Drama Game: Introductions and Applause

Kid ApplauseType:  Warm-up.

Purpose:

  • A great way for students to introduce themselves, get a non-frightening taste of being on stage
  • Establish a supportive environment

Procedure: 

  • Either using a real door or an imaginary door (which you create for the students), tell the group each student will come up one by one, walk through the door to “enter” the stage, introduce themselves saying “Hi, my name is _____” and say one interesting thing about themselves (you can add on more to the speech but don’t make it too long or complicated – the point is to give an incredibly easy task).
  • After each introduction, the audience will enthusiastically applaud as the student stays up on stage and takes in the applause.

Note:

  • Do NO coaching here – the point again is to let each student perform their introduction, with no criticism whatsoever. The only thing you CAN coach them on is waiting for the applause – don’t let them run off the stage before they take it in.

 

7 thoughts on “Drama Game: Introductions and Applause

  1. Nomphelo says:

    This really helped me in my class. I’ve been a Maths and Science teacher for a long time but now I’ve been given this English class to teach and I didn’t know how to start this drama lesson .

  2. Nora T. says:

    I’m a camp counselor who doesn’t have an extensive background in musical theatre and I’ve been trying to think of games to play with my campers and I’m so glad I stumbled upon this site!

  3. Karen says:

    I played this game with 5th graders but called it Liar’s door. They had to pantomime opening the door, coming through and closing it (any way they wanted) and then introduce themself but tell something about themself that was a complete and utter epic lie. (I’m Susan and I’m the school principal. I’m Bill and I have purple hamsters in my shoes.) It was hysterical and the kids were super creative.

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