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Drama

by Mary Ann Kelley

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Drama Basics and Advice  (T)
Actors, drama students, instructors, and theater lovers will find essential drama resources here. This section provide guides to auditioning, line memorization, and stage direction. English students will also find resources for studying and writing about dramatic literature.

Reader's Theater Editions  (M,O,T)
Reader's Theater Editions are free scripts for reader's theater (or readers theatre) adapted from stories written by Aaron Shepard and others--mostly humor, fantasy, and world tales from a variety of cultures. A full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed mostly at ages 8--15.

Reader's Theatre Basics  (T)
Reader's Theatre is a valuable tool for any classroom. It allows students to take virtually any piece of literature, analyse it and adapt it into a script. This script can then be performed with a minimum of preparation, props or scenery. This site will provide you with the knowledge, experience, resources and sources to conduct a reader's theatre workshop in your classroom.

How to Write a Radio Play  (Y,M,O,T)
Radio is an extraordinary medium. A radio play can travel through time and space, between centuries and continents... We asked two award-winning radio dramatists, Marcy Kahan and Mike Walker, to share their secrets and to explain what makes an effective radio play. (Note that the navigation through the information is on the right of the page)

Method Acting  (M,O,T)
This page will lead interested individuals to descriptions of various techniques and procedures of so-called "method" acting.

Theater on a Shoestring  (O,T)
You might wonder if there is any content after you've drilled down through a couple of layers of navigation, but those who stick with the site to get to the content are well-rewarded with great resources for anyone in or interested in theater.

The Costume Page  (M,O,T)
Lots of information about period costuming

Teaching Shakespeare Through Exercises on Acting and on the Basic Emotions  (O,T)
Plays mentioned: Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale.

Radio Days: A Webquest  (M,O,T)
Back before there were televisions and computers, there was radio. Families of the 1930s and 1940s would gather around the radio and listen to their favorite programs such as Little Orphan Annie, Amos and Andy, The Guiding Light, and The Shadow. Millions of Americans tuned in daily to their favorite programs, just as today we tune in to our favorite television shows. Radio allowed the listener to create their own images of characters and settings, a luxury that we no longer have in these days of television. Take a journey back to the "Golden Age of Radio" as you learn about Radio Days.

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