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A blog post about a young actor in Morogoro Tanzania whose Improv troup – a group that works very similarly to the way Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed operates – travels to educate about AIDs and it’s prevention.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Lesson in Selflessness
|Our second day here, we found a ripe coconut in our yard and Frank peeled it, cracked it open, and grated the nut out so that we could taste “real tanzanian nazi/coconut”|
|Myself and Frank in town running errands for a training session|
|Myself and Frank riding the Daladala. Frankie was laughing about the fact that these mini-buses were definitely not built for people my size.|
|Frank helped us out with the Play Day for the Home Based Care children. The kids love his loud, dramatic personality.|
|Frank the monkey|
I have only known Frank for four weeks but already I can see he will have a lasting impression on my life and those around him. His kind acts and genuine personality can be a lesson in selflessness for all of us.
- Anonymous said…
- Ben, to wake up to such a positive post changed the whole outlook on the day…
- November 3, 2011 4:53 AM
- Anonymous said…
- Ben,Thank you for brightening my day…from so far away, you still have the ability to make me smile (and at the same time bring tears to my eyes!) Frank sounds amazing and I hope you do know that you have most of those qualities too!!! Except for the never complaining part, haha You have had a huge impact on everyone you meet to, I have first-hand knowledge of this! Great to see your smiling face peeking out from these wonderful photos, especially since it is so gloomy here today. Miss you, Lisa C. xo
- November 3, 2011 9:50 AM
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Our day camp at St. Anne School in Sumter begins a week from tomorrow. There is still room in the camp and we’d love for your young actor to join us!
Theatre Arts Day Camp at St. Anne’s School in Sumter!
by Center Stage Youth Theatre of Columbia
To information on how to register call Amy Zalimas at 803-773-8006
Stellaluna – Theatre Arts Day Camp
Grades K-2, Limit 15 children (Rising Kindergarteners through rising 2nd grade)
Fee – $95.00
Monday – Friday – 9:00 – 11:30 am
June 14 – 25
Funny little Fruit Bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother and taken in by a mother bird and her nestlings. Much comedy ensues as Stellaluna tries hard to learn to be a good baby bird. Janelle Cannon’s beautiful book provides the script for our K-2 campers and we will spend the two weeks of mornings creating our own studio production of Stellaluna to be presented on the last day of camp to family and friends. Children should come dressed in comfortable play clothes, bring a snack, a water bottle, a paint shirt and be ready for action! We will cast, rehearse, design sets and costumes and learn about how much team work goes into the creation of a play. For more information call Susan Scaccia at 206-4924 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasure Island! Theatre Arts Day Camp
Grades 3-8, limit 15 children (Rising 3rd through current 8th grade).
Fee – $95.00
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:00
June 14 – 25
Treasure Island is certainly one of the most durable adventure stories of all time, with the villainous Long John Silver following young Jim across the ocean to search out a buried fortune on Treasure Island. Join us as we spend two weeks worth of afternoons creating our studio production of this famous story. We will cast, rehearse, design and create costumes and sets and scenery, and then on our last day of camp present our production to friends and family. Campers should bring a water bottle, a snack and a paint shirt, wear comfortable play clothes and come prepared to have fun, meet new friends and learn about the wonderful world of theatre! For more information feel free to call Susan Scaccia at 206-4924 or email her at email@example.com
I spent some time this afternoon with a delightful young actor I had met when I first moved here. She was a real standout, and I was very pleased and honored when she asked me to coach her on her monologues for her professional auditions later this month.
We chatted for a while (ok, at least an hour) and then we got to work. It was so exciting to watch her go through the process of making the monologues part of her body and her soul. She was very well prepared and very open to suggestion. I especially liked the way she was able to take my suggestions and use what made sense to her as she developed her own meaning for the pieces.
I really enjoy monologue work. There are only the words and the actor – no place to hide. And the way the meaning of the piece begins to shine through as you work it and then suddenly - a big chunk of meaning will fall off and land in your lap!
This young woman was especially beautiful to watch – it was quite moving to see the monologues become part of her. I could see the transition – suddenly she would relax and you could feel her enjoying every word. At one point I could see that she was doing everything I had asked her but it wasn’t working for her. She looked unhappy and out of control. I asked her then to put back some of what she had originally brought to the monologue and just use what I had suggested to flavor it and Voila! There she was again, as comfortable as could be. It was quite wonderful.