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Brown Bear, Brown Bear - DAY TWO

June 27, 2017

Wow, what a fun day of our program today! Miss Allison and Miss Jordyn had such a fun time playing new games, discovering new ways to use our bodies to create shapes/objects and making disguises during our mask section of the day. The imagination of the students really inspired us. 

Our first drawing exercise was to draw pictures of our house, where we wish we lived, our favorite room in our house, etc. Our drawings ranged from houses in rainbows to houses in rocket ships, giving everyone a good laugh to start the day!

Friends from "SNOOPY AND THE RED BARON" joined us for a fun game of BEAN BAG TOSS (a focus and control game that allows us to add different challenges to the game, starting with passing the bean bag to the same person every time to not saying a word - or even laughing! - as the game goes on).

Then, we played some new games, including:

  • MAGICAL OBJECT (a game that takes an ordinary object and makes it extraordinary using imagination) and 
  • MAGIC WANDS (using a "magic wand" to transform into other characters, animals, etc). 

Post-snack, Miss Allison demonstrated our next craft: fun, silly disguises! (You can check out some silly photos from this activity and others on our INSTAGRAM page.) 

Finally, it was time for the students to make their own, using popsicle sticks, foam pieces and glue to make different mask costumes, such as a crown, bowtie, mustache and nose. We also had an assortment of different craft materials to make each item unique to the characters we wanted to make, all the while listening to songs from movies Moana, Frozen, Sing! and the musical Hairspray (our mainstage show at Theatre Aspen!).

Ask your students to show you their favorite character they've created with their masks - it's a great way to get them to determine specific characters and mannerisms. 

Tomorrow, Miss Allison and Miss Jordyn have a lot of new things in store; we're excitedly waiting for the students to come tomorrow for another day of fun!

Snoopy & the Red Baron DAY TWO!

June 27, 2017

What a wonderful second day at Snoopy & the Red Baron!

We began our first song in Movement with Miss Sonya. In this song, about Snoopy, we practiced moving like different animals and expressing emotions with our bodies. This tied into Singing with Mr Doug, where we began to learn our lyrics after vocal warm ups. We also went on an adventure to space, playing with ribbons creating shooting stars and orbits with our ribbons.

 (Inside our space ship)

Ending our day with Drama Games, we played Magic Object where we transformed a pencil into different objects with our imagination and our friends guessed what we were acting out. That led to us learning a new game, Point and Story, which may be one of our games for showcase since we had so much fun creating a story together!

Miss Sonya, Mr Doug, Miss Jordyn and Miss Britney are excited to see what tomorrow's energy will bring to our creative play!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear - DAY ONE

June 27, 2017

It's the first day of the "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" half-day juniors program and we are so excited to have a wonderful, imaginative group of students! This class, we are determined to focus on creative drama games and masks. 

We started the day by having the students draw pictures of things that we love, which we shared in a circle following the project. This helped us get to know each other and form relationships right away by shared hobbies. 

Then, we participated in many activities before our snack time, all of which involve making decisions and using our imagination:

  • WIND BLOWS WEST (a fun exercise that helps students become comfortable with each other, builds an ensemble and speaking in front of each other); 
  • PICTURE BOOK STORIES (using various books to create stories and discuss what might be happening in each individual picture, ignoring the words to create something new); 
  • and CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS (we combined with the other junior's program - "SNOOPY AND THE RED BARON" - to think of and decide on classroom expectations that we may all agree on, enforcing these expectations with each other in a positive way). 

After a snack break outside, we read our book of the week (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?), followed by making BEAR MASKS out of paper plates, various shapes/colors of construction paper and some small brown pieces of paper to make the fur. The kids had a great time gluing the fur onto the bear and assembling the various pieces of the bear in creative ways to make them unique and individual. They even found scrap pieces of papers that looked like books, thinking of what it might say and sharing with their friends! 

We had a wonderful first day and we cannot wait to see what tomorrow holds for our Brown Bear friends!

Snoopy & the Red Baron DAY ONE!

June 27, 2017

What a wonderful first day at Snoopy & the Red Baron camp!

We started the day in Movement with Miss Sonya, exploring the different ways we can move our bodies and even got to add scarves! Playing Secret  Leader we practiced our focus and explored different rhythms and movements as our friends mirrored us hoping that the guesser would not figure out who the leader was.

