The Spellbound Forest

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.

The magical silver trees offered shelter for interesting characters

The magical silver trees offered shelter for interesting characters

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.

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Exploring costume and character together

We were spoilt for choice with the amazing selection of costumes

We were spoilt for choice with the amazing selection of costumes

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.

Clare's group working on their story together

Clare’s group working on their story together

Penny's group crafting their story

Penny’s group crafting their story

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.

The evil wizard in the Snow Fairy Queen's Land of Magic

The evil wizard in the Snow Fairy Queen’s Land of Magic

The Blue Bird of Happiness with Rainbow Wings of Joy

The Blue Bird of Happiness with Rainbow Wings of Joy

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.

Bridget's group performed the legend of The Death of Bloody Mary - which included a guided tour of hell

Bridget’s group performed the legend of The Death of Bloody Mary – which included a guided tour of hell

Clare's group performed Bloody Mercy - complete with a tin foil mirror, ninjas, police men and ghost bunnies

Clare’s group performed Bloody Mercy – complete with a tin foil mirror, ninjas, police men and ghost bunnies

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Penny’s group produced the fairy tale of the Snow Queen Fairy and Friends

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.

The Ravens drawing pictures of their fairy tale

The Ravens drawing pictures of their fairy tale

 

Bobbing for apples

Bobbing for apples

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?

Well deserved ice creams to end off a spellbound week!

Well deserved ice creams to end off a spellbound week!

 

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