SHADOW DRAMA, SHADOW PLAYS - HOW TO, RESOURCES
The following is a compilation of posts by members Deborah Diehl, SheilaB, Jaymie Derden, Amy Crane, Luanne Payne . Your suggestions are welcome!
WHY USE SHADOW PLAYS:
- Acting behind a screen feels exotic to all ages and gives them a degree of anonymity that allows them to be less self-conscious.
- It's good for younger kids who can't handle much dialogue and for kids who are shy about speaking parts.
- Narrators can stand to the side while shadow actors move or pose certain lines of scripture/action.
- Minimal amount of costuming needed.
- Minimal set up.
- They're fun to watch too.
- White Sheet - for a full body shadow play Stretch a white sheet or white cloth between posts, walls, double doorway, over stage curtain rod, something that will have the sheet reasonably taut and secure.
- Plastic Shower Curtain: stretched on a frame and attached with big black office binder clips .
- Shine a bright light on the sheet. (The light goes behind the white sheet and behind the actors so that their shadows are cast on the sheet.) The children act the play behind the sheet giving the audience on the other side the shadow image.
- Position church's overhead projector behind it for the light.