Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter improv theatre games for fun activity on this holiday

Easter Improv

Here are some fun improv theatre games you can play on Easter with your drama / acting friends and family.

Pass the Egg: All people get in a circle and pretend like they are passing an Easter egg. Each time the egg goes around the circle it changes and gets bigger, smaller, heavier, lighter, stinkier, etc.

Bunny Mirror Exercise: Pair up people. One person acts like the Easter Bunny and the other person must copy all their moves. Then they switch places.

Shrinking Easter Egg: Everyone pretends they are inside a giant Easter egg, but then the leader says the egg gets smaller and everyone must pantomime showing the egg getting smaller. The leader makes it smaller and smaller until no one can move.

Lines from our Pockets: The audience will write lines that people hunting for eggs might say. Someone will collect the lines and not show them to the actors. The actors put the papers in their pockets without looking at them. The actors will act out the scene and then they must take a paper from their pocket after saying a few made up lines and add the line in their pocket at the end of what they are saying. The scene is a group of kids on an Easter egg hunt.

Here comes Paul/Paula Cottontail. Peter is sick and the other rabbits are trying to train Paul/Paula Cottontail to do Easter bunny duties. But each time Cottontail is offstage, they say a problem he/she has and then Cottontail must come on stage and act in the way they say. Then each time Cottontail leaves, they give a new problem and each time Cottontail returns, the problems all combine for a big problem. The game ends when Cottontail goes off to deliver eggs or gets fired.

Stunt Doubles: 2 Actors are acting a scene such as making Easter baskets. When it comes time to do a "dangerous" step (such as putting candy in the basket) they call in their stunt doubles.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Flowers from Phil" published comedy 1 minute monologue for male

1 minute male monologue free

Flowers from Phil

by D. M. Larson

Flowers from Phil (A SELECTION FROM "LOOKS GET IN THE WAY" by D. M. Larson (one minute male comedy monologue)

This monologue is a selection from a published play in the book Great Plays for the Stage Vol. 1 isbn 978-1452871448 available from

(Phil enters a restaurant nervously.  He carries a bouquet of flowers.  He slowly goes up to a table where his blind date waits.  He stops.  Turns and leaves again.  After a moment he returns.  He checks his clothes, drops his flowers, picks them up, gets scared and goes.  Then he returns and goes to the table looking nervous but determined)


Hey, there, Sidney.  I'm early.  I mean I'm Phil and I'm early.  I am glad you're early too, well, sort of. I was hoping to beat you and get used to the room first.  I get nervous in new places.  And with new people I get nervous a lot.  I brought you flowers.  The flowers are a little wilted.  They were pretty.  I mean there is this wonderful flower shop but I didn't have time to go there today but I did a few days ago and I wanted these flowers.  I don't get a date every day you know and I wanted this to be special, so I got the best flowers I know of because I want this to be great.  You know what I mean.  Well, you probably get a lot of dates.  I mean a normal amount of dates, but more than me, but less than say... Madonna.  But these flowers were the best... a few days ago.

End of Monologue

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reading can come alive when you read with a group (classroom reader's theatre)

Reading can come alive when you read with a group (read a play with your class for a fun literature experience).

Hook (Anticipatory Set): As a class, discuss the following questions: What are some of the students' favorite movies? Are they dramas or comedies?

Part 1: Divide the classroom up in to small groups. Have the student groups discuss if they like a serious story (drama) or a funny one (comedy). As a group, they will decide on which one they like better. (optional: maybe students will want to change groups to join a comedy group or a dramatic one)

Part 2: Have students go to and search the website for scripts that match the size of their group. From these scripts, did they find a dramatic one or a comedy?

Part 3: The students will print out enough copies of the script for each member of the group. Each student picks a part. They will read the entire play aloud in a small group.

