Ahhh, September. For teachers, this is the month of hope…of promise…of new beginnings.
So let’s feed all of that positive energy with one of my very favorite drama games! I have started many a school year with this one because it is fun for a group of kids just getting to know one another. It’s an easy-peasy ice-breaker and a bit of a team builder, too. It will also serve you well in a teacher emergency like “I-have-fifteen-more-minutes-of-class-and-I-am-done-talking” sort of situation. See? I got you.
SEPTEMBER DRAMA GAME: “Have You Ever?”
Directions: Except for one brave volunteer, have all the members of your drama group stand in a circle facing one another. Ask everyone in the circle to mark the spot where they are standing. A chalk circle, coins, hula hoops, brightly colored paper taped down on the ground–these are all possibilities–it just needs to be something that stays in place. Your one volunteer should stand in the center of the circle, and once the group is ready, they’ll ask a question that begins with “Have you ever…” The question they ask needs to be something they’ve actually done–something unusual, something adventurous, something slightly out of the ordinary. Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? Have you ever eaten sushi? Have you ever stayed up more than 24 hours? The possibilities are endless. Anyone in the circle that can answer “yes” to that question must move out of their marked spot and quickly find another empty marked spot in the circle. The person in the middle moves quickly to find a marked spot and avoid being in the middle again. Whoever is left without a spot is now the new person in the middle, and now they must be the one to come up with a question. The “dramatic twist” to this ice-breaker is for the players in motion to be acting out the very thing the question is about. For example, if the question is “Have you ever played a guitar?” Then everyone who is in motion should be jamming out on an imaginary guitar while trying to find a free marked space. In the rare instance that no one can answer “yes” to the question save the person in the middle, they’ll have to ask another question. Play ’til done.
Rules: Only appropriate questions, please. You must move out of your spot if your answer is “yes”–this is the honor system, people.
Variation #1: Give the line of questions a theme like “food.” They can ask things like “Have you ever cooked an entire meal by yourself?” or “Have you ever eaten a peanut butter and banana sandwich?” You get the idea.
Variation #2: With a more emotionally evolved group, they could ask more vulnerable actor-minded questions like “Do you ever get scared you’re going to forget your lines?”
I’ve been playing this game with kids for so long, I’ve totally forgotten where I came across it in the first place. Have you ever done that?
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
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P.S. Here’s to fall! Still planning to have a new drama game for you every month here on my blog!