Past Daily Activities

Monday, 9/7/2020
Labor Day - No class activity. 

Tuesday, 9/8/2020

STORY PROMPT
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How To Play:
Watch this video 

Wednesday, 9/9/2020
GET INTO THE ACT WITH THE ACTOR ON STAGE FOR GRADES 9-12

Students must audition for this class.

This performance-oriented class will challenge advanced students to assemble all they have learned in previous course work to put together and perform a scripted work for a live audience.

Fall Virtual Class: Term I – Tuesdays, September 22-November 10, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Thursday, 9/10/2020

Good Bad Ugly
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, characterization, responding in-role
Materials Needed: 
Your body and your imagination!
How To Play:
Watch this video

Friday, 9/11/2020
GET INTO THE ACT WITH ACTNG FOR ADULTS FOR AGES 18+

Immerse yourself in acting techniques used by professionals to create characters for the stage through the use of different tools and techniques. Each class will feature unique physical and vocal acting techniques to help you grow as an actor.

Fall Virtual Class: Scene Study and Monologue Work – Mondays, September 21-November 9, 6pm-8pm

Monday, 8/31/2020
STORY PROMPT – Week 23
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 9/1/2020

GET INTO THE ACT WITH THE ACTOR PREPARES FOR GRADES 7-8

These courses are designed to stimulate and challenge you in different areas of theatre, from individually creating characters to collaborating with others and exploring new plays. In The Actor’s C.O.R.E. we will delve into how actors create and maintain characters, objectives, relationships, and environments for a performance.

 Level 1 – is designed for students who are new to our classes and lays the groundwork of acting for the theatre.

Level 2 – is designed to expand upon previous theatre
experience and provide new challenges.

Fall Virtual Class: The Actor’s C.O.R.E. – Saturdays, September 26-November 14, 11:30am-1pm

Wednesday, 9/2/2020
ZIP, ZAP, ZOP
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You, some friends/family members
How to play: Watch this video

Thursday, 9/3/2020

GET INTO THE ACT WITH THE ACTOR TRANSFORM FOR GRADES 9-12

This series of courses is designed to provide you with the experiences, techniques and vocabulary necessary to succeed in theatre. Exercises in relaxation, concentration, diction, projection and movement are explored to increase personal range and honesty. Exploration of character objective, obstacle, relationships, environment, and action are rigorously investigated through scripted scene work, monologues, and improvisation.

Fall Virtual Class: Voice and Movement – Wednesdays, September 23-November 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Friday, 9/4/2020
THE CEREMONY
Connects to: 
Physical character, being believable
Materials Needed: 
Yourself and maybe a camera!
How To Play:
Watch this video

Monday, 8/24/2020
STORY PROMPT – Week 22
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 8/25/2020

GET INTO THE ACT WITH STORY TO STAGE FOR GRADES 3-4

With script in hand, it’s time to hit the stage and bring the characters, environments, and worlds to life from some of your favorite stories and tales. Through physical and vocal activities and creative transformations, we will delve into the situations and themes of plays taken from literature to perform for a live audience.

 Fall Virtual Class: Spooky Stories – Saturdays, September 26-November 14, 10am-11:30am 

Wednesday, 8/26/2020
OBSTACLE COURSE
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You, found objects, a space to move
How to play: Watch this video

Thursday, 8/27/2020

GET INTO THE ACT WITH ACTING FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS FOR GRADES 5-6These courses develop your internal and external resources for a successful performance on stage. In Actor’s Tools and Techniques, you’ll explore the practical tools of rehearsal-stage directions, blocking, memorization and the ability to work as a respectful member of an ensemble.

 Fall Virtual Class: Actor’s Tools and Techniques – Saturdays, September 26-November 14, 12-1:30pm

Friday, 8/28/2020
THE VOCAL VILLAIN
Connects to: 
Imagination, vocal inflection, character creation
Materials Needed: 
Your body and your imagination!
How To Play:
Watch this video

Monday, 8/17/2020
STORY PROMPT – Week 21
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 8/18/2020
GET INTO THE ACT WITH ACTventures FOR AGES 4-6

It’s adventure time, so pack your bags full of imagination and get ready to creatively discover fantastical worlds. Together we will explore different characters, environments and stories as we act out popular children’s tales from the vast world of literature while developing important techniques in cooperation, listening and spatial skills.

