MASK MIME MOVEMENT: Story Theatre and Anansi Tale.
Listening and creating folk tales based on a book gives students the opportunity to express themselves. This residency also creates experiences in re-enacting stories in small groups using simple MASK designs and abstract ‘puppets’. Students will also discuss and create setting(environments of story) via sound and object, and create a character based on mask, body, and verbal passages of a narrator... Story Theatre enhances a cognitive learning experience as it opens the doors to imagination and creativity.
NOTE: This Lesson can easily be divided into 3 to 5 lessons (AND IT HAS )
- CIRCLE UP ICE BREAKER and WAKE UP—PASS THE CLAP: ONE sound is passed in pairs around circle. Point of concentration is CLAPPING TOGETHER—sounding as ONE.
- ZIP ZAP ZOP: EYE CONTACT is practiced as students THROW ENERGY to the other randomly in circle shouting ZIP! ZAP! ZOP!
II Who I AM and WHAT WE WILL DO!—Working together to recreate a folk tale.
- State Objectives:/GOALS: --Using collaboration, mask, and both oral and silent communication (MIME) TLW appreciate the imaginative process of bringing the folk tale ANANSI AND THE MOSS COVERED ROCK to life as a group in front of an audience.
- LISTEN to the story and RE TELL in small groups by using a narrator and other actors. (SHOW BOOK)
- Recreate story in small groups. Using STORY THEATRE and collaboration
- Simple Definitions:
- MASK: Anything that is placed on head or body and CHANGES wearer. MASKS can define a character—although BODY is main instrument.
- Puppet: ANYTHING that is MOVED and brought to life by an actor on stage.
- PROP and COSTUME—Theatre Elements—one is HELD and USED; one is worn.
- Story Theatre: (Q and A.) Often uses a NARRATOR with actors pantomiming action. Storytelling that uses THEATRE ELEMENTS. (COLLABORATIONB IS KEY)
- Actor’s TOOLS: BODY VOICE IMAGINATION/CONCENTRATION
III ANIMAL and ABSTRACT MASKS— Exploration of certain MASKS using body. Student volunteers will bring animalmasks to life in circle.
IV THE STORY--ARTIST WILL TELL STORY using STUDENTS.
V WARM-UP to MAIN ACTIVITY (If time permits)
- LISTENING and BODY/VOICE: ROUND ROBIN using repetitive movements and VOICE—RE CALLING story—CONDENSING to one minute.
- Imagination: RE CREATING PROPS—PASS THE PROP—CHANGE ITS MEANING as object is passed around circle.
- NATURE and environment : Clapping a Storm; water with fabric
VI SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY: THREE Groups will recreate Beginning-Middle and/or END of story.
- Groups will assign a narrator and play ALL THE ROLES for their sequence (Beginning, Middle or Ending).
- Group will present scene about the classroom or hallway. As one group completes one section the other group will take the lead until a completed story is told.
- How could Story Theatre be used in your classroom
- What is the most challenging aspects?
- Which activity were you most comfortable doing?