Online theatre camp for kids

The kids will be performing a play from within their homes

With the world adapting to a virtual reality more and more with each passing day, camps for children and theatre performances are also changing their modus operandi. Trying to beat the lockdown blues, singer-and-theatre personality Pallavi MD has come up with the idea of organizing an e-camp for children, where they will learn about theatre and acting.

Starting September 7, for five weeks, the children would be part of the theatre workshop where they would be exposed to mime, music, craft, art puppetry and storytelling. At the end of the workshop, the children would also have to put up an online theatre performance.

“For the last few months, children have been at home along with their parents due to the work-from-home routine. Boredom has steeped in as they are unable to go out and some of them are inevitably spending a lot of time on gadgets or television.

In order to get them out of this routine we decided to organise a month-long virtual after-school camp,” said Pallavi, who along with her sister Swetha MD, have tied up with a school to conduct the camp.

“The idea is to have around 15-20 students between the age group of 11-15 years. If we do not get enough students, we would approach other schools as well,” said Pallavi.

The workshop will be conducted in three sessions per week during the first four weeks and in the last week; rehearsals will be conducted every evening before the performance.

The organisers of the camp have also decided to adapt a novel into a play and the students would be trained to take part in the performance during the workshop.

“We have a couple of novels in mind which we would like to adapt for the play.

The online theatre performance uses props like glove puppets, shadow puppets, string puppets, stick puppets and dioramas, art and craft, mime, music and dance,” said Swetha.

She added that the whole concept was experimental and would be a huge challenge as the children would be at home while the workshop is conducted and also during the final play performance.

“There will be one whole window and multiple frames where the children would be performing their parts. It is a first-of-its-kind experiment,” Swetha added.

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