No program would be complete without the opportunity to create and perform. Our artist workshops provide the perfect setting for children as they participate in drama camps, puppet shows and other visual arts, dance and performance activities.
Our recent animation workshop required a story, large drawings cut into pieces that could be manipulated, actors and lots of patience. It’s a very slow process because the animation consists of several frames of the same images being moved ever so slightly, multiple times. This latest workshop offering for Breanna’s Gift was led by John Akre from Animation Station. John was assisted by Beth Peloff, and his artists and actors were the children at Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest. John brought out the best in his performers and the result is Aesop’s Fable, “The North Wind and The Sun.”
Our first radio workshop was led by voice-over professional Beth Chaplin. It started out with kids learning about old time radio shows. Stories told without visual images. Just voices and sound effects using big microphones. They worked on the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. The final mix of The Tortoise and the Hare was presented to children who participated in a CD format so they can listen and imagine this classic tale with simply the sounds.
Performing Arts Workshops
Children participate in both the on- and off-stage experience, creating scenery, learning lines, practicing dances, practicing and rehearsing. Many of their performances – from Annie, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz, have resulted in the very special “encores” that make everyone’s day.
Silent Film Workshops
Our first Silent Film Workshop has children at Ronald McDonald House engaged for three mornings and they learned three new words, “Lights, Camera, Action” while producing Magic Shows and stories that come from their imagination. With heroes of all kinds from Kings and Sorcerers to Superheros traveling to the Moon. Harmony Theatre Company leads this workshop and we look forward to many more productions.