Thursday, June 1 2017

Term One and Two Little Gecko Ensemble Themes

Original Photo: Matt Biocich

This is an archive of what we covered in the first half of the year in the Little Gecko Ensembles. Term Three topics and content are now available here.

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