Freeze right there! Don’t miss out on my final drama game of the year!
This game is an easy one to play in any space with any number of kids, and once they’ve gotten the hang of it, they won’t want to stop. So sit back, sip on some hot chocolate, and let the freezing fun begin!
DECEMBER DRAMA GAME: “Freeze!”
Directions: Choose two volunteers from your group to begin the game and have them stand center stage. Together, they should decide what activity they’ll be doing together (fishing off a boat, baking cookies, dancing to disco, etc.) and begin to ad lib a scene. They should be including all of the appropriate body movements and gestures that go along with their activity and dialogue. After a few minutes, it is fair game for an audience member to call out “Freeze!” At that moment, these first two players freeze in position–whatever that may look like. The audience member that called out “Freeze!” must step onto stage, tap one of the players on the shoulder, take their place in the exact same pose, and plan on changing the scene to something entirely different. Fishing off a boat could become playing mini-golf. Baking cookies could become working in a science lab. Any change is possible so long as the new activity can transition fairly naturally from the frozen pose. As the mentor, you call out “Thaw!” to have the new scene begin. This new scene gets ad libbed until another person calls out “Freeze!” Play continues until everyone has had a turn on stage.
Rules: Props are a no-no. If more than one person calls out “Freeze!” at the same time, it can be up to the mentor/director to choose who will go up on stage. Each scene should be allowed to play out at least a couple of minutes before someone interrupts it by calling out “Freeze!”
Variation #1: For an extra challenge, choose a theme: sports, jobs, adventures while traveling, etc.
And with my final free drama game of the year, I wish you all the best on stage…and beyond!