Objective: Performance of shadow puppet shows for the whole school and/or the parents.

Day 1: Introduction to the world of shadow theatre (history, geography, puppets from different countries and styles). Videos of various modern and traditional shadow theatre performances will be shown.

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Day 2: Students divide into small groups (theatre companies) and decide what story they want to produce and perform on the last day of the residency. They make lists of puppets and scenery that need to be designed and created. They start designing and creating.


Day 3: Continue making everything that is needed for each show. Start seeing how the shadows look on the screen using the overhead projector and/or halogen lights. Start practicing movement and character voices and experimenting with improvisational techniques.


Day 4: Finish puppet construction and creation of the improvisational scripts. Rehearse and have critique sessions with each group. Make corrections, adjustments, and final decisions.

Day 5: Final rehearsal. Performance.

Leonidas will build a screen with the students and the teachers, which will stay at the school for future performances.



Day 1:
Intro to shadow theater with puppets videos and stories about shadow puppet theater from different cultures around the world.
Divide the class into groups of 5 students each and decide on original or traditional myths or fairy tales. Write a list of characters and a list of scenery about each story.

Day 2:
Each group Presents. lists and ideas for the stories to the rest of the class. Start designing characters and scenery. Start constructing shadow puppets and shadow scenery and check how the shadows look on the overhead projector and the screen.

Day 3:
Continue constructing and practice entrances and exits with the puppets. Practice scenery changes and story telling. Work on voices and movement and improvisational dialogues between characters. Finalize story lines and make final decisions about plots and backstage responsibilities. Fix puppets and scenery and make smooth transitions between scenes.

Day 4:
Every group rehearses their shows and we practice audience manners and curtain call. Constructive criticism sessions after each performance with suggestions from the classmates and teacher about improving the shadow plays.

Day 5:
Performances for the parents and or other classes.
Constructive criticism and answering questions from the audience about the ancient art of shadow theater.

Leonidas Kassapides