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8-week Residency

This program can be tailored in length

Who: Students grades K and up, led by ANW Theatre Artists.

What: An 8-week partnership program between students and A Noise Within. Students meet weekly or bi-weekly at their school with ANW Teaching Artists to learn and practice theatre workshops, ultimately staging their own abridged production of one of the shows in our repertory season.

Program Includes:

  • Weekly/bi-weekly workshops culminating in a final performance
    • Swords, movement, biomechanics, character workshops, text analysis can all be added in based on interest and play
    • Culminating event for students to share with friends, family, and other students
    • All students will attend a performance A Noise Within’s production of the play they studied (if applicable)

Objectives: Through this 8-week residency program, students will create a direct, lasting relationship with A Noise Within. By performing their own staged version, students will gain a deeper understanding of how theatrical texts are translated from the page to the stage, while forming new relationships to the text and having fun in the process! Additionally, attending and discussing a professional production of the same show at A Noise Within will strengthen students’ critical and analytical skills while offering greater insight into the text.

Workshop Outlines
This schedule represents 5 days of Acting Workshops

Day 1 (90 minutes)
Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Create and sign residency contracts
  • lay out expectations and guidelines

Warm-Up Activity (5 minutes)

  • Name Game

Main Activity (60 minutes)

  • Read through play (around circle line-by-line)
  • Review characters
  • Cast the play (draw names from hat-kids choose to put in for characters they want)

Exit Activity (10 minutes)

  • Game related to plays characters and themes

Debrief (5 minutes)

  • Homework: read play, internet research, start memorizing lines

Day 2 (90 minutes)

Warm-Up Activity (5 minutes)

  • Defender/Enemy

Main Activity (70 minutes)

  • Split students into groups of 6 and assign each group an act in our play. Have them translate it and share their “modern” version.
  • Start read through with blocking

Exit Activity (10 minutes)

  • Bippity Bippity Bop (have kids build in one character or theme)

Debrief (5 minutes)

  • Homework: review blocking, continue memorizing lines

Day 3 (90 minutes)

Warm-Up Activity (5 minutes)

  • TBD

Main Activity (70 minutes)

  • Continue read through with blocking (finish)

Exit Activity (10 minutes)

  • Bippity Bippity Bop (have kids build in one character or theme)

Debrief (5 minutes)

  • Homework: All lines must be memorized, review blocking

Day 4 (90 minutes)

Warm-Up Activity

  • TBD

Main Activity

  • Full run through with blocking and director on book

Exit Activity (10 minutes)

  • Bippity Bippity Bop (have kids build in one JC character or theme)

Debrief (5 minutes)

  • Review lines!

Day 5 (90 minutes) 

Warm-Up Activity

  • TBD

Final Dress/Tech

  • Fight Call
  • Run Through

Exit Activity

  • Final showdown of Bippity Bippity Bop