Yes, and... Comedy Improv
Participants take part in a variety of theatre and improvisation games. From partner improvs to group improvs, everyone gets a chance to play. Students develop self-confidence, learn about comic timing, and strengthen cooperation and listening skills.
Tailored to each age group, this workshop of theatre games, improvisation, pantomime, and movement serves as a drama overview to stimulate imagination and encourage vocal and physical creativity. From tongue twisters to team-building games, participants learn skills and techniques used in the world of acting.
Characters, settings, problems, and solutions make up the basic elements of stories. Using familiar folk and fairy tales, students identify and discuss these elements and then work in small groups to create and present their own stories.
Hippos to Hedgehogs: Imaginative Movement
Children explore connections between body, mind, and imagination as they are invited to physically create a variety of animals and objects. The instructor uses recorded music, percussion instruments, and handclapping to guide imaginative movement and creative play. Students learn focus, listening skills, and gross motor skills.
“All the world’s a stage!” Participants explore Shakespeare’s world in this acting workshop that combines literature with the performing arts. Fun tongue twisters from Hamlet, fairy scenes from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, and acting games give participants a brief look at this famous playwright. Discover creative Shakespearean phrases and ease the understanding of Shakespeare’s dialogue through a trivia game and original comedic radio play based on six of Shakespeare’s works.
Participants are introduced to acting concepts and terminology through a series of creative activities. Students are then selected to become actors in an adapted version of one of the plays listed below. Given costumes, props, and few simple lines, participants magically bring each story to life. Plays available for this workshop include:
● Journey to Treasure Island: Red, the Pirate Queen, is the villain in this play in which pirates maneuver to take over the ship and find the buried treasure in this humorous take on a classic tale.
● Hansel and Gretel’s Fairy Tale Adventure: This workshop combines a variety of fairy tales with Hansel and Gretel as they set out on an adventure encountering characters from classic children’s stories.
● Inspired by Where the Wild Things Are: Follow Max on his journey to meet the Wild Things in this interactive play of a favorite childhood story.
● Horton Hears a Who: Explore the Jungle of Nool! Where the silly gets serious as students recreate Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.
● Snow White: A comedic adaptation of the classic tale where the setting remains the same, but the dwarfs have been changed to set the scene for a silly adventure!
● Inspired by Cinderella: A retelling of the classic story with a few surprises sprinkled in.
● Inspired by The Rainbow Fish: Based on the book, the journey of the Rainbow Fish comes to life!