Thursday, June 1 2017

2017 Little Gecko Ensemble – Themes archive

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This is an archive of what we covered in previous terms in 2017 in the Little Gecko Ensembles. Term Four topics and content are now available here.

Term 3: Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural

Term 3 at Barking Gecko is all about the spirit world. Barking Gecko is developing a play about ghosts, so everything this term is focussed on the spirit world.

Term 3 is a process term: This means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

Over a period of nine sessions, Little Gecko Ensembles will explore the theme of Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural, in a fun environment where their ideas are valued. This will culminate in a short showing of work in process (not a fully rehearsed performance) to share what they have been working on. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

Term 2:  A Focus on Performance – You’re never to young for Shakespeare

This term Barking Gecko Ensembles are all about Shakespeare!

The Little Geckos’ window into Shakespeare will be through Gregory Rogers’ beautifully illustrated books The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard and A Midsummer Knight. Through a series of age-appropriate activities, the classes will explore Shakespeare’s wonderful imagined worlds, stunning stories, peerless language and unforgettable characters.

This is a performance-focussed term, so the term’s work will culminate in a short showing to family and friends.

Term 1: The Tourist

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-Douglas Adams

A big part of growing up is discovering that every place and person is unique. In honour of UNESCO’s international year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, term one will see Little Gecko Ensembles becoming imaginative tourists, exploring our beautiful and surprising world. Little Geckos will play with big, exciting questions about who they are and how they can share our extraordinary planet. The term will be based around Constance Orbeck-Nilssen’s acclaimed book Why Am I Here?

This term is all about using high quality literature to immerse children in rich and joyful imagined worlds. Through carefully structured drama activities, children will develop their physical, vocal and imaginative expression and learn to listen and respond appropriately in a drama environment.

Term 1 is a process term. This means classes are focused on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of performance through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

RELATED STORY: The Tourists – Matt Edgerton