Thursday, November 20, 2014

4 ways to get the most out of your school performance!

At prologue, we know money is scarce for Arts Education in the schools so we want to make sure you get the most for your buck when you decide to book a live performance. So, here are the four ways to get the most of your school performance.

1. Check some curriculum expectations off your list! 
Our catalogue and website point out the themes and character education opportunities of each show. teachers can take advantage of prologue's shows to check some curriculum expectations off their long to-do list.
2. Study guides at your service
Make Prologue's study guides work for you before, during and after a performance. these resources will give teachers tips on how to make the most out of the artists' visit.

Each study guide is unique but here's a sampling of some of the resources:
Introduction to the performers (your students will feel like they already know the artists).
Explanation of the creative process,
Tips on what to observe during the performance.
Games to complete a show,
Pointers on what to explore,
Templates for student reviews for the artists,
Professional advice to improve students' artistic skills.


3. Interactive workshops
Use a workshop to further engage a smaller group of students. prologue's 52 aritsts and companies offer a total of 38 workshops (or show/workshop combos). Most of them can be tailored to grade levels.

Did you know that many of the workshops can be used to create a number that your students could present during a school show or a parents night? Sheesham and Lotus's really fun "Old Time" Flat Foot Clogging & Hambone workshop comes to mind! And how about Jack Grunsky's 2-day residency It's Showtime! resulting in the creation of an evening show presented by the students and led by Jack?


4. Community building through the arts
Performances in the schools are not just for students! You can book a show to make a special event even better. Many schools book a performance with Prologue to complement a yearly event in the school (such as Carnival Week) and make it truly special.

You can use a family show as a fundraising activity. We've seen school councils booking evening presentations, open to the students' parents and siblings, to create a sense of community within the school. Some charge a small fee at the door to recoup the cost but some others charge the market price to do fundraising.

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