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The 52nd Street Project Kid Theater Kit

ISBN: 978-0-8222-1440-3
52nd Street Project, Complete Kit
$150.00
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52 PICK-UP: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DOING THEATER WITH CHILDREN
The Project's "How To" manual, written by founder/artistic director Willie Reale, consists of a series of recipes for its programs in a simple, no-nonsense, step-by-step fashion. Along with that are comprehensive descriptions of all the Project's writing and acting programs for children as well as detailed advice on working with children in theatrical contexts. Incorporated in the manual is Daniel Judah Sklar's PLAYMAKING LESSON PLANS which cover basic and second-level playwriting courses for children and adults. A third component of the manual is plans and schematics of scenic designer Kevin Joseph Roach's "Instant Set" upon which most of the Project's productions are staged.

THE TEEN ACTING ENSEMBLE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DOING THEATER WITH TEENAGERS
This companion "How To" manual to 52 Pick-Up, written by Project "Teen Dean" Chris Ceraso with commentary by Associate Artistic Director Michael Bernard, provides a carefully structured week-by-week program of acting classes, rehearsals and performances. The plan, developed in association with Willie Reale, uses basic professional-level acting technique and ensemble skills to form a company of teenagers. Included are examples of teen-authored plays based on Shakespeare sonnets as well as ninety-minute adaptations of Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.

THE BUTLER DID IT! is a collection of twenty short plays with music written for the One-On-One program, conceived as a means to create an opportunity for a child to star in his or her own play. Some of the authors included in this volume are Craig Lucas, Charles Dumas, Katharine Long, Willie Reale, Peter MacNicol, Jacquelyn Reingold and Lewis Black. The composer is Henry Krieger. Over a week in the summer, two troupes of children and professional playwrights retreat to a country setting where the playwright is asked

Nationally recognized as an innovative force in theater for young people, The 52nd Street Project has created both acting and playwriting programs for children. The acting programs are:

  • The ONE-ON-ONES—each youngster is paired with an adult professional playwright who writes a one-act play for the youngster and playwright to perform together;
  • The TWO-ON-TWOS—an adult playwright creates a play for two experienced Project youngsters to perform together.

The PLAYMAKING PROGRAM is a series of playwriting classes for the students. The curriculum, devised by writer/educator Daniel Judah Sklar, offers the youngsters a medium through which they can express a personal vision. The Playmaking Program is divided into three steps:

  • Playmaking, the initial 8-week session begins with classes in basic playwriting and ends with the youngster writing a play for 2 actors. These plays are subsequently performed.
  • Replay, the sequel 8-week course where the Playmaking graduates are challenged to write their second and third plays while learning plot and character development; and
  • Playback, where the Project's most experienced writing and acting students are matched with a playwright, and each write a play to perform together.

The impulse to recreate the Project stemmed from inquiries from theaters, community organizations and individuals throughout the country wishing to start a Project of their own. The Project staff has developed a manual complete with lesson plans and supporting materials (described below) to help you start your own Project.

THE 52ND STREET PROJECT KID THEATER KIT: