Happy New Year, everyone!
I am very happy to share a New Year’s resolution here at Fun Middle School Plays…
FREE DRAMA GAMES to one and all in 2019!
That’s right. Every month here on my blog, I’m going to share a drama game you can play with your theatrical group which practices a dramatic skill, boosts their confidence on stage, and is, above all, fun! In my own experience as a drama mentor, I’ve found you can never have too many quick and easy drama games up your sleeve. They are just the thing to warm up a group, settle a group down, start a rehearsal, end a rehearsal, or simply burn off some extra nervous energy. (And sometimes you just need to fill five minutes, am I right?)
So, I’m starting the new year off with a bang. The drama game I’m sharing for January has never, ever failed to be a hit with kids! It’s my tried and true. It’s my go-to activity. I also know it can be done with all ages, but middle schoolers especially love it. Warning: they will not want to end the game…ever.
JANUARY DRAMA GAME: “Mamma Mia”
Directions: Circle up your group with everyone giving themselves a little elbow room. The game begins with one person in the circle stepping into the middle and crossing to someone else in the circle. On their way across the circle, they say the words “Mamma Mia” in the expression of their choosing. Options are absolutely endless: in a secretive whisper, in a cheerleader yell, in a creaky voice, in a baby’s gurgle, in a sarcastic tone, in an authoritative demand, in the squawk of a chicken, in a question, etc.. Once they’ve reached the other person, they take that person’s place in the circle, sending that person out into the middle to say “Mamma Mia” with a different expression. Play repeats until everyone has had at least one turn stepping into the middle and saying “Mamma Mia” in a new way.
Rules: Everyone should be given an equal amount of turns. Every expression of “Mamma Mia” should be unique–no repeats. “Mamma Mia” should be the only words spoken–no extra dialogue, please.
Variation #1: Advanced players can add specific movement, gestures, and facial expression to fully envelop a particular character while saying “Mamma Mia.”
Variation #2: Instead of the words “Mamma Mia,”use a key word or words from the script you’re currently practicing as a group.
You will be truly amazed at how many different ways a group of kids can come up with to say “Mamma Mia” while playing this game. And that’s the point: to practice expression just using two little words. This drama game also demonstrates how powerful expression is on stage–how the meaning of a line can completely change depending on how it is delivered.
This game is reflected in my Secret of the Spoon mystery dinner show, which has the exclamation “Mamma Mia” throughout the script, said with a different expression each time. I’ve played it with every drama group I’ve ever worked with, and it’s always been too much fun! Enjoy!
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
Fun Middle School Plays
P.S. Don’t forget to check in on February 1st for another free drama game!