Teacher: Cy Brown with Shakespeare Kids
NO MATERIAL FEES
Winter & Spring: 10 weeks: $320 or $310 if taking 2 or more classes
Fall: Reader’s Theatre ~ The Bremens Town Musicians with Puppets!
This is a fun class for readers of ALL levels. While we are reading (and sometimes acting) the script we will ALSO be working on expression as well as good pacing and pronunciation. As we prepare for a presentation of this play during lunch on the last class day of the Fall trimester, all students will have parts to play best suited for their comfort and reading level and some may be encouraged to work on memorization. We will also work in some puppetry! The script has parts suitable for emergent AND transitional readers which allows our students to work with their classmates who may not be in their reading groups and allows fluent readers to model good reading habits and let struggling readers participate in reading a “meatier” text WHILE having FUN! This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to their best potential.
Winter: Folktales of Ireland!
Fairy tales (or folktales) date back hundreds of years. We will explore Ireland’s many stories as well as an intro to acting and physical character exploration. Through active creative exercises and theatre games, students will learn how to create a character, understand this great writer’s stories, and use their voices and bodies to convey the dramatic and comedic stories. This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence, finding their voice and ensemble skills while learning this great story. Our classes favor physical movement and active learning over traditional lectures. The richness of the lessons lies more in the doing and feeling than in the intellectualizing of material. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for a presentation during our last class for the parents and friends just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Spring: Aesop's Fables
Aesop was an oral storyteller believed to live in ancient Greece. Originally told for adults addressing religious, social and political themes it was later during the Renaissance (and onwards) that his stories were then used as ethical guides in child education. Each week we will learn, discuss and explore these Fables THEN using fun active theatre exercises PHYSICALLY explore these great stories, characters and themes. With 725 fables written, we plan on not repeating those we learned in 2019. This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence, finding their voice and ensemble skills while learning this great story. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for a short presentation of one of Aesop’s scenes during our last class for friends and family.