Happy New Year everyone! Guess what my new years resolution is? To blog here more (and not to let Matthew edit my blogs, to make them sound like he wrote them)!
Well, Christmas is over and done with, and yesterday was the first day back at school for us. Quite literally, in that we spent the afternoon, with one of our Children’s University Classes. This season we are working with the Children’s University to bring Rapunzel to King Georges Hall, which means we get to work with 4 different local primary schools on the run up to the show
I know what you’re thinking? 4 different schools? That is a lot of kids! And you’re right it is, but we only work with the year fives – the best year if you ask me – you get to be top of the school without having to worry about exams or look at Secondary Schools yet.
Of course, when we work with school groups the project is a little different to when we work with one of our other community groups. I worked with the headteachers to find an appropriate show for the children to work with rather than let them choose it themselves and then we deliver 6 sessions into school teaching them all about the theatre. Everything from what happens back stage to how to work out ticket prices. It is a really interesting way of combining the arts with other subjects like, Maths, English and Technology.
Yesterday was our second session and we looked at how we market a show in particular persuasive writing and poster design.
We set the kids a task, to write a blurb and come up with a title for a show based on just a few main points of a story. But the twist was that these stories were actually well known films. It was really good fun, and when they realised what we had done, well you should have seen their faces!
Want a go yourself? Here is one example from yesterday’s class…
What happens in the show:
An astronaut moves to the wild west and falls out with the local sheriff. After an arguement the end up lost in the wilderness and have to work together to get home again. There are also giant lizards, talking vegetables and soldiers.
What title would you give it?
Write a blurb to go on the back of a leaflet:
Two men who fall out with each other, get lost in the wilderness all because of an argument. As they walk forward they will experience minor difficulties.
This is so heart warming it will blow your mind. This will persuade you to watch this show with your family. I will ensure you that this is a five star rated show. You should not miss this show. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!! You shouldn’t miss out!!!
Did you guess which well loved film this was based on? An astronaut and a cowboy? It was of course Toy Story!
We left them to design their posters, I can’t wait to see what they come up with!