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A Hands-On Introduction to Acting
Grades 3-5 | 5 sessions of about 40 minutes each | Up to 30 students | $400*
One of the coolest things about theatre is that you can learn a lot by playing educational games! In each session of this highly-interactive program, we’ll spotlight a different acting skill, from pantomime (acting without words or props) to developing a character. Students will be guided through hands-on practice with every skill as they participate in the Spotlight program.
Session 1: Imagination is a skill that every actor needs! Students will exercise their imaginations as they take a magical journey and eat a pretend bowl of ice cream.
Session 2: Pantomime means acting without words or props. Students will practice pantomiming everyday activities, then take on the challenge of bringing very short stories to life.
Session 3: Character, Part 1 is all about becoming another person or animal. In this workshop, students will transform themselves into cats, dogs, pigs, and chickens as they act out the tale of “The Little Red Chickens.”
Session 4: Character, Part 2 brings character creation a little closer to home as students craft human characters. We’ll challenge kids to perform a very short script without breaking character.
Session 5: Expressive Movement means using your face and body effectively when you perform. In our culminating activity, students will once again perform a very short script, this time with an emphasis on physical acting.
Spotlight can be presented with three different options.
Asynchronous Learning. Sometimes, the best approach to the performing arts (in the middle of a pandemic) is to let students to work through video lessons at their own pace. That’s why we offer Spotlight as a series of five pre-recorded lessons for asynchronous learning. You can assign your students to complete the lessons whenever you like.
Synchronous Learning. However, student engagement can increase when a teaching artist works with the students. That’s why we also offer a live online option (synchronous learning). Some segments will still be pre-recorded — that allows us to include titling and other helpful elements in the videos — but there will be a teacher leading each session, guiding and challenging your students.
Add an Enrichment Activity. Each session comes with an optional enrichment activity. Whether you choose the synchronous or asynchronous option, we’ll challenge your students at the end of each session to record themselves acting out a very short dramatic scene. With parental permission, students can submit videos of their work to Drama by George. We’ll edit them together to create a showcase that allows your students to watch each other perform, even when they can’t be together in the same room.
Our program helps students build creativity and self-confidence while they learn the basics of acting. Let us put your kids in the Spotlight!
*The $400 price at the top of this page applies when you use our pre-recorded content for asynchronous instruction. There is an additional charge of $200 when the program is delivered by a live teaching artist online (synchronous instruction). There is an additional cost of $300 if we challenge your students to record videos of themselves completing the enrichment activities, as it requires additional time to edit a showcase of the kids in action. Synchronous sessions will last about 50-60 minutes (rather than 40 minutes for asynchronous sessions) because of the time needed for student interaction. Please contact us for details.