 Fall Virtual Class: Magical Worlds – Thursdays, Sept 24 – Nov 12, 5-6pm

Wednesday, 8/19/2020
A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, Playwriting, Improvisation, Story Creation
Materials Needed: 
you, a pen/pencil, a piece of paper or computer, friends or family members.
How to play: Write the Sentence “It was a dark and stormy night…” on a piece of paper. Then ask a friend “What happens next?” and write down what they say.  Read that sentence to someone else and ask them “what happens next?” and write down what they say.  Do this multiple times until you have a brand new story that you and your friends/family have created.

Thursday, 8/20/2020
GET INTO THE ACT WITH  TALE SWITCHERS FOR GRADES 1-2
It’s time to take the tales you know and switch them around with new and exciting elements from your imagination. Investigate all the critical theatrical elements that make our stories come to life. We will explore tales from around the world and throughout history and transform then into plays for the stage with original twists and turns.

 Fall Virtual Class: Tales that Go Bump in the Night – Saturdays, September 26 – November 14, 10:30-11:30am

Friday, 8/21/2020
A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT – CONTINUED
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, art and design
Materials Needed: 
You, paper, coloring pencils or crayons
How to play: With the story you created on Wednesday, design the costumes all the characters would wear and draw a picture of each.  What items does the main character have on and why? What colors the clothing? Think about how each character needs to move in the story and where they are.
 

Monday, 8/10/2020
FACE WARM-UP
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness
Materials Needed: 
Yourself
How to play:

Tuesday, 8/11/2020
STORY PROMPT – Week 20
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Wednesday, 8/12/2020
FACE WORKOUT ACTIVITY
Connects to: 
Physical activity, Actor Preparedness
Materials Needed: 
Yourself!
How to play:

Thursday, 8/13/2020
BOTTOMS UP
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, Team Work
Materials Needed: 
Your body and a friend
How to play:

Friday, 8/14/2020
PASS THE FACE ACTIVITY
Connects to: 
Physical activity, Actor Preparedness
Materials Needed: 
Yourself, a friend/or family member
How to play:

Monday, 8/3/2020
STORY PROMPT – WEEK 19
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 8/4/2020
ONE WORD STORY
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, Imagination, Creativity, acting
Materials Needed: 
Yourself and at least one other person
How to play:

Wednesday, 8/5/2020
THE GOLDEN GOOSE ACTIVITY
Connects to: 
Imagination, physical activity, acting, creativity, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Watching the Summer Shorts 4:The Golden Goose, items you find around your home, and yourself!
How to play:

Thursday, 8/6/2020
STEP UP
Connects to: 
Actor Preparedness, Imagination, Creativity, Social Activity
Materials Needed: 
Yourself and a few other people
How to play:

Friday, 8/7/2020
COUNTING TO 20
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Yourself and a few other people
How to play:

Monday, 7/27/2020
STORY PROMPT – WEEK 18
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 7/28/2020
THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER ACTIVITY
Connects to: 
Imagination, physical activity, acting, creativity, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Watching the Summer Shorts 4: The Elves and The Shoemaker, items you find around your home, and yourself!
How to play:

Wednesday, 7/29/2020
HANSEL AND GRETEL ACTIVITY
Connects to: 
Imagination, physical activity, acting, creativity, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Watching the Summer Shorts 4: Hansel and Gretel, items you find around your home, and yourself!
How to play:

Thursday, 7/30/2020
PROJECTION
Connects to: 
Acting, vocal activity
Materials Needed: 
You, your body and voice
How to play:

Friday, 7/22/2020
THE EIGHT SHAKE
Connects to: 
Physical activity, acting
Materials Needed: 
You and your body
How to play:

