Shaking the Tree classes are story based. We work our way through a story (or story collection) and act it out each week. In addition to this, students play skill building warm-up games at the start of each class. Below is our core mission when it comes to teaching classes Shaking the Tree Studio is a laboratory for tomorrow's theatre makers. By using the same principles we hold dear for play-making, we seek to provide students with rich and varied literature, allow them to explore it through immersion, and witness them experience a deeper connection of thought, feeling, and action, as a result.
The Big Big Big Book of Tashi by Anna & Barbara Feinberg & Kim Gamble
Ages 5 - 8
Tuesdays 4:00 -5:30pm October 9th - December 4th No class on November 20th
A boy named Jack describes his new friend, Tashi, who arrives one day on the back of a swan from a magical country populated with giants, dragons, ghosts and all sorts of other things that go bump in the night. Tashi mesmerizes Jack with tales of his exploits. He's brave. He's bold. He's the best! Tashi is too cunning for the warlord and the wicked baron and far too clever for giants, ghosts, witches, and demons. Best of all, Tashi tells the most fantastic stories, addressing themes of courage, curiosity, adventure, daring, and good triumphing over bad. Sometimes Tashi tells a story, to Jack; sometimes Jack recounts a Tashi adventure to his parents. In an amusing role reversal, Jack's parents hang breathlessly on their son's every word
The Forest in Folklore and Mythology by Alexander Porteous
Ages 8 - 11
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30pm October 10th - December 5th No class on November 21st
Assembled from an enormous range of sources, this fascinating book is a mind-expanding compendium of facts, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes about trees and the forest. Included are descriptions of old forests; forest customs, temples and sacred groves; mythical forest creatures such as witches, fairies, demons, wood spirits, the "wild huntsman," and wood nymphs. Each week, we will explore a different fairytale or myth, and act out our favorite to family and friends at the end of our final class.
The Light Princess by George MacDonald, adapted by Emily C. A. Snyder
Ages 11 - 14 Saturdays 2 - 4pm October 13th - December 8th No class on November 10th
As a group, we will work on the play, adapted from George MacDonald's fable.When a Princess is cursed with a lack of gravity, it seems the worst that can happen is that she might float around! But the curse goes deeper than that: for the Light Princess can’t feel, can’t empathize—and never, ever cries. How can a girl who can’t fall down ever fall in love? How can a girl with her head in the clouds ever learn to live with her feet on the ground? Full of action, adventure, witches and duels, swimming and soaring, puppets and puns, this innovative adaptation of George MacDonald’s classic fairy tale is sure to lift your spirits.