During this fun and collaborative residency students will develop and perform an original play. Together, we will explore some ‘creation and beginnings’ stories by Rudyard Kipling. Through stories like ‘How the Elephant Got His Nose’ and ‘How the Alphabet was Made,’ we will discuss how stories are formed and one theory of how generational storytelling and, thus THEATRE, was made.
The final product of this residency would consist of a devised performance of an original story. The focus
is less on the polished, rehearsed, or costumed piece but rather in the presentation of an original work
devised entirely by the students.
Students will understand the origins of stories and how they are passed from generation to generation.
Students will be able to conceptualize an idea and expand on the seed of an idea to make it grow to a full
length story, complete with story arc and definitive characters.
Students will be able to work as an ensemble to edit their own and each others ideas into a cohesive piece of art as well as encourage each other, and themselves, to speak up for their creative ideas.
best suited for 3rd-12th grades
4 sessions at 45 minutes each
Prep hours: 3 hours per class
Materials: $2.50 per student
Travel from Eugene
Meet the Artist
Why I teach:
“Playing make-believe offers endless opportunities to expand imaginations and practice life skills. When a child plays make-believe, they process a complex set of associations in order to “act” the fantasy, and they are challenged to problem solve without immediate or blatant solutions. In theatre, we enter a mutual agreement of make-believe and, by doing this, we foster social skills, confidence, ensemble, and effective togetherness.” — Emily Garrett