Monday, 7/20/2020
STORY PROMPT – WEEK 17
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 7/21/2020
STAGE STRATEGIES - STAYING IN CHARACTER
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, mind-body connection
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:

Wednesday, 7/22/2020
THEATRE TERMS - MONOLOGUE, ASIDE, SOLILOQUY
Connects to: 
Theatre academia, script analysis, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Your next script!
How to play:

Thursday, 7/23/2020
ACTIVITY - SHADOW PUPPETRY
Connects to: 
Process learning, critical thinking, cause-and-effect
Materials Needed: 
Any solid or mostly translucent object and a strong, one-directional light (like a flashlight)
How to play:
Watch this video

Friday, 7/24/2020
REMOTE CONTROL
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
A remote control,  You and a Sibling or family member
How to play:
Watch this video:

Monday, 7/13/2020
STORY PROMPT – WEEK 16
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 7/14/2020
PHYSICAL WARMUP - FACIAL TENSION
Connects to: 
Emotional-physical connection, stress relief
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:

Wednesday, 7/15/2020
MONOLOGUE STRATEGIES - OBJECTIVE vs. SUPEROBJECTIVE
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, script analysis, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Your next script!
How to play:

Thursday, 7/16/2020
ACTIVITY - HATS
Connects to: 
Costuming, quick changing, improvisational skills
Materials Needed: 
Any hats, fabrics, or other wearable materials around your house!
How to play:
Watch this video

Friday, 7/17/2020
CAMERA ABOVE
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You – You and a Sibling or family member
How to play:
Watch this video

Monday, 7/6/2020
STORY PROMPT – WEEK 15
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 7/7/2020
PHYSICAL WARMUP - WRISTS
Connects to: 
Physical fitness, virtual learning strategies
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:

Wednesday, 7/8/2020
MONOLOGUE STRATEGIES - EMOTION
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, script analysis
Materials Needed: 
Your next script!
How to play:
Watch this video

Thursday, 7/9/2020
ACTIVITY - HOME SAFARI DESIGN
Connects to: 
Creativity, theatrical design, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
Any fabrics or wearable materials around your house!
How to play:
Watch this video

Friday, 7/3/2020
EMOTIONAL MONOLOGUE
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
Just you
How to play:
Watch this video

Tuesday, 6/30/2020
CHAIR STRETCHES
Connects to: 
Physical preparedness, fitness
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:
 

Wednesday, 7/1/2020
LESSON - SCENE WORK (DOVETAILING)
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, script analysis, naturalism/realism
Materials Needed: 
Your next script!
How to play:
Watch this video

Thursday, 7/2/2020
ACTIVITY - WORLD BUILDING FOR YOUNG WRITERS
Connects to: 
Creative design, brainstorming, applied arts
Materials Needed: 
Markers (or paint) and a piece of aluminum foil.
How to play:
Watch this video

Friday, 7/3/2020
ALIEN, TIGER, COW
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You and another person
How to play:
Watch this video

Monday
Story Prompt
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:
Watch this video

Tuesday
WARMUP - VOCAL ENUNCIATION
Connects to: 
Stage readiness, public speaking
Materials Needed: 
A mask (medical or performance)
How to play:
Watch this video

Wednesday
LESSON - MONOLOGUE STRATEGIES (PUNCTUATION)
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, grammar, script analysis
Materials Needed: 
Your next audition monologue!
How to play:
Watch this video

Thursday
ACTIVITY - MASK & MOVEMENT
Connects to: 
Physical characterization, problem-solving
Materials Needed: 
A mask (medical or performance)
How to play:
Watch this video

Friday
Animal Bus
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You and another person
How to play:
Watch this video

Monday
Story Prompt #8
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:
Watch this video

Tuesday
WARMUP - THOUGHT / IMPROV
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, stage readiness, stream of consciousness
Materials Needed: 
A partner and possibly an item to pass
How to play:
Watch this video

 

Wednesday
LESSON - MONOLOGUE STRATEGIES (EMPHASIS)
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, stage presence, vocal characterization
Materials Needed: 
Your next audition monologue!
How to play:
Watch this video