Part 4: The students will pick a short scene from the script and practice that scene. Conclusion: The groups will summarize the script for the class. Then they will perform the short scene for the entire class and discuss why they picked the script and that scene. (Optional: students can say which famous actors they would cast in the script as a fun way to engage the class)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Improv Games for Kids (great for summer workshops, classroom, activity for children)

Improv Games

Pass the Ball:
All players in a circle. Ask the players to pass a mimed ball to others (one ball at a time). The ball becomes heavier, until it weighs a ton, or extremely light, extremely big (and light or heavy) or extremely small (and light or heavy). Actors need to show the ball's characteristics in the way it gets passed.

Mirror Exercise:
Pair up actors. One actor is the mirror and must copy everything the other actor does. A variation on this game is called Copy Cat. With Copy Cat, you can also add sounds and copy the noises the actor makes. See the video for an example of Copy Cat with our baby improver.

Shrinking Box:
Actors pantomine that they are in a very large box. Show audience all the sides. Then the box gets smaller. Show the audience how small it is getting. Then they must figure out a way to escape. The actor must do a good job showing the audience how they have escaped so they can correctly guess how.

Group Stop:
Everyone quietly mills about the room. One person will elect to freeze in position unexpectedly. As soon as one notices that someone else has frozen in position they freeze as well. So the effect of one person freezing causes everyone to freeze. Once everyone is still the group starts milling around again. The goal is to see how quickly the group can freeze in position.

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3 Noses:
A fun and silly game. Let everyone walk leisurely around the room. When you shout '3 Noses' the players must form little groups, each group consisting of 3 touching noses.
Use your imagination - say 4 feet, 3 hands, 2 ears, 9 fingers, 5 hips, 4 elbows, 3 heads, 7 left big toes, 4 little fingers. Repeat till everyone is giggling.

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We have an old fashioned melodrama for you, but with a twist. The twists will be based on suggestions from the audience. We have three characters: a damsel in distress, a hero, and a villain. Audience: you will Boo at Villain, Cheer for Hero, Ahhh for Damsel. Audience will suggest... Damsel: something strange to raise on a farm, Villain: a weird form of torture, Hero: an odd weapon someone might use to stop a villain.

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Here Comes Jill:
One actress plays Jill who is off stage. The other two actors are patrons at a restaurant and describe what Jill is like while she is off stage. Jill is a waitress and when Jill comes in, she has to act like she is described.

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Fairy Tale in a Minute:
The actors pick a fairy tale (or get one from the audience) and then act out the story in one minute. Then they must act out the same thing in 30 seconds. THEN they must act it out in 10 seconds.

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Lines from our Pockets:
The audience will write lines for the actors to say. Someone will collect the lines and not show them to the actors. The actors will act out the scene and then they must interject the lines into the scene.

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Stunt Doubles: 2 Actors are acting a scene such as washing a car. When it comes time to do a "dangerous" step (such as turning on the hose) they call in their stunt doubles.

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Alphabet Game:
The actors act out a scene but they must start each sentence with the letters of the alphabet. If an actor gets a letter wrong, audience yells SLEEP and remaining actors continue.

Flock of Seagulls:
You have a lead actor and four other actors who must copy everything the lead actor does. The problem is that each of the other actors have some sort of problem. One has their foot stuck to the floor, one can't put their arms down, one has their hands stuck to their head, one keeps falling asleep (add your own problems).

Honey Walk:
All actors walk in place. The audience calls out different things they must walk through. Snow, ice, mud, jello, honey...

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Classroom ideas for using play scripts and teaching about drama

free lesson plans for teachers, actors, students for drama, literature, reading

Classroom Lesson Plan Ideas

Here are ideas for using Freedrama plays in the classroom.

  1. NEW! Mad-Scripts! Fill in the blank plays that are different every time you use them. Check them out

  2. THEME UNIT! Use Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate and do a theme week in the classroom. Peggy fits well with many themes including Pirates, Oceans and the Environment.

  3. RESEARCH PROJECT! Use Holka Polka and do a fairy tale research project. Explore all the fairy tales mentioned in Holka Polka and have students research the original Grimm, Mother Goose or Anderson stories (Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Pinocchio, etc.).

