Thursdays at Huckleberry Learning Center at
United Methodist 25718 McBean Pkwy in Valencia
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2019-2020: Fall, Winter and Spring Trimesters at Huck
American History Improv Ages 10-13. 9:30-11am on Thursdays
Each week we will learn about a new event or person in American History from its discovery to World War II. Lessons will be taught in collaboration with the students and fun facts they bring in each week. We then bring in a theatrical spin to what we’ve learned and act out these historical figures and moments with improvisation games and character exploration living it on our feet and sometimes rewriting history in the process. Our students need no previous experience in theatre or history to enjoy this program. We take all levels. It should be noted that history does have some mature content and while we will be very sensitive to this, our suggested age range for the class should be taken into consideration. Please let us know if you have questions, concerns or need to discuss. Homework: Each week students are asked to bring in five fun facts about each subject assigned.
Fall: American History Improv Part 1 1400s-1770s
Winter: American History Improv Part 2 1780s-1900
Spring: American History Improv Part 3 1900s to WW2
Stage Combat, Physical Comedy and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!
Ages 12-17. 9:30-11am on Thursdays
In the Fall, students will learn stage combat, physical comedy and study one of Shakespeare’s works A Midsummer Night’s Dreamwith acting technique for performance. Through physical and theatrical exercises, students will learn how to create and develop a character, understand Shakespeare and use their voices and bodies to tell this great story. This class is a safe and supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to make bold acting choices while learning teamwork and gaining confidence. The 10-week session will culminate in a choreographed comedy fight scene and performance selection from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Students will also get a great workout!
Winter & Spring: Join us for a fun and exciting program of rehearsing and performing an edit of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies ~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our script is edited from the original text keeping the Elizabethan English and features ALL the exciting plots of the hilarious tradesmen/actors, the royalty of Athens, the magical fairies and rulers of the fairy kingdom and, of course, the comical “lovers” and their big brawl in the woods. Through physical and theatrical exercises, students will learn how to create and develop a character, understand Shakespeare and use their voices and bodies to tell this great story. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for an end-of-year performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dreamat Huck. This class is a safe and supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to make bold acting choices while learning teamwork and gaining confidence. All students will get a speaking role involving lines that will need to be memorized on schedule. Roles range in size (small, medium and large) and will be cast in consideration of class size, production needs and student preference. REQUIREMENT: Winter/Spring is a DUAL TRIMESTER COMMITMENT. In our last weeks, we will take our most hilarious, touching, and exciting scene that we have re-created and put them together for an invited last class for friends and family. Homework: Encouraged but not required.
Great Stories! Ages 6-9. 1:15-2:45pm on Thursdays
Fall: Reader’s Theatre ~ The Bremens Town Musicians with Puppets!
This is a fun class for readers of ALL levels. While we are reading (and sometimes acting) the script we will ALSO be working on expression as well as good pacing and pronunciation. As we prepare for a presentation of this play during lunch on the last class day of the Fall trimester, all students will have parts to play best suited for their comfort and reading level and some may be encouraged to work on memorization. We will also work in some puppetry! The script has parts suitable for emergent AND transitional readers which allows our students to work with their classmates who may not be in their reading groups and allows fluent readers to model good reading habits and let struggling readers participate in reading a “meatier” text WHILE having FUN! This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to their best potential.
Winter: Folktales of Ireland
Fairy tales (or folktales) date back hundreds of years. We will explore Ireland’s many stories as well as an intro to acting and physical character exploration. Through active creative exercises and theatre games, students will learn how to create a character, understand this great writer’s stories, and use their voices and bodies to convey the dramatic and comedic stories. This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence, finding their voice and ensemble skills while learning this great story. Our classes favor physical movement and active learning over traditional lectures. The richness of the lessons lies more in the doing and feeling than in the intellectualizing of material. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for a presentation during our last class for the parents and friends just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Spring: Aesop’s Fables
Aesop was an oral storyteller believed to live in ancient Greece. Originally told for adults addressing religious, social and political themes it was later during the Renaissance (and onwards) that his stories were then used as ethical guides in child education. Each week we will learn, discuss and explore these Fables THEN using fun active theatre exercises PHYSICALLY explore these great stories, characters and themes. With 725 fables written, we plan on not repeating those we learned in 2019. This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence, finding their voice and ensemble skills while learning this great story. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for a short presentation of one of Aesop’s scenes during our last class for friends and family.