National touring theatre company comes to Florida, Alabama and Georgia schools to present education assembly programs in January 2013.
Students enjoy learning at an Act!vated School Assembly
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Dec. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- Students file into the cafeteria, class by class, and are immediately drawn in by the man balancing a broom on his nose. Already they are entertained and the show hasn’t even begun. Once they are assembled, husband and wife team Dennis and Kimberly Goza introduce themselves and Act!vated Story Theatre by flipping over one another to emphasis the “Act!vated” part of the troupe’s name and already the students realize that this assembly is going to be a special treat indeed. 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” open their giant story book and start bringing folktales to life along with the help of several “guest stars”; students who have rehearsed with the touring performers for just a half-hour to learn their parts in the story. The performers become quick-change artists as they transform themselves from character to character. Dennis appears as soldier, sings a song and then dashes behind the giant book set, then coming out the other side and donning a long beard to transform himself into MuLan’s father. In another scene he becomes a puppeteer along with the student volunteers. In a different story, the performers hold masks and perform in a stylized manner inspired by traditional Japanese Kyogen theatre, set to original music.
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/study_guide.html) that help them incorporate and extend the learning experience in the classrooms. The performer/creators are also available for classroom workshops and residency programs that enforce the learning experience and support the educational goals of each grade level.
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/kk1BbSXhyHM)) from the classic Caps for Sale to “cafetoriums” in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, introducing children to theatre, folktales and the joy of reading.
For booking information please call 1(800)429-6576 or visit the Act!vated Story Theatre web site http://ActivatedStoryTheatre.com/school_assembly.html The Act!vated Story Theatre web site also features folktales for reading aloud and a library of entertaining and educational podcasts for students to listen to.