Ever daydream about having super powers? Ever spend time twirling an imaginary mustache, or perfecting your evil laugh? Well, Theater Adventures is a place to bring out your inner hero and villain (not to mention goofy sidekicks, and mysterious shapeshifters), as we create scenes borrowing from the best action-adventure movies and superhero tales, full of daring escapes, magic dueling, and plenty of comic relief. Students will have the chance to create their own characters, complete with super-powers and weaknesses, secret identities, and magic tools and costume pieces. Remote classroom activities will include adjusted theater and improv games that can be played over an online classroom platform. We’ll also use our ‘online improv’ activities to generate and reflect on adventure scenes, to be honed into a final workshop reading. Students will be encouraged to explore everyday materials in their house to craft and choose props and costumes for their characters. We may also use cellphone videos to create mini video commercials for ridiculous products (such as a fork fashioned from noodles, or a dog-food scented perfume!), to intersperse with our adventure scenes. Students will learn performance skills, story structure and collaboration, all in a team-focused and wildly imaginative online environment. Each week will culminate in an online workshop sharing of the week’s creations, for friends and family.
Poornima Kirby is a freelance acting teacher and public speaking coach. She teaches at several Boston Public Schools and is directing at Newton South High School. She has taught with Lexplorations since 2014.
Supplies to be provided by parents:
-Reliable device for being present in online classroom, and for typing scripts
– markers (for drawing character portraits)
– costume pieces
– cardboard –
– household scraps for making props & costumes
– device (like a cellphone) to take short video clips