Theater in the Classroom: Bad Wolf Press

by Matt

Bad Wolf Press

During the 2008-2009 school year I ended the school year with a musical play created by Bad Wolf Press. It was a terrific success on all accounts. The students and families loved it, students gained valuable performance skills and increased their reading fluency skills in the process.

In the future, I would love to use plays from Bad Wolf Press to help teach an entire year’s worth of history or science content. The plays are engaging, humorous, and the students love to read, sing, and practice the academic content that it embedded within each production.

I have to admit I am a terrible singer and shy away from any type of public singing. Having said that, I found the plays to be easy to produce. Each play comes complete with a full script, musical CD with all the songs with and without the lyrics, tips for producing the play, and more. The plays are easy to incorporate into your existing curriculum and students are extremely motivated to practice. Plays are also great ways for English language learners to learn and practice important English language skills and build confidence.  You can even preview the scripts and songs on the Bad Wolf Press website.

I highly recommend Bad Wolf Press and I encourage you to give one a try this next school year.

Bad Wolf Press has a play for many K-12 content standards as well as plays focused on character education:

  • Bad Wold
  • Character Education
  • History and Social Studies
  • Holidays
  • Language Arts
  • Science and Math

10 Reasons Why Musical Plays Work

The following 10 Reasons are listed on the Bad Wolf Press website as reasons to use their plays:

  1. Easy to Do
    Our classroom musicals require absolutely no musical knowledge or ability, and can be put on without extensive staging or rehearsal. Read our Frequently Asked Questions!
  2. Reinforce the Curriculum
    Bad Wolf plays are designed to emphasize state content standards in Social Studies, Language Arts, Science and Math, and Character Education.
  3. Spark the Learning Process
    Participating in a musical play is a hands-on learning experience that makes the curriculum jump out of the textbook and come alive.
  4. Cross Language and Learning Barriers
    Students of all levels, interests, and abilities respond to the theatrical presentation of material. It’s amazing how often “reluctant” learners shine when given a part in a play.
  5. Build Classroom Camaraderie
    Putting on a show builds teamwork, cooperation, and mutual support. Students feel good about themselves, each other, and learning.
  6. Great for Music Teachers Too
    A great majority of our plays are purchased by non-music teachers, but many music teachers have found our shows to be great resources. Sheet music is available for all our shows. Learn more!
  7. Integrate the Curriculum
    Our musical plays are designed to make it easy to bring art, speech, movement, theater, music, and singing into your already bulging curriculum.
  8. Just the Project for Gifted Students
    Many teachers of gifted students have turned to Bad Wolf musical plays for that extra energy in the curriculum. Give students the script and CD and let them go!
  9. Increase Parental Involvement
    These productions—no matter how simple—get families and the entire school community involved in and excited about what’s going on in your classroom.
  10. Fun, Educational, and Rewarding
    Student, teachers, administrators, and families love the catchy music, silly rhymes, and goofy humor that deliver real curricular content. Teachers often tell us these plays are the highlight of the year. And we guarantee it.

What would a year long reading, science, and history curriculum look like if it was infused throughout with entertaining, standards-based musical plays?

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