Welcome to our first Story Theater post! In January, Catharine started working with kids in various capacities in theater, storytelling, movement, and simply getting used to being in front of people.
Hope also does this in the 3-day class as a part of their explorations.
Mostly, the kids help guide what kinds of experiences they want to have with books and theater. This has turned into a very fun, interactive, and playful experiences that most children get daily. Here are some examples of what we do:
* Each session starts out a with a warm up of a few theater game: Freeze statue, Wizard, Introductions, etc.
* Our first "story exploration" was to read picture book version of Puff the Magic Dragon. Of course, we already knew the song version from music with Marit. This became a fun way to not only compare the versions of the story, but to sing during the book/theater version. We had many kids act out with our main characters: Puff and Jackie Paper. Others came in an out to serve as smaller characters. We always ended with a bow.
* One game, called "Stages and Bows" allows kids to understand where they are in space on a stage. We looked at center stage, left stage, front stage, and back stage. We also practice our formal bow, curtsy, and dramatic bow. Of course, those who are not on stage practice being an active audience member!
* The 5-day class helped write an original story and play: Sophie the Leaf. The story follows a sad leaf who falls from a tree but finds peace in meeting other fallen leaves. They become friends and have a leaf party in the end: Sophie is happy.
* We have explored Puppet Theater just a bit in Story Theater. This is something kids love and of course, we will follow their lead. In the 5-day classroom, our puppet theater is up and ready for business!
While Story Theater is new as a regular experience at Preucil Preschool, we intend to expand next year to possibly produce an original play, etc. We will keep you posted!