For information about obtaining performance rights consult Dramatists Play Service. And check out their "PlayFinder", an extensive list of contemporary plays with cast and staging requirements.
The Educational Theater Association introduces both teachers and students to theater programs on the Web. It is aimed primarily at the secondary level. A monthly magazine and links to related sites are displayed, too.
Children's opera: Little Red Riding Hood
Here's an introduction to opera for young children -- the story of Little Red Riding Hood in 10 minutes. Check with your lour local opera company for programs in your area.
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If you are a fan of PBS' Great Performances, look at their web site for links and background. Excerpts can be heard, too.
The California County Superintendents Arts Initiative focuses on theater,dance, music and visual arts.
The Joy2Learn leads the viewer to a multimedia survey of the history and styles of tap dance with Gregory Hines.
Didaskalia offers background information and photos of the use of ancient Greek and Roman theater.
This lesson plan, created by the Kennedy Center, starts with Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women. In the book, the sisters love to put on plays. In this lesson, the students practice some melodramatic movement. After reading the melodrama in Little Women, students are divided into five groups and assigned an act to interpret. They expand the lines, create melodies, and rehearse their act for presentation to the class.
The Kennedy Center has a wide range of lesson plans and ideas available for free download. Topics cover everything from exploring comedy and playing with puns to Noh theater and how drama techniques can be used to encourage recycling.
Drama departments at most secondary schools typically are staffed by a small number in contrast to other school subjects, so the opportunity for peer collaboration is more limited. Gathering resources from other venues can be invigorating and illustrate a way to integrate the performing arts with other subjects. Opportunities will expand in this new area. The Performing Arts also make a good addition to a digital portfolio.