Modules

Module 1

2, 9,16, 23, 30 March, 6, 13 April

‘Fairy Tales’ 
Being the introductory workshop, participants will be exposed to basic techniques in – 

  • story conceptualisation
  • story development
  • story writing, with emphasis on writing for stage
  • acting: characterisation, roleplaying, stage blocking, groupwork
  • vocal technique: breathing, voice projection, articulation

They will then work in groups to develop well-known fairy tales into short skits, rehearse them for staging at the Mini Showtime.

Module 2

27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May, 1, 8 June

‘Playground’ 
This and the subsequent workshop sessions will begin with exercises to reinforce the basic techniques picked up in the earlier sessions. 

  • story conceptualisation
  • story development
  • story writing, with emphasis on writing for stage
  • acting: characterisation, roleplaying, stage blocking, groupwork
  • vocal technique: breathing, voice projection, articulation

The participants will be encouraged to observe happenings in playgrounds, reflect and conceive their own skits. (Videos of scenarios in a playground/guided improvisations provided. Themes such as bullying/taking turns/talking to strangers will be discussed and dramatized). 

These will be developed, rehearsed – with guidance – for staging at the Mini Showtime. 

Module 3

6, 13, 20, 27 July, 3, 10, 17 August

‘Underwater’
Their preparatory work here would be to observe sea creatures and weave them into underwater settings. 

To add spice to their presentation, participants will be introduced to basic puppetry. 

These basic skills will continue to be scrutinised:

  • story conceptualisation
  • story development
  • story writing, with emphasis on writing for stage
  • acting: characterisation, roleplaying, stage blocking, groupwork
  • vocal technique: breathing, voice projection, articulation

Module 4

31 August, 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep, 5, 12 October

‘Animals’
As prep-work, participants will be encouraged to visit the zoo or nature parks to observe animals. They will also be shown images of animals in the wild. 

With these they will devise their own skits to be staged. 

In addition, the participants will be introduced to basic mask work to be incorporated in their presentation. 

These basic skills will continue to be scrutinised:

  • story conceptualisation
  • story development
  • story writing, with emphasis on writing for stage
  • acting: characterisation, roleplaying, stage blocking, groupwork
  • vocal technique: breathing, voice projection, articulation

Module 5

26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7 December

‘Future World’
As a challenge to their powers of imagination, participants will conceptualise scenes and beings from the future. 

In developing their skits, they will be encouraged to devise props using either recycled or everyday items. 

These basic skills will continue to be scrutinised:

  • story conceptualisation
  • story development
  • story writing, with emphasis on writing for stage
  • acting: characterisation, roleplaying, stage blocking, groupwork
  • vocal technique: breathing, voice projection, articulation