 

Thursday
LESSON - CALLING IN vs. CALLING OUT
Connects to: 
Classroom etiquette, socialization, community-building
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:
Watch this video

 

Friday
What Are You Doing?
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You and another person
How to play:
Watch this video

 

Monday, 6/08/2020
Story Prompt # 7
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday, 6/09/2020
VOCAL WARMUP - DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING
Connects to: 
Breathing technique, projection, breath support
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:

Wednesday, 6/10/2020
ACTIVITY - LEADING PARTS
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, stage presence, physical characterization
Materials Needed: 
Just yourself!
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday, 6/11/2020
ACTIVITY - MAGIC CHAIR
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, action and reaction, world building
Materials Needed: 
A chair!
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Friday, 6/12/2020
ACTIVITY - MIRROR
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, action and reaction, physical movement
Materials Needed: 
You and another person
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Monday
Story Prompt # 6
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed: 
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

Tuesday
ACTOR'S TECHNIQUE:  IMPROV + YES, AND
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, critical thinking, impromptu speech, stage etiquette
Materials Needed: 
Your open mind!
How to play:

Wednesday
PHYSICAL WARMUP #2
Connects to: 
Presence of mind and body, physical fitness, muscle memory
Materials Needed: 
Your body and a partner in your household.
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday
WRITING + ACTING ACTIVITY: THE UNFOLDING STORY
Connects to: 
Playwriting, story sequencing, critical thinking, page to stage interpretation
Materials Needed: 
Paper, a writing utensil, and fellow actors!
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Friday
Character “Roll”
Connects to: 
Improv, storytelling, critical thinking
Materials Needed: 
one six sided die.
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Monday
Story Prompt – Number 4
Connect to:
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed:
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday
VOCAL WARMUP Number 4
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, vocal technique, projection
Materials Needed: 
Your body
How to play:

Wednesday
ACTING TECHNIQUE - STAGE DIRECTIONS
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, performance technique, stage presence
Materials Needed: 
Your body, a piece of paper, and a pencil.
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday
LIGHTING ACTIVITY
Connects to: 
Light design and technology, color theory, technical theatre
Materials Needed: 
A bright light, like a flashlight or LED lantern, and many different-colored, see-through objects (i.e. thin scarves, colored food wrappings, etc.)
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Friday
MAGIC HAT
Connects to: 
Imagination, creativity, acting, and Improv
Materials Needed: 
A hat
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Monday, 5/11/2020
Story Prompt – Number 3
Connect to:
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed:
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday, 5/12/2020
VOCAL WARMUP Number 3
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, vocal technique, projection
Materials Needed: 
Your body
How to play:

Wednesday, 5/13/2020
ACTING TECHNIQUE - BEATS
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, script analysis, performance technique
Materials Needed: 
A copy of your favorite script, novel, or even poem - and a pencil.
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday, 5/14/2020
PHYSICAL DESIGN CHALLENGE
Connects to: 
Imagination, process creativity, original work, hand-eye coordination
Materials Needed: 
A long piece of fabric, like a fitted sheet, blanket, or towel - and a camera if you want to show your work!
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Friday, 5/15/2020
TALENT SHOW
Connects to: 
Imagination, creativity, acting, and more
Materials Needed: 
A video camera or camera
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Monday
Story Prompt – Number 2
Connect to:
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed:
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday
VOCAL WARMUP
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, vocal technique, projection
Materials Needed: 
Your body
How to play:

Wednesday
SHAKESPEAREAN TECHNIQUE
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, critical thinking, performance technique
Materials Needed: 
Your mind, pencil, and paper - and a camera if you choose to show us the extension exercise!
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday
VIRTUAL DESIGN CHALLENGE
Connects to: 
Imagination, process creativity, original work, technical design
Materials Needed: 
Your favorite game with design/customization (i.e. Minecraft, Animal Crossing, The Sims, etc...), Microsoft paint, or a good ol' pencil and paper.
How to play:

