A Whoopensocker performance

Whoopensocker

Something Extraordinary of Its Kind!

Creativity, Expression, Writing, and Collaboration

Whoopensocker is an education residency focused on creativity, expression, writing, and collaboration. It is also a dynamic community-building experience for the whole class. Whoopensocker’s ensemble of teaching artists bring in a toolbox of new ideas to the classroom. They use performing and creative arts to design innovative classroom experiences. The focus of the Whoopensocker residency is self-empowerment of students. Whoopensocker’s six-week residency is ideal for elementary school. Dr. Erica Rosenfeld Halverson developed Whoopensocker in partnership with Theatre LILA. Dr. Halverson is a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW–Madison School of Education.

 

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Creative Process

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.

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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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8 Schools & Community Centers

500 Student Art Makers

40 Teaching Artists

6001 Original Stories

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November 2019

Whoopensocker Show at Schenk Elementary School

November 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm CST - 7:30 pm CST
Schenk Elementary School, 230 Schenk St
Madison, WI 53714 United States
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Free
whoopensocker performance

Join students and staff at Schenk Elementary School for this fantastic celebration of student creativity!

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December 2019

Whoopensocker Show at Sandburg Elementary School

December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm CST - 7:30 pm CST
Sandburg Elementary School, 4114 Donald Dr
Madison, WI 53704 United States
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Free
whoopensocker performance

Join students and staff at Sandburg Elementary School for this fantastic celebration of student creativity!

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Youth Arts Showcase – Overture Show

December 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm CST - 7:00 pm CST
Overture Center, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Free
youth arts showcase

Youth Arts Showcase is a collaboration of all UW Arts Collaboratory programs combining visual arts, dance, drumming, and more.

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February 2020

Whoopensocker Show at Thoreau Elementary School

February 25 @ 6:30 pm CST - 7:30 pm CST
Free
whoopensocker performance

Join students and staff at Thoreau Elementary School for this fantastic celebration of student creativity!

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