Arts to Grow’s Elysian Charter School Theater Ensemble, led by Patricia Runcie, presented a winter showcase to family, friends and students on Thursday, February 17th 2011. The ensemble participates included students in grades 3rd through 7th who performed scenes from famous books The Hobbitand The Phantom Tollbooth. Two performances were given back to back to in classrooms at Elysian School.
Students learned not only how to be artists but how to develop and participate in character development. Each of the kids had a role based on their own preferences, with an ability to add their own ideas to play and create suitable for role costumes.
The class taught acting techniques with a strong focus on ensemble-building. Group work, games, rehearsals were the key techniques to successful performance. After the show a brief Q&A was led by Lynne Shapiro, arts coordinator at Elysian where student actors answered questions from the audience.
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