Performing Arts

Practice theater at home to develop a love of words and physical awareness with your kids.

Young actors can explore emotion through character-play, hone their comedic timing, and collaborate with siblings in group performances.

Here are some games and activities to get started from BASEC @ Burbank's resident theater nerd!

Elyse Brown

Elyse is an actor and educator from New Hampshire with a love for travel and dance. An MFA Physical Theatre graduate from Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), she taught workshops and worked with theatres in Czech Rep., Germany, and Italy. Elyse is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with BASEC’s inquisitive students and teachers!


Take the classic pastime of fort-building and expand it in ways to include comprehensive character development.

Gather a small troupe of actors and favorite picture book to embark on this active storytelling activity.

Pretend to be employees of an advertising company and get creative in the ways you sell products to customers; a game part of the "Yes, and..." series.

Bus Stop is a fun and simple improv game that some BASEC students might already know. It’s great for all ages; whether you’re an experienced improv-er or new to the art of making stuff up on the spot!

Grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare for a theatrical performance while wearing your comfiest jammies! Afterwards write a creative review about the performance.

External Resources

Join these New York-based puppeteers every day during the COVID-19 outbreak/quarantine for live DIY puppet workshops and shows on Facebook Live.

(Recommended ages: 5 - 10 years)

It's never too early to discover Shakespeare! Check out fun and informative resources for kids and for Shakespeare beginners.

(Recommended ages: 8 - 16 years)

Discover the world of Theater with lesson plans, videos, interactive activities and more. Theater styles, the history of theater, and theater in world cultures are a few of the topics explored here.

(Recommended ages: 5 - 18 years)

Trusty Sidekick is pleased to offer FREE streaming of our archival videos for your family to enjoy over and over again! Theater artists always prefer to be in the room with their audience...But until that's possible again, they're devising ways to engage in art and community from afar and to provide you with adventurous, bold content -- right in your living room!

(Recommended ages: 3+ years)

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. We don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land. We’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories. Each week, the crew aboard the Story Pirates’ ship—including world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians—takes original stories from real kids around the country, and turn them into a wildly funny comedy podcast for kids

(Recommended ages: 3+ years)

Mussila Music School is an award-winning app with hours of musical lessons, challenges, and games carefully crafted by music experts and educators, designed to provide a playful experience.

Mussila is perfect for beginners!

(Recommended ages: 6 - 10 years)