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Level: Primary and up
Grades: K and up | Age: 5 and up | Written by: Connor Snyder
[Connor is a professional actress and producer (M*A*S*H & HBO)]

This drama exercise demonstrates to the children how important it is to project their voices.

What You Need:
What You Do:

Place three bean bags in front of a row of children. One about 10 feet away from them - the second about 20 feet away, the third about 35-40 feet away (this can obviously be changed to suit the physical environment of the class).

  1. Ask each child to look directly at the first bean bag, say their name and the name of their favorite animal.
  2. Instruct him to say the exact same things to the second bean bag.
  3. Would he speak with the same volume? Of course not - the "person" is further away.
  4. When asked to address the third bean bag, he obviously should be projecting his voice as loud as he can.
  5. After all the class has addressed the bean bags, let them know they were really acting in a play just then - reaching the first three rows, the middle rows, and the back rows of the theatre!
Recommended Books/Products:

Show Time: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for Kids
by Lisa Bany-Winters
In Show Time! kids will learn to become "triple threat" performers, developing their skills as singers, dancers, and actors through more than 80 activities that include imitating a musician or musical instrument, acting out a song, creating a mirror dance, making puppets and playbills, and more. Along the way, they'll learn about the history of musicals, discover musicals about history, and find out how to get it all together before the curtain goes up. Show Time! is perfect for teachers needing to prepare performers for a show; for parents looking for fun ways to fill spare minutes with their kids at home, in the car, or in a doctor's waiting room; and for kids wanting ways to enjoy themselves on their own or in a small group. Several play scripts, a list of suggested musicals for kids, and a play glossary are included.

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