Marci Hanks

Welcome to How to Write and Produce A Play!


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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 a 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 Visit my website at:

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

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

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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:

Course transcript information

Upon successful completion of all lessons in both semesters, your child will learn the equivalent of 0.5 credits 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 credits 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

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