FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Understudy~ A scene is started (use an improvisation starters list if you need ideas), played by two to four players. Mid-scene the lead player interrupts, and all characters onstage pick a replacement for themselves from the audience. The new players should take over the original characters, and stick to the story that was being developed. For more inspiring drama ideas and lesson plans for children and teens, visit www.dramanotebook.com.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Conducted Story~ Players form a line on the stage. A title for a story and a story genre is obtained from the audience. The lead player starts the game by pointing to a player, who needs to start telling the story. At any point in time the lead player can switch to another player, who needs to continue the story flawlessly, even if the switch happened in the middle of a sentence or even in the middle of a word.
FREE DRAMA GAME ~Make It Bigger~ Players in a circle. One person thinks of an emotion and walks across the circle portraying that emotion. He taps another player and takes his place. The second person crosses the circle exaggerating the emotion a little and taps another person who carries it even further. Encourage players to make it just a little ‘bigger’ each time and to use their whole bodies.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Answer the Door~ Two players onstage. One is in the ‘house,’ the other will come to the door. Give each player an identity. For example, the player inside the house is a bored housewife and the person coming to the door is a flower delivery person at the wrong house. The goal of this game is for players to learn to establish their characters before dialogue takes place.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Tour Guide~ Small group of players onstage. One person is the ‘tour guide’ and must improvise leading the group through a specific place such as a Natural History Museum. The other players must come up with a quirk/obstacle to play throughout the scene, such as ‘can’t pay attention,’ or ‘needs to use the restroom frequently.’ If you are teaching drama this year, register for a free trial at www.dramanotebook.com
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Friends/Enemies~ Put players in pairs and give them a topic for conversation. At first, they will have a friendly conversation, but when the leader rings a bell, players must start arguing about the subject. When the leader rings the bell again, they go back to discussing the topic in a friendly manner. Sample topics: Who should take out the garbage What to have for dinner Where to go for vacation Who should be president What kind of music to listen to
Gibberish Scenes- Give actors a simple scene to start improvising. Actors start the scene speaking normally, but whenever the director claps, they would start speaking in gibberish, and then when the director claps again, they revert back to normal speak.