On Stage

On Stage
On Stage

On Stage

Theater Games and Activities for Kids
By Lisa Bany-Winters

Ages 7 to 12, Grades 2 to 6


240 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9781613740736

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2012)


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Lights, camera, play! With this second edition of On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, budding thespians will have fun under the footlights as they choose from more than 125 theater games that spark creativity, boost confidence, and encourage collaboration. They’ll learn all about how to make a stage performance great with improvisational games such as Freeze, Party Quirks, the Yes Game, and Gibberish; they’ll make puppets, discover makeup secrets, and design and build a set. This revised and expanded edition features 35 new improvisational games and ready-to-use monologues, scenes, and short plays. Whether playing alone or in a group, everyone can have theater fun with On Stage!


"Plenty of ideas for warm-up exercises, pantomime, improvisation, making masks, and other activities geared to turn stage fright into stage fun."  —Publishers Weekly

"Sure to delight young thespians . . . this will be a terrific addition to drama collections. Purchase an extra copy for the professional shelf as well."  —School Library Journal

"A varied and interesting assortment of theater games that will stimulate the imagination and get young thespians ready to perform on stage."  —Booklist

“I love this book! . . . Lisa Bany-Winters has created a marvelous key to open the stage door for every boy and girl.” —Joyce Sloane, former Producer Emeritus, The Second City

Author Biography

Lisa Bany-Winters is the author of Funny Bones and Show Time! She is the cofounder of an educational theater company called Play On, where she adapts and directs children’s theater, runs school drama clubs, and codirects drama camp. As a faculty member of the Second City, she teaches adult improv, youth workshops, and residencies.