Drama games for kids and teens is a fantastic way for drama teachers to keep students engaged and interested in acting. Acting games and exercises are great for drama or comedy practice.
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Acting games are important for drama class because it opens students up to a world full of imagination, fun, collaboration, experience and self-reliance.
7 Theatre Games for Kids and Teens
- Reaction Action – This is a game that kids love and they get to do as an entire ensemble. Students stand together as a group and the teacher creates exaggerated verbal sounds and physical actions that must be imitated.
- Question Game – The student has 4 emotions to choose from…Sad, Happy, Angry and Scared. There is one question that they have to make up such as, “Do you like going to the beach?” or “Which do you prefer, the sun or the moon?” or “What is your favorite color?” or “What is your favorite movie?”. The young actor must go before the other students and express each one of the 4 emotions with the question. Each time the question is asked, the other students must choose which emotion was expressed. If right, the student goes on to the next emotion, if wrong they have to try again.
- Character Circle– This is a fun exercise where the group of actors form a circle and each take turns going into the center of the circle. While in the center of the circle the actor gets to control the group by performing smiles, jumping, laughing, hand posturing, sitting or any physical expression that will allow the group in the circle to imitate and perform what “leader” in the center is doing.
- One Word Story – For this acting game the students form a line and each actor can only say ‘one word’ each up and down the line and concentrate on telling an entire cohesive sentence that will create an entire short story.
- Mime Carry – One actor mimes an object that they are holding and using before handing it over to the next actor, who must take over what they imagine the object to being and continue using it and carrying it before handing it over to the next actor. No words are allowed to be spoken.
- Real or Imagined? – This game helps with the actors improvisation skills and sense of inner truth. The actor goes before the class and shares a brief story no more than one minute long. The story can be real or made up. At the end of the story the other actors have to choose whether they think it was real or imagined.
- Choreograph – The teacher directs the physical action of all the students that can go on for 1-5 minutes in duration. The idea is to have the entire class of students learn how to take direction and work together on timing, pacing and communication. Dialogue must also be used in addition to the physical activities. The teacher can make this exercise as simple or complicated as they like depending on the nature of the class.