SUBMIT FORM

Friday
Sales Pitch
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting
Materials Needed: 
Your body, a random object and your imagination
How to play:
Watch this video 

SUBMIT FORM

Past Activities

Monday
Story Prompt – Number 1
Connect to:
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting, writing
Materials Needed:
Something to write with, your body and your imagination
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday
VOCAL WARMUP
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, vocal technique, projection
Materials Needed: 
Your body
How to play:

Wednesday
CATCH-A-STORY
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, story creation
Materials Needed: 
Something to pass (like a ball or bean-bag) and your imagination!
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday
PHYSICAL WARMUP - YOGA
Connects to: 
Actor's preparedness, physical fitness, stage presence
Materials Needed: 
Your body!
How to play:

Friday
Animal Moments
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting
Materials Needed: 
Your body and your imagination
How to play:
Watch this video 

SUBMIT FORM

Animal Crossing Flint Rep Guide

Monday
PICTURES ALIVE
Connect to:
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting
Materials Needed:
A photo and your imagination
How to play:
Watch this video


SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday
FOUND SPACES & PLACES
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, object transformation
Materials Needed: 
Anything around your house - plus your camera!
How to play:
Our stories all have a specific setting. What's your favorite story? Where does it take place? In this island/kingdom/room/etc., what are the most important or eye-catching parts of the scenery? Think of at least 3 specific parts of the scene. Then, scavenge around your house to find objects that look like these scenery pieces. For example, maybe the mountain in the background looks like the flat part of an (unheated) iron? Could the trees be represented by the broccoli you didn't eat for lunch? Assemble your scene and send us a picture!

SUBMIT FORM

Wednesday
Breathing Warm-up
Connects to: 
Physical well-being, actor's tools, Projection
Materials Needed: 
Your lungs!
How to play:
Watch this video

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday
JEKYLL & HYDE
Connects to: 
Character development, character differentiation, physical and vocal choices
Materials Needed: 
A 2-person script, either found or written and your camera!
How to play:
Find a short, 1 to 2-page script involving two characters. Make sure that the characters are different in a few ways - physically, vocally, personality-wise, etc... Then, perform BOTH sides of the script! You can do them in order, in one take, or you could record the characters separately and splice the scene together - your choice! Focus on showing how you can make both characters different, believable, and YOURS! If you don't have video capabilities, costume the characters and send us a picture of you as both, along with the script you chose/wrote.

SUBMIT FORM

Friday
PROPS
Connects to: 
Imagination, critical thinking, creativity, acting
Materials Needed: 
Everyday objects in your home
How to play:

Watch this video 

SUBMIT FORM

Monday
I REMEMBER
Connect to:
Memory, physical movement, creative writing, imagination
Materials Needed:
Your memory, computer (or pencil and paper)
How to play:

What is the earliest memory you recall? Once you have that memory, think about if there is anything you would want to add or change about it. Then create a scene or monologue that brings this new and improved memory to life. Feel free to present this as a scene, a musical, or even a mimed piece.

Send us your work using the submission form. Don't forget to include your name and age.
SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday
TAKE A BREATHER
Connects to: 
Physical well-being, actor's tools
Materials Needed: 
Your lungs!
How to play:

While we are away from the theatre, it's important to keep all of our acting tools in check. Breathing support is essential for actors' ability to project their voices all the way across the audience! Here is an exercise you can do anytime at home to keep your breath support in tip-top shape:

Lay flat on your back, with your arms spread out (almost like a snow angel!)Breathe in consistently while counting 1...2...3...4Hold your breath 1...2...3...4...Breathe out consistently 1...2...3...4, then rest.Repeat this, instead counting to 8 each timeFinally: breathe in 8, hold 8, and then say "HAAAA" in your best stage-volume voice until you run out of breath!

SUBMIT FORM

Wednesday
STORY CREATION – WRITING PROMPT
Connects to: 
Creative Writing, Imagination
Materials Needed: 
Writing instruments, drawing instruments, imagination
How to play:

Imagine you have fallen asleep and wake up 50 years from today. Think about:

What is the world like? What has changed? What has stayed the same? What confuses you? What do you think you would do?
Create a story/play/monologue about this new "reality." You can even draw what the world may be like for your scenic team to create. 

