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Instructor Info:Natalie Sowell
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Amy Putnam
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Melissa Hargadon
Sam Whitney
Walker Staples
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 104
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 104

What does it take to produce, book and tour a theatre for young audiences (TYA) production? The answers to this question will be explored while producing Lily Plants a Garden by Jose Cruz Gonzalez. The play deals with issues of war, diversity, identity and difference, family and adoption, biological interdependence, and hope. The course will begin with researching touring practices of TYA companies(including marketing, booking, education components, management, and design elements). Next, students will serve as producers,actors, designers, publicity directors, company managers, education directors, stage managers, build and run crew, and creative drama workshop leaders for Seedling Productions (the TYA branch of Hampshire College Theatre). Finally, rehearsals, production meetings, creative drama workshop planning, as well as set, sound, costume and props construction(with a focus on using recycled materials) will be followed by performances at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and several area schools. The entire process will be informed by close collaboration with a group of child consultants. Prerequisite: Some theatre experience desirable.

Course Objectives:


We believe education is a communal process in which the teacher and students bring their entire selves to the circle to share in the learning process.  As critical educators, we facilitate learning based on our own studies and experiences. We strongly believe in inquiry-based education and project-based learning. We have high standards for participation and engagement in the learning process, but we are not the holders of all knowledge.  We look forward to the unique perspectives and ideas you bring to this group.  We must all participate in co-constructing knowledge and creating synergy.  This is a collective responsibility rooted in mutual respect for one another and for practical education.

This is the fourth manifestation of Take the Show on the Road and much has been learned from the past three ventures.  Our highly collaborative class models an ensemble theatre in the creative process of theatre making. For this course, we must endeavor together to make this collaborative community engaged learning experience one which strives to meet our diverse needs and desires and which serves the broader community – especially the children and teachers we encounter.  Communication is of the utmost importance for all of us.  Therefore we will work diligently to establish and maintain open dialogue and clear channels of communication.  To this aim we will spend the beginning of the semester talking about the process and engaging in group dialogue processes. 

Please remember at all times, that as a member of this ensemble you will be representing Hampshire College, the HC Theatre Program, Seedling Productions, and the Five Colleges as ambassadors. 

Additional Info:

In this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, research, rehearsals, performances at area schools, etc. The number of hours spent working outside class will increase during rehearsal and build time.