Creating Theatre For Young People

Grades 7 - 12
Available Terms:
Terms 1 - 4
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The specialized workshop on creating original works for a young audience invites participants to tap into their inner child and explore the magical world of storytelling tailored for children. Here’s what this workshop entails:

  1. Unlocking Imagination: Participants will embark on a journey to reconnect with their imagination, embracing the boundless creativity that children naturally possess. They will learn techniques to let go of inhibitions and access their minds’ whimsical and imaginative aspects.
  2. Embracing Childlike Wonder: The workshop encourages participants to think like a child again and answer, “What would you want to watch?” They will delve into the world of children’s interests, curiosities, and fantasies to understand what captivates young audiences.
  3. Creating Original Works: Participants will learn the art of crafting original stories and performances explicitly tailored for young viewers. This involves understanding age-appropriate themes, narratives, and characters that resonate with children.
  4. Avoiding Pitfalls: The workshop acknowledges the unique challenges of creating theater for young audiences and guides participants in avoiding common pitfalls. It provides insights into maintaining engagement, attention, and relevance when performing for children.
  5. Experienced Facilitators: Facilitators with extensive experience in creating engaging theater for young people lead the workshop. Participants will benefit from their expertise and gain valuable insights into the nuances of children’s theater.
  6. Interactive and Practical: The workshop is designed to be interactive and hands-on. Participants will engage in practical exercises, brainstorming sessions, and collaborative activities to apply the principles of creating theater for children.
  7. Storytelling Techniques: Participants will explore storytelling techniques that resonate with children, including vibrant visuals, relatable characters, and imaginative narratives.
  8. Age-Appropriate Content: Understanding the developmental stages of children, the workshop will emphasize age-appropriate content creation to ensure that the theater produced is entertaining and educational.

By the end of this specialized workshop, participants will have unlocked their creativity, gained a deeper understanding of the world of children’s theater, and acquired the skills needed to create original, engaging, and age-appropriate performances for young audiences. Whether they are aspiring playwrights, actors, directors, or educators, this workshop equips participants with the tools to captivate and inspire young minds through the magic of theater.

Devised by: Clint Bolster
Directed by: Clint Bolster

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"I have just experienced one of the best motivating and focused workshops in my 15 years of teaching.Clint's energy and commitment is contagious. His personal pedagogy is inspiring.

Children and older teenagers are guided through developmental guided practice of 'can do', support and self improvement. While the arts are used it is confidence, self worth and self-belief learners come out of the workshop with.

A new fresh air approach of learning is what Clint has given us and me.The techniques of focusing student's learning kept even resistant learners engaged. I filled 2 pages of notes; a workshop for students and Professional Development for me!

In a space of three focused days we achieved what would have taken a whole term. For confidence, working with others and a focus on the arts there is no equal.Thank you Clint.

The workshop was highly adaptable.Year 7 students through to senior drama students.No doubt this adaptability and Clint's professionalism would be highly suitable for primary school students too.

The whole school is talking about Clint's visit.How many of our last lessons did this happen? Genuine person with his heart in the right place Clint cannot return soon enough. Cooktown State School now has students with new skill sets and confidence. Education should be this, learning through inclusivity and inspiration!
Plans are afoot to work from our school cluster with Clint in the future.This is high school through to primary.The students would eagerly welcome him back tomorrow. We are a remote school with academic, lower ability, indigenous -all of them connecting and achieving. No doubt city schools and regional areas would experience,'the magic' too.

I could write and write and not too often do I write such glowing praise from real results and real impacts Clint has made.

Don't delay to book him before this secret is out! With a genuine thank you from me and all the students..thank you Clint!"★★★★★

Cooktown State High School, QLD

"For the past three days, I, along with my fellow classmates, have participated in Clint's Workshop. And I have absolutely loved every minute of it!

The workshop has helped immensely with my confidence levels, not only in drama class, as an actor but also in life. I have greatly improved my stage presence and am now much more comfortable with projecting my voice and retaining a projected voice for the duration of a performance. Most importantly, I have learned to laugh at myself, and to push past my shyness and my fear of being embarrassed. And all this is in just three days.

I have had so much fun over the course of the workshop! The time has flown! I can honestly say that I have never laughed so hard in my life. Not only that, but I feel much more confident in my ability to make other people laugh.

I have Clint to thank for this. The past three days have, honestly, been some of the best in my life 😊 Thank you 😊 "★★★★★

Student, Cooktown State High School, QLD

"Our Year 11 drama students at Mt. Alvernia College were totally energised today in a workshop with Clint Bolster of Hommunculus Theatre Company.

Clint introduced enjoyable, energy- raising drama games to start the session to engage the students and demonstrate the level of energy, enjoyment and exaggeration needed to perform Children's theatre. Students rehearsed their scenes and Clint interjected as director to focus on developing distinct characterisation by manipulating gesture, movement, voice and comic techniques. Students' ensemble work improved dramatically as they explored interesting physicalisation, group dynamics, purposeful use of space, exciting entrances and exits and fun interaction with the audience. I don't think I have seen my students laugh so much. I also think they were surprised at the consistent level of heightened energy that is needed by the whole cast.

Clint commented " You have given me 10%. More!" That's 50%! More!" . We all appreciated the one on one coaching and replaying of scenes for comic timing and audience engagement.

This workshop has really motivated the students to work hard in their ensembles towards their final performances for Primary School audiences.
We will certainly be booking Hommunculus Theatre again." ★★★★★

Mt. Alvernia College, QLD