I m in 9th grade and must perform a drama in class. This is my 1st time to do such creative things. So its really special for me. Kindly suggest to me some good scripts to be performed in a group of 5 girls. I hope I'll get a fantastic response.
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I would suggest a children's story for the first time you try such a creative thing. Fairy tales and other children's stories lend themselves to acting as well as costuming and music and fun. Perhaps Cinderella, which is mostly girls, or Charlotte's Web. You might also consider The Wizard of Oz, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and so many others. My high school student always enjoy acting out such familiar stories. Have fun!
Death of a Salesman has a relatively small cast -- you could have one student play a couple of the smaller parts if you needed to. It is a challenging play for most students to read and conceptualize, but working out a reasonable performance might be a neat way to help them work through some of the difficulty of the text.
I don't remember how many characters are in it, but the play Our Town was a favorite of mine. A Raisin in the Sun is still popular as is the Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie. I don't remember who wrote it, but there was a great play called Goodbye to the Clown that might appeal to your students. Whatever play you choose, make it a fun and rewarding experience for your students, and good luck.
There are things that would be helpful to know to narrow down a bit the field of scripts to suggest to you. Do you want a scene from a play or a whole play? Would you prefer a modern script, or something classical? Comedy or Tragedy?
I'll give you some suggestions of scenes from some varied scripts, so, hopefully, one might appeal to you. The easiest way for you and the other four girls to choose something to stage would be to agree that one or two of you will play men's parts. Unfortunately, the nature of the theatre is that most characters written are male.
If you wanted to all play males and have fun with a fight scene, you could stage Act III, scene i from Romeo and Juliet. In this scene, Mercutio and Benvolio (friends) are wandering the streets and meet up with a very hot-headed character, Tybalt who is looking to fight Romeo. Tybalt is also with another character, but one who has no lines. Romeo enters and refuses to fight. Tybalt and Mercutio fight; Mercutio is slain. This makes Romeo very angry, so he does fight and kill Tybalt. This scene would be as much about creating action as learning lines, which can be fun.
If you wanted to portray all women, there is a play by Carly Churchill called Top Girls, which involves lost of famous women in history all together in one time and place. There are many options in this script for your group of five girls.
A classical play that concerns the issues of being a woman whose husband goes off to war is Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Again, there are a number of scenes you could choose.
Please follow the links below for more information on each of the plays I suggest. Good luck with your performance!
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