Teacher Cy Brown
Cost: $270 or $255 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into three equal payments
Mat Fee: $25
Spring: Hans Christian Anderson
Hans Christian Anderson was a writer of plays, novels and poems but is MOST famous for his fairy tales. We will explore his 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 on Expo Night at Huck of one of Anderson’s selections.
Fall: Reader’s Theatre ~ The Gingerbread Man at Christmas!
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 holiday classic 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. The script has parts suitable for emergent AND transitional readers which allows our students to work with their classmates who may not be at the same reading levels. Reading with fluency comes easier with practice, and repetition is key to reading comfort levels and increased comprehension. This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to their best potential.
Winter: 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. The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse (Moral lesson is that it's better to live happily with little and be content, rather than live with abundance or a lot of something, but in fear all your life.), The Hare & the Tortuse (Moral lesson is that you can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly.), The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Moral lesson is seek to do harm and harm will come to you.). These are just a few of the Fables we will explore. Each week we will learn, discuss and explore these Fables THEN using fun active theatre exercises PHYSICALLY explore these great stories, characters and themes. 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.