“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out” – Alfred Hitchcock
There is no repudiating the fact that the vivacity and immaculateness of drama is second to none. No form of art can achieve the panache and refinement which theatre dramas possess. Writers like William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller etc have provided us with such masterpieces whose brilliance still illuminate our dramas centuries later.
However, as time passed on, we have resorted to the more commercial means of entertainment and neglected the true soul of drama. The prevalence and recognition of drama can be achieved by implying its accomplishment at a root level.
It is only the high school level where the significance of drama gains some strength; otherwise it remains woefully ignored in elementary and middle schools.
How Can Drama/Plays Help Kids?
Confidence: Children who are shy and quiet may get the perfect chance to boost their confidence and self-esteem. It is one of the first steps of character-building and can be a base to a strong, charismatic personality.
Interaction: Often children do not want to interact with other children. Either they are too scared or have been never been given the opportunity to speak. Given the chance, even the most lonesome children will make new friends as this may bring all children to a single plan and eliminate any hesitancy among them.
Basic Understanding: Provided the right guidance, drama will teach children the workings and norms of the society. Things which cannot be taught theoretically can be better taught with drama, owing to the pragmatism and logistical approach it offers. Ultimately, this is conclusion required of every curricular agenda.
Communication and Cooperation: Children learn to follow rules and communicate with each other in a better way. The teacher may even observe children as an individual and note and amend any field they lack in.
Seldom do people realize the vitality drama holds when it comes to character-building and skill development. Some teachers find it unnecessary; while others, however willing, deem the requisites of drama too dexterous or demanding. Is this a deadlock? Is there no solution to it?
YES!! THERE IS!
Are you a drama teacher? Do you love teaching drama?
Do you want new ideas for teaching drama?
Drama Notebook compiled together a collection of 400+ free plays for kids and teens. It is an excellent resource for drama or theater teachers.
Drama Notebook provides you with the supreme collection of the most quintessential plays on one platform. Be it fairy tales or folk stories, you’ll find it on Drama Notebook. It’s the only site with the best and pre-eminent plays there are to find.
Each play has been categorized to make finding the right piece for you easier. Currently the genres listed are:
- Christmas Plays
- Halloween Plays
- Fairy Tale Plays
- Folk Tale Plays
- Scripts based on Children’s Books
- Curriculum based Scripts
- Poetry Scripts
- Scripts for Ages 12 and Up
- Greek Theatre Plays
Click here to view the Drama Notebook’s list of 400+ Free Plays for Kids and Teens.