Bowling Green, Kentucky – Sixth-graders from Briarwood Elementary School recently had an extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in the captivating world of theater. As part of SKyPAC’s innovative ‘Behind the Curtains’ Tour, these young students gained invaluable insights into the intricate process of creating a show while having an educational and fun-filled adventure.
The ‘Behind the Curtains’ Tour was established by SKyPAC to offer educational groups an exclusive glimpse into the behind-the-scenes magic of their theater productions. Although the program is still in its early stages, it has already made a significant impact. This marks only the second time a group has had the chance to participate, with the previous visitors being the robotics team from another local school.
Dillon Godolphin, SKyPAC Education Director, highlighted the program’s customized approach for each visiting group. The experience aims to establish connections between students’ current curriculum, their future career aspirations, and the diverse professions involved in bringing a show to life. By delving into the various aspects of theater production, students were able to see firsthand how their interests and passions can align with the world of performing arts.
Patrick Duncan, SKyPAC Technical Assistant, discussed the challenges faced in tailoring the program to suit each group’s interests. Despite some initial surprises in terms of what engaged the students most, the team worked enthusiastically to refine the program and make it an unforgettable experience for all participants.
The day began with an enlightening presentation on theater safety, lighting, and sound principles. Following this, the students were given the opportunity to step onto the stage, interact with the equipment they had just learned about, and even create their own short production. From selecting music and props to experimenting with voices, the children were fully immersed in the creative process.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is SKyPAC’s ‘Behind the Curtains’ Tour?
SKyPAC’s ‘Behind the Curtains’ Tour is an educational program that offers groups a unique opportunity to explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater production at the SKyPAC theater company. Participants gain insights into the creation of shows, theater safety, lighting, sound, and have the chance to get hands-on experience on the stage.
2. How is the program customized for each group?
The ‘Behind the Curtains’ Tour is individualized for each visiting group. The experience is designed to make connections between the students’ current curriculum, their career aspirations, and the various professions involved in theater. The program aims to show students how their interests and plans align with the world of performing arts.
3. What activities are included in the tour?
The program begins with a presentation on theater safety and the creation of lighting and sound. Afterward, participants have the opportunity to step onto the stage, interact with the equipment, and even create their own short production. They can choose music, props, and experiment with different voices.
4. Has the program been successful so far?
Although the program is still in its early stages, it has already made a significant impact. The ‘Behind the Curtains’ Tour has been well-received by participating groups, and the SKyPAC team continually refines the program to cater to the interests and needs of the students.