Freeze

Summary: Players get the chance to think quickly and creatively while acting out a variety of scenarios.

Instructions:

  1. Have the group sit in a semi-circle around the “stage.” Ask for three volunteers: two will be the actors and one will be the director.
  2. The director can pose the two actor however they want. When the actors are positioned, have the director call “Action!” and then rejoin the audience.
  3. Both actors must begin an improvised scene based on how they were posed. (For example, if one actor was positioned on one knee and the other was sitting nearby, they could act out a lost glasses or a dog begging for food from the dinner table.)
  4. Explain that anyone in the audience can yell “Freeze!” at any time to stop the scene. When this happens, that person must tag one of the actors in the scene, assume their exact pose, and then call “Action” to restart a new scene.
  5. The objective is not to develop complete scenes, but to get players thinking quickly and creatively. Continue playing as long as players are having fun or until time runs out.

Debrief Questions:

  • What did you find hard about this activity?
  • What were some of your favorite scenes? Why were they your favorite?

Activity Length: Medium (15-30 minutes)

Energy Level: Medium

Grade Level: 4th, 5th, 6th & Up

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9)