EARLY CHILDHOOD + MY FIRST IMAGINATION STAGE
Q. What is My First Imagination Stage?
A. My First Imagination Stage is our program designed for ages 0-5, offering intimate, interactive arts experiences for the very young through professional theatre productions, early childhood classes, and single-session weekend workshops. These immersive programs use story and dramatic play to encourage creativity and expression, while also building on very important developmental skills such as problem-solving, spoken language, and teamwork.
Q. What are Early Childhood workshops?
A. Our Saturday Song Circle (SSC) and Sunday Fun-Day (SFD) Workshops are one-off, “a la carte” experiences designed around different children’s books. They offer an opportunity for families of young children to do something creative together in the style of our classes. Both workshops are designed for students ages 5 and under, though SSC is geared more to ages 3 and under while SFD is geared more toward ages 3-5.
Q. What ages are Early Childhood Classes intended for and why?
A. Our theatre classes are divided into two different age ranges.
In our You & Me classes, (ages 12-36 months) caregivers attend class with their child. Lessons are designed to be highly sensory in nature and to create moments of bonding between child and caregiver. In our My Friends & Me classes, (ages 3-5 years) children attend class with their peers, and caregivers are not present. We provide creative, guided play experiences while also teaching children the beginnings of theatre vocabulary.
Q. What does an Early Childhood class or camp look like?
A. Typically we start every class with a gathering activity, such as coloring or building, to create a welcoming environment but hone focus. We then come together for a hello song and a series of warm-ups selected to meet the class’ needs and theme. In many of these classes, we then typically read a story, followed by bringing the story to life through dramatic play or movement. Oftentimes, this play will also incorporate use of song, instruments, dance exploration and technique, or a visual arts activity. Our class ends with a closing ritual and goodbye activity to help bring our activities to an end for the day.