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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Meriwether Pub; 1 edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566081416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566081412
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret F. Johnson is a retired drama teacher, has directed over 190 productions. Many of her former students are now theatre professionals.

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If I ran a school drama program, I'd be using this book daily.
Jody
Literally every question you could possibly have involving your theatrical production, this book covers it.
Erick Rasmussen
This book is highly informative, extremely in depth, and highly organized.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Grady on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book's subtitle says that it is a complete tool kit for the theater arts. While it does cover all aspects of producing a play it does not cover the essential element of the drama teacher's job: drama class. I purchased this book hoping that it could help me with my day to day class, but instead I got everything I need to know about doing a production (which is not my job at my school.) So, if you're looking for help producing a show by all means pick this book up, but if you're looking for something that will help you in a drama class setting this book is seriously incomplete.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erick Rasmussen on April 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This handy guide covers literally every aspect of putting on a production, and not only does it apply to high school theater, it is extremely helpful for any level of theater, from elementary, to high school, to amature, to community, to professional.
Margaret Johnson covers basics from selecting shows, to securing the theater, to casting and auditions to opening night.
The best part is that this book doesn't read like stereo instructions, there are personal touches from the author through out including her memories and stories of different shows she has worked on.
This book also includes audition sheets and other pages you can photo copy to pass out and have actors fill out.

Literally every question you could possibly have involving your theatrical production, this book covers it. Nothing will remain unanswered.

Also, it's important to note that I'm not a high school drama teacher, but I am a long-time theatrical passionate and I have been using this book as a holy grail while directing my first show.

Please email me if you have any questions.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie Hull on July 22, 2008
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I am entering my 10th year as a Theatre teacher and I still found this book useful. It is a good reminder of those things you have let slip over the years for whatever reason. I think it is a good refresher for us old dogs, but I think it would be a wonderful resource for a first or second year teacher, too. I loved it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 7, 2007
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Both experienced and beginning drama directors have easy, experience-backed tips on directing from THE DRAMA TEACHER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: A COMPLETE TOOL KIT FOR THEATRE ARTS. When this book says 'complete' it means it: collections strong in drama will appreciate the range of tips from instructions on organizing tryouts - complete with tryout sheets - to blocking out rehearsals, technical aspects of scene set-up, tips on locating costumes, and more. It's a 'must' for any library which caters to actors or drama teachers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Scoville on May 11, 2010
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This is probably the best, all round, "how to" book for theatre teachers I have ever seen. No amount of classroom games, theatre exercises and readings of Shakespeare will ever prepare you for mounting a play like this book does. I started my 30 year teaching career with an MA in theatre and would have given anything to have had this book when I started. It is excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jody TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 9, 2009
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I purchased this book when I was preparing to direct a play in which children as well as adults would appear and I wanted tips on working with children. The children I worked with were younger and much less experienced than Ms. Johnson's groups but I found her her very honest anecdotes helpful. Thankfully, my experience is almost over and while it'll be a long time before I'll want to work with youth theater again, this book was a great reference.

Ms. Johnson's advice on solving the universal problems stemming from competing for space, time and personality conflicts as well as the importance of providing a respectful atmosphere and positive reinforcement were quite valuable and not just useful in a school setting. My young (and old!) actors responded well and managed to finish the play's run on excellent terms with each other and the theater. If I ran a school drama program, I'd be using this book daily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Board Game Babe on April 22, 2011
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Most of this book centers on the actual production process of putting on a show. If you're looking for a balanced teaching tool for all parts of classroom work, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Schulz on September 17, 2009
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Excellent source if you are putting on a full-scale production for middle or high school.
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