THEATRE OF IMAGINATION
Six-step Blue Print for a Foundation
of imagination is a theatre of make-believe. It is a theatre
that challenges the creativity of everyone, including the audience.
A theatre of imagination is a theatre of inclusion not exclusion.
The only prerequisite is desire and or curiosity.
The theatre of imagination is hands on. The teaching and guiding is done through production, problem solving, and results. Rehearsal is preparation, and performance is the classroom.
One: The creation of a safe atmosphere
The first production will be a collection of ideas expressed by the actors during the rehearsal period.Step Two: The beginning of trust
The second production will be based on discussions with the actors about their lives and situations. Basic "theatre games" and exercises will be used to give structure to the production.Step Three: Creating an ensemble
The third production will be a play for children. The actors will, for the first time, work with a script; but will not be restricted by it. A loose script allowing individual creativity will be used. This production will be bold and flashy.Step Four: Desire creates discipline
The fourth production is a workshop of a scene from a major script. Focused "theatre games" and exercises will be used. Voice training begins.Steps Five and Six: Stepping into the circle (commitment)
The last production in this sequence is a full scale production of a one-act play. "Games" and exercises dealing with concentration and energy are used.A Note on Inclusion
It is not necessary for an actor to have started at step one. Working along side other actors who have more experiences brings new actors up to speed faster. The rule of the theatre, "no one fails," keeps the more experienced actors from becoming cliquish and ostracizing new members. There is a process of natural selection at work however. Sometimes actors just take themselves out of the mix no matter if they have been a member of the ensemble from day one or only come to one workshop.
Theatre (Engela and john) followed john's guide for Creating a Theatre
for Youth. It took us 18
months to complete the project. Those
kids who worked with us had incredible opportunities. No one was
required to do everything, but those who were interested and available
were kept gloriously busy.
results and details can be found on the "Youth
Education and Performance (a success story)" page.
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