Saturday Class…Fractured Fairy Tales

On Saturday mornings each week, I meet with a group of 1st and 2nd graders at the Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake, MN., for an acting class in which we do parody versions of classic fairy tales.  We had our first meeting of the new seven week session this past Saturday, March 7th.   We talked about “parody”, and how it differs from other forms of writing….mainly that in order to be successful, the audience has to be familiar with the story being parodied.  We considered four of the archetypal Grimm Brothers stories in a search for one tale for the recital performance on Saturday, May 2nd.  The stories we looked at were “Rapunzel”, “The Golden Goose”, “The Valiant Little Tailor” and “The Fisherman and His Wife”.  I like the Grimm Brothers versions of these stories for this activity, rather than the watered down Disney renderings, because they provide more material for imaginative jumping off points.

There are currently five students enrolled in this class, but because of various spring vacations, only three were present this week.   We decided that “The Fisherman and His Wife” would be a good story to begin working on, because the original has only three characters.  We spent the better part of an hour “playing” with the story.  The students at this age are very good at coming up with almost jazz-like improvisations on the plot line.  They are fearless and absolutely commited in their “play”, and they love to try out all the characters….which we did as we developed and explored the story.

THERE WILL BE NO CLASS MEETING ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2009, OR ON SATURDAY APRIL 11, 2009.

THE FINAL PERFORMANCE FOR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WILL BE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009

Pictures to follow……

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