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Play Committees, Students Learning Theatre Backstage Duties

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This packet is designed for the teacher who is putting on a play with a class, and wants to introduce the students to backstage and production duties and give them a taste of what it takes to make a successful play happen. Although always under the teacher's supervision and direction, the students are given more ownership of the outcome and made responsible for certain tasks. Students can still perform in the play and work on their production part.

This packet works well with upper elementary, middle school, and beginning high school drama students. It includes multiple handouts on the committee tasks and a student reflection sheet. Both MS Word and PDF files are provided so modifications can easily be made if needed.

Producing a play is a huge endeavor, requiring weeks to months of preparation before the curtain rises on the first performance. Some teachers are lucky enough to have parent help, but typically the elementary or middle school teacher does everything involved but perform onstage. Most drama teachers do all this because they love it, despite the hard work.

Why not grab every teachable moment and introduce your students to the responsibilities, stress, and creative fun that is producing a play? Reinforce the idea of teamwork in theatre.

Although there are certain things that only a teacher can do, such as licensing, most production tasks are broken down into nine categories, thus nine student committees. Each committee has responsibilities. The students work on the tasks during any available time during class, and tasks can be used for homework at teacher's discretion.

The Play Committees:

1. Lighting Technicians
2. Sound Technicians
3. Stage Managers (also Prompter/Curtain Puller)
4. Costumes & Make-Up Crew
5. Property Managers
6. Set Managers
7. House Managers
8. Public Relations
9. Program Editors

Gauging the maturity level and social quirks of the students, the teacher can place students into a play committee that best fits their personalities and skills while taking the students' own choices under advisement. There is something for everyone when dealing with producing a play.

Created by Kateri J. Davis, Birdhouse Publications 2016.
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