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Aunt Polly's Demise
A Christmas Calamity
Picking a Play--to Purchase or to Write
I have done both--purchased plays and written them.
You will have to decide which route you are going to take.
You could purchase the use of a well-known play. These will probably be cost-prohibitive for the small school or youth group. Other not-so-well-known plays are available through internet sites and are cheaper than the grander versions.
Of course, you could purchase the use of one of my plays. (Big smiles here--I just had to say that!) If, perchance, you're interested in reading about my plays, see www.4thofjulyproductions.com.
Or you could write a play yourself. This takes time and may be a better long-range goal, but it is a lot of fun. Maybe it could be a project for next year's production.
Whether purchasing a play or writing one, it's good to know what your students' interests are. I heard of one school choosing several plays and letting the drama class vote between them.
Also, you want a play that you, the director, will enjoy. You're going to see this play, in various forms, over and over. What is your special area of interest? Do you like comedy, drama, history, inspiration?
me, I want student actors to learn about another era, to
walk in someone else's shoes, to figure out their character, and
understand why they made the choices they did. Drama is such a great
Choosing a play involves figuring out how it can best serve your acting troupe. You want a play with heart, one the students will relate to, and one that you will have a lot of fun directing.
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