By: Chad Dike, Education and Outreach Program Manager
We have been super busy here at the Paramount Academy for the Arts! Here is a quick rundown of what we have been up to:
1) Literacy to Life – Our amazing team of teaching artists have been creating and writing amazing stories for the last 7 weeks. This week marks the end of our residencies at Allison, Reilly, Highland Park, and Hart Elementary Schools. After spring break, we start our rehearsals for the first performances.
2) Theatre in our Schools Mini-Conference – The Paramount Academy for the Arts has teamed up with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education to host a mini-conference focused on getting theatre in our schools. Organizations like Zach Theatre, Mindpop, VSA Texas, Pollyanna Theatre, Badgerdog, the City of Austin, the Thinkery, Big Thought, and Southwest Key will come together on March 29th to provide an awesome professional development opportunity for teaching artists. If you are interested in attending, or would like your organization to be involved please go to www.aate.com/?page=2014TXTIOS or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Student Matinees – On February 9th and 10th, over 3200 people experienced the magic of We’re Going On a Bear Hunt The Musical! This fun and interactive performance of the much loved Michael Rosen picture book. I laughed, I dance, I got squirted with water. It was fantastic! Next up on March 30th and 31st – Lightwire Theater’s DinoLight!
4) STEM through the Arts – We have been piloting a new program at Pickle Elementary this year and I wanted to let you know all about it. We are using theatre, music, dance, and film to help teach 4th graders about science, technology, engineering and math. This semester we are working on Earth Science. Throughout the 7 weeks students have helped create a short film about Rocky, our class pet rock, and how he was formed and weathered throughout his life. These films are going to be amazing!
5) Summer Camps – Lastly, SUMMER CAMPS ARE ALMOST HERE. Well, maybe not almost here, but they are starting to creep up on us. This year we have awesome opportunities for younger students and older students. I am pleased to announce that Maggie May, Moontower Comedy Festival Comedienne, will be teaching our Stand Up Comedy Intensive for 6th – 12th graders. To sign up for any of our camps go to www.austintheatre.org/camps
WOW! Thats a lot of stuff happening!