Send us your work using the submission form. Don't forget to include your name and age.

SUBMIT FORM

Thursday
WITCHES' BREW
Connects to: 
Critical thinking, literary analysis, process, and outcome
Materials Needed: 
Your favorite story/movie/etc.; a camera; paper, pencil, and color
How to play:

In many of our favorite tales, the villains come up with some evil potion or concoction that they use against the hero. For example, Captain Hook tries to poison Peter in the original tale; or, think of The Emperor's New Groove - Yzma makes a llama potion for Kuzco! If you were the villain, what would be the three main ingredients in your potion? Show us how to create this potion in your witchy cooking show! If you don't have a camera, no worries - you can always draw us a magical cookbook.

Send us your work using the submission form. Don't forget to include your name and age.

SUBMIT FORM

Friday
HAVING A "BOAL"
Connects to: 
Storytelling, information processing, imitation, actor-in-role
Materials Needed: 
A camera and the funniest story of you/your family/friend's life!
How to play:
Have someone tell their funniest story, either using the people in your household or friends over Zoom/Skype/etc. The storyteller will then cast the story they just told using the people listening; This new cast will retell the story as accurately (and hilariously) as possible!

Send us your work using the submission form. Don't forget to include your name and age.

SUBMIT FORM

Monday
THE INCREDIBLY (UN)SPECIFIC DIRECTOR
Connect to:
Critical thinking, process learning, direction giving and taking
Materials Needed:
Writing utensil and paper, Facetime/Skype/Zoom 
How to play:
Think of an every day action, something you do without trying – brushing your teeth, riding a bike, or making a sandwich, for example. Write down what you do step-by-step, give it to someone in your household (or a friend over Skype/Zoom/etc.), and watch them perform your instructions. However, they must do what you wrote, exactly and literally as you wrote it. Did they do it perfectly? Did you miss any critical steps in your directions? If something goes wrong – try again!

Send pictures or videos of your work to us using the submission form. Don’t forget to include your name and age.

SUBMIT FORM

Tuesday
Adaptation
Connects to: 
Story creation, writing, imagination
Materials Needed: 
Story, paper, pen/pencil, computer
How to play:
Many plays have been adapted from stories we all know and love. Some playwrights even combine many stories together to make a brand new story (like A Year with Frog and Toad or Into The Woods). Today, you are going to adapt a story into a brand new play.

Find a chapter or section of your favorite story that you would like to turn into a scene of a play.What characters will you need?What will the characters say to each other?What will the action of the play be?Where will this take place?Is there a problem to be solved or a crisis to deal with in the story?Put your imagination to work and create the dialogue that will happen in your short scene or play.  Feel free to go beyond what is in the story to add your own ideas and creativity.
 Send pictures or videos of your work to us using the submission form. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and the title of your play.

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Wednesday
FAUX NEWS
Connects to: 
Improvisation, thematic performance 
Materials Needed: 
A desk, a camera, and your best newscaster outfit
How to play:
Spin around at your desk and get ready in 5, 4, 3 – there's breaking news! Have a friend or family member draw one of the following hilarious or terrifying creatures. Then, using your fiercest imagination, deliver a short, creative news story about what this monstrosity has done! 

Gulping Guppies from Guam Horrendous Honking Hobgoblins Karen from Accounting That Guy Earl Down On Oak Street Conniving Crab-men 

Send pictures or videos of your work to us using the submission form. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and the title of your play.

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Thursday
Beyond the Fairy Tales
Connects to: 
Story creation, writing, imagination, performance
Materials Needed: 
Story, paper, pen/pencil, coloring pencils, home stage
How to play:
Many fairy tales end with “…and they lived happily ever after.” But have you ever wondered what happens to the characters after the story has ended? In this activity you will create a new version of what happens after the fairy tale ends.

