Theatre at Home
Hey young artists! This fall, ACT is offering an expanded collection of classes for all ages! Check out the new schedule by clicking “ACT After-School Classes” in the list on the left.
If you’re interested in some at-home activities, SLO REP has also created ACT SPOTLIGHT to provide some fun theatre activities for you to participate in while we’re all stuck mostly at home these days. Each week, we post a theatre-centered activity that can be done from home and then shared with everyone through THE INTERMISSION SHOW! Click HERE for more information on how you can participate in ACT SPOTLIGHT!
In addition to ACT SPOTLIGHT, we’ve also put together a list of online arts resources for you to enjoy and learn from during this current period of recommended social distancing.
Please note that SLO REP has not “vetted” all of these resources; I recommend that parents and caregivers check them out first. If you have any resources to recommend, let us know; we’d love to add to the list!
Happy Playing and Stay Safe!
–Kerry DiMaggio, Education Director at SLO REP
- Crash Course Theatre
A great series of videos that take you through the history of theatre and it’s many forms. Start with Episode 1.
- Broadway HD
This streaming service has some wonderful filmed performances. You can do a 7 day free trial or subscribe for $8.99 a month. You can cancel at any time.
- PBS Great Performances
For a small donation, you become a PBS Passport member and gain access to full versions of several Broadway plays. You can also watch Operas, Symphonies, etc.
- Behind the Emerald Curtain
A youtube series all about the making of Wicked, including directing, stage management, design, etc. A great way to see how a show is built.
- 42 Choreographers, 1 Dance
42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance. Try to re-create it at home!
And there’s more!
- Virtual Tours of Theatres Around the World
- Submit your artwork to the Walt Disney Family Museum’s New Virtual Art Exhibition!
- PBS Dance Documentaries
- PBS American Masters Series
- Digital Storytelling: What is it?
The Center for Arts Inspired Learning has created an entire series of videos on Digital Storytelling. Watch them all!
Take a favorite book and turn it into a play! I recommend starting with a simple picture book.
- Read your book. Pay attention to the characters and the action in the story. Who is there and what do they do? Where are the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
- Write your script. Break the story into “scenes” (beginning, middle, and end is helpful here). What do your characters need to say to tell the story?
- Consider your space: Where will your play take place? Do you need any props or set pieces?
- Direct your play: Who will play the roles? Will you play all the parts or will your family members play, too? Where will you move, and how will you say your lines?
- Add emotion: how do the characters feel and how can you express those feelings while saying your lines?
- Design your show: have fun making drawings of your set and costumes!
- Perform! If you want to email a video of your performance to Kerry at SLO REP, I’d LOVE to see it! Please send to: email@example.com
Movie Watching via our Public Library
Visit the “digital” section of the library’s webpage, HERE. Both Hoopla and Kanopy are platforms for movie watching using your library card. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to reach out to the library’s resource desk at (805) 781-5989.
Our New, Socially-Distanced ACT Classes have been generously underwritten by
Mary L. Bianco, The MOCA Foundation
Many Thanks to our ACT Season Sponsor
Additional program support has been provided by
Scholarship Support has been generously underwritten by
The Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund
Held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County