  4. FRACTURED FAIRY TALES! Discuss plays such as Gingerbread Girl, Sleeping Handsome and Beauty IS a Beast and compare them to the original stories or Disney versions.

  5. HISTORY! Use The Hysterical History of Troy and research the history behind the play. Older students can compare the play to Homer's Iliad and younger students can research Sparta, Troy and other Greek cultures.

  6. AUTHOR! AUTHOR! Read the author's bio at and email the author with questions

  7. Make a diorama of set for the play or create the set on computer using a program such as CAD.

  8. WRITING! Write a sequel or new scene - send to - the best will be posted! Use any play from the website or try one of these:

    "Superhero Support Group" - Short Comedy - 6 actors

    "Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma" - Short Comedy - 3 w 1 m

    "Ghost Hunters of Route 666" - Short Comedy - 2 w 3 m
    A play for ages 12 and over

  9. FESTIVAL! Have a play festival or competition between theatre classes. Here are some short plays that might work:

    "Fart Zen" - Short Comedy - 3 or more actors

    "Rock! Sword! Firecracker!" - Short Comedy - 3 or more actors

    "Touched by an Alien" - Short Comedy - 5 or more actors

  10. CHARACTER ANALYSIS! Do a character analysis of a character from one of the plays. Go beyond the script and decide who the person, where they come from, how did they get where they are at the start of the play, what do they like/not like, and why are they the way they are.

  11. ART! Draw a picture of your favorite character

  12. Create a costume for a character

  13. Cast the play with your favorite actors (make powerpoint presentation of the cast as if you are trying to promote the script for production as a movie)

  14. Write a play review for the play you're reading.

  15. Do a mock trial: put a character from a play on trial. You could have a trial for Beauty in "Beauty IS a Beast" to try and prove her identity. Or do something silly like put the Master from "Fart Zen" on trial for teaching people to pass gas.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dramatic female teen monologues about depression

There are some good female teen monologues that tackle the topic of depression.

"The Not So Perfect Child" - Monologue- Female (2-3 minutes)

"Much Madness" Dramatic Monologue-Female (new)

"Sob Story" Monologue from a play - Female (1-2 minutes)

"Mess Things Up" Monologue from a play - Female (2+ minutes)

"First Words" Monologue from a play - Female (45 seconds to 1 minute)

"Beauty and Perfection" - Short Monologue from a play - Female (1 minute)

"Piggy Princess" Monologue from a play - Female (1-2 minutes)

"Pearls of Wisdom" Monologue-Woman
A play for mature actors (6-7 minutes)

"No Witnesses" - Dramatic Monologue for Kids - Male or Female (1-2 minutes)

"End the Hurting" - Short Dramatic Monologue (about bullying and abuse)-Male or Female (30 seconds)

"The Girl Who Broke His Fingers" - Monologue - Female (new)

"Perfectly Ugly" Monologue from a published play - Female (1+ minutes)

"Breaking Heart" - Monologue- Female (2 minutes)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nobody Famous character analysis (it's not all fluff in comedies)

"Nobody Famous" is one of my older one act plays but it remains popular

I believe people enjoy the light comedy and simple humor of the situation and characters. I had someone email recently about the character of Heather, who might be considered the one with the least amount of depth. But there is more than meets the eye in this "simple" character.

When someone asked about the character of Heather (by an actor portraying her), I gave this reply:

"You described Heather well... ditzy and wants to have fun.

But she is also very positive and wants to try and help Brenda look at the brighter side of life. Even though Brenda seems annoyed with her, Heather does help her have fun and look at things in a more positive way.

Heather does tries to see the best in people, but she's also a bit gullible. She also is a sharing person, who is not greedy. Of the people in the play, she is probably the kindest person. She has a good heart and is the most innocent (least corrupted by the world). Despite any problems around her, she keeps a good outlook on things."

So comedies don't always have to be fluff. Characters can have depth and be interesting beyond their appearance on the surface.