Week two with the kids ran more efficiently because of the extensive game plan that India came up with (that was so helpful). The game plan helped us create a warm up (roses and thorns), activity (creating the script) and a cool down (briefly covering expectations for the next week). The kids had so much energy and enthusiasm about the project. The energy wasn’t contained most of the time and often led derailments. The interruptions and derailments led to a lot of time spent trying to get everyone to focus back on writing the script that the script is only a quarter way done. However, I can’t complain becaud\se the kids seem so happy and excited that its hard to be frustrated.
I have been looking forward to meeting the kids ever since we have begun the project earlier on in the semester. I have worked in the theater since I was ten years old and I have been mentoring kids just as long, so this project feels like the perfect combination of both!! The kids are absolutely wonderful. They have so much energy and enthusiasm about learning about the project and play. We asked the kid if they ever heard of William Shakespeare. All of them immediately started rambling about he was probably some old smart dead dude and that they had heard of him but never read him. There answers were genuine and hilarious. We were able to explain the basic project and talk about the scene are group was given. They loved the idea about the prom! I’m looking forward to our meeting this Monday and can’t wait to hear what they have to say.