At Stardust Drama, one of the things the children love the most is working on a script for a performance for parents to watch. The excitement in their faces when I bring them new scripts is wonderful to see.
We start with a read through, and as the weeks progress we work on characterisation, voice projection, movement and working with props. The children have to memorise lines, remember their positions, use appropriate props, and learn to work together as a team. They often help each other out with lines. It is a great bonding experience with other children, and they can become great friends.
The plays the younger children perform are quite short, so they don't feel nervous about learning their lines, and the whole process isn't so daunting. They are usually between 10 and 15 minutes long.
Previous plays have included "Wzard of Oz", "Wish Upon A Star", "A Caterpillar's Voice", "The Lion and The Mouse", "A Fairytale Mix Up" and "The Rainbow". Costumes are provided. If the younger ones require face paint for animals then I do that for them.
Little Stars do a play every July.
When the children progress to the older classes the plays get noticeably longer, but they are still only 20 - 30 minutes long. This I find is a comfortable length for children this age. There are plenty of lines to learn to keep them interested but not so many as to worry them. I try to find fun pieces that they will find entertaining and exciting.
Previous plays have included "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory", "Oliver", "Peter Pan", "The Wizard of Oz", "The Twits", "An Alternative Christmas Carol", "Matilda", "Yo Ho Ho - A Pirate Christmas", "Alice In Wonderland", "The Conversion of Mrs Scrooge" and "Santa's Cookie Problem".
Lucky Stars do a play in December and July.