What is a School Play?

K T Solis
K T Solis
Two young boys
Two young boys

A school play is a theatrical production presented at a school, in which students are the principal actors. They may also be responsible for writing the script, building the scenery, making the costumes, and directing the school play. Elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools present such dramatic productions. Some schools sell tickets to the production in order to raise money. Other schools may solicit sponsorship from local businesses in order to offset costs of putting on a play.

A school play can be a comedy, drama, or musical. Musicals require that actors have the ability to sing and dance. Many high schools present musicals once or twice a year. The advantage of presenting a musical is the fact that there are plenty of roles for students who wish to participate. If a student doesn't win one of the leading roles, she can always participate in the chorus.

Performing in a school play allows students to develop self-confidence and improve their public speaking skills. They learn to work with others, developing social skills in the process. Students improve memorization skills, explore a variety of emotions, and strengthen their ability to concentrate.

In most school plays, students are required to audition for roles. This usually involves reading from the script or singing a verse from a song. Some students may be disappointed when they don't win the part they wanted. After all, not everyone can have the lead role in school plays.

When students are assigned smaller roles in a school production, they need to remember that all parts of the production are important. If a student is assigned to the stage crew, she also plays a crucial role within the performance. Without a crew, a school play cannot function successfully.

Children who enjoy acting in school plays may eventually pursue acting in other venues. Many cities have organizations that provide after school acting classes for kids of all ages. These classes allow kids to explore drama on a deeper level and permit students to act in several plays throughout the year. Some students may wish to audition for professional or semi-professional productions presented by acting troupes in the local community. Others may try to sign with a talent agent in hopes of finding acting work in commercials or movies.

School plays allow students to explore their creativity, collaborate with others, develop public speaking skills, and get a taste of the performing arts. They develop both self-confidence and self-discipline. Whether a student becomes involved in the school play for fun or has professional aspirations, school plays are excellent ways to help students gain a deeper appreciation for the theater.

Discussion Comments


That is a good point Rundocuri. I helped build a set for a high school play, and I loved it. I felt just as important to the success of the performance as the actors and actresses did without having to get up in front of the audience.


For the kids who don't want to act in school drama plays, there are other opportunities to get involved Heavanet. From working on the scripts to building the set scenes to directing the plays, I think there is a place for all kinds of kids when it comes to school plays and dramas.


I think that getting kids involved in plays in school provides so many growth and learning opportunities. Not only does participating in plays give them early experience in the performing arts, but I think play acting also teaches them to work together and enhances their social skills. It's a lot of fun, too!

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