every activity outlined in her book, and I continue to use them with great results. Children love these exercises--especially "Walking Through," "Imaginative Journeys," and pretty much everything in the Improv chapter--and importantly, they learn a lot about what it means to be a performer through their engagement with them. Highly recommended!
Fabulous for middle school Oct 15, 2005
I love this book. I use something from it at least once a week in my classroom. It's wonderful for teaching the basics. Pantomime, expression, scene building, creative thinking... As other reviews state, it doesn't get into playing objectives, but you can cover that in other lessons and activities. That's simply not the scope of this book and that's fine by me. The activities are especially good for sixth graders. Seventh and Eighth, you'll have to play it by ear depending on your group. Most of mine are "too cool" for some of the activities, but a lot of the games are pretty adaptable for that age group if you get creative.
This book is Rubbish! Oct 2, 2005
This book is not based on sound acting principles. It directs teachers to ask students to play emotions rather than objectives, thus breaking one of the cardinal rules of acting. Once I saw this, I refused to read on and immediately returned the book. It literally made me physically ill to read this book.
Excellent Classroom Resource! Apr 13, 2005
After nearly fifteen years of being away from the classroom, I was a bit nervous about teaching drama again. In searching for a resource that would get me back in the swing of things, I debated between this book and the classic Viola Spolin books. I finally decided on this one, and I couldn't be happier! The lessons in this book are easy to follow, easy to prepare (there's not much to preparation at all!), and, best of all, fun for the kids in class! The lessons are also easily adaptable to different circumstances, such as short class periods, environmental concerns (like needing a quieter activity), or needing a quick activity to warm the kids up. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in integrating drama into a classroom, or as a stand-alone resource in a full-fledged drama curriculum.
Excellent classroom material Feb 23, 2004
I found this book very easy to follow and the ideas are great for both regular classroom teaching and one off drama workshops. The excersises are even split into catagories depending on their topic and energy/noise level.