Theater and the Adolescent Actor: Building a Successful School Program
For teachers new to drama, those just beginning their careers, or English teachers pressed into service because of school budget cuts, this book ... Show synopsis For teachers new to drama, those just beginning their careers, or English teachers pressed into service because of school budget cuts, this book offers guidance and encouragement through the pitfalls and problems unique to building the drama program in the secondary school setting. Camille L. Poisson brings ten years of public school drama experience to this practical handbook. On the one hand, she details the characteristics of adolescents as actors, and gives information on techniques for teaching them; in courses or after-school programs; on the other, she shows how to gain the cooperation and support of school personnel, to work effectively within a tight budget, and to navigate through public school channels with a minimum of wasted time. Poisson's aim is to help build a solid theater program, from structuring courses to organizing play productions - even musicals. She offers practical outlines for various theater courses; guidance in using literary works; instructions for covering a flat; annotated lists of suitable plays for junior and senior high students; and a welcome glossary of common theater terms.