Our two-actor grade school program "TheaterMakers" debuted to high praise from both teachers and administrators -- not to mention some very exuberant kids! The program, endorsed by San Diego Parent magazine and listed in the San Diego Unified book of VAPA-approved assemblies, is also available for non-school groups )such as parties or religious organizations).
After a fun little scripted play, we introduce improvisation to the students -- a great way to encourage imagination and storytelling. The children get to control the action on stage; a rare treat for youngsters to be able encouraged to control adults!
Then we get several of them up playing with us in a theater adventure (involving a king or queen, a wizard, and a quest). The scene is created before their very eyes and they get some say in where the story goes.
use this story to show how the queen made better choices by using her words
than the wizard, who tries to use force. This is our transition to
"The Four Steps to Non-Violent Communication" (adapted with permission from the Center for
Non-Violent Communication). This clever technique can be used by anyone to
express feelings and make a request in a respectful, productive way.
"TheaterMakers" now includes lesson plans for teachers to allow them easy steps to supporting the ideas raised in the show. With these, even after we've left the school, the message is still supported by your teachers at no additional cost.
"TheaterMakers" is aligned with the newly adopted Visual and Performing Arts standards of the state of California. It ties in beautifully with various aspects of curriculum and the students are spellbound!
"You guys are too funny!" we were told by a qualified nine-year-old theater critic.
delivered a meaningful and child-friendly performance complete with
intrigue, comedy, music and interactive audience participation...
...our students of all ages learned how to tell a story using theater, theater terms, improvisation and conflict resolution strategies with the 'Four Magic Steps.'
Weeks later, our students continued to refer to the 'Four Magic Steps' to communicate with each other and resolve potentially problematic situations. "
-- Krista Hahn, psychologist,
Creekside Elementary School in Poway, Calif.
Bring TheaterMakers to your young audience by
clicking here to write to us or call
IMPROVentures directly at (619) 542-0761. (Note: KIDding Around Productions is the
youth division of IMPROVentures, which creates fun interactive improv events for adults
through teambuilding, interactive motivational keynotes, and corporate entertainment).
Prices for commitments made through 12/31/08 for performances before 7/1/09:
Single show: $425
Double: $675 Triple: $925.
Distance fees apply for schools beyond 40 minutes from downtown San Diego.
Two operational microphones
and the ability to play a CD are required.
Body microphones (lavalieres) recommended for best performance ability.
If your needs are more for entertainment
and less for education, "KIDding
Around! can do that, too, with our improv offerings at
"KIDding Around Party Fun". See the Party Fun section on our site!
With just a few twists, though, "TheaterMakers" can be a a great source of fun for your child's party or event and they just might
learn something, too!. 619-542-0761