Make no mistake: Drama class is not for the faint of heart. Creating theatre is physically and mentally strenuous and drama students need to be strong. Performing onstage and working backstage are demanding and require focus and endurance. In drama and theatre, your body is your instrument so you need to keep it “in tune.” For that, we’ve rounded up some great articles to help your students incorporate health and physical fitness into their routines. What are your best ways to help your students get strong and stay well?
Note: When discussing health and physical fitness, students should not feel that they have to lose weight, get toned, or change their body type to get roles or otherwise succeed in theatre. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. Focus on choices that help students to feel healthy, strong, and well, rather than on outward appearance.
Why do we warm up before drama activities? Both to get us into the “drama mindset” and to ensure our bodies are in peak physical condition to leap, dance, twist, cavort, and every other wonderful and wacky movement that the director comes up with. Here are some physical warm-ups for you: 3 Fun and Physical Warm-Ups to Get Your Actors Moving: Doodles, Elephant Walk, and Puppet Dance Party.
As well, here are some physical, vocal, and mental warm-ups and tips, all in one article!