Select a fairy tale that you love to read or have read to youIdentify all the characters in the fairy tale and write them downBrainstorm what happens to each character after the fairy tale endsChoose one of the characters from the fairy tale and write your own version of what happens to them after the original fairy tale endsFeel free to illustrate your new portion of the fairy tale.Present your new version of the fairy tale for your family or record it and send it to us to watch!
Send pictures or videos of your work to us using the submission form. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and the title of your play.

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Friday
TOYS ALIVE
Connects to: 
Story Creation, Imagination, creative thinking
Materials Needed: 
A toy (or object), paper, pencil (or computer)
How to play:
One of our favorite collections of stories are the adventures of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh that were written by A. A. Milne. Milne based these stories on his son and the adventures his toys would go on. With this activity, you will create an adventure with a toy (or object) in your home.

 Pick a favorite toy (or object)Think about what would happen if it was to come to life. What adventures would you go on? What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you meet along the way?Create a story book, a comic book, a play, a dance, or even a poem of your adventure(s).
Send pictures or videos of your work to us using the submission form. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and the title of the story

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Monday
Character Emotions
Connect to:
Characterization, Body Language, Emotions
Materials Needed:
A Mirror or a camera phone
How to play:
Using a mirror or a camera phone, see how many different faces you can make. If using a camera phone, you can take selfies. What emotion does each face you make represent? Why would your character make this face in a play?

Submit some of your favorite emotion faces (with description) and we will post some of them on here! Don’t forget to include your name and age.
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Tuesday
Mincraft Scene Design
Connects to: 
Spatial recognition, original design
Materials Needed: 
Your favorite CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program or craft-based video game (Minecraft, Roblox, etc.) – or even Microsoft Paint!
How to play:
Your favorite CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program or craft-based video game (Minecraft, Roblox, etc.) – or even Microsoft Paint!Your favorite CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program or craft-based video game (Minecraft, Roblox, etc.) – or even Microsoft Paint!

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Wednesday
Toy Story 4.5
Connects to: 
Information synthesis, critical thinking, decision-making
Materials Needed: 
Your favorite toys, stuffed animals, dolls, and action figures… or maybe your younger siblings.
How to play:

You’ve been given the task of casting the following characters using the items listed above in your home. Create a cast list with a picture of the “cast members,” who they were cast as, and why!

From Suzan Zeder’s Wiley and the Hairy Man

WILEY – a tenacious, energetic boy living in the swamps

MAMMY – his magical, conjure-woman mom

DOG – his loyal, loving dog

HAIRY MAN – the terrifying, smelly man who terrorizes the swamp

SWAMP SPIRIT – narrators who hear all and see all

Send pictures of your work to us at ______. Don’t forget to include your name and age.

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Thursday
Rep Runway
Connects to: 
thematic design, hand-eye coordination, performance focus, character creation
Materials Needed: 
Blankets, towels, handkerchiefs, bandanas, scarves, pashminas, sheets, pillows, etc
How to play:

Using found fabrics from around the house (NOT PRE-MADE CLOTHES!) create and model costume designs for the following 3 categories. This can be done in a video, runway-style, or in 3 separate pictures with character-infused poses.

Freaky FreddyUnicorn UniformQuarantine, but make it FASHION
Send pictures of your work to us at ______. Don’t forget to include your name and age.

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Friday
Crikey, it’s…Fluffy
Connects to: 
Planning, devising, cooperation, stylistic framing
Materials Needed: 
A toy (or object), paper, pencil (or computer)
How to play:

A camera and your pet OR willing younger sibling OR favorite toy OR House Plant
How to play:

In the spirit of Steve Irwin, David Attenborough, or even the Kratt Brothers, it’s your turn to create Michigan’s next thriller nature documentary in the challenging biome… of your own home. Creep around corners, bound up the stairs, and explore the deepest trenches of the dog bowl as you make Fluffy the scariest, most interesting creature in the state.

WARNING: Do not use wild animals or untamed animals; only use any animal that you are comfortable and familiar with.

Send your videos or pictures to us through the form below.. Don’t forget to include your name and age.

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