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The Heroes/Los Heroes

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

Yesterday I got the opportunity to see our TAP in the Classroom show, “Heroes/Los Heroes,” at Wooten Elementary. This show never fails to put a smile on my face every time I see it (which has been 3 times since I started working here at Theatre Action Project in February). This was my first opportunity to see our new Heroes actor, Mitch Bowman, in the program and getting to see the interactions of a mostly Spanish speaking kindergarten class. It was so much fun to see the interactions, the participation and the excitement of the students. They really seemed to love the use of puppets in the show and how animated the characters were.

The picture at the left is of day two of our four day program. This is Mr. Mitch with the puppet Doña Flor and Miss Stephanie as Sam the Salamander in Costa Rica. They are learning the four simple steps to conflict resolution. To learn more about other days of the performance and to listen to the Heroes Music, check out our website. Also check out more pictures of our Heroes Performances and our other TAP in the Classroom programs from over time on our Flickr page.

Counting My Blessings

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Thanksgiving time makes me thankful for so many things: family, friends, and the great staff at Theatre Action Project. The mission at TAP steers us individually and collectively and I am thankful for the board, staff, the hard-working AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, and teaching artists who work hard to inspire our youth.

I count creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders as strong blessings in my life. They make my world alive with color and inspiration, safe and nurturing, innovative with new ideas, and motive me to imagine solutions and new possibilities.

What blessings in your life inspire you?

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from us here at Theatre Action Project! We wish you all a wonderful thanksgiving full of yummy goodness! We are so thankful for all the amazing volunteers, teaching artist, staff that make TAP what it is! What are you thankful for today?

Technology for the Spring

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

When I think about being thankful at this holiday season I always begin with family, friends, my co-workers at TAP and all the wonderful children that we get to work with everyday. I see so much joy and potential in these children that at times it is very humbling. I love singing and acting with them. I love to tell stories and hear them describe how these stories have resonance in their lives.  Recently I have been thinking ahead to the Spring session and the big project that I will do with them. I have tried for several years to do more video projects and capture the joy on their faces when they create. Usually some technical difficulty or another always seemed to arise. I usually gave up on the video project because it was so frustrating.
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Thanksgiving Week is Upon Us

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Thanksgiving week is upon us.  It’s a nice time to reflect on what we’re all thankful for – the wonderful people in our lives, our health, and our happiness. Read the rest of this entry

Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Basket Project

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

Food is my favorite creative medium. I love the act of cooking it, seeing it grow in the ground, the sensation of eating it, and understanding that it’s the fuel that drives me through my day. I love cooking and baking almost as much as I love organizing volunteers to work in the community.

You could probably guess, then, that I adore the Thanksgiving season. Read the rest of this entry

Thanksgiving Themed Books

by Cassie Swayze, After School Programs Associate VISTA

We are gearing up for the end of the semester, final sharings, and holiday breaks in TAP After-School. There is less than one month of the Fall semester left, which is hard to believe! As TAP’s library manager, not only do I maintain our stock of storybooks, guides, and reference manuals, I also research new and exciting books. In thinking about next week’s Thanksgiving holiday I came across a few storybooks that focus on the festival’s themes of family, tradition, giving thanks, and celebrating the harvest. Here are three of my favorites: Read the rest of this entry