On Thursday (10/6), we had our first meeting with the kids. We introduced ourselves, and gave them a general overview of what we will be doing together over the next couple months. Our group this week consisted of one student from Brook Road Academy and three students from the Dooley Center for Alternative Education. None of the students have any prior experience with Shakespeare. We assured them that no one would have to memorize any lines. Our first student seemed eager and excited, and he even offered to try memorizing his part. We decided to show them the trailer to She’s the Man so they could visualize the plot of the play in a modern context. Then we played a series of improv / warm up games (the adjective-name game, zip zap zop, “3, 6, 9,” and the number count off game). Initially, the students were visibly reluctant, but I could see the group’s barriers slowly breaking down as we played each game and I think they actually had some fun. After this first meeting, I definitely understand the importance of these games to get everyone laughing and comfortable, so the group will trust us and want to work with us. I think we will try to play at least one or two new games in the beginning of each rehearsal to remind the kids that this will be a fun experience. We plan to introduce the script and more details about our specific act of the play next rehearsal.