It’s Summer—Why Not Put on a Play!
Want to add a little drama to your summer days? Put on some plays! Your plays can be straight out of your head, one someone else has written, or a combination of the two. Here are some books to get you started.
by Lisa Bany-Winters
Although there are a few scripts in this book, it is mostly filled with games and activities to get players thinking like actors and play-writers. There are all kinds of games that promote silly pretending, working together to create ideas, pantomime, creating characters, costume making, and lots of others.
by Karen Latchana Kenney
There are 6 books in this series. The other books cover costumes, production, scripts & acting, sets & props, and special effects. Each book packs in a bunch of information but is very reader-friendly: colorful, great illustrations and clear text. This makeup book gives directions for mustaches and beards, animals, wounds and other simple but effective illusions.
by Sally Henry and Trevor Cook
Thinking about messing with puppets? This book has direction for 11 puppets, including finger puppets, sock puppets, a shadow dragon, and more. The directions include how long each puppet will take to make, plus time for clean-up. One more puppet book:
Making Sock Puppets
by Kathleen Petelinsek
by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth
Learn about how to create setting, plot, characters, conflict, and other parts of a good play. One play, The Tortoise and the Hare is used to show the play parts. Also about writing plays:
How to Write a Drama
by Megan Kopp
by Nel Yomtov
I love fractured fairy tales. They always make me laugh. Here’s a book to show you how to put your own twist on a favorite tale.
by Immacula A. Rhodes
This book is written for classrooms but it should work for neighborhood kids, too. Plays include Stone Soup, The Three Little Pigs, The Bremen Town Musicians, and 11 more. The plays have 4 to 8 characters.
by Nancy K. Wallace, illustrated by Michelle Henninger
Learn about cast, crew, sets, props, makeup, and more. Then put on the play, Farmyard Security. This is a play for 8 characters.
by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Joseph Bruchac has written over 60 books for children and adults, most based in the native American culture. In this book, he writes plays drawn from seven different native American nations. The plays have from 7 to 17 characters.
by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd
Do you like learning about the Middle Ages? Are you a fan of flowery language? This book has short plays for one or two characters, all told in the voice of someone from the year 1255.
The Jumbo Book of Drama
by Deborah Dunleavy, illustrated by Jane Kurisu (sorry, no link)
This book has many ideas to get your creative drama ideas started. There are not many scripts to read, just countless ideas for creating your own plays and other bits of drama. Some of the chapters are: Magic, Clowning Around (really fun ideas), Puppets and Puppetry, Comedy and Tragedy.
Let your summer world be a stage!