Outstanding, Justine Jones, Mary Ann Kelley, Intermediate, Young Adult, Children's Theater, Playwriting, Theater Production And Direction, Improvisation, Participatory Theater, Murder Mystery Plays

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Does your school need a solid fundraiser? Would you like your theater students to immerse themselves in all aspects of a production? Does your school have a very limited budget but enthusiastic students and a supportive community? If you answered yes, then this book is for you! This handbook is filled with meticulous lesson plans, sample sheets, and plans for a step-by-step guide to creating a murder mystery play with a junior high or high school drama class. A six-week plan with lesson plans for each week takes the classroom director from creating the spark of an idea for the play through to character development, script writing, technical development, publicity (including prize canvassing and ticket sales,) to a finished and polished performance. Best of all, the work is completed almost exclusively by the students in the class.