The goal is to strengthen the personality of each child. In a playful way, the children can get to know themselves and the others better; trust in themselves and in others is strengthened.
Playing together works best when each individual child is noticed. A well-functioning group forms the basis for creative theater work.
The theater project should be divided into two groups, two hours per group and take place once a week. The children can try out their artistic skills in a protected environment and learn the basic message that many things are possible; that there is no “right and wrong” and that failure is always part of the artistic process.
The development of the play
Together with the instructor, the children choose the theme of a play that can be performed at the end. This theme should come from the children’s world of experience. Possible themes are:
– Fairy tales
An existing play or a picture book could serve as a template. The children can contribute their preferences and knowledge. In the further course the concrete play is developed, the roles are determined and a scene selection is made.
Phase 1: Scenic work
Questions to the characters
– What happens in your scene?
– What do you experience?
– What feelings do you have?
– How do your characters move?
Improvisations on the various play situations.
Phase 2: Concrete work on the text
Comprehension, pronunciation, modulation skills.
Phase 3: Rehearsals of the individual scenes
At the beginning of the rehearsal always introductory games (see above), in order to get involved with the theater-playing and the group!
Rehearsals of the scenes in context.
Many run-throughs, so that security develops.
Phase 4: Preparation for the performance
Organize props, costumes, music, make-up, posters and program booklets.
Phase 5: Dress rehearsal in front of audience followed by discussion.
Phase 6: Opening night!
Phase 7: Debriefing with the group
Of course, the performance is not an obligatory goal of the project. Due to the many years of experience of the actress/teacher, working together towards a performance is a moment of happiness that should not be underestimated and is a lasting and memorable experience for the children.
The shared experience before the performance, the stage fright, playing in front of an audience, the applause, are a good conclusion after the many months of time together. This lasting effect of creatively helping to shape a project from start to finish leaves the children with a sense of self-worth and self-confidence that makes them visibly surpass themselves.
Through online training and now a lot of experience in online acting lessons, our KRASS instructor is also able to “work” with the children acting on this basis. The experiences with online lessons are consistently positive; improvisations, warm-up and voice exercises are quite transferable. Even scenic work is possible online.