Summer 2018

Huge collection of new plays coming soon.

April 2018

The Spirit in the Bottle

8 characters-flexible casting. 8 pages. A story-telling play for children adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale by Evan Guilford-Blake.

6+ characters. 16 pages, approximately 20 minutes running time. A play for children suggested by the tale from the Brothers Grimm, by award-winning playwright, Evan Guilford-Blake.

20-34 parts. 60 pages, over one-hour running time. Adaptation of three Afro-Caribbean folk tales calls for a cast of 20 to 34 of mixed ages, by award-winning playwright, Evan Guilford-Blake.

DN Silver From the Wind

6-15 characters. 6 pages long. Approximately ten minutes running time. A story-telling play for children adapted from his original winter tale by award-winning playwright, Evan Guilford-Blake.

SnapDragon

15-30+ parts. Flexible casting. 15 pages long, 20-30 minutes running time. A story-telling play for children adapted from his original fairy tale by award-winning playwright, Evan Guilford-Blake.

The Lost Teddy Bear

3 characters (flexible casting). 4 pages, approximately six minutes running time. A short play for children by Evan Guilford-Blake..

March 2018

Cinderella Meets the Little Mermaid

8 characters. 6 pages, approximately 8 minutes running time. Original fractured fairy tale script found only on Drama Notebook.

Marigold and Geniestiltskin

8 characters. 7 pages, approximately 9 minutes running time. Original fractured fairy tale script found only on Drama Notebook..

13-21 characters. 9 pages, approximately 10 minutes running time. Original fractured fairy tale script found only on Drama Notebook.

Snow White and Aladdin

13 characters. 11 pages, approximately 12 minutes running time. Original fractured fairy tale script found only on Drama Notebook!

A Golden Trip to Neverland

12 characters (flexible cast). 10 pages, approximately 12 minutes running time. Original fractured fairy tale script found only on Drama Notebook!

February 2018

The Tortoise and the Hare

8 minutes long. Parts for ten actors. Humorous re-telling of the classic Aesop’s fable.

Peter's Big Adventure

7 minutes long, parts for 7 actors. Ages 7-10. Adaptation of the classic story by Beatrix Potter.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

6 minutes long. Parts for six actors. Humorous re-telling of the classic folk-tale.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

5 minutes long. Parts for 6 actors. Comedic short script based on the traditional nursery rhyme.

Chicken Little

7 minutes long. Parts for seven actors. Hilarious re-telling of the classic fable.

Trouble in Fairy Wood

13-17 characters. 14 pages, approximately 18-20 minutes running time. Original story about fairies who play pranks on humans. For ages 12 and up.

Billy Goats Gruff

7 minutes long. Parts for 8 actors. Humorous re-telling of the classic Norwegian fairy tale. For ages 7-10.

January 2018

African American History Month

Twelve innovative African American History Month drama activities and projects. Ages 9 and up. 22 pages!

8 parts, 9 pages. Short script for use in a directing class.

The Rude Actors

15 parts. Flexible casting. For ages 12 and up. Ten-fifteen minutes run-time.

The Smart Alec's Sleeping Beauty

14 parts. For ages 12 and up. Twisted fairy tale script!

The Explorers and the Aliens

Two-page science-fiction themed script for young children. Parts for fifteen, with flexible casting.

The Google-Bob Berry Bush

Short Dr. Seuss-style script for ages 5-7. 6+ parts. Flexible casting. 3 pages long.

The Heart of Puzzlania

7 characters, 11 pages. Short script that teaches tolerance and the value of diversity. For ages 11 and up.

December 2017

Funny Letters to Santa

31 hilarious letters to Santa to use as mini-monologues or as part of a holiday variety show! Ages 8 and up.

How To Put On Short Plays

Three-page guide to putting on short plays with young children.

Cormorant And Rainbow Snake Script

Short script based on a Venezuelan myth. Parts for 15, flexible cast. Ages 6-10. Includes activities and more!

Nanuk And The Hunter Script

Short script based on a Canadian legend. Parts for 7 actors. Ages 6-10.  Includes activities and more!

Little Red Hen Script

5-22 characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular European folk-tale.

How Anansi Got His Stories Script

9-15 characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular African folk-tale.

Monkey And The Mango Script

8+ characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular Asian folk-tale.

Kiwis Gift Script

7-30+ characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular New Zealand folk tale.

November 2017

Books for Children to Act Out

List of 75 children’s books to use in drama class. Includes extra information on each title!

How to Turn Stories into Plays

Complete guide to creating plays based on children’s books!

The Santa Interviews

Hilarious short holiday play for 10 characters, ages 9 and up!

October 2017

Scary Poems to Perform

50 poems suited for performance, plus instructions. 34 pages. Ages 6-18, arranged by ability level!

Open Scenes

This lesson has been updated. There are now 24 printable scenes to teach the concepts of subtext, objectives, obstacles and tactics. There are enough scenes for 48 students without repeating.

Subtext Lesson

This lesson has been updated. There are now THIRTY-FIVE different lines, each with two suggestions for subtext. This is enough for 35 students to try the exercise with no repeats.

