Theatre Classes for Kids in the Brainerd area

Quote of the Day: It’s short, but it’s good. Assessment by one of our young actors about our Puppet Play for, and by, elementary students, titled Camping Trouble.   We started out five week’s ago, a group of strangers, a blank page, and an empty room. We played theatre games like Zip, Zap, Zop to get our creative energy flowing and learn each other’s names. We played “Gears” where all the actors become part of a huge machine, which is what happens when you create a drama together. We started with a theme: Camping! An appealing thought coming off a long, cold winter and living in the Brainerd lakes area. Pencils scratching, ideas flowing, characters developing! Creating the puppets! After a few sessions where we worked on characters, story line, and background posters, our stories started taking shape. The theatre classes are Puppet Plays for Elementary kids, grades 1-4, and Scriptfrenzy for Middle School Kids. What impresses me about these kids is they could jump into the program with individual ideas and work together to create a story using all the characters. They really listened to each other and included everyone. This past week, we brought in boxes. I have been dreaming about these boxes for years because they can be used as props, set, background, etc. over and over. We read a book called Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, a Theodore Seuss Geisel...

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