Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!

Marionette: Leading & Following

“Wow!!” What a fabulous time we all had during your visit to Saluda River. The ways in which you made learning fun as well as meaningful makes such a difference to our students.” –Stephanie Walker, Saluda River Elementary Theatre Arts Teacher.

This residency emphasizes the communication, collaboration, and creative thinking skills inherent in mime. Students, through imaginative movement explorations in pairs and small groups, learn basic skills like: focusing attention on a partner, leading and following and switching from leading and following, making creative choices, working with a partner without bossing, listening, (really!) rotating group roles and responsibilities, and practicing positive critiques of the work of their peers. They conceive, develop, and perform their own mime pieces as they are guided through group collaborative processes.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Know the definition of mime and pantomime;
  • Be able to clearly communicate imaginary objects, characters, places;
  • Improve their ability to focus on, listen to, lead, follow, and work with others;
  • Make creative choices;
  • Know strategies for working collaboratively such as: agreeing on guidelines, assigning roles, taking turns, sharing power, and brainstorming in various ways;
  • Use positive speech when critiquing work; and
  • Work in groups to create original mime pieces and show them.
Curricular Connections
NC Theatre Arts Grade 3-8.C.1
Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. Grade 6.C.1.1 Use physical movement and acting skills to express a variety of emotions to an audience. 6-8.C.2.1 Use improvisation and acting skills to role play various scenarios and given situations. NCSCoS English Language Arts Gr. 3-8.SL.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
(Photo by Stephanie Walker)


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