will bring, and at rehearsals, place a check mark next to the props as you receivethem.Call upon families to apply their creativity to make, sew, or build whatever is notprovided via the sign-up system. Participating students should research the timeperiod in order to make the props as authentic as possible. Ask your local universitydrama department if you can borrow some of their props; often, they will be happyto share their resources with another production team.During dress rehearsals and on performance night, keep track of all props by usingprop tables. Use masking tape to divide the tables into sections. Then write thename of a prop and the character it belongs to in each section. The use of proptables allows you to quickly determine if something is missing.
Designate a Set Designer, and during the rehearsal period designate three or four
“set building days.” Invite families to co
ntribute supplies to the drama project.Parents have a lot of fun building and painting together on these days.
Make sure the set is ready for use by the time you’re ready to start having dress
rehearsals. Wonderful sets can be built out of cardboard. Check with your localappliance stores about how to get a few of their large refrigerator boxes.
I recommend that you charge a minimal fee, such as $6 per child or $12 per family,to help cover the costs of the various aspects of production. If everyone workstogether, plays do not have to be costly.
The more homeschool families you have involved in your production, the better it willbe. Trust me
many parents and grandparents will enjoy offering their time andtalents to help the children make snacks, props, costumes, and the set.Having more than one co-director increases the level of creativity exhibited in theplay and makes the workload more manageable. We had three co-directors for
. I was blessed to work with Amy Biegler and Laurie Marzofka during thatproduction, and I included many of their wonderful ideas in this article.
An alternative to a big production would be to have weekly theater classes that meetfor a month or so. At the last class, you can include fun theater games and do ashort skit for families.Whether you choose to do homeschool plays or theater classes, may you be blessedwith laughter, fun, and learning. I pray that the Lord will guide you in all of yourdecisions. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom so that you can provide what thechildren need
through your efforts, their efforts, and the support and contributions