Day two of theater club brought me one more student and a total old 5 signed. Some of whom still needed to iron out transportation issues. It was another great hour with 2 beauties. My first girl, we’ll call her sassy, dimmed a little bit in the presence of number 2 child, let’s call her summer. It was an interesting thing to observe. This vivacious bubbly girl, sassy, deferred just a bit to summer. I had them do a improv exercise, which they loved. I asked them to take a couple of minutes to confer about their scene. Having them do it two times so that each girl could be the “lead” once. In both instances, even though I couldn’t hear what they were saying, I could tell that summer was doing most of the directing. After the second pow wow, I asked them to make sure that they both felt heard in the process. It occurred to me that these girls didn’t have a freaking clue what I was talking about with all my touchy feely theater jargon. Good gracious, who have I become?! They thought I meant that I wanted them both to project. True, but I wanted to make sure that sassy felt part of the process. This class should be more about the fundamentals of acting. I want these kiddos to find their voice here. I want them to challenge their perceptions of themselves.
Summer was picked up by her mother at the door of the auditorium which left sassy and me alone to walk back to the cafeteria. I asked her if she enjoyed the class with more that just we two.
She answered, ” it was fun. Next week you should come with a script for us.”
Go ahead girl!
I’m thrilled that she thinks I can whip something out like that. I guess I better get cracking.