Yesterday we hosted a teaching artist from BAM, Raquel Almazan, who led the class in a puppetry workshop. This workshop was included in the cost of our tickets to The Magic City.
Raquel led the children in various theater game warm-ups, including one in which they took turns pretending that her scarf was any number of different objects. Our students were wonderfully imaginative and expressive with this game!
After that we made puppets with paper plates or paper bags, and then we experimented with having our puppets make distinctive sounds. Finally, we progressed to very short puppet shows, where a child’s puppet had to confront something that in real life had changed that child (just as in The Magic City, the main character had to deal with her sister getting married, and her family expanding to include another child).
A very good time was had by all!