Theatre Arts is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Theatre Arts.
Theatre Arts 1
What you can do in this project: study acting, sound, movement, voice and speech; learn different ways to play a scene; try pantomime, clowning and improvisation.
Resource: 08070, Play the Role
Theatre Arts 2
What you can do in this project: become a puppeteer; investigate the history of puppets; explore types of puppets and puppet characters; use puppets in community service work; plan and present a puppet show.
Resource: 08071, Become a Puppeteer!
Theatre Arts 3
What you can do in this project: study costumes, makeup, stage sets, props and sound; learn stage management; create sounds and disguises; make up your own character and bring it to life.
Resource: 08072, Set the Stage
What you can do in this project: discover the history of clowning; develop your own character; design your own makeup, costume and props
Resource: 4H265, Enter the Clowns
Want to learn more about Theatre Arts? Try the links below.
Theatre Arts Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including theatre arts. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.
Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Theatre Arts activities. Click on a file for a complete lesson plan.
- Copycats (1 page, 39 KB) Create physical characters through movement.
- Creating Magical Worlds (1 page, 54 KB) Use props to act out a fairy tale.
- Puppet Party (2 pages, 134 KB) Use a sewing machine to make a puppet.
- Stage Pictures (4 pages, 49 KB) Tell stories with stage pictures.
- What A Character (2 pages, 45 KB) Create and build a puppet character.
The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.
- Application for Registration as a Registered Judge for Wisconsin Fairs (1 page, 20 KB) Form to use if you want to become a registered judge in Wisconsin.
- County Fair Exhibit Ideas (2 pages, 24 KB)
There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Theatre Arts Project. Just follow these links!
American Association of Community Theatre
AACT is as an advocate for community theatre around the country.
AWOL’s Hundreds of Great Acting Links
Acting Workshop On Line (AWOL) gives access to many sites billed as “great resources to learn, ask questions and get answers” about acting.
Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies
Comprehensive site maintained by Ken McCoy of Stetson University, FL, who has been researching theatre web sites since 1993. Because of the huge number of theatre sites, he focuses on those that offer comprehensive listings or something unique.
Educational Theatre Association
Home page of the International Thespian Society, Dramatics Magazine, Teaching Theatre journal, and other theatre education programs.
National 4-H Online Theatre Arts Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Theatre Arts Project activities, information and links.
Puppetry Home Page
Huge site with links to interesting, out-of-the-way material.
Virtual Library Theatre and Drama
Resource and collection of pointers to all sorts of useful information – on the web and off.
For more information on 4-H Theatre Arts Project, contact the following:
UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.
UW-Extension State Specialist: Christina Rencontre