High School Drama: how to get everyone involved in the class.
Background: I have taught Drama 10-12 in one block for 9 years (av. 22 students). Term 1: two Kids Christmas Shows (extrinsic) - everyone is either acting, directing, or backstage roles. Term 2: a student-motivated project, like an Improv Night or a murder mystery dinner. Term 3: an historic text (intrinsic), like The Rivals, Hamlet, slices from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Les Mis (the play) or slices of Les Mis the musical.
Problem: Students are not excited about the ideas. If they do not have a main role, there are behaviour issues. I am exhausted trying to cast and recast every year and re-invent the wheel every term.
Questions: Can you recommend short texts in which characters are equally on-stage? (low on sexual references, none on suicide references due to IEP students). Can you recommend a solid play-building unit (the few I have tried have flopped due to student engagement). Do you have ideas on how to engage more students at one time?
- Assessment / Collaboration / Engagement / Planning