You remember middle school. That first day can be a funhouse or a hall of horrors. Will I fit in or be left behind? Did I wear the right clothes? How will I find the right class? Why do those eighth graders look so big...
Middle school is the tricky tightrope between being a kid and being a teenager. How did you fare? Did you fall off the tightrope? Did you hold on?
See the characters in School Daze try to keep their balance on the first day of middle school.
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Most of the characters in this piece only appear in one scene. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be three-dimensional. Encourage students to create character profiles for every part they play, even if a part isn’t named (e.g. "the Eighth Graders"). This will give your students more ownership over their roles. Some details to identify are the character’s name, age, family make-up, most important relationship, favourite/least favourite subject, pet peeve, and secret. Another great exercise is to have students describe the bedroom of each character using the five senses.
A vignette play is a collection of short scenes on a theme. You'll love working with the variety and flexibility of the scenes. Your actors will love the fast pace and fun characters.
There's more. Every Theatrefolk vignette play holds the unexpected. A showcase monologue. A dramatic moment. A change in form. A left turn.
Ideal for classwork, competitions, and more!