From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-An introduction to musical theater. The author covers the history of musicals from those inspired by Shakespeare to those written by Sondheim in one- and two-page chapters with added tidbits in sidebars. Creating musicals from poetry, basic acting preparation, rhythm and dance, and creative dramatics form the basis for activities. There are games, scenes for experimentation, and short scripts to stage. Many activities are physical in nature, and would work well with groups of young actors. The directions are given in organized steps. Some of the activities are quite creative and will challenge even the more seasoned performers. A few games involve vocal expression, but adults could add sound to any number of the activities; indeed, many invite experimentation. Simple drawings add a friendly touch. Since the book looks at musical theatre from so many points of view, it will be useful for different pursuits, e.g., teachers, directors working with young actors, and children looking for direction in theatrical ventures.Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY
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“Useful for teachers, directors working with young actors, and children looking for direction in theatrical ventures.” —School Library Journal
“If your child—or inner child—craves improvisation and learning how to turn a body into the shape of a letter, take a look at Show Time.
Then get 25 of your best friends or your children's pals together and create the entire alphabet.” —The Fresno Bee