The origin of drama

  Drama has had various performing styles. Some of it mixes religions, and some mixes local cultures. In fact, the origin of drama can’t be told exactly. There are many hypothesis, and the most reliable are the following two:

  I. Drama has had various performing styles. Some of it mixes religions, and some mixes local cultures. In fact, the origin of drama can’t be told exactly. There are many hypothesis, and the most reliable are the following two:

        

  II. Drama has had various performing styles. Some of it mixes religions, and some mixes local cultures. In fact, the origin of drama can’t be told exactly. There are many hypothesis, and the most reliable are the following two:

Children drama categories

  Let’s see children drama categories! It’s not just drama; it has its own meaning which is different from adult drama. Therefore, we categorize children drama into followings:

I. Main catogory
 1. Children play:
  It’s a kind of drama that actors interact by talking, and it also has different styles like traditional play, symbolic play, story theatre, reader’s theatre, chamber theatre, improvisational play and participation theatre and so on.

        

 2. Puppetry: 
  This kind of drama is operated by actors who use threads to control puppet behind the stage, including paper puppet, thread puppet, rod coupling, shadow puppet. Moreover, actors can dress partly or be inside the doll like a giant puppet or parade puppet. Besides, actors can manipulate puppets and interact with them. Paper-wind-mill children theatre is a good example.

 3. Musical: 
  Children musical means to combine more singing, dancing, orchestra and choir. In this kind of drama, actors usually have to dance and sing. Also, there are about ten songs in one drama, and between songs, actors do solo dance, double dance or group dance. The Sound of Music broadway classic musical is one example.

 4. Mime
  Actors use only body lanugage to perform, going with background, lights and sound. Actors must be good at dancing or body language so that they can give good performances.

             
               

II. Catogory based on time and background 
 1. Costume drama
  Its story is based on history, myths, fairy tales, fables and legends. Children don’t care much about the accuracy of costumes or background settings. Instead, they put emphasis on story creativity and entertainment. 


 2. Traditional children drama 
  It focuses on traditional or folk opera. For example, Children Peking Opera, puppetry, china opera and puppet theater. 


 3. Modern drama
  Its story focuses on modren school, society, science and learning, so it often mixes different times or facts and illusionaries. One important point is to discover problems, solve them and put into pracitice. If children theatre performs modern drama, it performs in different styles. Time background can be from ancient to modren time; locations from West to East, and the story can be reality or science fiction. The variety satisfies children’s imaginary and moral principle, and leads to educational meaning from entertainment. 

    
              (Organize the chart by the group finishing and then draw)

 

Children's theater looks simple,
In fact, it is not simple.

The drama evolved from ancient times to many different forms of performance, some of the drama into the religion, and some into the living culture.

Through performances,
Drive the local culture
Inheritance and promotion.

The way we treat children now will be reflected in the future of mankind. If we want to create a world of peace, kindness, fairness, fairness and justice, we must now act.