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Bringing Theatre to the Classroom

ACTING AND PUPPETRY
Grades K – 2
Meets one time for one hour.

Cost: $100 per workshop. There will be an additional travel fee for schools greater than 10 miles away from Playhouse on Park.

Description: Students will participate in activities that teach both the basics of acting and reinforce ideas of narrative structure. Students will first participate in basic acting activities that allow them to feel more comfortable expressing themselves and working as a group. Next we would create puppets out of basic craft materials. The workshop would conclude with students having a chance to perform with their puppets. As a class they would create a problem and a solution for each puppet show. The students are prompted to think of problems and solutions they may encounter in their every day lives. In addition, students would be encouraged to create a unique voice for their character.

This workshop can also be altered to use puppetry to dramatize all or sections of a story that students read in class. Playhouse on Park staff can meet with the teacher in advance to plan the lesson and confirm that the selected story will work with the workshop format.

Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts Standards, Speaking and Listening Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Arts Standards:
Theatre Content Standard 1: Creating, Theatre Content Standard 2: Acting, Theatre Content Standard 4: Directing, Theatre Content Standard 5: Researching and Interpreting, Theatre Content Standard 7: Analysis, Criticism, and Meaning.



ACTING THROUGH POETRY
Grades 3 - 5
Meets one time for one hour.

Cost: $100 per workshop. There will be an additional travel fee for schools greater than 10 miles away from Playhouse on Park.

Description: Playhouse on Park staff will work with students on using basic acting techniques to present poetry with feeling and expression.  We will work on finding the central idea or emotion that the student wants to express, and talk about techniques for portraying that feeling to an audience.  Students will also work on body language and use of their voice when presenting.  By the end of the session, students should have the skills to present the selected poems confidently and with a sense of purpose.  They should also be able to apply these skills to their own poetry. 

Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts Standards, Reading Standards 4, Reading Standards for Literature 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Speaking and Listening Standards 1, 2, 3, 4

Arts Standards: Theatre Content Standard 1: Creating; Theatre Content Standard 2: Acting; Theatre Content Standard 5: Researching and Interpreting; Theatre Content Standard 7: Analysis, Criticism, and Meaning

For more information, contact the Director of Education: Kyle Reynolds email or phone 860-523-5900 Ext. 15