This fall’s theater class at P.S. 7 on Jamaica Ave in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, wrapped up the semester with an outstanding final performance last Monday night for parents and friends. Our newest teaching artist, Gardiner Comfort, taught four groups of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. Each group had about 25 students and met once a week from September through December. In just 10 short sessions, students had the opportunity to learn introductory theater skills, focusing on character development, vocalization, movement, and stage direction.
For the culminating performance, each group showcased a specific theater exercise that they had learned in class. The performances gave each student their own opportunity to be in the spotlight, as well as demonstrating how the group works together as an ensemble. The students tested each other’s improv skills with prompts such as “act like a bear,” “tomatoes are being thrown at you,” and “tragic death scene” which were acted out in a variety of creative and humorous ways.
A great end to a great semester at P.S. 7!