Unleash the Creativity in Your Students!
Give your students the chance to have their plays performed by The B Street School Tour in our annual playwriting contest open to students in Northern California!
Click here to download the playwriting contest guidelines.
Click here to download Playwriting Quick Guide. This document is for teachers wanting to engage students in one-hour playwriting activities. Students can submit plays to B Street Theatre at the end of this activity.
Click here to download 5-week Extended Playwriting Curriculum. This document is for teachers wanting to incorporate playwriting into their Language Arts curriculum over an extended period of time.
Click here to download Play Submission Cover Sheet. It is recommended that students use this document to attach to their plays upon submission, or at least use it as a guide to what information we need on the first page of their plays.
B Street Theatre is reviving its playwriting workshops! Have us come and work with your students for 90 minutes and get them started on the playwriting journey. Click here for more information on our workshop objectives, content and cost.
Plays are now being accepted for school year 2013-2014 (Fantasy Festival XXVIII) until January 31, 2014. Scripts will not be returned. It is B Street’s commitment to uphold the integrity of the writing submitted to us AND to uphold the standards of professional theatre. B Street Theatre’s Writers and Directors may make adjustments to content or form of a submitted play as they look at the overall production values of each play as it fits together with the other plays in the program.
Feedback from our winning playwrights of 2013:
From Angela Tomasello, Grade 3, Williamson Elementary School, Rancho Cordova:
I learned how much fun it is to write a play!......I got my idea from my aunt who has a trampoline in her back yard. I thought it would be great fun to jump all the time! Then my legs started to hurt.
When I saw my play performed I felt pride and excitement!......When my friends saw my play performed they said was who their favorite actors were and which play they liked best. They continued to talk about it all day.
It was fun working with the B Street Theater! I have written a story since the play and am considering a job as a journalist when I grow up. Thank you!
From Josh Golden, Grade 6, Rocklin Elementary School:
I got my idea from reading various classic novels of King Arthur and Robin Hood. When I saw my play performed, I felt happy and proud that so many people came to watch a play that I wrote and laughed at the jokes I made.
Feedback from school children:
From one of the authors of BOB AND GRETEL AND THE CURSE OF THE SARCOPHAGUS, winning play 2012:
“I'm from Rocklin Elementary and my name is Tamsen Dean. I learned about Egypt. (Since our play was themed for that.) My favorite part was working with Nathaniel or choosing the plots. (Referring to watching their play being performed in front of a live audience:) I looked pretty modest about it, but actually felt kind of proud.”
From Nathaniel Wiede of Rocklin Elementary School, co-author of BOB AND GRETEL AND THE CURSE OF THE SARCOPHAGUS, Winning play 2012:
“I learned to work better in pairs. My favorite part of the process was thinking up our own story.” (To the question “What did it feel like watching your play performed?) “It was a really cool experience!”
Feedback from teachers:
We so enjoyed all of the performances put on by the Fantasy Theater troupe at Georgetown School. My class of kindergarten students had a front row seat and were spellbound by all that they saw and heard. This was especially true of the Time Machine play, with the wonderful miming to showcase the "old time" silent movies!
Teacher, Kindergarten, Georgetown School
The B Street performance of Fantasy Festival at St. Mary School was amazing! I know my students really enjoyed it, and so did I :). I was even able to reference some ideas talked about in the plays the next school day. Please continue this program for children...it was amazing to witness the creative writing power of students!
Third Grade teacher, St. Mary Elementary, Sacramento
As you know, it is not always easy to keep young children engaged. I was amazed that every one of my young students was paying rapt attention to your show. This excitement carried over to our classroom as well. It was the subject of much discussion and a topic for us to write about in class journals and a shared write activity.
We always look forward to a visit from the B Street Theatre. It is a performance we never want to miss. Our thanks to you and your team from visiting our school and sharing your talents with our young children.
Teacher, Kindergarten, First Street School, Lincoln
Thank you so much for the wonderful performance at our school, Fairbanks Elementary. Our students always enjoy the performance and are often amazed that the actors can transport them away from the school into these funny plays. I look out at our students during the performance and see students totally absorbed and enjoying every minute of the performance.
1st grade teacher, Fairbanks Elementary
Wow! Awesome job! It truly kept all the children's attention and was great fun to watch. I loved how you incorporated the play with the nonspeaking and miming. Fantastic. Many children have not had that experience and to watch them be so entranced by the play was great. I hope that we are lucky enough to have you return next year. I would highly recommend you anytime.
First Grade Teacher, Regency Park School. Sacramento
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