Time to take a trip. An imaginary one. On a bus.
Since it’s summertime and travel is on everyone’s mind, let’s press the pedal to the metal, shall we? This July drama game is easy, fun, and low pressure for any group needing to fuel up (or burn off) some dramatic energy!
JULY DRAMA GAME: “Jump on the Bus!”
Directions: Set up chairs in the configuration of a bus with one seat for the driver and several rows of chairs behind the driver for passengers. Ask for a first volunteer to assume the driver role and have them jump on the bus, slide into their seat, and take the steering wheel. After a few minutes, a passenger should step onto the bus in the mood of their choice: delighted, impatient, nervous, crying, etc. This passenger will take a seat, continuing to act out their mood, and the bus driver will suddenly find themselves infected by this mood as well. After a few more minutes of driving, the bus should stop and take on a second passenger. This passenger will jump on the bus in a completely different mood and suddenly everyone in the bus will shift to this particular energy. This pattern will repeat until all available passengers have boarded the bus. To end the game, have the bus stop and everyone exit the bus exhibiting the mood they originally chose for themselves.
Rules: This game is definitely about character energy and teamwork. Each passenger is challenged to come up with a different energy that the rest of the group will be joining in on.
Variation #1: Challenge the players to be completely non-verbal. They must convey their particular mood using only simple sounds, expressions, gestures, and body language.
Variation #2: End the game in reverse! Have the passengers step off in reverse order, changing the mood of the bus each time until there is only the driver left seated.
I can’t take credit for this game. Like all cool things, I found it on YouTube. Check it out:
Wishing you all the best on stage…and beyond!
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P.S. Keeping it light and fun all summer long! Check in on August 1st for another drama game!