Virtual ThinkTheatre Workshops

Our virtual K-5 residencies inspire creativity, collaboration, and connectivity in this era of distanced learning.

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Enrich curriculum with theatre-based techniques designed for your classroom

With the help of local support, national and regional funders, and private benefactors, Gulfshore Playhouse’s ThinkTheatre in-school theatre program pairs core curriculum with performing arts education. Professional teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to create unique residencies designed to benefit the particular student group of each class. This model allows ThinkTheatre to best reach the unique set of learners participating in each session. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulfshore Playhouse has developed a series of virtual K-5 residencies to inspire creativity, collaboration, and connectivity in this era of distanced learning.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Intended Age: Kindergarten
Standards: Language Arts: LA.K.5.2.4, LA.K.1.2.3; Theatre: TH.K.C, TH.K.C.1

*Program Cost: $5 per student

Objective: The students will be able to perform a staged version of the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by incorporating new words and objects that they have learned.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute virtual workshop for a classroom composed of kindergarten students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida language arts standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, students will learn new words through activities focused on using new vocabulary words presented in the read-aloud and applying them through song, movement, and mime. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will gain oral interpretation skills by reading the story out loud, as well as incorporate body language and gestures to stories through tableaus and singing songs.

Money Jump!

Intended Age: 1st Grade
Standards:Math: Cluster 2 MAFS.1.MD.2; Theatre: TH.2.S

*Program cost: $5 per student

Objective: The students will be able to count and recognize different values of money by working together to estimate different prices for various objects while also being the money values.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute virtual workshop for a classroom composed of first grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on money and mathematical standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By identifying the values of coins and prices, the first-grade students will not only understand the prices, and multiple value combinations, they will also be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, engagement, creativity, and improvisation.

Weathering the Storms

Intended Age: 2nd Grade
Standards: Science: SC.2.E.7; Theatre: TH.2.S, TH.2.F
*Program Cost: $5 per student

Objective: The students will be able to recognize the different hazards of each Florida storm by acting out certain drills based on the intensity of each storm that has been read off in a public service announcement.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute virtual workshop for a classroom composed of second grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida natural science standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining different weather patterns and storms, the second-grade students will not only identify the different types of weather alerts and prepare for storms that are common to southwest Florida, they will also be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, engagement, creativity, and improvisation.

Picture This!

Intended Age: 3rd Grade
Standards: Language Arts: LAFS.3.SL.2, LAFS.3.SL.2.4; Theatre: TH.3.O.3
*Program Cost: $5 per student

Objective: The students will be able to convey important story plot points through staging tableaus and stage pictures of various well-known fairy tales.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute virtual workshop for a classroom of third grade students. This educational theatre workshop will incorporate drama-based pedagogy while reflecting Common Core Curriculum. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will gain storytelling techniques by acting out a story using detailed physicality, body language and gestures. By physically interpreting well-known fairy tales through stage pictures and tableaus, students will examine what good storytelling entails, focusing on creativity, imagination, and innovation.

The Mystery of History

Intended Age: 4th Grade
Standards: Social Studies: SS.4.A.1, SS.4.A.3; Theatre: TH.4.S, TH.4.H
*Program Cost: $5 per student

Objective: The students will be able to recognize and portray significant historical figures and events through the dramatization of movement and sound.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute virtual workshop for a classroom composed of fourth grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida social studies standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining historical figures and events through drama, students will not only be able to identify important contributions to the state of Florida and the world, they will be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, communication, engagement, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Intended Age: 5th Grade
Standards: Math: MAFS.5.MD, MAFS.5.MD.2, MAFS.5.NF.1.AP.2a; Theatre: TH.5.O.2

*Program Cost: $5 per student

Objective: The students will be able to identify various fractions by finding different equal fractions of Broadway themed activities.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute virtual workshop for a classroom composed of fifth grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida math standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining characters and aspects of the musicals ‘Wicked” and “The Wizard of Oz,” students will use Broadway themed props as visual fraction models to interpret various scenarios. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will learn and examine various equal fractions, while also gaining storytelling techniques by impersonating basic characters from the musicals.

Schedule a Residency

Steven Calakos
Director of Education

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