Whether you are a seasoned drama director or a beginner, you will find this book to be an invaluable tool kit of aid and assistance! Written specifically for the middle school or high school drama director, this book is about how one person can run a successful extracurricular drama program, from administrative detail and play selection to the actual performance before an audience. This is not intended as a manual or a comprehensive study of stagecraft but rather as a collection of suggestions and vignettes of personal experience. Nineteen chapters cover everything from rehearsal schedules to budgets to hair and makeup. It's just possible, though, you'll love the additional resources even more -- 20 pages of various reproducible forms to use and hand out, followed by an extensive glossary of theatrical terms and a bibliography of additional resources.
This is an amazing resource! I use this book every single time I do a show. It is so complete. Everything you need from day one until the end is here. I love all the suggestions this book contains for shows. All drama teachers need to use this book; it does not matter if you are the most experienced or just starting out. This is a great tool. Ondine Barndt, drama director
Even after teaching drama for thirteen years in three different schools, I find this text invaluable. From ideas about choosing a script to costuming tips, this book serves as a trusted companion in any play production. So often in doing theatre in a school setting I've wished for a wise colleague to provide support; Margaret Johnson's wit, encouragement and experience jump off the pages to aid in helping make a show come to fruition. Tammi Allison, drama teacher
When I decided to accept my current teaching position, I scoured the Internet looking for a good resource to help me direct my fall show, and that's how I discovered your book The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide
. It was the perfect resource for me because it's so organized. Your book lays everything out in an orderly, step-by-step fashion and, mixed together with the stories and experiences you shared, I found it to be the perfect recipe for success for me! Rebecca McMillan, Saint John Paul II Academy, Boca Raton, FL
Introduction; Prologue: Checking Out the Responsibilities; Act I: Preparing the Script; Act II: Getting the Show on the Road; Act III: Working rehearsals; Act IV: Performing the Play; Curtain Call: Technical Aspects; Epilogue: Additional Resources.