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Show time! : music, dance, and drama activities for kids
Bany-Winters, Lisa.
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Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2000.
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xiv, 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
Introduces the concepts of music, dance, and acting, suggesting how to create a musical production through games and role-playing and describing all aspects of a show from auditions to curtain call.
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MT955 .B218 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
MT955 .B218 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
MT955 .B218 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Gotta dance! Gotta sing! Gotta do most anything because it's show time! 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.

Author Notes

Lisa Bany-Winters is the author of On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids and the kids' director for Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois. She founded Emanon Theater Company in 1984 and has taught improvisation, creative drama, and acting at The Second City Northwest and many schools in and around Chicago. She lives in Glenview, Illinois.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-An introduction to musical theater. The author covers the history of musicals from those inspired by Shakespeare to those written by Sondheim in one- and two-page chapters with added tidbits in sidebars. Creating musicals from poetry, basic acting preparation, rhythm and dance, and creative dramatics form the basis for activities. There are games, scenes for experimentation, and short scripts to stage. Many activities are physical in nature, and would work well with groups of young actors. The directions are given in organized steps. Some of the activities are quite creative and will challenge even the more seasoned performers. A few games involve vocal expression, but adults could add sound to any number of the activities; indeed, many invite experimentation. Simple drawings add a friendly touch. Since the book looks at musical theatre from so many points of view, it will be useful for different pursuits, e.g., teachers, directors working with young actors, and children looking for direction in theatrical ventures.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1 The History of Musical Theaterp. 1
Chorus Gamep. 3
Musical Theater Termsp. 6
Direction Gamep. 8
Historical Musicalsp. 10
Character Metaphorsp. 11
2 Musical Themesp. 13
Fairy-Tale Musicalsp. 15
Character Hatp. 16
Chanting Songsp. 18
Poetry Musicalsp. 19
Poems to Songsp. 20
Write a Poemp. 22
Group Poemsp. 23
Kitty Wants a Cornerp. 25
Animal Charactersp. 26
Comic-Strip Musicalsp. 27
Musicals Inspired by Shakespearep. 29
Shakespeare Todayp. 30
Book Musicalsp. 31
Create a Book Musicalp. 32
Puppet Musicalsp. 34
Make a Cheshire Cat Puppetp. 35
Job Musicalsp. 38
Coffeepotp. 39
3 Musical Reviewsp. 41
Three-Part Charactersp. 43
Talking Stickp. 45
Story Cardsp. 47
Spelling Scenesp. 49
4 A Performer Preparesp. 51
Auditionsp. 53
Tempo Gamep. 54
Dance Clinicp. 55
Cold Readingp. 56
Wonderland Warm-Upsp. 57
Vocal Warm-Upsp. 59
Yo Ho Hop. 61
A Song for Ap. 62
Name Ballp. 64
Memorizing Your Linesp. 66
Memory Ballp. 68
An Actor Remembersp. 69
Blocking a Musicalp. 71
Stage Picture Freeze Dancep. 72
Musical Charactersp. 73
Tale Mimep. 74
Joker's Wildp. 76
Programs, Programs, Get Your Programs Herep. 78
Write a Biop. 82
Curtain Call Gamep. 84
5 I Got Rhythmp. 85
Musical Stylesp. 87
Use or Become Instrumentsp. 88
Catch Phrasep. 90
Someone's Dayp. 91
Song Jamsp. 93
Mrs. Sadiep. 95
Act-a-Songp. 97
Lip Syncp. 99
Concentrationp. 100
Avocadop. 103
Telephone Songp. 105
Shay Shay Coolayp. 106
Ali Baba and the Forty Thievesp. 108
Make a Musical Shakerp. 109
6 Gotta Dancep. 111
Dance Shapesp. 112
Story Dancep. 113
Rhythm Namesp. 115
Shake to Maloop. 116
Happy Feetp. 117
Jokey Hokey Pokeyp. 118
Contact Dancep. 119
Group Mirrorsp. 120
Object Dancep. 121
Interpretive Dancep. 124
Dream Sequencep. 126
Make Dancing Wingsp. 128
7 An Actor's Life for Mep. 131
Have You Everp. 132
Categoriesp. 134
When I Talk, You Answerp. 137
Amoebap. 138
Trust Mep. 139
Cops and Spiesp. 140
How High Can You Go?p. 142
Bowl Gamep. 143
Who Stole the Cookies?p. 145
Channel Surfingp. 147
Munchkinsp. 150
Make a Phantom Maskp. 151
8 Show Time!p. 153
Paul Bunyanp. 154
Davy Crockettp. 158
Sluefoot Suep. 160
Scene from Alice in Wonderlandp. 162
The Three Little Pigsp. 165
Goldilocks and the Three Bearsp. 170
The Three Billy Goats Gruffp. 174
Suggested Musicals for Young Actorsp. 177
Summaries of Plays Mentioned in the Bookp. 180
Bibliographyp. 187
About the Authorp. 189