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- Stage area should ideally be a wide doorway which kids can walk across, but audience can sit in front of and see
- No props necessary, but could be available (would need two of each prop)
- There is a classic scene from a Marx brothers’ movie in which one character imitates another to make it appear the first character is seeing himself in a mirror. This is a great activity to get kids focused on the physicality of stage movement, as well as working on timing and just being silly.
- This is a great game to do with a larger group. Most youth will serve as audience members, but everyone can have turns on stage if kept short.
- Two performers are on the stage area. One is the “actor” and the other is the “mirror.” The actor’s job is to perform simple activities for the “mirror” to imitate.
- Remind kids that this works best when the actor moves at a reasonable pace. The slower the actor moves, the easier it is for the mirror to imitate.
- The best activities allow the “mirror” to do some guessing about what comes next. For example, if the actor performs something with a sequence (like getting up in the morning and get dressed), the “mirror” will have a better idea of what to expect. Also good are large motor activities (climbing a ladder, sports, etc.).
Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity G7)
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