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Building an Imaginary Structure in Creative Dramatics

Lotspeich Second-graders in Russell White’s creative dramatics class recently participated in a dynamic acting lesson called, “Smaller.” The physical activity requires someone to first become the largest part of the building, the second person to become something just a little smaller than the building, the third, a smaller object, and on and on until the smallest item in the building is being represented by a student actor. The students replicated the building and its contents, working together to reflect the objects the best they could using movement and body configurations. White asked the students the replicate parts of a dentist’s office and airport, spurring the students to become the airport itself, an airplane, seats on the plane, on down to the snacks in baskets on the plane. White said the activity allows students to improvise with movement and work from a level of confidence on the stage.