Items tagged "Pantomime"

3 Units, 4 Lesson Plans, and 3 Resources tagged "Pantomime" for Drama Teachers.



by Angel Borths

Teacher Angel Borths developed this unit when she was looking for lessons to teach the basics of pantomime in the classroom. This unit culminates in a finished product for performance, either for peers, or for theatre festivals. The rubrics and written work for this unit take planning and preparation for performance into account. The exercises can be pulled out and used independently, but work best when used to build toward a finished product. You can also pull the ground plan and stage directions lesson plans to use with playwriting or directing lessons.

Stage Movement

by Karen Loftus

Students will get “onstage.” They will explore what is important for onstage action, the basics of stage directions, and how to keep open. This unit will culminate with students trying out what they’ve learned in a short scene. This unit is more about the technicalities of moving on stage. By giving students something concrete to focus on, it allows them to overcome any stage fright. Ensemble-building exercises are also included in this unit. If you have time at the end of a lesson after you’ve completed your instruction and are wondering what to do, you can never go wrong with an ensemble-building exercise!


by Anna Porter

In this unit, students explore how to communicate with their body by exploring elements of physicality and Pantomime. Lesson one helps students explore body awareness as well as the use of the senses and details in pantomime performance. In lesson two, students explore body language and how it is used to communicate by examining the art of flirting. Lesson three helps students create a distinct physical characterization. Lesson four introduces students to the quality of Pantomime – Consistency. In lesson five, students explore the quality of exaggeration in pantomime. In the final lesson, students prepare a pantomime story for performance. Through this six lesson series, students will use journals, participate in class discussions and practice the elements taught by performing for their peers and as a class. Assessment tools include both informal assessment as well as a final Pantomime performance.

Lesson Plans

Introduction to Pantomime

by Bethany Kennedy

Students will learn and practice pantomime skills by developing, communicating and sustaining the size and shape of mimed objects.

Creating Motivated and Believable Stage Movement in Pantomime

by Bethany Kennedy

Students demonstrate comprehension of how to present physical activities through pantomime. The focus of the pantomime is using the five senses, using whole body, and incorporating the principles of maintaining a mimed object.

Understanding Plot Structure

by Karen Loftus

In this lesson, students will first work in groups to create a pantomime called “Trapped.” The requirements of the pantomime mimic the elements of plot structure but shhhh, they don’t know that yet. Let them first enjoy the pantomime and then spring it on them that they just learned something.

British Panto Project

by Lea Marshall

Students will evaluate the unique elements included in British Holiday Pantomimes, write their own short plays in this specific and fun style, and then perform. This is a light lesson for the holiday season or the end of the semester after any major culminating project. It allows students to work on a form of theatre they may not be familiar with, it gives you a chance to observe student demonstration of ensemble skills, and it’s fun!


Objects List

Looking for new objects for students to use in improvs, mimes and scene work? This sheet has over 200 objects to choose from!

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