“Thank you, Brent and Maya , for working all week with the Craftsbury Academy kiddos! They were thrilled…so were we! We saw more excitement and enthusiasm from certain kiddos that we have ever seen! My cheeks still hurt from smiling and laughing at the show!”

– Teacher at Craftsbury Academy (Vermont)

RESIDENCY STRUCTURE

Programs can be customized for grades K – 8, and from 1 to 10 days.

In a 5-day program, we conclude the residency with an all-school showcase, with each group presenting elements of what they worked on.  As a general rule, older grades present circus and juggling props, human pyramids and individual clown pieces.  Younger grades present ensemble skits in which the entire class performs as a group.

In a 10-day program, we spend the first week laying the foundation with skills and theater exercises.  Then, we spend the second week creating a student-driven performance that takes place on the final evening.  It is a community-building event, where families attend, the students add their own artwork, and we often surprise the students with a Faculty Act.

Sample Curriculum

Group Dynamics – Communication, Permission, Taking Risks

With a variety of theater games, creative activities and ensemble exercises, we develop simple skills so often overlooked: eye-contact, active listening, risk-taking and emotional awareness. We get to know your students and we facilitate discussions about the activities as we go.

Circus Skills – Balance, Coordination, Teamwork, Incremental Goals

Our aim with balance and juggling props is to get each student excited about practicing, learning, and succeeding at a specific physical task. We teach a variety of skills – Human Pyramids, Scarf, Ring, Contact, and Beanbag Juggling, Plate Spinning, Object Balancing, Devil Sticks, Diabolo, Unicycle & Rolling Globe – so that everyone can find something to enjoy.

Narrative Development – Emotions, Mime, Slapstick, Classic Clown 

Human beings are natural storytellers, and we build upon students’ knowledge and understanding of narrative structure to create funny new skits.  Using simple theater exercises, students quickly generate and share their own comic creations.  Then as an audience we practice giving positive and constructive feedback.

Performance – Accomplishment, Stage Presence, Empathy

All students have the chance to perform throughout our programs. From a simple trick or mime piece to interacting with one another in the context of an improv game, everyone has a chance to be in the spotlight. Our exercises purposefully generate a sense of compassion and empathy.

Past Residencies

2015
Coventry Elementary – Coventry, VT
Craftsbury Academy – Craftsbury, VT
North Country Junior High School – Derby, VT

2014
Vergennes Elementary – Vergennes, VT
North Country Junior High School – Derby, VT
Coventry Elementary – Coventry, VT
Gilman Elementary – Gilman, VT

2013
Weathersfield School – Ascutney, VT
Franklin Elementary School – Keene, NH

2012
The Village School – Royalston, MA
Cannon Elementary – Cannon, VT
Troy Elementary – Troy, VT
Lyndon Institute – Lyndonville, VT
Family Learning Center – Morrisville, VT
North Country Junior High School – Derby, VT
Isleboro Summer Programs – Isleboro, ME

2011
Glover Elementary – Glover, VT
Jay/Westfield Elementary – Jay, VT
Addison Central – Addison, VT
East Montpelier Elementary – East Montpelier, VT

2010
North Country Junior High School – Derby, VT
Weathersfield Elementary – Ascutney, VT
Clermont Elementary – Alexandria, VA
Orleans Elementary – Orleans, VT
Lake Region High School After School – Barton, VT

2009
JFK School – Winooski, VT
Craftsbury Academy – Craftsbury, VT
Longfellow School – Portland, ME
After-School Reach Program – Hardwick, VT

 

Past Shows

2015
Catamount Arts Bus-in Show – St. Johnsbury, VT
Mallets Bay After School – Cholchester, VT
Cambridge Elementary – Cambridge, VT

2014
Essex Parks & Rec – Essex, VT
Vergennes Elementary – Vergennes, VT
Colonial Theater Holloween Show – Bethlehem, NH
Coventry Village School – Coventry, VT
Danville Elementary – Danville, VT
IndyFringe Kids Show – Indianapolis, IN
Winterfest – Deer Isle, ME

2013
Weathersfield School – Ascutney, VT
Franklin Elementary School – Keene, NH
Colonial Theater Bus-in Show – Keene, NH
Mallets Bay After School – Cholchester, VT
George Stephen’s Academy – Blue Hill, ME

2012
Catamount Arts Bus-in Show – St. Johnsbury, VT
New England Youth Theater Salmagundi – Brattleboro, VT
The Village School – Royalston, MA
Cannon Elementary – Cannon, VT
Troy Elementary – Troy, VT
Hinesburg Elementary – Hinesburg, VT
St. Michael’s School – Brattleboro, VT
Gilmanton Winter Fest – Gilmanton, NH
Spaulding High School – Barre, VT
Craftsbury Academy – Craftsbury, VT

and more…