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Fredericton Playhouse School Programs complete another successful season

by on June 10, 2014

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Over the course of the 2013-14 season, the Fredericton Playhouse had great success with our School Field Trips and Beyond the Stage workshops. Through these programs, thousands of local students from grades K to 12 were given the opportunity to experience live music, theatre and dance performances, while also working on projects with professional performing artists.

Field Trips enable students to have the chance to learn outside of the classroom and experience a professional live performance in the region’s premiere live venue. Additionally, over the past year the Beyond the Stage workshop series brought professional Canadian and international artists into schools to work directly with groups of students.

Japanese drumming sensation Fubuki Daiko kicked off the Beyond the Stage workshop series on February 6. During a Taiko drum workshop, members of the group taught students the basics of Taiko drumming and etiquette. Using self-made trashcan drums, the students created exhilarating beats while getting a great workout.

On February 25, Intergalactic Nemesis invaded the stage with a special matinee performance for students, featuring an act of their live-action sci-fi graphic novel. Set in 1933, Intergalactic Nemesis is about reporter Molly Sloan and her research assistant Timmy Mendez, who team up with mysterious librarian Ben Wilcott to travel the galaxy and destroy the evil Zygonians. After the performance, a live Foley artist gave a demonstration, offering students a fascinating look at how sound effects are created.

Donna Washington came to town on March 18, and dazzled young audiences with her storytelling workshop. As a performer, Washington brings her stories to life in an enjoyable and interactive way. She challenged students to use their imagination, ingenuity and creativity through exercises like “How does it end?” and “Tongue Twisters.”

Bouge de là danced into students’ lives on April 7 for a matinee show of The Studio/L’atelier. Bouge de là used various props such as fabric, paintings and items found in the studio to create an inventive and exciting performance.

On April 10, Grammy-winning Louisiana Zydeco artist Terrance Simien stopped by to educate students on Creole culture and the history of Zydeco. This was an opportunity for kids to learn about the upbeat musical genre, which combines contemporary sounds with traditional music such as rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, reggae, funk and other urban styles.

To end the season, acting duo Sossy Mechanics held a workshop on the art of ridiculous puppetry on April 23. Students were taught how to create unique characters out of common household items. After creating their puppets, students developed short performance pieces, thus learning the power of creativity and boosting their public speaking skills.

The Fredericton Playhouse is dedicated to making the arts accessible to everyone in the community through efforts like the School Program series. These programs are made possible with contributions from private donors through the Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse and through a partnership with CBC New Brunswick.

For information about School Field Trips coming up in the 2014-15 season, visit www.theplayhouse.ca/school-programs, or contact Program Coordinator Crystal Chettiar at (506) 459-6212 or Crystal@theplayhouse.ca.

About Fredericton Playhouse Inc.

Fredericton Playhouse Inc. is non-profit, charitable organization that manages and develops the Fredericton Playhouse, the capital’s premiere live performance venue. The award-winning organization delivers programs, services, and facilities to provide Greater Fredericton with enriching liver performance experiences – contributing to the overall quality of life, and to the health and economic vitality of the community it serves. www.theplayhouse.ca

About CBC New Brunswick

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. www.cbc.ca/nb

About Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse

Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse is a giving program that provides private donors with the opportunity to make contributions to the Fredericton Playhouse to support its education and community outreach initiatives. www.theplayhouse.ca/friends

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