Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens
If you have a grandchild who loves to act and put on performances, then today’s Children’s Guest Author, Mike Kimmel, has the perfect book for you.
Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens is a collection of sixty original comedy and drama scripts designed to give youngsters a good start in acting. The book continues where Scenes for Teens leaves off, and is geared towards actors five to thirteen years old.
The material is clean and family-friendly, encouraging better connection and understanding between kids, parents and grandparents. Many scenes include life lessons and ethical questions for young people to consider. The intention is to provide a strong, easy-to-use alternative to the available scene material for youth, much of which is negative, sarcastic, and mean-spirited.
Scripts are varied, with shorter and longer selections, comedic and serious topics, and conversational dialogue to develop rapid-fire comedic timing, listening and reacting skills, and vocal variety. The emphasis is on straightforward, realistic interaction to build and solidify the one-on-one relationship between acting scene partners. Scenes are gender-neutral, so every role in every scene may be performed by male or female acting students.
Many scenes are educational, modeling positive attitudes and behaviors. With an inspiring foreword by Disney’s Anita Barone, and a clear introduction to acting by the author, this book is a simple – but effective – training tool for kids, parents, grandparents, and teachers. It offers a practical approach to training young actors, and may save families time and money by helping children decide early on if they wish to continue in acting.
About the author
Mike Kimmel is a film, television, stage, and commercial actor and acting coach. He is a twenty-plus year member of SAG-AFTRA with extensive experience in both the New York and Los Angeles markets. He has worked with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Townsend, and Christopher Cain. TV credits include Game of Silence, Zoo, Treme, In Plain Sight, Cold Case, Breakout Kings, Memphis Beat, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was a regular sketch comedy player on The Tonight Show, performing live on stage and in pre-taped segments with Jay Leno for eleven years.
Mike has appeared in dozens of theatrical plays on both coasts, including Radio City Music Hall, Equity Library Theater, Stella Adler Theater, and Theater at the Improv. He trained with Michael Shurtleff, William Hickey, Ralph Marrero, Gloria Maddox, Harold Sylvester, Wendy Davis, Amy Hunter, Bob Collier, and Stuart Robinson. He has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from California State University.
As an educator and lecturer, he has taught at Upper Iowa University, University of New Orleans, University of Phoenix, and in both the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills School Districts. He is a two-time past president of New Orleans Toastmasters, the public speaking organization, and often serves as a speech contest judge. Mike has written and collaborated on numerous scripts for stage and screen. His full-length historical drama on Presidents Lincoln and Garfield was a 2013 semi-finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Upper Iowa University.
Find out more about Mike here – Mike Kimmel