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PANTOMIME EXERCISE

Level: Primary and up
Grades: K and up | Age: 5 and up | Written by: Connor Snyder
[Connor is a professional actress and producer (M*A*S*H & HBO)]
Summary:

This drama exercise helps children learn to communicate without words.

What You Need:
What You Do:

The actors will work in groups of 4 - 6 and are instructed to pantomime a single general activity (examples: Playing different sports at school, performing with an orchestra, circus acts, hospital work, etc.)

To communicate the idea of a GENERAL activity, each actor must pantomime a SPECIFIC one.

For example: "Office work".

One actor mimes being a typist, another delivers the mail, another is a "boss" at a desk (perhaps on the phone), a client visits the office to see the boss, etc.

The audience then guesses the general activity and then talks about the specific ones.

Make sure the actors understand they cannot SPEAK - only work with their bodies, facial expressions, etc.

Recommended Books/Products:

Show Time: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for Kids
by Lisa Bany-Winters
In Show Time! kids will learn to become "triple threat" performers, developing their skills as singers, dancers, and actors through more than 80 activities that include imitating a musician or musical instrument, acting out a song, creating a mirror dance, making puppets and playbills, and more. Along the way, they'll learn about the history of musicals, discover musicals about history, and find out how to get it all together before the curtain goes up. Show Time! is perfect for teachers needing to prepare performers for a show; for parents looking for fun ways to fill spare minutes with their kids at home, in the car, or in a doctor's waiting room; and for kids wanting ways to enjoy themselves on their own or in a small group. Several play scripts, a list of suggested musicals for kids, and a play glossary are included.



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