Term: Qtr 1
Start Date: September 7, 2021
Class Meets: Tuesdays at 10:00 am - 10:55 am
Duration: 7 Weeks
Grade Range: 1st - 2nd
Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves in the castles and keeps of medieval times. Will King Arthur's knights meet the outlaws of Sherwood Forest? Kids will work together to create and perform an original play featuring noble knights, lovely ladies, and swaggering squires.
Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.
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: Medieval Madness (Quarter 1); Silliest Circus (Quarter 2); Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3); and Wacky Wild West (Quarter 4).