Playwriting

Marci Hanks

Welcome to How to Write and Produce A Play on SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

How to Use This Course

The twenty-nine week How to Write and Produce a Play course on SchoolhouseTeachers.com helps your student in more ways than just writing. Working together with others, especially if groups of homeschoolers work together on the project of producing the play, helps your student learn organizational and memorization skills, along with learning how to speak in front of an audience. The first semester of the class is spent writing the play, covering topics such as the type of play, the characters, problems, plot, setting, dialogue, and more. The second semester covers the actual play production, including rehearsals, props, costumes, set design and building, etc. Upon successful completion of all lessons in both semesters, the student will earn the equivalent of one-half credit of a high school Introduction to Theater Arts I course. If the student is involved in a full-scale production of the play, an additional one-half credit may be earned for helping with the technical aspects of the production, resulting in a full one credit being earned for this class. As always, please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Details

Course Introduction

Plays can be so much fun, whether they take place in your living room or in the community! They can be a lot of work, or a little bit of work, depending on how much time you have to put into them. Either way, plays create wonderful memories for homeschool families to treasure forever!

Plays offer homeschoolers opportunities to connect with other homeschoolers. Children enjoy spending time with their friends and family. They make new friends and form new bonds. Many homeschool parents have told me that being part of a play changed everything for their children. The children went from being lonely, depressed, and wanting to give up on homeschool to being happy and LOVING homeschool. Some of our students have said that doing a play was the most fun they’ve ever had.

Plays offer a creative outlet for homeschoolers. Homeschool families enjoy sharing their time and talents to make sets, props, and costumes. I have found that many homeschoolers have incredible artistic abilities!

Plays offer an amazing learning experience for homeschoolers. Children learn organizational and memorization skills. They learn how to speak in front of an audience. They become more comfortable with public speaking and gain confidence in their abilities. Through our plays, I have seen many very shy, quiet children become much more outgoing and comfortable talking to people. Plays bring big blessings.

During the first semester, this course will guide you through the process of writing a play. During the second semester, this course will help you plan for a performance. This course will break down each step of the process, making it manageable and fun.

I hope you enjoy God’s gift of drama!

If you have any questions, or if you would like to share pictures of your play rehearsals, props, costumes, or sets, you can email me (with your parents’ permission) at marcihanks@twc.com. Visit my website at: https://christianscripts-public.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx.

“I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me,” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).

Components

Worksheets, slide shows, and examples to lead you through writing and producing your own play

Length

Twenty-nine weekly lessons

Ages/Grades

Middle-high school

Course Outline

Semester One: Writing the Play 

  • Lesson One: Choosing a Topic and Type of Play
  • Lesson Two: Describing Your Characters
  • Lesson Three: Choosing Problems for Your Play
  • Lesson Four: The Plot
  • Lesson Five: Setting
  • Lesson Six: Dialogue, Part One
  • Lesson Seven: Dialogue, Part Two
  • Lesson Eight: Dialogue, Part Three
  • Lesson Nine: Adding Stage Blocking
  • Lesson Ten: Reading Your Play Aloud
  • Lesson Eleven: Making a Cover Page

Semester Two: Your Production 

  • Lesson One: Planning Your Production
  • Lesson Two: First Rehearsal
  • Lesson Three: Rehearsals
  • Lesson Four: Props
  • Lesson Five: Costumes
  • Lesson Six: Set Design
  • Lesson Seven: Set Building
  • Lesson Eight: Dress Rehearsals
  • Lesson Nine: Performance
  • Lesson Ten: The Big Picture, Part One
  • Lesson Eleven: The Big Picture, Part Two
  • Lesson Twelve: The Big Picture, Part Three
  • Lesson Thirteen: The Big Picture, Part Four
  • Lesson Fourteen: The Big Picture, Part Five
  • Lesson Fifteen: The Big Picture, Part Six
  • Lesson Sixteen: The Big Picture, Part Seven
  • Lesson Seventeen: The Big Picture, Part Eight
  • Lesson Eighteen: The Big Picture, Part Nine

Transcript Information

Upon successful completion of all lessons in both semesters, your child will earn the equivalent of 0.5 credit of a high school Introduction to Theater Arts I course.

For students involved in a full-scale production with family, friends, or homeschool groups, an additional 0.5 credit may be earned for helping with the technical aspects of theater, such as sets, props, costumes, lighting, programs, directing, or teaching acting skills. Thus, if students both complete the course and help with the staging of a full production, 1.0 academic credit is earned.

— Dr. Marci Hanks

*Please be informed of your state’s academic requirements. http://schoolhouseconnect.com/state-homeschool-laws/

For transcript help, go to http://schoolhouseteachers.com/2013/05/creating-a-transcript/

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Hanks_photoDr. Marci Hanks is a homeschooling mom who enjoys writing and producing plays. She taught middle school, high school, and religious education classes. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning Literacy. She also loves coordinating field trips and teaching writing classes for her homeschool group in Wisconsin. To contact Marci, email: marcihanks@twc.com.

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