And The Oscar Goes To…

Hi everyone! I’m back with a new theater activity for you all to try. As many of you may have noticed, the Academy Awards were last weekend. While discussing the plans to have a Oscars watching party with friends, I came up with a fun idea for an improvisation activity in honor of the movie awards. I tried it out with some friends and it turned out to be a fun and easy activity that everyone enjoyed. So I wanted to share it with all of my lovely readers!

The idea of the activity is to act out an acceptance speech for one of the awards. The catch is you have to act as a specified character. For our activity we used both well known movie characters as well as famous actors and actresses. Some examples included Jack Sparrow, Groot, Gollum, Lady Gaga, Voldermort, and Jackie Chan. I gave each person a different award, for example, Lady Gaga got Best Costume Design, and Jack Sparrow received Best Special Effects.

All the participants had fun coming up with what to say and little mannerisms the characters would have. It also helped that the speeches didn’t need to be that long. Most lasted only about 30 seconds, so no one felt like they needed to be doing a long monologue. Participants also got to choose which character they wanted to be from a pile of names, so if one person didn’t know the personality he or she drew, it could be traded in for a different one. In the end the game was so popular that we played again during the commercial breaks!

I really like this game because it is super simple, doesn’t require any props, and encourages participants to be spontaneous. It’s a great way to introduce public speaking as well the scene is quick and who doesn’t imagine accepting an award for something? It also is an easy way to help participants slowly step out of their comfort zone. You can do this activity with a group of teenagers as a quick and fun way to bond as well as have a few laughs.

A word of caution though. I might not do this activity with a group of people who have just met. Instead start with a few ice breakers to get people comfortable with one another, then introduce this activity. It is easier when the participants trust one another. Thus when they do the activity they feel empowered and appreciated. Try it out yourselves and tell me what you think!

And The Oscar Goes To… Activity Notes

Ages: 10 and up

Materials: None

Therapeutic Value:
Creativity
Control
Normalization
Stress-reduction
Self-esteem

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