Posted on February 2, 2013
I offer two different incursions for schools. SHOWS and WORKSHOPS. My SHOWS program includes a puppet show as described on other pages, and are also followed up with my unique ‘show and tell’ session. My puppet making WORKSHOPS are a separate entity or indeed can be done as a follow up to the show session.
“I always love watching the kids enjoy your shows. The workshops are FANTASTIC. The kids respond so well to your instructions and what they achieve in such a small time is INCREDIBLE. The children were totally captivated. “I laughed my head off”. Personally I don’t know how you do it!? It is great how you get everyone involved. This new knowledge has transferred into the classroom. It’s not often you see so many kids experiencing a really good belly laugh. Good job John, we appreciate all you do and the kids love it. 10/10″
THE SHOW starts with a ‘Warm – up’ where I teach the students the etiquette of being an audience member. Children learn when to laugh, cheer, clap, and most importantly when to listen. I have found this process to be very successful as the younger children are often not sure how they should or can respond. The focus is then directed to our puppet booth, (complete with sound, lighting, sets and of course the famous puppet performers), and the show of your choice begins. Directly following the show I begin my tour; an explanation and demonstration of all the elements of our theatre. I show how the puppets are made, how the flag squirts water, the use of backdrops and props, sound and lighting equipment and how the entire show was created. The audience members are encouraged to ask questions. The tour gives opportunity to share some of the magic, and provides an introduction to the world of theatre. DURATION; The shows themselves last approximately forty five minutes. Together with the ‘warm-up’ and the ‘show & tell’ sections, please allow approximately ninety minutes in total. (Can be altered to suit). WHERE; Don’t Move, I come to you, anywhere throughout Victoria (or beyond on request). WHEN; I am usually available any time of the school week, however it is important to book early to secure a time that suits you. PERFORMANCE SPACE; I require a room that is big enough to seat the audience comfortably on the floor, leaving me a performance space of approximately 3 m X 3m. I also require the following : * Preferable height of three metres, (A standard room is fine). * Access to one power point. * A Wall or similar onto which to back the booth. *As few distractions as possible.
“Children obviously enjoyed the show and were engaged throughout, they also thoroughly enjoyed the ‘after the show’ chat where they saw how it all worked ‘behind the scenes’. Relevant and appropriate to the age level, good use of humour to keep children engaged. The incursion complimented our unit of work for this term, especially when you discussed the various aspects of the performance, eg. backdrops, lighting, sound, script. The workshops enabled all children to experience success on the day and then have the opportunity to further develop their puppets in their own time. John had a VERY PROFESSIONAL BUT FUN APPROACH with the kids and developed a rapport with them very quickly. Children were fascinated with the features of the fold-up theatre and the fact that it was a completec one man show. THANK YOU we all loved it. 10/10”
MY SCHOOL SHOW PRICES FOR 2017 $5.50 per student inc. GST (Minimum charge: 100 students or $550 inc. GST). One performance generally caters for a maximum of 170 students depending on the particular space; therefore 200 students (for example) would most likely require two performances. This however does not affect the cost.
WORKSHOPS have stemmed from discussions with teachers after seeing my initial puppet shows. They involve all students making their own puppets. Students’ skills are developed as they familiarise themselves with the same craft materials as used in my own puppets. All you need supply is a sharp pair of scissors for each student, and smocks if possible. These workshops are available for all primary levels. Teachers are constantly amazed at the enthusiasm of the students, and high quality of work created. Workshops can be presented as follow-ups to our puppet shows or entirely separate. In the past parent helpers and spare teachers have been encouraged to join in the fun and assist where necessary. For a real insight into the workshops, please see my PHOTO GALLERY for examples of puppets made by students. (After each workshop I immediately upload images of nine wonderful puppet creations to this website). You can see a list of some of the materials I use in the workshops here.
“The whole workshop was fantastic! Very well run. John kept all the kids engaged and seemed to know exactly what to say to them for every aspect of the workshop – from making sure they cleaned up, to explaining how to wait 3 minutes for their glue to set. I would definitely recommend it to any other school, aftercare, vacation care etc and will without doubt look into having the workshop again next year”
WORKSHOP PRICES for 2017: Just $11 per head inc. GST (Minimum charge: 40 students or $440 inc. GST) One workshop generally caters for up to a maximum of 40 students (for quality and safety reasons, depending on the particular space), therefore 90 students (for example) would most likely require three workshop sessions. This however does not affect the cost.