Working With Scripts

Just a detail. If you are working from a Matava script, always remember, when referring to the script during the development of the story, that the underlined words are the variables and therefore need to be replaced by cute answers from the kids. The non-underlined words are not optional and are not to be replaced by cute answers. They are fixed into the story to make it work and to keep the boat within the banks of the river.
Another thing is to remember, once you are into the story, to work sentence by sentence through the script, turning variables into cute answers via the circling process, while you tell the kids the rest of what is going on based on what the script tells you. A big tool for that is the “Class, a secret!” thing, or, like Blaine does, put your hand on your chin and act like you are wondering what is going to happen next, and then tell them. This is called playing the game. They try to figure out what happens next, you act like you know, and the class proceeds in that way, usually getting progressively funnier in each moment as each new cute answer (the underlined variable) is suggested by various members of the class.



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