Chicago has a new gem for walking tours, and we call it the Ravenswood Amphitheater (catchier names are in the works). The official playground opening took place on September 14, 2014. We had quite a turn out for this grand event which included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar, the Amundsen band, and friends and neighbours galore! It was absolutely
amazing to see so many people coming together to show support for a school. That was a Sunday. The very next day, a few drama classes looked like this!
The students were all incredibly excited to try out the new classroom/performance space. Our lesson in the pictures above revolved around the concept of making observations with our ears. Artists observe the world around them and use those observations with their own imagination to create something. As the year progresses, we will explicitly practice observing with all of our senses in order to become more keen observers and more effective theatre artists. In the mean time, I'm going to use the amphitheater as often as humanly possible. I'll leave you with a tableau vivant (living picture) from a fourth grade class.