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Drama for Reading & Performance

Reviews and Testimonials

"Perfection Learning's Drama for Reading and Performance, Collection One is an admirable mix of plays and teaching techniques. I found that the book and its attendant Teacher's Guide were well thought out and developed. There are numerous footnotes explaining vocabulary terms and concepts found in the plays themselves. The glossary at the back of the book is clean, clear and very readable. The books are very much aimed at the novice and intermediate theatre student. These books can easily be used for an entire year's worth of classes. There are seventeen plays in this book alone and, as the title suggests, there are other books in the collection. Each play has a different thrust for its teaching aims. One play will focus on language while another focuses on timing; or movement; or setting. This serves to illustrate these different aspects of the theatre very well for the young student.

The systematic approach of these materials builds nicely to a full understanding of theatre as Art onstage as well as theatre as Literature for reading and study. Everything is laid out in a very clear and readable fashion. Exercises accompany each play, designed for before and after reading the plays. After-reading discussion sessions are concise and to the point. Also included are short bios on the playwrights and/or artists focused upon in the notes.

The Teacher's Guide has good suggestions and additional materials and notes for a rich, full curriculum of the performance aspects of the Theatre Arts. Deliberate attention to the flow of the lessons in these books will deliver a very full understanding of what it means to be an alert, empathic, thinking actor on stage. I recommend these books whole-heartedly and can't wait to view the next book in the series."

Creative Drama Magazine, Fall 2000

"...I have the Collection Two of Drama for Reading & Performance. The kids eat it up! Now, I have the Voices of the Holocaust—it arrived today—and I am ecstatic! The selections I have made met and often exceeded my expectations! I have English CP, Learn and Serve, and Theatre classes, very different types of students and classes. Nonetheless, I have found something worthwhile for each with Perfection!"

Nationally Certified Teacher, WJ Keenan, Cola, South Carolina