In Voice we began to look in detail at our inspiration for the week, the Snoopy & the Red Baron book. We looked at the different planes, the history of the story and talked about what makes this story so magical; Snoopy's ability to disappear into his imagination and explore a new world. Mr Doug taught us our vocal warm ups and taught us about the different parts of our faces and bodies that help us sing. We even got to play with the electric piano, identifying all the different instruments that can help build a melody.


The day ended taking an adventure with Miss Jordyn in Drama Games. We explored different ways to use our imagination, telling stories using images and songs. All of the students discovered different emotions that a song made them feel and some even created stories to share. Going on a magic wand adventure, we all packed our imagination backpacks and took turns leading the group on an adventure. We traveld to a camp site, cooked s'mores, took a boat to Africa, met some lions and then traveled home.

Cannot wait to see what adventures our imagination takes us on tomorrow!

You Can’t Stop the Beat - Day Four

June 22, 2017

Miss Britney, Miss Allison and Miss Emma are so bummed that tomorrow is the last day of this program since we’ve been having so much fun this week! We had such a fantastic day today as we prepared for tomorrow's showcase.

We did lots of stretching to get the students ready and then jumped right into our dancing. Everyone looked so ready and rehearsed! It was amazing that we only had to adjust three moves from each dance.

We also enjoyed a new movement game called “Machine.” All of the students join together to create one big collaborative machine. We also watched some videos to get us into the mood of dancing like animals. We watched a clip from Cats: The Musical, as well as The Lion King. It was great to see the students take in the information and make their dances similar to what they just saw.

Following lunch, we had our last Drama Games class. We played “Point, Story” which the students will be able to show off in their showcase tomorrow. We also colored the important invitations that help the students use their artistic skills and get to take home as a keepsake.

Miss Britney, Miss Allison and Miss Emma will see everyone tomorrow! Everyone is so excited to show the students families all that we have worked on this week. Make sure to wear or bring your purple shirts; we’re looking forward to a wonderful last day of the You Can’t Stop the Beat program!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017- Movie Star Camp

June 21, 2017

After receiving their scripts and starting rehearsal yesterday, the kids were ready and excited to start a full day of rehearsal today!  Our producer, Steve, met the kids for the first time today as well.  Everyone enjoyed his anecdotes and acting tips, and each group was able to apply them in their own way.  

snack time!

Some of the skills we focused on today were energy, attitude, and character.  The Oscars practiced bringing their characters to life with dynamic character choices and dramaitc acting, and they are very nearly ready for filming tomorrow!  The Emmys will enjoy one more day of rehearsal before it's time for them to shoot, but everyone is excited to make their films come to life on the big screen.

We also played a variety of fun acting games, including ninja (a game centered around decision making, holding a pose, and use of energy) and gracious goat (a game that focuses on character deciaions and espression).  The kids got a chance to just goof off and relax during snack and lunch as well.

We had lots of fun today and also learned a lot! Rehearsal was very productive and entertaining for both the teachers and students.  :D  (Pictures: snack being passed out, relaxing during snack break, the Oscars rehearsing)OscarsRelaxing

You Can’t Stop the Beat - Day Three

June 21, 2017

We can’t believe this week is already halfway over! It’s true what they say: time flies when you’re having fun and that’s especially true with this group of fun and imaginative students who always participate in every activity.

This morning’s dance class with Miss Britney really focused on our awesome dances that we got to finish today! After watching a video from Matilda: The Musical where the kids in the show danced very energetically, everyone was really excited to get started and be like those kids, so we were lucky enough to work a lot and we were able to complete our dances.

Our lunch was fun-filled even though there was a storm on the way.

Our break was cut a little short but Miss Allison had a plan for the students. We all drew our favorite dance moves, and a lot of the students couldn’t choose a favorite one because they love them all so much. Then, we played charades which is an awesome drama game that everyone knew. Everyone was so excited about it, so we made our own cards that the students brought home to play with their families.

Miss Britney, Miss Allison and Miss Emma are so amazed by this group of students and at how fast this week is going, but we are so lucky to have two more days with these students, who are allowing us to have just as much fun as they are! Everyone is always so energized and really good team players. They all work together and it is so much fun to watch them have fun while including everyone!

