The Primary and Middle Years Programme students make yearly theatre productions. These productions are completely unique and original and often related topic of study. The entire production is created in collaboration with classroom teachers, students and music teachers. They write the script, practice songs, arrange music, create props, costumes and much more! Regularly some parents also share their skills and help making props or costumes.
These events are so interesting and stimulating that the children and teachers like to perform several times. Therefore all Children’s House children with their parent(s)are invited every year to attend the general dress rehearsals. This is a wonderful opportunity for the young children to be the audience in a large theatre and to see what they will be involved with in the future. For the Primary students it is a great practice with an enthusiastic audience!
The Primary theatre productions are held at the fully equipped Cultural Centre de Kam in Wezembeek-Oppem.
The Middle Years students build upon their experiences in Primary and add extra challenges to their productions. They regularly use the fully equipped theatre, but have also done performances in the school’s courtyard and in the park. Thus experimenting with light and sound.
The topic of the theatre piece is integrated with their classroom studies. Our ‘Dark in the Park’ event will be a performance by the MYP students in the Tervuren Park with the topic related to their studies on the Middle Ages. The students start with a Guiding Question and from there derive a scenario which they bring to life through performance: “Light, is it (a) present or a gift? The Middle Ages have often been called the ‘dark’ ages, a gloomy time from which we seem to only remember the most negative parts. But was it really like that? Our court ladies and knights, craftsmen and peasants, clergy and troubadours, as well as thieves and spirits of the forests will show you the other side of the mirror.”
For this event the audience is invited to walk through Tervuren Park in a quest for light, and MYP students wait for them at different stations where they will act various scenes of medieval life such as the royal court, the construction of a cathedral, and daily village life with all of the characters of medieval times. The troubadours will guide your way with music. All will eventually end up at a central place for a festive grand finale, in the style of Breughel!
For more impressions on the theatre productions, please have a look at the related photo albums ‘art & music’!