Be sure the performance space is big enough to replicate the classroom stage space and also hold the audience (e.g., gym, library, or cafeteria).
Before the show:
Each class should have a final rehearsal in the performance space either the day of the show or a few days before. If an actor is absent, his or her group comes up with a plan to cover the role.
- Set up a blue tape stage with wings similar to what was used for practicing.
- Delineate space for the audience and for the actors’ shoes.
During the show:
Actors are to sit in the audience when they are not performing.
The teacher introduces the show and student performers, then goes over the rules for the audience. The audience is told to do only four things and nothing else:
- Laugh at funny things.
- Clap at the end.
Specify that there should be no talking or whispering by audience members, including adults.
Teaching Tip: The narrator/teacher can stand on the side of the stage where the audience and actors can see and hear him/her. It’s fine to include instructions to the actors such as “places by 5”, “freeze”, “action”, etc.