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End of Year Spring Showcase, Preparing for Summer

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

On May 9th we had our end of the year showcase at Popham Elementary in Del Valle. At the showcase we featured the following:

  • A video that we made earlier in the semester about “The Odyssey” ending with a live performance of “Circe’s Island” by 3rd grade.
  • Live performances of scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream” by 2nd Grade
  • 4th grade performed “Hamlet” and 5th grade performed “Romeo and Juliet”.

Ballet Folklorico rehearses on the stage right before we rehearse so we have had an audience every day.  We seem to be peaking at the right time so that makes it very satisfying.

As this Spring Semester ends we begin preparing for summer at Theatre Action Project (TAP), this is one of the busiest times of year.  I love doing the summer camps and getting the opportunity to collaborate with other TAP teachers.  I love the routine and ebb and flow of each week with the Friday sharings.

This summer I have added a new exciting program.  We got a request from Stepping Stone School to bring a program that was half performance and storytelling and the other half teaching and directing.  I will go to 14 Stepping Stone schools mainly in July and in two-hour blocks create a short version of “The Odyssey” and “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream” with 15 children in each hour.  This includes full costumes and props and staging.  We will learn short Shakespearean speeches and songs.  I can’t wait!

If you’re preparing for the summer too and want your 5 to 12 year old to do a fun and engaging program, join us at TAP Summer Camp. To register, CLICK HERE.

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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