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Drama Games for Teens, Part 1: Ice Breakers By Cheryl Catzman

March 22, 2013

There are many theater games that are suitable for secondary students. Here are a couple of popular exercises that can be used to get students working together:

1. Boppity Bop Bop Bop

Occasionally called “Bippity Bippity Bop” or something similar, this game requires the class to make a circle. One person then stands in the middle of the circle, faces a classmate, and calls out “Boppity Bop Bop Bop!” or whatever the phrase happens to be. The classmate being addressed must say “Bop!” before the person in the middle finishes saying the entire phrase. If that classmate is successful, the same person remains in the middle. If not, the person who failed to say “Bop!” in time enters the middle.

Added Elements: There are many, many options one can add to this game. For example, the person in the middle can choose to say just “Bop.” If the person he or she is facing says anything at all, then that person must go to the middle of the circle.

2. Zip Zap Zop
Similar to Boppity Bop Bop Bop, this game involves having the class form a circle. One person in the circle will point at another person and say “zip.” Then, the person being pointed at will say “zap” while pointing at yet another person. The third person in turn will say “zop” while pointing at a fourth person, and so on.

About the Author

Cheryl Catzman is a former drama teacher for the Peel District School Board in Brampton, Ontario.


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