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, and CreativeCarol. Your additional 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.
- A minimal amount of costumes are needed.
- Minimal setup.
- They're fun to watch too.
- White Sheet - for a full body shadow play stretch a white sheet or white cloth between posts, walls, a double doorway, over the curtain rod of a stage, or hang from a drop ceiling. Use a method 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 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.
- Make sure that your light is not too bright. Test out the light you plan to use to ensure that it does not cause blurry-looking shadows if students are not standing right next to the screen.
- It should not get too hot and risk burning someone who accidentally touches it.
- Use inexpensive clamp lights or a spotlight that sits on the floor.