R E : T H E A T R E

Created by: Kate Jaeger

Last Updated: July 31, 2019


I’M NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM


Type: Guessing; Skill Building; Vocal; Full Group

Time: 15 minutes

Prior knowledge needed: None

Objective: Ensemble building; Vocal skill building

Age Range: Elementary, Middle School and High School

Supplies: None


  • Friends, please sit on the floor in a circle. Repeat after me, “I’m not who you think I am.” I want you to remember this sentence. In fact, let’s say it one more time. “I’m not who you think I am.


  • In just a moment I am going pick someone to be our guesser. They are going to step out of the circle and turn their back. I will then silently select someone else in the circle. Once I have pointed at that person, they disguise their voice and will say the phrase “I’m not who you think I am.” 


  • Our guesser will then come back into the circle and have three chances to guess who the voice belonged to. The person who disguised their voice will then become the new guesser!


  • If you are not chosen to disguise your voice, you still have an important role to play. It would be pretty bad if our guesser walked into the circle and we were all looking at the person who disguised their voice, right? So, each time we have a new guesser, I will give you an acting challenge. For this first round, when the guesser turns around, I want you to look as innocent as possible.


  • Edgar, why don’t you be our first guesser. Go ahead and stand outside of the circle with your back to us. I am now picking someone who in a moment will disguise their voice and say, “I’m not who you think I am.” As a reminder to everyone, when Edgar turns around, your job is to look as innocent as possible! (Silently point at someone in the group. They will then say the phrase.)


  • Ok Edgar, you can come back into the circle. Look how innocent everyone is acting! You have three guesses. (after reveal of voice) It was Celia! Celia, you are our new guesser, so go ahead and step outside of the circle and turn your back.



The acting challenge serves several purposes. It makes everyone feel involved while helping them to make acting choices. It also prevents all of the students from giving the identity up of the disguised voice by staring at them from across the circle!


Acting challenge examples:


I want you to act like you are…

Innocent

Guilty

Confused

Blank/completely neutral

Sleepy

Suspicious

Jealous

In love

Angry

Frightened

Excited

Sad