It was a hot day, with temperatures hitting the mid-thirties. I was running the improv storytelling workshop for the Parramatta Riverside's School Holiday program, and due to the scorching sun, only a few kids turned up with their parents in tow.
Rather than the usual storytelling games which get the kids involved, like Pop-Up Storybook (great for the younger kids with little narrative skills) or Word-at-a-Time storyteller (suited more for the mid-primary schoolers), I just got the kids to tell a story using the basic Advance/Extend prompts. Why did I do that? Especially when I could just tell a Forgotten Fable instead?
Because their teachers' feedback were that they needed more work with their composition work, in particular they needed work with details and pace.
So, here's the run-down of the Advance/Extend technique which you can do with your kids as well (and something a bit extra at the end to help).
It's getting close to Christmas, and most people are winding down, but I'm preparing to teach more classes in Parramatta, Kellyville, Burwood and possibly Chatswood!
BUT IT'S NOT JUST IMPROV! THERE'S PAPER PUPPETRY AND FORGOTTEN FABLES! AND IT'S FREE!
Here are the dates for the Parramatta sessions (the rest TBC):
Children's Improv Workshop - FREE
3 sessions on Monday 06 January 2013
Paper Puppetry Parables - FREE
2 sessions on Wednesday 08 January and Tuesday 21 January 2013
There are heaps of other activities as well, on the Parramatta Council website here.
If you're interested in having classes elsewhere, feel free to request one via the CONTACT ME form.
This month we have a number of workshops, seminars and shows coming up for you! So whether you're involved in aged care (e.g. retire villages, low care nursing homes, etc), an beginner improvisor or actor, or even someone who wants to get their own event up and running, then this month is a bumper month for you!
All requested by you, we're going hard with providing the services you've been asking for!
Busy, busy! For an improv business, I'm doing a lot of planning including drafting up the lesson plans. ;)
Just a quick note that there are now After School Improv Classes for teens aged between 13 to 15 years old from 4pm to 6pm in 50 minute blocks starting from Wednesday 17 July 2013 each week. Price? $17 including GST for each block.
Also, the 10 week improv newbie improv classes have been reduced down to 8 weeks to allow people to take the Labour Day week off with family should they so wish. :)
More details can be found on the BOOKING page.
And with that, 'exit, stage left'!