Drama: Three Original French/English Plays - Scripts to Perform for Parents
This is a collection of three original, crowd-pleasing plays that I wrote for my students. The plays are written in French and English together.The English lines allow parents and students in the audience to understand the plot, although they may not understand a lot of French.
My Grade 2, 3, and 4 French Immersion students performed these works for parents and students for year-end concerts and school assemblies. The humor makes the plays appropriate for older students to perform too. The plays have roles for 18 - 24 students and the sets mostly involve chairs and desks.
Here is a summary of the plays:
1. Flavor Savor Toothpaste/Le Roi des Dents Infomercial – This TV commercial tries to sell Flavor Savor Toothpaste to the home audience. It is organized like an infomercial, a TV program that informs and entertains at the same time, with an in-studio audience.
The selling point of the toothpaste is that it can taste like any flavor the buyer desires. Dentist testimonials, audience questions, an argument between parents and children about brushing, and celebrity testimonials are all used to convince the viewer to buy this product. (6 minutes)
2. The Case of the Missing Chocolates/L’Affaire des Chocolats Volés – In this classic crime/investigation/court drama, Mr. Jefferson’s chocolates are stolen from his classroom on Valentine’s Day.
Detectives and crime scene investigators try to solve the crime. Reporters share breaking news about the theft. Finally, Mr. Jefferson, the accused, and their lawyers have a dramatic confrontation in court. (13 minutes)
3. Responsibility Game Show/Jeu Télévisé – Organized like a game show and performed as part of a character assembly, this play portrays the Johnson and Andrews families as they watch 5 YouTube videos (really mini skits about a broken window, eating too much candy, pulling your weight during group work, keeping your promises, and listening to the teacher) and compete against one another to determine if the scenarios demonstrate or do not demonstrate responsibility. (7 minutes long)
Each play has an introduction with these features:
• Running Time
• Suggested sound effects or music from iTunes
• Blocking Suggestions (diagrams that show the position of the actors and furniture)
• Cast list
At the end of the plays, I have included a performance rubric for teachers, which can also be used as a student self-evaluation, and a student reflection activity.
If you enjoy this collection, you may also enjoy my writing units in French:
a) Procedure Writing in French
Procedure Writing in French
b) Writing a Newspaper in French
Writing a Newspaper in French
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