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In this one hour workshop, students will participate in theatre exercises designed to sharpen skills every actor needs. A check in or introduction exercise invites students to think outside the box and engage their imaginations. Warm up exercises help loosen the body and tighten (focus) the brain. Movement exercises help young actors learn to communicate with their bodies. Vocal exercises teach students that the tone of their voices says more than the words themselves. Students then activate a story by embodying the characters, interacting with one another and the facilitator within the imagined world of the story. Teachers may choose from a variety of stories representing different cultures, supporting important character traits or expanding the students understanding of a school topic. Stories Alive! may be facilitated as a single workshop or a multi-session residency according to the goals of the classroom.
Now in its 29th year, Raleigh Little Theatre's Education Program provides children 4-12 years as well as teens with comprehensive training in the art of theatre. All of the teachers representing RLT have at least a BA degree in Theatre and/or at least 20 years experience teaching theatre classes. Raleigh Little Theatre is dedicated to the belief that theatre training promotes self esteem, builds confidence, stimulates creativity, sharpens communication skills, fosters an appreciation of community, raises cultural awareness, celebrates diversity, encourages respect for self and others and lays a foundation for a lifelong love of the arts. The study of theatre not only trains students to be better actors, it inspires them to be better people.