Experience UGA - Theatre and Film Studies for 3 Graders

Fine Arts Building Fine Arts Theatre (Room 200)
Third graders from all of Athens-Clarke County's schools will visit the Fine Arts Theatre for a special program introducing them to theatre and film studies. The program will begin with a live performance by the UGA Children's Theatre Troupe of an original play The Parrot: A Folktale. This one-hour-long interactive multimedia children’s show by Caity Johnson, an MFA student in Dramatic Media, is based on Italo Calvino’s version of a classic Italian folktale. The show will feature a digital puppet — the Parrot— interacting with live performers on the stage. Three projection screens will create an entire world for the performers and the audience to explore. After the production, the author and cast will discuss the process of creating the performance, demonstrate how the digital puppet works, and answer students' questions. The second part of the program will be an hour-long presentation by Dr. Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts, entitled "What did Pixar learn from old Hollywood cartoons?" Pixar changed the world of animation by using computers, but many of their stories and designs are inspired by classical Hollywood cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s, including Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. This presentation explains some of the lessons from those old cartoons that Pixar has updated for their movies today. Several cartoons will be shown on 16mm projectors from Dr. Neupert's private collection. Before each presentation, faculty members in Theatre will use the Fine Arts Theatre to introduce students to the elements of theatre architecture and design (the stage, proscenium, house, boxes, lighting grid, etc.), and will lead the students, from their seats, through a series of brief, lively interactive theatre games that engage the students' imaginations and creativity.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm