Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a group of happy children enjoyed a holiday experience in a magical silver tree grove.
This has been an exciting year for me as I venture into high school teaching and back into the Land of Theatre. And so I felt truly blessed to get to spend some time with the wee ones on our holiday programme but also to explore theatre making and story telling with children in a different environment.
We spent hours exploring characters as we unpacked the dressing up box and played improvisation games in the hall.
Then it was time to break up into our groups and work on stories, costumes and sets as we prepared to perform our stories for each other on Thursday afternoon.
I was amazed at the way my group, although the youngest, were so eager to share their favourite fairy tale characters and knew exactly what roles they wanted to play as their story took shape with very little guidance apart from needing a scribe.
Thursday came with great excitement and the children all loved sharing their stories and enjoying the performances of the other groups and then we all tucked in and enjoyed a cup of magic potion, as one does.
On Friday we were a much smaller group and the exertion and heat of the week had taken its toll. And so we relaxed, tidied up our home for the week, filled hundreds of water balloons and played water games on the field back in one big group.
Just before parents arrived we shared ice cream with sprinkles and said our farewells until June when we will be exploring Festive Frontier Feasting together – anyone know how to skin a bear?