November, 2011

Coonley Broadway Kids Grade 2-5

November 21, 2011 Wow...this group of students really impressed me today.  We've got twelve amazing students in this class, and they have been enthusiastic and creative from day one, but today, while rehearsing for our show next week, this group really proved they were performers.  We set out early in the session to write the script together using a handful of student-generated ideas and let...

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Lessons Learned at Hawthorne!

Last Thursday was our final sharing day for Broadway Kids at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy!  In just 8 short weeks, six students worked together to learn songs, create a story and devise choreography for their own mini-musical. These six young people took control of every aspect of their class, and the ownership they felt in their work was evident in the sharing!  From choosing which songs to...

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Improve with Improv at Lincoln Elementary

We have been acting up a storm with the 3rd and 4th grade improv class at Lincoln Elementary! Every week we explore a new topic in improvisation, from character and setting to plot and relationship. There are always tons to keep track of -- especially because these incredible students are thinking quickly on their feet, without any script. To get ourselves ready for improv, we've been playing...

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Mini-Showstoppers in Andersonville!

We are having a great time in our Mini-Showstoppers class this session!  Our class of 4 to 6 year olds are always completely ready to play and laugh.  We've been playing "princesses and dragons" a lot, with the dragons evenly divided between good dragons and mean dragons.  Fortunately, even the mean dragons are usually won over with imaginary pie - thank goodness! Our class especially enjoys...

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Broadway Kids at Lincoln Elementary

Every week I look forward to teaching this class. The students are so enthusiastic about musical theatre and have become great friends and partners with one another over the past few weeks. Every week we strengthen our IMAGINATION and our BRAVERY - two qualities every successful actor possesses. In order to use these qualities we must warm up our BODIES and our VOICES through games and exercises....

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