Kindergarten Theatre – 9

Lesson 9: Stage Fright? Not!!! (#2)

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  • Students will work collaboratively to create frozen pictures (tableaux) and perform onstage.
  • Students will rehearse the actor’s responsibility for performing on stage (sequence).

9A. Vocal and Physical Warm-up:

Warm-up exercises include both physical and vocal components. These activities increase focus while also expanding vocabulary and encouraging children to speak audibly and clearly.

9B. Vocabulary: 

  • actor – a person, male or female, who performs a role in a play or an entertainment
  • stage – area where actors perform
  • curtain – opens at the beginning of a play and closes at the end of a play. A cue designating the starting and stopping of action.
  • entrance – when the actor comes on stage
  • exit – when the actor leaves the stage
  • rehearsal – repetitive practice for performance

9C. Modeling: 

Discuss what might be seen at each scenario (props, action, characters, etc.). For each scenario, ask for volunteers to demonstrate role-playing one of those scenes. Guide students through the activities of that scenario if they are having trouble thinking of appropriate actions. Create tableaux frozen pictures of that scene.

9D. Guided Practice: 

Discuss with students how performing on stage works – the curtain is closed, the actors enter, the curtain opens, the actors perform, the actors freeze, the audience applauds, the curtain closes, the actors exit. One group at a time will walk through this sequence while the rest of the class acts as the audience. Rehearse as many times as necessary and perform tableaux.

9E. Debriefing and Evaluation: 

Gather the class together to discuss what was learned from rehearsal and performing on stage. What are the steps for a performance (enter, perform/freeze, bow, exit). What is the difference between live theatre and a telling a story?