Teachers will love this quick reference text that includes practical information and tips about all facets of drama: casting, planning the action, costumes, lighting, make-up, rehearsals, scheduling, acting, and directing. The glossary, illustrations, and diagrams help make the instructions simple to follow. Large cast plays-dramatizations of fairy tales, the stories loved by people of all ages-are available for performance by or for children in the perfect length for assemblies and other school functions. The author explains methods of adapting the scripts to fit any size classroom or drama club. For each play, she includes provocative questions designed to promote higher level thinking skills and stimulate creative writing. Core curriculum activities are also provided. The section that deals with creative dramatics has methods for implementing drama into the curriculum and is packed full of suggestions for enlivening and enriching all areas of subject matter and making learning fun. Easily read, the book is designed to promote innovative teaching and to give teachers the expertise and confidence to handle any aspect of theater.
Gene Beck is knowledgeable about all levels of education, having taught on the elementary, secondary, and college levels. She has worked extensively in community theater, been an editor for Economy Publishing Company, and conducted workshops in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.