On February 12, 2016 the Maplewood Academy English Department coordinated a field trip for our students on both campuses to attend the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. They participated in the Shakespeare Immersion Program where actors divided students up into small groups and spent time teaching them about the various aspects of performance art.
Sound technicians took the students behind the scenes in the production studio to demonstrate how to use sound to add emphasis to a variety of scenes. They worked with choreographers and voice coaches on sound projection and movement on a stage when presenting. This added depth and hands-on experience to their study of literature and great suggestions for students who perform on stage, both in dramatic and nondramatic way.
The students were able to watch a full production of a play and then talk with the cast and directors afterwards. In addition to discussing the dramatic elements, the director led a conversation about the themes within the play. The students were also given an opportunity to ask the actors questions about their performance. Overall, it was a great opportunity for our students to enhance their learning experience and participate in the immersion program.
Stacy Stocks, Maplewood Academy Principal
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