Six Plays for Children by Aurand Harris

By Aurand Harris

This e-book brings jointly numerous dramatic types that experience significantly enriched the literature of kid's theatre within the usa and worldwide.

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With the outline intact and characters solidified, he begins to write the dialogue. He becomes the characters, saying their words and listening to the sound and rhythm as he writes. Revising, changing, reversing, rewording, Harris reads the words aloud many times. If he really knows the characters and exactly what they must do in a scene, the dialogue comes easily. If the scene is primarily one of exposition or transition, the task is more challenging. He writes every line that comes to mind, knowing that from these he will select only a few at most, and these few will surely be revised.

As a playwright, Harris believes that he benefited greatly from his exposure to both methods and philosophies. During this time Harris was teaching playwriting and history of theatre as a part-time instructor at the Katherine Dunham School of Arts and Research, a professional program of dance and theatre in Manhattan. Even though he held teaching positions at the Dunham School and at Grace Church School, he still found time to write an adult play, Missouri Mural. The play, originally entitled The Woods Colt, was a folk drama of northern Missouri about an illegitimate child.

The Harrises owned a large home with an adjacent barn and smokehouse. The smokehouse porch had supporting pillars which formed a proscenium arch. Between them Harris hung curtains discarded by his grandmother, and the porch became the stage for his first neighborhood productions. With the cement steps for audience seating, his outdoor amphitheatre was complete. Next came the task of creating the material. Harris does not recall where he got the idea that he could write, but the desire to act and to present plays was the necessary motivation.

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