School plays: Ideas for end-of-term productions
24 November 2008Add to My Folder
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Discover some simple, creative and stress-free ideas for school plays
End-of-term productions can be extremely stressful and exhausting. In addition, valuable curriculum time can be wasted in learning new songs and lines that are quickly forgotten and bear no relation to the rest of the curriculum. The thing to do is to think flexibly and creatively. Try to build on topics and existing knowledge, and integrate the children’s repertoire of songs and music within a theme or topic that will provide the audience with an enjoyable show. Here are some tried and tested starting points from my experience as a music teacher that you can use as a springboard for your own plays. All of them involve the children in the design, and ancillary staff and parents can also get involved so that the finished production is a real team effort. As each class or group has responsibility for their own section, rehearsals can take place separately until the very last minute when you put the whole thing together. This avoids that awful experience of restless children sitting for hours in the hall waiting for their slot during endless, long rehearsals. They will be genuinely excited to see and hear how it comes together when you finally rehearse the complete production.