DRAMA, PUPPET, NEWSROOM, and STORYTELLING
In some Rotation Model Sunday Schools, Drama, "Newsroom," Puppets, and Storytelling are all variations of the same workshop. In other Rotation churches, you may find a Drama workshop in one classroom space, and a Story or Puppet workshop in another space. It's your choice!
In some Workshop Rotation Model Sunday Schools, the "Newsroom" or "News Broadcast" is used in the Video/A-V Workshop because it is something that is recorded and watched.
Three keys to a good drama workshop:
1) Lots of props, costumes and backgrounds at the ready.
2) Videotape it! It focuses the kids.
3) A simple, kid-friendly script and staging concept. Avoid over-written scripts, those that merely retell the story, and those that don't include insights and reflection. You're not putting on a pageant.
Script or no script?
You'll see many lessons here at Rotation.org, particularly in Drama Workshops by our Writing Team, that avoid the use of "word for word scripts" and instead, use off-camera narrators, cue cards, and other techniques to free your actors from having a script in their hands. Script-less or fewer script-required parts also helps younger children participate in dramas and skits.
TIP: If you need to use a script, use an overhead or LCD projector to put the 'scripts' or cue cards on the wall in front of the actors instead of in their hands. This free's them up.
Yes, in just about EVERY church you can see kids in costumes for special occasions. They love that. In Rotation Churches, this happens almost every week in the Drama Workshop !
The traditional model would never take the time to make a 'cool' Philippi jail for teaching Acts 16. But in the Rotation Model, because we set it up and use it with ALL our classes, such awesome ways to teach are quite do-able.
We don't have a video of the Philippi Jail Workshop, but the kids were "jailed" with four actors who carried the weight of the drama using a script they had developed.
Your Drama space might be a room decorated to look like an oasis, a newsroom, the Philippi jail, or the inside of a whale!
There's an entire thread in our JONAH LESSONS about how to make a walk-thru blow-up whale for your Jonah Drama.
Stages are great but not necessary, though kids sure love a curtain they can open and close. Above is a stage with shower curtains.
Even the "entrance" to the Drama Workshop here looks cool.
Here's a neat puppet stage made out of cloths and quilts. It can also double as a "Bible scene" or Bible village depending on your story.
Colorful fabric everywhere! Ceiling, wall-backdrop, curtain, table.
In the Rotation Model Drama Workshop, "fisherman's nets" are good to have around.
These days, the camera is typically a cellphone on a tripod or at the end of a selfie stick to get up close in the Bible action.