Hello there, and Happy February!
As promised, I have a new game for you and your drama group to play this month. Consider it my valentine to you, because it is LOVE-ly for practicing movement on stage. And if you happened to miss January’s game “Mamma Mia,” just check out my previous blog entitled “Free Drama Games in 2019!”
Enjoy this one. It’s for all ages, group sizes, and spaces!
FEBRUARY DRAMA GAME: “Mystery Space”
Directions: Have your entire drama group stand quietly to one side of your stage space. As the director, you will call out a “mystery space” that your stage has suddenly, magically become. Example: a busy chocolate factory on Valentine’s Day. The job of everyone in the group is to cross to the other side of the stage behaving as if they are moving through that particular setting.
Rules: Safety first! All players must be mindful of others while moving across the stage. And no running straight across the mystery space to the other side–that’s just cheating!
And here’s the good stuff. A list of “mystery space” possibilities to get you started:
- a large vat of marshmallow cream
- a blizzard of popcorn
- a sticky movie theater floor
- a pleasant rainstorm
- a deep, dark fog
- a spot of bright sunshine
- a long swimming pool
- a scorching desert
- a thick jungle
- the depths of outer space
- a fierce wind
- a coral reef deep underwater
- a cloud of mosquitos
- a room full of floating feathers
- a layer of knee-deep mud
- a pen of chickens
- a swamp of alligators
- a play area of puppies
- a slow parade of elephants
- a field of relaxing lavender
- an alleyway of rotten eggs
- a bakery with the smell of fresh bread
- a basketball game in play
- a slope with skiers and snowboarders coming from upstage
- a scenic spot where a family is desperately trying to get their picture taken uninterrupted
Variation #1: Everyone must move across the mystery space in complete silence–letting gestures and facial expressions do all the work.
Variation #2: Break up your large group by having them cross the mystery space in small groups. Or in pairs. Or as individuals. Or mix it up and keep it unpredictable.
Variation #3: Play it like charades. Each player gets the “mystery space” handed to them on a slip of paper, crosses the stage accordingly, and the rest of the group tries to guess what the mystery space might be.
This game is a great exercise to go with my Fairy Tale Comedy Skits for a Rainy Day, which call for the setting to change with every skit. Cast members have to convincingly act as if they are in a particular space (movie theater, office, hospital, etc.) without the help of a backdrop or props.
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
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P.S. Don’t forget to check my blog on March 1st for another free drama game!