Performed play, in charge like a teacher (8)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'like a teacher' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'performed play in charge' is the wordplay.
'performed' becomes 'did' ('do' can be a synonym of 'perform').
'play' becomes 'act' ('act' can be a synonym of 'play').
'in charge' becomes 'ic'.