How to Write and Produce a Play - Schoolhouse Teachers

How to Write and Produce a Play

Length: 29 Weeks
Includes: Lessons, Worksheets
Age/Grade: Middle – High School

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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 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).

Course Outline

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

Semester One: Writing the Play 

Lesson 1: Choosing a Topic and Type of Play
Lesson 2: Describing Your Characters
Lesson 3: Choosing Problems for Your Play
Lesson 4: The Plot
Lesson 5: Setting
Lesson 6: Dialogue, Part One
Lesson 7: Dialogue, Part Two
Lesson 8: Dialogue, Part Three
Lesson 9: Adding Stage Blocking
Lesson 10: Reading Your Play Aloud
Lesson 11: Making a Cover Page

Semester Two: Your Production 

Lesson 1: Planning Your Production
Lesson 2: First Rehearsal
Lesson 3: Rehearsals
Lesson 4: Props
Lesson 5: Costumes
Lesson 6: Set Design
Lesson 7: Set Building
Lesson 8: Dress Rehearsals
Lesson 9: Performance
Lesson 10: The Big Picture, Part One
Lesson 11: The Big Picture, Part Two
Lesson 12: The Big Picture, Part Three
Lesson 13: The Big Picture, Part Four
Lesson 14: The Big Picture, Part Five
Lesson 15: The Big Picture, Part Six
Lesson 16: The Big Picture, Part Seven
Lesson 17: The Big Picture, Part Eight
Lesson 18: The Big Picture, Part Nine

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

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