Part One: The Whoopensocker team of teachers come into the classroom!
Our team of teaching artists will come into your classrooms for a six-week session meeting once a week for 90 minutes. A team of three senior teaching artists and one or two apprentices spend the session with the students, exploring different aspects of dramatic structure and creative writing. The children are introduced to improvisation games and given the chance to act out the group stories with guidance from the teaching artists. Then they are given notebook journals and instructions before breaking into small groups to begin creating more stories together with the Whoopensocker team. Each week, every student will have helped to build at least one original story that they perform for the rest of the class.
Part Two: The students’ creative writing becomes a show for the whole school!
No Tickets required. Whoopensocker and Theatre LILA actors come together and create a vaudeville-style, sketch comedy performance of the students’ writing. They gather the childrens’ journals and begin the process of selecting the pieces that will become your school’s Whoopensocker SHOW! About two weeks after the last classroom session, we come into your school’s auditorium and perform for the whole school. The students are applauded for their work as the actor’s take the stage and perform a 60-90 minute sketch show. Students’ voices are recognized and their creativity is validated when professional actors perform the student-written show. It is a fantastic culmination of their creativity celebrated with students and staff.
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500 Student Art Makers
40 Teaching Artists
6001 Original Stories
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