This lesson has been updated and ten more scenes have been added! There are enough scenes for a class of 40 students, plus a bonus three-person scene if you have an odd number of students in your class.

September 2017

Mirror

3-page detailed tutorial of the classic theatre exercise ‘Mirror.’ Includes ten variations and discussion questions.

Space Walk

11 pages, includes instructions for 13 different versions of this exercise, complete with over 100 prompts.

5-page detailed tutorial of the classic theatre activity ‘Statue.’ Includes eleven variations, discussion questions and nearly 100 suggestions for types of statues.

Become

Classic drama activity in which students ‘become’ appliances, household items, flowers, and even weather! 10 pages. Includes three pages of prompts!

Tableaus

Five-page tutorial on this classic theatre exercise. Includes a description of tableau work, tips for creating successful tableaus and over 100 prompts.

Summer 2017

DN Summer Site Updates

Summer 2017 we will be updating every single lesson on Drama Notebook, proofing them and adding hotlinks to other relevant material…

We are going to make things even easier for you to find on Drama Notebook by adding links to relevant material into nearly every title on Drama Notebook. This will save you valuable time when planning your lessons! This project will likely take about six weeks! If you need something specific, that you cannot find on the site, please contact Janea. (janea at drama notebook dot com) She has hundreds of unfinished lessons and can usually find supporting materials for those in need!

April 2017

20 page guide that teaches you how to set up and run a drama camp for fun and profit!

A thirty page PowerPoint presentation that teaches about traverse staging!

Ten-page lesson plan that offers a fantastic introduction to acting for film!

20+ parts, but can be flexible. Includes production notes, discussion questions and extension activities!

March 2017

A professionally edited one-hour version of Shakespeare’s play, ‘Julius Caesar’ that is royalty-free to Drama Notebook members!

A professionally edited one-hour version of Shakespeare’s play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ that is royalty-free to Drama Notebook members!

Six pages. Three fun worksheets designed to help your students identify which characters belong in Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

Fun learning game in which students identify Shakespeare plays by reading a one-sentence clue!

Eight Shakespeare character maps designed to help students remember who-is-who in each Shakespeare play!

February 2017

25 pages. Parts for 17+ actors. Includes extension activities, study guide and more. For ages twelve and up.

16 pages. 7 page script. Parts for 25+ actors. Includes extension activities, study guide and more. For ages nine and up.

15 pages. Parts for 16-23 characters. Includes extension activities, study guide and more. For ages nine and up.

15 pages. Parts for at least 8 characters. Includes extension activities, study guide and more.

January 2017

14 pages. For ages nine and up. Students learn all about creating their own radio theatre show!

4 pages. For ages nine and up.

6 pages. For ages nine and up.

December 2016

18 pages! For ages nine and up. Part One covers the structure and elements of a well-written monologue.

18 pages! For ages nine and up.

15 pages! For ages nine and up.

November 2016

Four inventive drama games that will help your students get into the holiday spirit.

Seven hilarious drama warm-ups for all ages with holiday themes!

For ages eight and up. Seven improvisational activities that sharpen students’ improvisational skills.

Students create their own twisted version of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.

For ages 10 and up. Students create a modern version of the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

October 2016

For all ages! 48 fairy tale characters that are ready to be printed out and laminated as cards to use over and over with your students.

For ages 12 and up! Four detailed improv games designed to deepen students’ understanding of elections and systems of government.

5 pages. For ages 12 and up. Great drama integration lesson that utilizes fairy tale characters to study different types of government and to learn about debating important issues.

For ages 12 and up. Here are three inventive warm-ups related to the world of politics!

September 2016

7 pages. Ages ten and up. Step by step lesson with that results in an improvised game of whodunit!

Ages ten and up. 48 printable murder mystery character cards plus 8 detective cards for use with the Murder Mystery Drama Lesson.

For ages ten and up! 64 printable weapon cards to use in an improvisation game or murder mystery activity. They can be laminated and used over and over.

For ages ten and up. 48 printable location cards to be used with a murder mystery activity.

For ages ten and up. Here are 30 motives for murder ready to be printed and laminated to use over and over!

August 2016

Seven original drama games to keep you freshly inspired! 6 pages. For ages 8 and up.

Here are 52 idioms ready to print and cut apart and use with a game of charades!

Three completely original drama activities that integrate drama and theatre!

27 idioms along with their literal translations for students to use as scene prompts.

July 2016

Seven original drama games to keep you freshly inspired! 6 pages. For ages 8 and up.

Six brand new drama warm-ups with detailed instructions on seven pages!

Six pages. For ages 8 and up. Easy-to-follow lesson that helps students understand objectives, obstacles and tactics using a well-known fairy tale.

Six pages. For ages 8 and up. Easy-to-follow lesson that helps students understand objectives, obstacles and tactics using a well-known fairy tale.

June 2016

16 fun activities that prompt students to create their own wizard-themed scenes!

9 pages. Seven incredibly fun wizard-themed drama activities!

Four fun wizard-themed improv activities to use with your group!

Three detailed drama warm-up activities with a wizard theme!

Four amazing vocal warm-up activities with wizard themes!