5 Theater Habits that are Science Conventions

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking Theater is a structured, project-based activity that requires a unifying vision, creativity and a passion for truth.  There are many ways in which youth theater activities support scientific conventions and 21st Century precepts. 1- Questioning The theater …

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5 Theater Habits that Support ELA Standards

Theater is a Language experience that is academically linked to Literature and Humanities studies. There are many ways that youth theater activities support CCSS reading habits and 21st Century precepts. 1- Interaction Between Readers The theater experience challenges participants to be accountable for a written work, particularly the text and stage directions that pertain to his …

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Theater Made Me One of the Smart Kids

Growing up, I was confident in my work ethic, but never considered myself an especially smart or extraordinary student.  I have always taken pride in the notion that what I lack in natural ability I make up for in passion, diligence and resourcefulness.  In the absence of what I consider to be extraordinary talent or …

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The Internet is Distract — Oh Look a Kitten!

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Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats

Singing Animals and Plants Search for Home The Frenchtown Elementary School PTG, COA and Experiments in Theater present Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats written by Ron Fink and John Heath and directed by Mackie Saylor.  Performances will take place at The Odeum on Main Street in East Greenwich on Friday, April 10 at …

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Imitating the Masters

Imitating the Masters Utilizing collaging, painting, cut outs and other age-appropriate art techniques, students will learn about Art History’s most renowned artists by re-creating all or a portion of a famous work of art (a different one each week).  Children will also chart the location of the original piece on a map, tape its actual …

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Seeking Local Teaching Artists

Position: Teaching Artist, Part-Time Contractor Location: Rhode Island Posted: March 1, 2016 Positions Available: 3 Experiments in Theater is seeking Teaching Artists to join our team and provide programming to our rapidly expanding roster of schools and performing arts studios. Our curriculum offers acting, voice, dance and movement, musical theater as well as full-scale productions. Position Details >Class times …

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Dancing Through the Ages

Dancing Through the Ages Every decade has it’s own popular dance moves.  In the 1950’s it was “The Stroll” and “The Hand Jive” in the 1960’s “The Freddie” and “The Loco-motion” were popular and, later on in the 20th Century, people were doing the “Electric Slide” and the “Macarena.” In Dancing Through the Ages, students …

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Ten Minute Plays

Ten Minute Plays Did you know that there are hundreds of great plays that are only 10 minutes long?! If you’re looking for a short-term, low-maintenance activity that will still provide an authentic theater experience for your child, this class is for you! Plays will be selected based upon the number and ages of the …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Not Getting the Part

After weeks of watching your child agonize and prepare for that audition, the news finally comes in.  And it’s not good.  Your child did NOT get the part.  There are tears.  There is upset.  There is drama everywhere, though not the kind you were hoping for.  You feel powerless.  Your natural instinct is to try …

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The Drama Games

The Drama Games Theater is as much a team effort as any sport and it can be just as competitive! In performing in a play, each actor has to fight and compete on behalf of their character! The Drama Games is a fast-paced, competitive theater experience in which kids take part in a variety of …

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Theater Production

Theater Production There is no better way to create, collaborate, learn and grow in the theater than taking part in a full-scale production. There are so many varieties of plays available for all ages and the Experiments in Theater team can find a project that will fit your community’s needs, talents and budget. In addition …

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Songs and Mashups!

Songs and Mashups Experiments in Theater encourages young people to create, collaborate, learn and grow.  In this fun musical theater class, students will learn and perform a medley (aka “mashup”) of select songs from the hit television series, “Glee”.  Students will be taught to practice proper singing techniques including breath support, vocalization and placement and …

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Picture-Book Theater

Picture-Book Theater Acting is one of many of expressive language experiences that support reading and literacy. In Picture-book Theater, participants work together to put a popular children’s story on its feet. Participants will learn about pantomime, emotional expression and develop vocal and physical awareness using a popular children’s book as a source of inspiration. Each …

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Broadway Babies

Broadway Babies Performing supports social/emotional development by building confidence and supporting individual expression. In this fun musical theater class for preschoolers, students will learn several vocal selections from a popular Broadway musical and then practice singing and staging the songs. Proper singing techniques will be taught and practice materials will be provided. This class includes …

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Fortunately/Unfortunately

Fortunately/Unfortunately This is a very simple Improv theater game that works best with actors that are as young as 3rd grade but it can also be challenging for adults. You can ask for plot suggestions from those seated in the audience or, if you are working with a script, it can be a great warm up/team …

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Worlds Worst

World’s Worst This game is great fun and many people are already familiar with it thanks to the popular improv show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” I suggest that you explain the game and assemble a list of possible characters and/or professions before you start so that you can keep things flowing and keep the …

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My Bench

Required Materials: 2 chairs or a bench big enough for two people Number of people: Two people at a time Player number one sits down. Her objective or goal in this game is to have a quiet day. She imagines that she is seated on a bench, in a park, on a nice day. She …

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What Was the Question?

Required materials: None Number of people: Two at a time Call upon two performers to stand in front of the class. These two performers are only allowed to speak in questions. No statements. Everything they say must be in the form of a question and must be inflected vocally as a question. The first person …

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Bakin’ Biscuts

Required materials: None Number of players: Three at a time Characters: Baker Doctor Taster Three performers take the stage. Each is assigned a character to play. The instructor briefly goes over the flowing dialogue with them. (I’ve never had to hand out “scripts” in order to play this game. The dialogue is simple and easy …

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