This is a fun and interesting activity in which to teach your drama students the complex process of casting a musical. It is particularly helpful after auditions, maybe when some students may feel disappointed or disagree with casting choices, because it teaches them that there is so much more to casting than talent! But this works anytime of the school year!
This lesson is designed to facilitate whole class and small group discussion. The first few questions can be run as a brainstorm among all the students and teacher or as a think-pair-share activity. These questions get students thinking about what is important in casting a show, and what it takes to get the part!
Then you present the students with a very difficult high school casting scenario. In small groups, students decide who out of the ten risky actors to cast as the lead.
This lesson will definitely get your students thinking critically and will start a lively debate among your class. With this purchase you receive a student worksheet and scenario handout, along with a teacher guide to help guide the lesson/discussion.