All children play. play is a basic, vital human disposition. play allows humans to realize their highest aspirations and ideals. Through play, children learn the skills necessary to effectively participate in their world. Using techniques from storytelling, music, dance and theatre we harness the child's natural ability to play, moving in a progressive manner from Free Play to Guided Play (Creative Dramatics) to Formal Play.
In Creative Drama, we develop our skills used in formal theater. This includes activities in collaboration, focus, empathy, creativity, etc. We also explore the roles of actors, designers, and creative problem solvers. We value the individual and the community of learners resulting in an open class demonstrating the activities used during the course. Creative Drama is based in elements of formal theatre. Our classes are centered around the students experiences and learning, rather than the goal of a final theatrical production. We use Theatre as a tool to explore the world around us. Our classes are often based around a central character building theme or topic, and we will spend each Saturday exploring that topic using theatre, dance, music, and art.
In Creative Drama, we will use our imagination, sense, concentration, voice and body to improvise from appropriate stories, poems, legends and world events. Parents and friends are invited to observe and/or participate in the drama class.
The program runs towards the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters of each academic year.