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Performance
Ages: 5 and up  

*Sleeping Beauty

Bring your Princes and Princesses. We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Sleeping Beauty skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

*Cinderella

Bring your Princes and Princesses. Get that girl a slipper.  We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Cinderella skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

RumpleStiltskin 

Bring your Miller’s Daughter and short little man.  We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a RumpleStiltskin skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

The Princess and the Three Tasks 

Bring your Princes and Young Knight. A Princess will only get married if a knight will do one of three impossible tasks. But there is a catch, none of the knights return. And we learn that bravery and love is sometimes refusing to do something that can cause personal harm.  We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for the skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

Rupunzel 

Bring your Princes, Princesses and your little witch.   We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Rupunzel skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. All will be provided.

 

 

Hansel and Gretal 

So your children believe that they are abused? Bring your abused child to do the story of Hansel and Gretal.  We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Hansel and Gretal skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

Peter Pan

Min. Requirement: 10 Students

Third star on the right and straight till morning and you come to the magical land of Neverland with Pirates, Indians and lost boys. Wendy, Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and Captain Hook are parts in this story.

We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Peter Pan skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

 

Other possibilities:

Puss n’ Boots, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & The Beanstalk, The Bremen Town Musicians, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince.

 

Activity and Performance

Three Little Pigs

“Little Pig, Little Pig, let me come in.” A wolf is loose at your Cultural Center. We will be making foam pig mask

and Wolf hand puppets so you can act the story out at home.  The wolf hand puppets won’t be used in our skit but the pig mask will.

Then on Saturday evening we will do the show for family and friends.  If we have a lot of little piggies then we will do several Little Pig skits with alternate endings.

 

Pied Piper 

The Pied Piper comes to your Cultural Center. We will be making mice finger puppets and villager sock puppets.

Then on Saturday evening we will play out the Pied Piper for family and friends showing them what we have been working on all week. Bring your single socks that survived the spin cycle and they will become the villagers of Hamlin. Materials will be provided except for the socks.

 

Monkey King 

The Chinese Folk story “Monkey King” cloud soars into your Cultural Center.  We will be making foam monkey mask and work with puppets to produce the story on stage. Then on Saturday evening we will do the show for family and friends. Materials and puppets will be provided.

 

Basic Puppetry 

Puppets come to your Cultural Center to sing and dance. Will learn basic puppetry, lip-sync, and breathing techniques.

Learn how to put life into limp inanimate objects.

First day: Kitchen Utensils can talk.

Second day: Socko sings opera.

Third day: Hand and Mouth puppets have life.

Fourth Day: Work on the show.

Then on Saturday we will perform and show family and friends what we have been working on. Bring in your favorite vocal CD and Kitchen Utensil (Nothing Sharp).

 

Tribal Mask and Trouble Dolls 

Become primitive with us while we study mask making. We will make a paper mache mask, paint it and then perform with it on Saturday evening for family and friends. The show we will do is an interactive play of “Trouble Doll”. The Volcano is going to come down the mountain to destroy the village but a little girl’s doll stops the volcano. There will also be drums and dancing. Materials will be provided.

 

Other possibilities:

Drums, puppet making.

 

 

Multi-Cultural
Ages: 5 and up

 

The Rough-Face Girl 

The Algonquin Indians have a version of Cinderella. We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Rough-Face Girl skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends

 

The Dragon Prince 

A Chinese Beauty and the Beast where the Beast is a Dragon. We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Dragon Prince skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends

 

Jamie O’ Rourke and the Pooka 

Meet Jamie O’ Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland, who gets a visitation from a Pooka who cleans house for him. A Pooka is a giant shape-shifter that usually takes on the form of a giant rabbit as in the movie “Harvey” or a dark steed. We will go over some basics of acting and then have tryouts and casting for a Pooka skit. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends

 

Shakespeare
Ages: 5-up. Ability to read.  

