Each school day, Story Theater takes a different form, often guided by the children’s interests. We always incorporate a “story” of some kind. Sometimes, the stories are directly from picture books and we engage in an interactive story experience. Other times we make up stories and act them out. One beloved (by the kids) aspect of ST is Theater Games. Here are a few details about some of the most popular ones....
Wizard – We break into partners. One person is the wizard and one person is the creature. The wizard says as spell “Alakazoo, Alakazam, bam, bam, bam!” and then tells the creature what “kind” of creature to turn into…. then we switch.
Mirrors – We find a partner and stand face to face. The leader initiates slow or fast movements and the follower tries to mimic the leader.
We then switch. This games takes a lot of concentration but it’s very exciting to have someone copy your actions.
Places on Stage – We use the same wall (in both music rooms) as the designated Audience Wall. From here, we trace our steps to Center Stage, Up Stage, Down Stage, Stage Left, and Stage Right. Sometimes we do it all together or in pairs. We see if we remember when Catharine yells out a stage direction.
Freeze Statue – This is an adaptation of a movement game Lauren plays. In this version, students move around the room until the Freeze Command is heard. The aim is to freeze as some type of creature. Catharine moves around and tries to guess what each child is. She is often WRONG, which is a great laugh for all!
Introductions – In this game, a child starts on the left side of the stage, walks in an interesting way to center stage, stops, and introduces themselves with “Hello, my name is…” then walks in an interesting way off stage. We often add a twist to the game where you introduce yourself as your favorite animal or even someone else in the class!
Bows – In this game, we practice 3 different bows – a regular bow, dramatic bow, and a curtsy. It’s simple, but fun every time! Sometimes we do the bows as a whole group in a straight line while other times we do it in pairs. It’s just a fun way to end a production!
Look What I Can Do – In this game we get to come up on stage and show something we can do like a quick little dance or song. Often, the kids take turns doing the same type of thing but adding a different move. One example are spins. Some kids sing an entire song while others just sing notes. Sometimes kids show us how fast we can run or gymnastics is often very popular. One child showed us how he showed us how he saved the world as a super hero in under a minute!
Silly Piano Songs – In Marit’s piano room, we have a wonderful piano. Catharine plays “silly songs” that made us dance a certain way and explore sounds. Big notes might mean an elephant walking or small high notes are a little mouse. It all depends on the silly song and our interpretations.