These short skits for classroom will provide opportunities for your students to develop their dramatic and creative skills while working cooperatively to prepare and present entertaining mini dramas.
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Mad Hatter's Tea Party
This is a full participation play written for classroom, which ends in an actual tea party. Yes, eats and treats!
It would be helpful to read the original Lewis Carroll version from Chapter 7 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To keep the play down to a manageable length, portions of the original story were shortened or not included.
There are 4 main roles for those students who enjoy the challenge of acting.
Parts can be memorized or scripts can be kept on the table for cues.
Groups are formed with the rest of the students to prepare and perform the chants or songs in the script.
This skit can be used as a reading exercise, performance piece or as a sample script for students to follow when creating their own magic show.
The character names can be either male or female to avoid having the roles stereotyped. Mart could be Martin or Marta, while Aggie could be Agatha or… Agamemnon!
The solution to putting the rabbit in the hat during the play can be quite obvious to the audience since the view of the hat on the table is actually blocked for a short time. The students may wish to search on the internet to find the video showing how magicians actually do it. The trick is fairly simple to do and a student could practise to be able to accomplish it without blocking the view of the audience.
Part of the fun of creating a magic act script is in finding ways to give the appearance of accomplishing a feat without actually being a trained magician. Students could select their own illusions but should be reminded of the need for safety. (No real saws or severed bodies!)
Props and costumes can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. A single black cape could be used by each team if necessary. Stuffed toys or cut-outs could be used for animals. Most other items needed would be easily found in the classroom or at home.
Included is a pattern for the Magician’s Hat. It makes a smaller than full size hat, but is large enough to work in most skits.