One Acts PM 2017 Grades 5-8 Summer CampThe Cabin
About This Event
Meets daily June 19-23 This camp is for kids entering 5th-8th grades. Camp meets Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm each day. In collaboration with a local professional playwright, you’ll use the essential tools of playwriting (like plot, action, character and dialogue) to build a one act play from the ground up. Visit a local theater and participate in actor’s exercises to experience the collaborative alchemy that can make writing for theater feel like magic.
Build a play you can take from the page to the stage.
During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to The Cabin for lemonade and a public reading of student writing.
Foci for Student Learning:
- Critical reading of plays to learn about craft
- Investigation of storytelling
- Investigation of theater craft
- Taking risks, working with the body and presence
- Sensory detail and specificity
- Character and dialogue
- Setting and scene
- Writing a one-act play
- Revising like playwrights
Essential Questions Students Will Investigate:
- How is a play different than other kinds of writing? Poetry, fiction, movies, etc
- What does a play do?
- What does a play contain?
- How can our life experiences influence the plays we make and vice-versa?
- Why is “playwright” spelled this way? How does this inform the way we think about play-making?
- What is the fundamental awareness a playwright needs to have?
- What tools do we need to make the plays we want to see?
- Who is your audience?
- How do we attend to our responsibility to make stories that will be alive, played with bodies on the stage?