In addition to educational school assemblies, affordable artist-in-residency programs are available to expand upon the learning opportunities. Each residency includes shows for the entire student body and hands-on, minds-on workshops desgned to re-inforce curriculum standards.
Drawing upon extensive experience as performers the Ac!vated Actors make the learning fun, memorable and stimulating. Because the children retain information better when their senses are engaged, tangible objects and physical activities are incorporated whenever possible.
Residency Programs are one day to one week long. The program is tailored to suit your needs and class schedules.
Each residency program begins with a series of performances; followed by a discussion of the presentations with the students and an analysis of the techniques used to give them an understanding of the general principles involved. A family night program is optional.
View Teacher's Guide for Residency Objectives (.pdf) for an example of class objectives and core curriculum and national art standards addressed by grade level in a week long Artist-in-Residency program.
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Anti-Bullying through Act!vated Folktales
(Elementary; 1 day to one week) The program kicks off with a show featuring two tales specifically selected to highlight the anti-bullying theme. The 2014-15 season features The Dragon of Krakow and Tops for Bottoms. In The Dragon of Krakow, the city of Krakow, back in the days when it was just a village, is being besieged by a ruthless dragon, and the villagers are powerless to stop it. In Tops and Bottoms, the overbearing Bear insists that the Fox is trespassing on his land, though the Fox has a deed to it, and tries to take over.
After the show the performers visit classroom sized groups to discuss bullying in relation to the stories. The groups then work on a short performance pieces that incorporate folktales and emphasizes tools to empower them in situations in which they may experience bullying. Using the principals set forth at StopBullying.gov the program:
- helps kids understand bullying
- models how to treat others with kindness and respect
- fosters the self-confidence kids need to prevent bullying
Podcasting Folktales (STEM)
(Third Grade - Jr. High; one week) Students combine storytelling with technology to produce an audio podcast story. As a class the students write, read, record and produce a podcast using computer technology. This course incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics (STEM) learning principals.
(Preschool - Jr. High; 2 days to one week) Students get hands-on experience creating animal masks like the ones used on stage in the show in either simple 2D or 3D (for advanced art students). While the creating ensues, students learn more about the stories and the process in producing a staged production. Each participant makes a mask to keep.
* Additional fee for materials required. Choose from paper plates, construction paper, felt or 3D.
Dance & Drama and How the Ice Cream Cone was Invented
(Elementary - Jr. High; one week)This entire school gets in on the act in this school wide program. Each class spends a week learning a folk dance or short scene to be incorporated into a school wide production of "How the Ice Cream Cone was Invented" to be presented before the entire student body and their parents.
(3rd grade and up; 1 day to one week) This residency program focuses on writing and is a popular one for getting students ready for testing. The exercises we use are developed and adapted by an award-winning professional writer, and may range from such familiar concepts as clustering to a trigger for creativity that we call The Magic Sentence.
The session begins with collaborative activities designed to reduce inhibitions and effectively demonstrate brainstorming. We then break into smaller groups and progress to opportunities for individual projects.
When students complete the workshops, they have a firmer grasp of the process involved in expressing their ideas and experiences on paper.
(Elementary - Junior High) The students focus on the process of creating, writing and rehearsing a show. By the end the students are on stage putting on a show for their peers and parents.
Sample schedule for the Page to Stage residency. (PDF file)
(Preschool - Junior High; 1 day to one week) This residency teaches self-esteem and team work through theatre arts and physical comedy. Students learn warm-up exercises, and performance art skills such as: theatre, vocal techniques, comedy and mime. Basic theatre terms and history are introduced, as are tips for giving an outstanding performance whether onstage or delivering a book report. At the end of the week long session students perform in a short piece.
American Sign Language
(all ages, children and adults; 1 day to one week) A residency program that allows students to learn kinetically. Interactive games, songs and stories that teach American Sign Language (ASL) is not just for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Highly recommended for any school that has Deaf students in its population. Participants learn that they can use ASL to communicate, study vocabulary words, reinforce curriculum and more. At the end of the one week program students will be able to sign a song or story and present it for their parents, or another group of students.
Mix and Match
(Preschool - Junior High; one day to one week) Instead of focusing on one discipline, teachers are free to choose from any of our Hands-on, Minds-on Workshops to fill out the school day or week.
For rate information check our Booking Information page.
I can't thank you enough for bringing your talents to our students.
I love being a part of a small, farming community but one of the concerns I have is the lack of artistic opportunities for my child. The arts had such an incredible impact on my life as I grew up and I have wanted Devon to experience that "magical feeling". You have "lit the candle" and she is now eager for so much more!
Today, the school is a little quieter and there is a noticeable void now that you have gone. We will truly miss you and your special gifts but please know that you have brought talents to the surface that people here never knew existed. ~Friends, Brenda Wood, School Counselor, Mount Ayr Community Elementary School