Same Room, Different Story by Claire Broome is truly the ideal high school play. Available in full-length and one-act versions, it’s perfect for a class project or drama club to take on and make it their own. Same Room, Different Story by Claire Broome is truly the ideal high school play. Available in full-length and one-act versions, it’s perfect for a class project or drama club to take on and make it their own.
Other schools who produce the play often tell us that working on the Clump is the most challenging part of the play. But it’s also the most important. The Clump represents the fears of every middle school student with regards to standing out. At some point, every middle schooler feels it’s better to remain unnoticed in the crowd than to stand out as an individual.
To that end, the Clump needs to practice moving and speaking as one. Easy to say, hard to do! Repetition will be your friend and it will also make a stunning visual for the audience to see this “clump” in action.
And if your Clump is feeling like they’re not important, make sure to nip that in the bud. Here are some ensemble building activities and exercises to get your entire cast on the same page:
Organize the show into Scenes so that you can rehearse them more easily.
If you expand the cast out, be sure to have help! Including tech, it was me vs. 60 seventh and eighth graders. While it was a great experience, it was also overwhelming. The clump needs to do everything together in class to build that bond and ensemble so they are ready to perform together.
Each student was able to wear their own clothes for their costumes. We changed out pieces quickly for character changes. Each student in my cast of 20 was able to play 2-3 roles each and be part of the ensemble.
Spend enough time with your clump.