Clothing the Play

The Art and Craft of Stage Design

Roswitha Spence



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Roswitha Spence has for years produced plays, their stages and costumes at Emerson College in England.  Clearly, she is a master at taking simple materials and transforming them easily into everything needed to powerfully, gracefully and beautifully present a story on stage.  In this book, she shares the details of her art and allows us to learn at her feet the ways of stagecraft and simple beauty.

Anyone who works with the theater, whether with adults or children, will love diving into this book and emerging with new and exhilarating ideas and techniques.  Whether you want to envision a staging layout, a puppet theater, costumes for a class play, or a simple enactment to be portrayed by a mixed group of homeschoolers, this book will guide you.  It is clearly explained, profusely illustrated with photos and drawings, and, quite simple, a joy.

Hawthorne Valley Harvest

A Collection of Plays for the Elementary Grades

Compiled by William Ward


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Hawthorne Valley Harvest is a collection of 23 plays spanning the full elementary school grades and including a Michaelmas Pageant for the entire school. The author offers teachers practical suggestions for preparing a play with children for production.


  • First Grade
  • "The Light Child" by Andree Ward
  • "The White Snake" by Ariana Hays
  • "The Devil with Three Golden Hairs" by William Ward
  • "The Six Servants" by Jolene Jackson
  • "Snow White" by William Ward

Second Grade

  • "The Voyage of Saint Brendan" by Kevin Kilb
  • "Saint Jerome and the Lion" by William Ward
  • "Odelia and Aldaric" by Laura Summer
  • "Saint George and the Dragon" by Claire McConnell
  • Saint Martin Legend by William Ward
  • "Saint Martin's Pageant" by William Ward
  • "Jumping Mouse" by Patrice Maynard

Third Grade

  • "Passover Celebration" by William Ward
  • "The Maccabees" by Patrice Maynard
  • "Joseph and His Brothers" by William Ward
  • "Moses" by William Ward

Fourth Grade

  • "The Forging of the Sampo" by Kevin Kilb
  • "The Death of Baldur" by William Ward

Fifth Grade

  • "The Epic of Gilgamesh" by Gloria Kemp
  • "Zarathustra: The Golden Star" by Jolene Jackson

Sixth Grade

  • "The Peacemaker" by Beatrice Cohen
  • "The Sacred Flame" by William Ward

Fifth-Eighth Grades

  • Michaelmas Pageant Introduction by William Ward
  • "Michaelmas Pageant" by William Ward

Twenty-Five Plays

Inspired by Waldorf Teachers

David Mitchell, Ed.



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This remarkable collection of plays comes from Waldorf teachers across the face of North America. These teachers have selected a theme and written or adapted plays specifically for the class they were teaching. Some of the worlds most creative master teachers have contributed to the wealth this volume holds.

Sure to inspire anyone working within a classroom or homeschool collective, these magical plays can also be adapted for different numbers of student actors.

Music of the Spheres

A Musical about Johannes Kepler

Script and Lyrics by John Trevillion
Music by Merwin Lewis



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This musical for middle school students is a delightful adaptation of a scene from the life of Johannes Kepler. It is valuable for all teachers preparing the biographies of Kepler and Tycho de Brahe - and a really delightful musical drama as well!

Comedy and Tragedy

Notes for a High School Main Lesson

Donna Simmons

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Donna Simmons was asked by the Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua, Wisconsin to teach a 4-week block on Comedy & Tragedy.  Her experience inspired her to share her notes with others - we are so very glad that she did.

In this little booklet is one of the most insightful and sensitive approaches to teaching adolescents about the world of drama that we've seen.  Donna's approach is engaging, fascinating in it's information, and designed to call forth in the student a discernment and love for the stories and wisdom that have appeared on the stage throughout history.  She begins with Greek Theater and closes with the modern play - throughout the block students learn about the structure of the play, the nature of characters and their creation, and discover the wonder of the seminal plays of Western theater. 

As I reviewed this little book, I found myself longing to go back and reread (or see again) many of the plays Donna teaches.  I can't help but think that her block lesson will inspire the same enthusiasm in high school students.  This is a lively and invigorating block lesson!

Stages of Imagination

Working Dramatically with Adolescents

David Sloan



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This book is alive with the author’s conviction of the importance of drama for adolescents. He presents drama as an antidote to the cultural wasteland available for today’s youth. Also included are speech exercises, dramatic exercises, an outline of how to stage a play, and suggestions of appropriate plays.

Parzival & Gawain

Two Plays from The Grail

A. M. Miller

Translated and edited  by Daniel J. Polikof



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A beautiful way to encounter the archetypal characters of the Grail legends, whether you already know the stories or not. These plays read beautifully and are suitable for high school and community drama performance.

A worthy contribution to the Grail literature, Daniel Polikoff's inspired translation captures the high drama and lyric beauty of Miller's art. These dramatic recastings of the German original build a bridge to modern times, and admirably reflect the ideals and enthusiasm for the spirit that the Grail legends evoke in so many seekers.

Bruce T. Donehower, PhD University of California, Davis