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Put on a Play

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Any Weather

Free

STEM Connection

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Putting on a play requires a lot of the foundational skills one needs to grow into a great STEM career someday.  You need good organizational skills, creativity and innovation, a little bit of engineering (for stage design), good collaboration and oral skills, and if you're buying anything, it'll require some budgeting skills.  The outcome of using all of these skills together builds confidence in a child.  The more confident our next generation is in themselves, the more great ideas they'll be able to offer the world.

Best Location

Just about anywhere.

Project Materials List

  • A basic story (Use a well known kids story or make up a new story!)

  • Costumes (Don't over think it.  Even one scarf can serve as a "costume")

  • Stage (Hang a blanket over a door to create a "stage entry")

  • Chairs for the audience to sit in

Related Web Links

  • Check out this link if you were really going to produce a play.

Ideas, Notes, & Tips

Basic steps to putting on a play.

  1. The Play

    1. Select a story

    2. Identify the characters

    3. Hold auditions

    4. Practice the parts 

  2. The Venue

    1. Find a location​

    2. Set up the props and lights

    3. Make sure there are chairs

  3. The Production​

    1. Determine an entry price

    2. Create a Playbill

    3. Assign staff jobs (ticket taker, stage props, etc)

Be sure to encourage the kids to work on their own as much as possible.  The collaboration skills and leadership skills they can acquire with this activity will last a lifetime.

Personal note: As a kid, my sister, my neighbor, and I used to put on plays all the time.  We stacked bar stools and put a board across the top of them and then threw a blanket over them to create a stage curtain.  Once we had our acts and scenes rehearsed, we made our parents pay us $1 each to watch our play.