Date of Award

1973

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Mr. Denis Holt

Abstract

Creative dramatics, in this paper, will be defined as a group art for children which will be treated as a separate phase from children's theatre. Children's theatre is the term given to the form of drama which exists for the purpose of the child audience. Creative dramatics is the term given to the form of drama which exists for the purpose of the child participant. Creative dramatics is not concerned with training children to become actors, nor in the creating of plays for an audience. It is aimed toward the development of the whole child, socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. The term "creative dramatics," includes all forms of improvised drama--drama created by the children themselves and played with spontaneous dialogue and action. This begins with the imaginative (make-believe) play of the young child, which shows us life as the child sees and feels it, and is followed by simple story dramatization.

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