Students at Lura Sharp Elementary School recently discovered what it takes to become an actor during a visit from the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
Several performers from MGR stopped by to provide workshops and study guide materials tailored to each grade level. More than just an acting lesson, the workshops are also designed to help teachers and students meet the New York State Learning Standards.
A third grade workshop began with the exploration of the structure of stories and the various means by which stories, ideas and feelings are communicated. Students learned the importance details have in telling a story.
The workshop also explained that all good stories have four important characteristics: characters who want something, obstacles that keep the character from getting what they want, a setting and a clear beginning, middle and end.
Throughout the workshop, students also studied pictures to realize just how many stories a specific photo can tell.
Fourth graders were treated to a workshop that introduced them to the profession of acting and what characteristics is takes to become a quality actor.
Students learned that there are three important skills all actors must have: concentration, observation and cooperation.
Students then participated in several activities to help increase these skills.
A workshop for fifth graders was held as a culminating experience of the workshop series.
With some guidance from the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse actors, students produced their very own version of a play.
Students not only had to become actors, but also had to fill the roles of directors, lighting operators, sound operators and running crew.
For the play, students were also asked to rehearse, create props and design small costumes.
By filling all the roles necessary to produce the play, the students learned that each and every person is important, not just the actors.