Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wondering Aloud

Stages of Wonder, Company of Fools’ in-school dramatic arts program that serves as the theater curriculum in elementary schools across Blaine County, is in its 16th year. Here program actor Beth Hilles opens students’ eyes to improve during a recent stop. Stages of Wonder was created in 1998 to engage children in individual and collective creativity through theater. To date, the program has served more than 22,000 students. Stages of Wonder brings together storytelling, role-playing, theater games and exercises designed for each grade level. These activities are both structured and improvisational, allowing children the opportunity to create in their own personal way without the worry of getting it “right” or “wrong.” In January, Company of Fools merged with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, allowing for enhanced programming to schools. Among the opportunities are artist residencies with nationally known musicians and visual artists; student matinees of Company of Fools’ productions at the Liberty Theatre; and student scholarships for advanced study in the arts. To date, The Center has awarded more than half a million dollars in student scholarships, school tours of exhibitions at The Center’s gallery, teen workshops, family days, teen theater classes and educator nights at Fools’ productions.
Courtesy photo by Kirsten Shultz

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