In Story Toys the kids have been instructed to bring a toy, stuffed animal or cherished object to share with the actors. Then the actors arrive and make a confession: we know we're supposed to do a play for you but we don't know what it is! The kids are given three choices, for instance: mystery, fantasy, action. Or for a younger audience: learning, sharing, listening. These topics can be designed with the host venue in advance. Then, comically, the actors have the students pick a theme for the show, and use the offered toys to create the characters in it.
Story Toys is completely flexible, and can be performed in any large space where an audience and and actors can be defined. With Story Toys, children are invited into the unique and shared experience of improvised theatre, in which the story being told is being invented on the spot, and is using meaningful offerings from the kids to tell it. As the kids watch us create characters based on their toys, they become joyfully implicated in the creative magic being invented right in front of them.
If you would like to have White Pines bring Story Toys to your school or group - please let us know!
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Check out this photo gallery of Story Toys being performed for Myers Elementary School in Elkins Park, PA! Please note:
Story Toys can be adapted to any age group!