After a week of classes, our young clowns put on a performance for their families. First was the face painting. The kids decorated parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins, using designs they created themselves. Second, there was balloon twisting. It didn't matter some of them couldn't tie their own balloons; it only mattered that they could twist those balloons into dogs, giraffes, mice and hats. Then they demonstrated juggling--first with one ball, then with two, finally with three. None of the kids caught the balls when there were three in their hands but it's the process that counts on this one. The point is--they tried! After that, they performed skits with objects, noises and no words. Those skits lasted all of 30 seconds each. And to finish off the 30-minute program, the young clowns used jokes as more skit material (this time they got to talk). They did great for their demonstration/performance. That's the ticket sometimes--a shorter show, with simpler activities allows the kids to be successful. And our clowns were. (A big thank you to the family members who enthusiastically let their clowns draw on their faces and arms.)
Perhaps to many, a how-to theatre book for elementary school teachers seems a bit much. Shouldn't the teachers teach the basics? Why, yes. And theatre is that other art form that will help do just that.
Theatre teaches Reading, Writing, Innovation and Communication (among other things). But no one mentions that; it's just lumped under "Theatre."
The great thing about our new book is it's designed for non-theatre teachers. Through simple activities--that take only about 15 minutes to do--children start learning applicable-to-life theatre skills. It's do-able! for both teachers and students.
We're excited it's finally here and we have a venue to get it out. We're excited that it will soon be followed by the home version for parents, grandparents, homeschoolers and anyone else with a few children in their group of beginner thespians.