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    By sandyH

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    We have a drama club for 5th & 6th graders at our school, and I was one of the advisors for several years. My suggestions...recruit help from other adults (other teachers, secretaries, aides, parents, etc.) if possible before you begin. If your drama club is as popular as ours, you will have more students than one person should be in charge of after school. Having a few people on board made it possible to break into smaller groups which is always more effective.
    We always picked a show from one of the theater catalogs and tried to keep it about one hour or less. If you're just starting out, you may want to keep your set minimal. Lots of scene changes and backdrop changes can be overwhelming with young kids.
    Don't be afraid to change the script. We've had to add parts and lines to get everyone included.
    Musicals are lots of fun. Maybe your music teacher (if you have one) would be willing to help out. We made tapes or cds of the show's music for the kids so they could practice at home.
    Drama club can be LOTS of fun (and lots of work!) Let the kids do the work as much as they can handle. Also, one final hint about props and costumes. As soon as parts are assigned, start having them look for the props and costume pieces they will need. This will save lots of last minute scrambling.
    Good Luck


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