The performers explain that the performance will incorporate American Sign Language both as a means of communication and a form of creative expression, making the show accessible to the hearing-impaired and enthralling to the youngsters who may otherwise find it difficult to sit still for a solid 45 minutes. They ask the students to watch for common household objects such as a tennis racket to be used in creative ways such as a shovel, guitar or perhaps the entrance to a cave. Then teachers and students alike shake their heads in disbelief as Kimberly somehow manages to thread her entire body through the tennis racket and pop out the other side.
But the real show begins as the “Act!vators”
But are the students learning?
“Our productions are designed to carefully align with Common Core State Standards and teach valuable lessons across several grade levels”, explains Kimberly Goza, one of the company’s founders. Teachers are provided with study guides (http://activatedstorytheatre.com/
At a school in Jacksonville, Florida this February Act!vated Story Theatre will be conducting one such residency program, sponsored in part by a grant from Target Stores ®. The students will work with professionals studying and creating a unique melodrama theatre piece based on the story of How the Ice Cream Cone was Invented – a folktale, derived from what may true story, that took place at the World’s Fair in 1904. In the process they will learn teamwork, history and writing skills along with music, song, dance and creative expression, while building self confidence and appreciation for multiculturalism and the arts. The students will present their program for their parents at a school family night.
Since 1988, Act!vated Story Theatre has been touring the nation presenting lively educational shows for children at schools, libraries, theatres, museums and more. This January they are bringing their giant book and loveable characters such as the hat stealing Monkey (video link (http://youtu.be/
For booking information please call 1(800)429-6576 or visit the Act!vated Story Theatre web site http://ActivatedStoryTheatre.com/