Saturday, August 7, 2010

Entertaining the Little Tykes

Today we had the opportunity to entertain the children involved in the Martinborough Library's School Holiday Programme.  I am so fortunate to have talented students who are willing to give up their time freely on a Saturday to entertain the kids.

We played some theatresports games, all based on fairy stories for the children.  They chose Little Red Riding Hood to see in the game "Sit, stand, kneel, lie", Cinderella in "Survivor", a "Hands Interview" with Shrek, and a very speedy Snow White and the 2 Dwalves in "60, 30, 15, 7".  They also giggled at slo motion cleaning up bedrooms.

Highlights of the round included the giggles with 2 boys dancing together, people being knocked over, and an impromptu round of "Happy Birthday" to Darren when he arrived.

Then we brought out the circus equipment, did a quick demo.... and showed the kiddies Dan Carlisle juggling knives!  It was wonderful to see the girls teaching kids how to spin plates on a stick, and the boys teaching kids how to juggle.  They were totally wonderful and patient with the kids, which was a privilege to see.

We were given a wonderful thanks from the Librarian, and headed off to our traditional hot chocolates at the Village Cafe.... with pizza.  Thanks so much for all your help, it would be impossible to accept such opportunities without students who were so generous with their time and skills.

The crew today were Dan Carlisle, Daniel Cameron, Moana Brathwaite, Camille Healy, Alena-Rose Burt, James Owens and Darren Dingle.

Dan, Daniel, James and Camille doing "Sit, stand, kneel, lie"- the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Darren elicits giggles from the kids with some random leg flailing.

The girls teaching the kids how to spin plates.

Dan Carlisle's Juggling group

Our performing group (sans Darren who had to go) and some of the kids from the programme.

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