Romeo & Juliet

The Shakespeare play of “Romeo & Juliet” will be the project. Young actors enrolled in the class will learn basic acting, tryout, and perform a basic version of the play. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. The Young actor will come away with the basic plot of the play and gain greater self-esteem in performance and play-acting. There are no actual swords or bloody deaths so parents don’t have to be worried. The naught bits are removed and replaced with little kid love (like holding hands, silly love notes.)

 

 

The Tempest 

The Shakespeare play “The Tempest” will be the project. Young actors enrolled in the class will learn basic acting, tryout, and perform a basic version of the play. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. The Young actor will come away with the basic plot of the play and gain greater self-esteem in performance and play-acting.

 

Hamlet 

The Shakespeare play of  “Hamlet” will be the project. Young actors enrolled in the class will learn basic acting, tryout, and perform a basic version of the play. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. The Young actor will come away with the basic plot of the play and gain greater self-esteem in performance and play-acting. There are no actual swords or bloody deaths so parents don’t have to be worried.

 

Midsummer Night’s Dream 

The Shakespeare play of  “Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be the project. Young actors enrolled in the class will learn basic acting, tryout, and perform a basic version of the play. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. The Young actor will come away with the basic plot of the play and gain greater self-esteem in performance and play-acting. The naught bits are removed and replaced with little kid love (like holding hands, silly love notes.)

 

MacBeth 

The Shakespeare play of  “MacBeth” will be the project. Young actors enrolled in the class will learn basic acting, tryout, and perform a basic version of the play. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. The Young actor will come away with the basic plot of the play and gain greater self-esteem in performance and play-acting. There are no actual swords or death so parents don’t have to be worried. Warning: The play will still have the Three Weird Sisters (Witches). I do not fell it is an endorsement of the dark occult but is showing the very diabolic nature of evil and the dangers of listening to it.

 

Merchant of Venice 

The Shakespeare play of  “Merchant of Venice” will be the project. Young actors enrolled in the class will learn basic acting, tryout, and perform a basic version of the play. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. The Young actor will come away with the basic plot of the play and gain greater self-esteem in performance and play-acting. There are no actual swords or death so parents don’t have to be worried. Shylock the Jew is ethnically changed into Shylock the E.T. and Shylock can still address the issue of prejudice.

 

Literary-Religious
Ages: 5 and up

Note: These shows no way espouse any particular religion or favor any version of it. The use of the King James Version is because of its Shakespearean quality. These are apart of our literary history and will be treated as such.

 

*Away in a Manger 

Min. Requirement: 8 children

From the King James Version of the Bible comes The Manger scene done for Christmas: With Shepherds, Animals, Joseph and Mary, Angels and Wise Men. There will also be some of our favorite Christmas Carols. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickson’s Story of the meaning of Christmas.  Scrooge has been very mean and three spirits are going to help him see what his is missing. There will also be some of our favorite Christmas Carols. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

David and Goliath 

From the King James Version of the Bible comes the Story of David and Goliath. During the Renaissance one of the prevailing images was “The David” and the Symbol of Venice who saw itself as a David Archetype. We will perform the story with people and puppets. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends. With the victory of David over Goliath who was described as being as big as a two story building.

 

Noah and the Ark 

From the King James Version of the Bible comes the Story of Noah and the Ark. Noah is referred to in the Babylonian Epics of Gilgamesh. It is the perfect story for animal puppets to sing a song and to tell the story. All week we will work on that skit and on Saturday perform it for family and friends.

 

 

Other possible plays:

Nephi and the Brass Plates (From the Book of Mormon)

Tobias (From the Jewish Apocrypha)

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Joseph and his Brothers

Judas Maccabee and the Origin of Passover (From the Apocrypha)

Jason and the Argonaughts

Greek Myths

Arachnid and the contest of tapestries

Hercules and his 12 task

The Contest of Athena and Poseidon

 

 

Poetry

Poetry Alive

A daylong workshop

Putting life and energy into poetry. Fanciful Poetry can be boring when it is eulogized read stuffy and proper. But poetry can be theatrical and fun. With story and acting on such poems as Xanadu,

 The Jabberwocky, and the prolithic writings of Dr. Suess. We will also write our own fun poetry and act it out. Giving the poetry life and exuberance that only the living can give it.


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