A unique approach to drama games, this book is a boon to theatre teachers! Creating a useful theatre curriculum can sometimes be a daunting task because sometimes a school district's guidelines are general. Justine Jones and Mary Ann Kelley present a whole book of improv games which can be used as the backbone of a course curriculum. What a great idea to "teach theatre skills through improvisation."
This book is a two-in-one deal because the games can simply be played as drama games, or they can be incorporated into a lesson plan to teach specific acting skills.
I appreciated the detailed, informative introduction to the book, "About the Book," and it is important that it be read before jumping into the games.
The drama games, many of which I've never experienced, are divided into 30 units with fascinating titles. Included in the book are two sections which include advice for doing a unit on storytelling, radio drama, and puppetry.
Each game includes: directions, sample ideas, focus questions, and a helpful hint. Also, on the side of each game page is a list which includes: demo time, players prep time, performance time, level of skill, group size, equipment, reason for playing the game, and the skill which is emphasized.
I highly recommend this book. It could be a priceless addition to a theatre teacher's library, but probably won't spend much time on the shelf.