As educators, you know that the arts are essential to student development, and that securing strong arts programming for your school entertainment can make all the difference in developing self-expression, empathy, creative thinking, and communication.
Storytown's MADE UP MUSICAL and IMPROV WORKSHOPS are ready to rock YOUR school, delivering a memorable arts experience with lasting impact.
Led by experienced teaching artists, and customizable by course or curriculum, our fully improvised one-hour musical offers multiple opportunities for participation from students age Pre-K through 5th grade, and teaches cooperation, communication, creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration skills while getting kids out of their seats and onto their feets!
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Led by experienced teaching artists, Storytown's one-hour improvisation workshop uses exciting and easy to understand games to introduce the basic fundamentals of improvisation including positivity, listening skills, storytelling, and cooperation. The workshop will culminate in a 15-minute performance highlighting the participants' new skills.
Last spring, my fellow teacher and I had the pleasure of accompanying students ranging from Pre K to 2nd grade to StoryTown improv at Stage773. We were immediately greeted with coloring and crafting right up on the stage! Then staff took us upstairs to tour the lighting booth -the kids were able to try out different buttons to change the color of the stage lights -they loved it. The actors had the kids suggest a setting - ours was a forest - then called them to the stage to draw whatever they thought belonged in this forest across a long butcher block paper. This included artistic renditions of tooth fairies, volcanoes, and flying litter boxes ("for all the cats, duh!").
The actors then managed to spin the student suggestions into a funny mini-musical where the main character realizes it's OK to be yourself and follow your dreams - while working flying litter boxes into a cohesive storyline on the spot (and they made it look easy). Off to the side, a musician played piano, scoring the show. Someone even creates costume pieces and props to add in throughout the show (improv arts & crafts!!) Finally, after taking pictures with the kids, the actors gave the kids the props/pieces as a keepsake. Just a really clever program start to finish and a great way to spend a Chicago Saturday morning!
Ms. Robinovitz, NBCT 2nd grade, Mitchell School
Ms. Zyer, Pre-K, Mitchell School
Bring your birthday party to Storytown Saturdays and we'll take away the headache and deliver the hilarity! Birthday packages include a pre-party in the lobby (BYOTreats), plus a special mention of the birthday child during the show, and story plots based on their favorite things. Group rates available!
Throw their next party in Storytown - without even leaving home! Make magic at your child's birthday party or other milestone event when Storytown comes to your front door! With either a 1-hour show, or our popular game-filled workshop, we're ready to make your child's special day unforgettable!
From schools and scout troops, to park districts and libraries, Storytown teaching artists bring fun filled, game-based educational entertainment that uses improvisation exercises to teach problem-solving, communication, cooperation, collaboration, and creativity - all while kids ages Pre-K to 5th Grade have a terrific time!
Storytown teaching artists love to bring laughs and learning to the library! Both our one-hour show or interactive one-hour improv workshop are suitable for kids aged Pre-K ~ 5th grade, and teach communication and cooperation and can take place anywhere from a classroom to an auditorium!
From summer camps to Scout troops, and street fairs to city festivals, Storytown is even more fun in the great outdoors! Our travelling troupe is ready to bring our improvised kid-friendly educational entertainment to your next block party, school picnic, church carnival, sidewalk, park, playground, or any space under the sky!