**Wondering questions to discuss with the students:

Now that the dances are finished, which one is your favorite?

How can we use our bodies to show different objects?

Movie Star Camp Session One

June 20, 2017

What an incredible first day of class! Miss Tatym, Miss Kylee, Miss Jordynn, Miss Allison, Miss Britney and Miss Amber are so thrilled to have this group of students with this much energy. They only show promise in what they will be able to create for the showing of their Movie Premiere! 

We began the day by breaking into our "Rotation Groups". These three rotation groups visited three different classrooms allowing for each group to explore different parts of creating a movie. In one room we discussed "Acting for Film" by participating in a fun activity called The Shopper. In this acivitiy one student is a shopper and one is the salesperson. When given an emotion to act, the salesperson must identify what the emotion the shopper is experiencing. We disccused what goals are while also learning how to "Slate" in an audition. 

Miss Tatym taught us about the elements of a story. We came up with different conflicts, solutions and described various settings of some of our favorite movies. We, in turn, came up with conflicts, solutions, and settings that might be used in our films. We discussed Improv and engaged in varying Improv/Acting Games such as What are you doing?Signs, and WHOOSH! 

Our last roation class explored the differences between acting for theatre and acting for film. Miss Jordynn had the students demonstrate what it is like acting in a scene for theatre and acting in a scene for film through the activity Near and Far

Following Lunch Break outside, we broke into new groups. All groups rehearsed there audtion materials. For audtions, we explored what it was like to give a "cold read". Each student was given their material and was able to rehearse with their scene partner before slating and audtioning infront of the class. Auditions took us up until check-out time. 

Today was an exciting day. Many students saw old friends and many made new ones! Our teaching staff is most definitely looking forward to seeing what this group of students has to create this week!

You Can’t Stop the Beat - Day Two

June 20, 2017

What an amazing second day of the “You Can’t Stop the Beat" program!

Miss Britney and Miss Emma started the day with some stretches to warm up the students bodies. Then we started the choreography for the two dances that we were doing. We worked on our Broadway Dance piece, which is to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray! We also watched amazing clips from showstopping numbers in musicals including, Hairspray, Mary Poppins and Newsies.

After snack, we worked on our Pop Dance piece, which is to “Try Everything” from Zootopia. All of the students picked up the choreography really quickly and seemed to be enjoying themselves a whole lot!

With Miss Allison, we played lots of awesome drama games, but started with a trip to the forest. Everyone’s imaginations took them to all different places. We learned some more stage vocabulary including “cheat out.” This is where we turn to the audience so that they can hear us and see us when we are speaking. We also played Superheroes and Supervillians, which is always a favorite with students.

Miss Britney, Miss Allison and Miss Emma cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!  

**Some wondering questions to start a conversation based on today's lessons:

What was your favorite dance that you learned today? What is your favorite move?

What does “cheat out” mean?

You Can’t Stop the Beat - Day One

June 19, 2017


We had an awesome first day at Theatre Aspen this summer with our third week’s camp: You Can’t Stop the Beat! Our room is full of lovely students with a lot of girl power, led by teaching artists Miss Britney and Miss Allison, with teaching assistant Miss Emma.

We started the day by getting to know each other using name squares that the students decorated themselves. Then we created dance movements to go along with our names. It was really interesting to see what the students could do with their bodies when they use their imaginations.

In the morning, we also created classroom rules together that we will follow by for the remainder of the week. To finish off our class with Miss Britney, we played freeze dance with some moves that we learned, the students really seemed to be enjoying themselves. Our lunch break was full of sun and laughter.

Following lunch, Miss Allison gave us some time to relax. We all traveled to the beach in our imagination and built amazing and giant sandcastles that were all super different. It was really entertaining to enter into all of the students imaginations. We then we learned about the different parts of a theatre with a game called Black-Out! Finally, we finished with going to the Aspen School District Theatre. Everyone enjoyed seeing the actual aspects of the theatre in real life.

Overall, today was an amazing day. We learned so much about each other and we are looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week has in store!

** Some big questions from today that you can talk with the students about:

What are the different ways that you can move your body?

Can you use all parts of your body to dance?

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