A Theater Workshop enrichment program for creative young minds.
What are PoP Up Plays? They are a Multi- Art’s Adventure
PoP Up Plays are a series of vignettes created, written, rehearsed and performed by students. All the elements of this traveling show are student designed and inspired. To invent PoP Up Plays, we will rotate in and out of 4 workshops each week:
1) Creative mind exercise or game
2) Explore a space
3) Crafting the text
The workshop will cover a broad spectrum of topics and approaches to inspire writing; including but not limited to: focus on choices, first time experiences, free writes, poetry, memory writing, character profiles, word games, interpretive prose, active listening and feedback. Because we are not in a class room together we will have opportunity to Google Classroom and Zoom as a group. There will also be a need to scan when you can, photo snap, text and email to send the work to me for review and feedback. The goal is to encourage imagination, creative expression, build self-esteem, and foster a love of neighbor and the arts. The result is a lot fun shared with the most creative people!
How Parents support PoP Up Plays?
A few guides to assist your young writer.
Staff and Contacts
Director: Stacey Fix 978-973-6553
2 Silver Ledge Road, Newbury, MA 01951
Production Manager: Heidi Blanchet
Video Direction: Sam Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
How do Students Access the Google Classroom?
There is a plus sign at the top right-
Select Join Class
Enter the Class code: qp4iap4
All activities are in the classwork tab at the top or can be found in the stream
You can upload files or pictures of handwritten work for Mrs. Fix to see.
Questions about Google Classroom?
Email Ms. Blanchet at: email@example.com
Each cast member will need a spiral notebook or composition note book for creative writing. This should be decorated and made personal by the student in any way they like. Access to paper, glue, pencils, erasers, pens, paints, markers, hats, balloons, scissor, stapler, ruler, crayons, magazines etc. I suggest a repurposed cereal box, also decorated, is a great keeper of the stuff.
A Brief History of PoP UP
Beginning in 2000, I developed Pop Up Plays as an extension to what was then known as the “Gifted and Talented” program at NES. Back in the day this was special education. This was an enrichment program to a self-selecting small group of students who delighted in intellectual challenges and creative process. This program was in the spring time after productions from the year. Students met at NES from 7:00pm-8:00pm in PJs and we wrote together before they went home to bed. We performed for area libraries and Montessori Schools and private pre-schools. The show was very well received and soon Montessori Schools were asking me to come to their school to teach and direct an 8-week session of PoP Up Plays to their Middle School which they would perform for their young school and parents. Traveling as a theater troop is an amazing experience and your student may or may not choose to include that part of this writer’s journey. I believe this is a meaningful vehicle for this time of distancing while desiring to stay connected and use this time as an opportunity to be creative. We will develop a written script to perform and we will present PoP Up Plays when the time is right.