Directing Kids by Matt Buchanan

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About The Book

A Comprehensive How-to Manual for Directors of Plays and Musicals with Casts of Young People from a Veteran Drama Teacher and Director

From choosing a play to striking the set when it's over, Directing Kids takes teachers, theatre professionals and others through every step of the process of directing and producing a play or a musical with a young cast. Topics include choosing an appropriate play, casting, assembling a support team, blocking and actor coaching, running rehearsals, dealing with parents, handling discipline, publicity and house management--all presented in clear, step-by-step chapters. Whether you're brand new to the rewarding experience of directing young people or an old hand, anyone who wants to help young casts create memorable theatrical experiences for themselves and their audiences will benefit from Directing Kids, a comprehensive guide to directing and producing plays with young people.

Did You Know?

Steven Stack’s first acting role was in 3rd grade in an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, in which he played Hansel and the father. He was originally cast as only the father, but the boy playing Hansel got sick and Steven had already memorized all his lines.