Theatresports is a fun, highly interactive team-based event where teams of four take part in ‘games’ where they must create a scene out of a ‘theme’ or ‘idea’ given to them only a few seconds prior to beginning.
Embracing the art of improvisation, players have only seconds to begin creating a scene with a beginning a middle and an end.
In a broader sense, students will apply a wide range of dramatic skills including movement, voice, listening, vision, concentration, imagination, teamwork, creativity and intellect.
Theatresports™ games are governed by rules. Beyond just being timed, team members may be asked to do such things as:
- speak with the next letter of the alphabet;
- not ask questions;
- act out a movie trailer based on a randomly assigned movie title;
- create a TV commercial for a totally made-up product;
- assume the personality of a character stereotype;
- translate gibberish;
- adopt the frozen position of another;
- replay a scene, adapting to a new, unlikely set of circumstances;
- re-interpret a scene through song and/or dance.
The wonderful benefit of tackling the challenge of improvisation is that the student can generate a range of highly transferable skills that can be applied to many other facets of their learning – presenting a monologue, delivering a book report, engaging in a Shark Tank style seminar, acting out a role play.
At the very least, Theatresports supports the acquisition of that most important life-capable skill – teamwork. This is the bedrock upon which everything else can be built for 21st century learning.