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Putting on a Play
ISBN: 9781586857677
Author: Jacobs, Paul Dubois/ Swender, Jennifer/ Dixon, Deb
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Published: October 2005
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Children's Activity/Ages 6 and up
Do you want to search for hidden treasure on a desert island? Rope and ride some cattle in the Wild West? Tame a lion or walk a tightrope in the circus?
In this book, you'll find everything you need put on your own play with your friends, including how to write a script, design a set, make costumes, act a part, and have some rollicking acting fun! The book includes a Pirate Play, Princess Play, Explorer Play, Circus Play, Cowboy and Cowgirl Play, and ideas for holiday plays. It includes storylines with different endings, and ideas for costumes, characters, sets, music, and more. It's time to get your act together! All you need is this book and a little creativity, and you're on your way to putting on a play!

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Activity Books
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's theater; Juvenile literature.
Theater; Production and direction; Juvenile literature.
Theater; Production and direction.
Dewey: 792.02/26
LCCN: 2005011249
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Acitvities for Kids
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Activity/Workbooks, Art/Music, Early Elementary, Upper Elementary
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
The newest title in our children's activity series, Putting on a Play, provides everything dramatic kids need to know to put on a play all by themselves--from acting, writing a script, and developing characters, to props, costumes, and makeup. Kids will have everything they need to get their acts together
The book includes six thematic plays--Pirate, Princess, Explorer, Circus, Cowboy and Cowgirl--and ideas for holiday plays. Each play includes different endings and ideas for costumes, characters, sets, music, and more, plus tips like these:
A word about theatrical supplies
Quick tips on acting your part
How does your character talk?
How does your character move?
What does your character want?
A word about makeup
A word about safety
Putting your costume together
There's no need for a lot of fancy equipment; it only takes imagination, a few friends, and a sense of adventure
Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife writing team who live in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored four books with musician Pete Seeger. Jennifer is an elementary school teacher and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer are also the authors of My Subway Ride and Children's Songbag. They live with their daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
Debra Spina Dixon is a native of Northern California, who has been creating award-winning illustrations for eleven years. Her colorful work has appeared in numerous national publications and advertising campaigns. Currently, she lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and faithful dog, Remi.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 April)

Gr 3-4 -This little book is a powerhouse of information. In a quick and concise format, the authors discuss how to write a script, design a set, make costumes, act the parts, and have lots of fun in the process. In short paragraphs they get readers to think about how a character walks and moves, dresses, and speaks. They talk about improvisation, props made from household objects, and scenery painted on old shower curtains or newsprint rolls. The authors offer lots of ideas for story lines and types of plays and give outlines for a few, but mostly this is a book of inspiration. An excellent beginning resource for any child or group of children interested in theater.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT

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