Storytown brings the magic of improv and storytelling to Mitchell School

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Community and Educational, Storytown News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Storytown brings the magic of improv and storytelling to Mitchell School

Hello all,

As a teacher at Mitchell School, I wanted to say thank you to the moms on the Friends of Mitchell for arranging this awesome “StoryTown improv for kids” teacher experience. Many thanks as well to StoryTown and Stage773 for their generous donation toward our small school (with big dreams!) I am so glad we’ll have the chance to partner with you again for the upcoming Evening of Dreams auction–so thank you again! Please consider this to be my recommendation for the experience as well 🙂

Last spring, my fellow teacher and I had the pleasure of accompanying a handful of our students ranging from preK to 2nd grade, to see one of the Saturday morning StoryTown improv shows geared toward kids at Stage773. The students came in and we were immediately greeted with coloring and crafting right up on the stage! It was a nice way to ease into the experience and stay busy until show time. Then staff took us upstairs to tour the lighting booth! It was very cool–the kids were able to try out different buttons and nobs to change the color of the lights on the stage below the booth–they loved it 🙂 Then it was actual showtime and like regular improv, the actors had the kids in the audience suggest a setting for their show to take place–ours was a forest. The actors then called the kids back up to the stage to help with set design! They could draw whatever they thought belonged in this forest across the long butcher block paper that spanned the backdrop. This may or may not have included artistic renditions of tooth fairies, volcanoes, and flying litter boxes (“for all the cats, duh!”)–as teachers, of course we loved their ideas, even if we’ll need to review habitats.  🙂  So, 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 (“tooth fairy turned accountant” in our show, if I recall)–while working flying litter boxes into a cohesive storyline on the spot (and they made it look easy). Off to the side of the stage, 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 with the family!

Thanks again and looking forward to doing this again for this year’s auction 🙂

Annemarie/Ms. Robinovitz, NBCT
2nd grade, Mitchell School
Elizabeth/Ms. Zyer
PreK, Mitchell School

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Mitchell School had so much fun at Storytown at Stage 773, that we felt it best to visit them at school.  Annemarie, is such a dedicated teacher and worked with us and their principal to make sure more students could see Storytown.  We picked up the show and took it on the road, and had an absolute blast.  Thank you, Mitchell School for such a warm welcome.  Your students were so creative and enthusiastic.  We’re looking forward to meeting some new students in April when they have their outing to Stage 773.

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