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GETTING STARTED. Start early; the worst thing you can do is wait to the last minute and HOPE for the best. Have a few options planned; sometimes things don’t always work out the way you think they will.

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getting started


  • Start early; the worst thing you can do is wait to the last minute and HOPE for the best.
  • Have a few options planned; sometimes things don’t always work out the way you think they will.
  • Remember, this project is designed to have fun while learning….and it is always easier to enjoy an experience when you aren’t working at the last minute!!!!
alone or with partners
  • To be alone, or NOT to be alone, that is the question.
  • Each person has to decide what is right for his or her personality.

Pros of working in a group;

- more ideas, fun to brainstorm

- more fun working together

- a wider variety of plays is available

- can split up the research

- you won’t be alone on stage on the big day

Cons of working in a group;

- organizing schedules for practice sessions can be tricky

- different working styles can clash

- not everyone takes schoolwork equally


making a working timetable
  • Get out your agenda and photocopy the pages leading up to the big day.
  • Be sure to leave enough time for each of the following crucial steps:

+ find a play (TONS in the cje library)

+ do the background research needed

+ read the play over for content, character, and language

+ assign roles

+ block out the scenes

+ start to internalize the text

+ find props and costumes and special effects

+ practice

  • Make sure everyone in your group has a copy of the timetable.

4. Put the most organized person in charge of reminding the other members of their duties.

blocking out the scene
  • Imagine how the play will look from the audience’s point of view.
  • For each scene, draw a floor plan. Place the props. Plan out each entrance and exit. Who is where?

Actors should face the audience as fully as possible, at least full profile.

  • Avoid acting too low to the ground or sitting down all the time. It can be really hard to see from the back of the classroom.
  • Act out the blocked scenes. Sometimes things seem good on paper but are not really very practical.
practice practice
  • Each student should practice his or her part separately.
  • There should be several full group rehearsals, one at least with costumes and props.
  • Choose a friend or family member to watch you go through the play. Maybe they can make some suggestions or offer constructive criticism.
the big day

Ahhhhhhh.Take a deep breath!!

All anyone can ask of you is to do the very best you can.

Try to have some fun.

Be sure to congratulate the other group members for doing such a good job (no matter what happens, find something positive to say.)