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Huckleberry Learning Center in Simi Valley

Huckleberry Learning Center

Registration Forms for MAAS at Huck

HuckleBerry - Simi Valley

Schedule of Classes 2017-2018

      15 McCoy Place, Simi Valley 

 

Experiential Story Telling! Ages:  9-13; Wednesdays 11:05-12:30pm.

Fall - Playwriting!  PROGRAM CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT

The blank page invites us! Together, our brilliant and creative students will collaborate to develop an original theatrical work. Through the magic of improvisation and storytelling, we will discover truthful characters and compelling plots, hilarious comedy and profound tragedy. Exploring story development and structure, students will improvise, write and act in preparation for a staged reading of this student-created work on the last day of class.  Please be aware that playwriting is inherently improvisational and exploratory. Exercises and scene development may address stories of romance, religion and even violence.  Although we guide the exercises to stay within HuckleBerry Policies, and will, if necessary, edit the plays for classroom use, we cannot revise the program to fit all sensibilities.  Please make sure you have considered this as you make your commitment to this class.

Homework:  Playwriting!

Winter - Combat History - Battles of Antiquity

What was the Battle of Troy really all about and why were those guys inside that horse?  Where does the word “marathon” come from?  Did a battalion of 300 Greek soldiers really defeat 150,000 Persian soldiers? Let’s find out as we travel back into the past and explore the battles and politics of antiquity. In this program, students will learn all about the history in Battle and War of a certain era while exploring stage combat with a combination of in-depth hand-to-hand, sword and pike technique. Students will be invited to keep learning at home and bring in fun facts about the era or the assigned battle/war of that week.  This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence and ensemble skills.  The 10 week session will culminate in a choreographed battle reenactment!  Emphasis will be placed on safety, physical fitness and teamwork. Students will get a healthy workout while incorporating history and acting into safe, fun combat lessons! 

Homework:  Bringing in fun facts!

Spring - Making History ~ Learning through Improv! Famous Authors and Literature

What do Huckleberry Finn, Charlotte the Spider, Gandalf, Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh all have in common?  They all have brilliant creative minds that brought them into this world!  Beloved characters of literature and the authors who created them come to life as students act out scenes from their lives and their works.  Using fun and easy improv basics, they will jump up on their feet and explore their favorite tales. There is no writing requirement! Explore literary history in more exciting and fulfilling way. 

Homework:  Bringing in fun facts about well-known authors and books!  A must for the students who are passionate about reading!

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Ages:  6-12; Wednesdays 1-2:30pm.

Fall

In this program, students will have fun exploring one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies and acting. Through active creative exercises and theatre games, students will learn how to create a character, understand Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and use their voices and bodies to convey the dramatic and comedic story.  This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence, finding their voice and ensemble skills while learning this great story. Our classes favor physical movement and active learning over traditional lectures.  The richness of the lessons lies more in the doing and feeling than in the intellectualizing of material. 

Winter & Spring

Performing Shakespeare ~ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Join us for a fun and exciting program of rehearsing and performing an edited version of Shakespeare’s great comic masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The script is edited from the original text, preserving the Elizabethan English, while adapting the script for classroom use. Through active and creative exercises, we will learn how to develop a comic character, understand Shakespeare and use our voices and bodies to convey the comedic story. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for a grand PERFORMANCE. This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will learn to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence and ensemble skills. All students will get a speaking role involving lines that will need to be memorized on schedule to support rehearsal in class. Roles range in size (small, medium and large) and will be cast in consideration of class size, production needs and student preference.

REQUIREMENT:  DUAL TRIMESTER COMMITMENT.

 

This is a year long study of Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream that culminates in the final performance!   In the Fall, we work with our students to help them acquire acting skills and comfort in front of their audience.  They will learn about their bodies, their voices and this wonderful story.   Elizabethan English can sometimes be difficult to speak, but soon it becomes comfortable, and kids really enjoy this whole new language!   Learning Shakespeare is a wonderful experience!   Students become more confident in their abilities, and learn about one of the greatest playwrites of all time.  This story is one of Shakespeare's easiest to master, but contains enough intrigue to interest the most experienced of actors.   After the Fall quarter, we switch to performance mode where students will start to memorize their lines, when they come on and off of the stage, interacting with the other actors and performing for an audience.    We will perform this play at the end of the year.  students may sign up for the Fall and not be required to take the Winter and Spring quarters, and they can also sign up for Winter & Spring without being in the Fall quarter.   However, the Winter and Spring quarters require enrollment in BOTH of those quarters to enable the team to perform this wonderful play!

 

 

  To register, please visit http://www.hucklearning.org

Spaces are limited! 


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