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World Tales and Tunes: An Exciting Education at Stepping Stone Schools

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

Top to Bottom:
1) Freddy narrates Hamlet
2) Students laugh at Freddy’s comedic ways
3) “To be, or not to be. That is the question.”

Today I got the opportunity to visit Stepping Stone 1 in north Austin to see Theatre Action Project’s own, Freddy Carnes, put on a Shakespearean show as part of his World Tales and Tunes. He started off with warm-ups, telling the students to repeat dialogue from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet,while doing actions and striking poses. Then he played his guitar and sang songs. Everything he did, the kids repeated with excitement, laughter, and enthusiasm.

Following the warm-ups, Freddy chose some of the students for roles in performing Hamlet, complete with costumes. Freddy narrated for them so they knew what lines to say. It was very entertaining to watch them having so much fun while learning.

Following their performance of Hamlet, Freddy engaged the students in a conversation about a few of the themes from Hamlet, including marriage. He asked them “Why do people get married?” and explained to them the right reason: Love. This led them to the story of true love, Romeo and Juliet, which they got to perform.

Shakespeare Stories and Greek Myth

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

This week I started a workshop for Theatre Action Project as part of World Tales and Tunes called Shakespeare Stories and Greek Myth.  This is a hybrid of storytelling and an acting class with costumes and props.

Stepping Stone School requested an interactive two-hour class for children 5-12 years old that would include famous Shakespeare stories and Greek Myth, so I combined acting classes that I have taught with the stories that I have told and added costumes and props and a backdrop.

This week I have already gone to three different Stepping Stone Schools and done 6 of these two-hour performances with 150 children.  I have gotten such good feedback from the children, teachers and directors that we have already discussed expanding the workshop to the school year!

Thank you Shakespeare and Homer for giving our children such a great gift!

Coming Soon: World Tales and Tunes Featuring Freddy Carnes

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

This summer, we got a request from Stepping Stone School to bring an exciting program that is half performance and storytelling and the other half teaching and directing. Freddy Carnes will go to 14 Stepping Stone schools, mainly in July,  in two-hour blocks to create a short version of “The Odyssey” and “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream” with 15 children in each hour.  There will be full costumes and props and staging and students will learn short Shakespearean speeches and songs.

Freddy performing World Tales & Tunes

Stay tuned for a full report by after I visit World Tales and Tunes in person on June 29th.

P.S. Another favorite summer camp memory of mine is when I was Animation Counselor at a camp in Connecticut last year. My best friend there, who was Video Production Counselor, and I played many intense games of ping pong.

For information and registration Theatre Action Project Summer Camps:

Living our Mission Statement Every Day

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

I was very impressed at the recent Theatre Action Project staff retreat (it took place August 25-26th) with the new updated mission statement and the four areas where TAP makes an impact on children’s lives by helping them become: Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers and Confident Leaders.

Mission: Theatre Action Project uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, TAP’s team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

I began to think about all the ways that I do this every day in the classroom and in performing “World Tales and Tunes” for Pre-K students.  Here are a few thoughts:
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