Term: Qtr 2
Start Date: Oct 27
Class Meets: Tuesdays at 10:00 am - 10:55 am
Duration: 7 Weeks
Grade Range: 3rd - 5th
Knights, Kings, Queens, and castles. What tales come from the land of dragons and magic? An epic story of old will come to life, with the help of our fine actors and actresses. Will our tale be of King Arthur and his mighty knights, or will we have a tale from Robin Hood and his Merry Men? What adventure will unfold when we come together for the show of a lifetime?
Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.
The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.
Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.
Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).