It’s sinister. It’s nerve-wracking. And it’s perfect for middle schoolers.
We all know young adolescents have a flair for the dramatic. They’re masters at various facial expressions–bored stares, sarcastic smiles, and excited jaw drops being just a few. This game will perfect one particular look: the death glare. But play at your own risk, ‘cuz they’re going to get really good.
AUGUST DRAMA GAME: “If Looks Could Kill…”
Directions: Have all the members of your drama group stand in a circle facing one another. Tell them to look at their feet when you say, “Look down!” Instruct them to silently pick one particular person in the group they intend to look at and stay staring at when you say, “Look up!” If two participants happen to have chosen one another and find themselves making eye contact, they must immediately (and dramatically) collapse to a sitting position. They have “died.” The game continues until everyone has perished but a final one or two players.
Rules: There are no rules as to who anyone can choose within the circle to look at, but they must hold the stare once they’ve made their choice. No changing and darting eyes around to a different player!
Variation #1: Have fun with expressions.In any particular round, encourage the players to give their most deathly glare or their most sinister smile or their most devious twirl of a mustache. Whatever works.
Variation #2: Give them the freedom to play up the “dying” element of the game. They’ll love coming up with ways to collapse to the floor in true dramatic fashion.
Again, a great example of this game is on YouTube. It’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s deadly:
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
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P.S. I’ll be posting again soon. I have a free treat in mind for all of you who are starting up a new school year soon. Now stop with the death glare. You know summer couldn’t go on forever!