Term: Qtr 4
Start Date: April 6, 2021
Class Meets: Tuesdays at 11:00 am - 11:55 am
Duration: 8 Weeks
Grade Range: 1st - 2nd
Help! Was it Colonel Mustard in the Kitchen or Miss Scarlet in the Study? Or maybe that goofy new Mr. Gray in the Game Room? Our young actors are in the middle of a mystery, and they need to solve a crime! Using classic characters from the game of Clue, and creating new ones, young actors will develop a detective play to find out who stole something and from where.
Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through prepared scripts together. Once they have selected their favorites, the scripts will be customized with input from the students. Through group activities and guided discussion, the class will brainstorm to create characters and dream up details to transform the tale and make it their own.
Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.
Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.
Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).