RADIO ON THE LAKE THEATRE
Story Forum in partnership with Radio on the Lake Theatre offers the following radio play writing and performing programs, which give young people an opportunity to create stories and bring them to life.
For grades K-5, RadioKids uses a collaborative approach to story building where children build and perform a radio play based on their own unique characters, which come together to solve an original problem.
From the Middle:
Middle school students in grades 6-8 assume the roles of a group of adolescent archetypes who tease out, struggle with, and resolve poignant age appropriate conflicts.
High school students, under the mentorship of a professional playwright, write radio plays inspired by an intriguing school newspaper story. Using a student director, these plays are then performed by student actors.
The Shaker Century Garden
The Shaker Historical Society & Story Forum in partnership
On the grounds of The Shaker Historical Society, Shaker area families will work together to create The Shaker Century Garden and Harvest Meal celebrating stories covering 400+ years of diverse and unique culture and horticulture in Northeast Ohio and Shaker Heights. They will not only help to nurture heirloom seedlings and prepare the soil for planting but also tend and harvest the crops. Additionally, participating families will bring to life the stories of the many heritages of our area through a myriad of activities. Throughout the summer, family members will record these stories in a hardbound book for all to share. Stories can range from realistic to historical fiction and take various forms along the way–poetry, plays, comics, or wherever their creativity takes them. Additional activities include history-focused programs, cooking classes, hands-on learning kits. As a culminating activity, families are invited to a potluck Harvest Meal celebrating the history of peoples and cultures. Entertainment will include a collaborative story, created and performed by willing participants from June and July’s playwriting workshops.
A seed starter kit with heirloom seeds to foster & plant in one of 4 century beds
Storytelling inspiration galore for your personal family storytelling books
Cooking classes (online and in person) representing meals from many times and cultures
Activities (online and in person) related to the soil, plants, foods, or cultures
NARRATIVE ARTS APPROACHES
Storytellers takes children on a journey using their own stories–both real and imagined.
StoryBuilders is an extremely engaging and beloved story production and performance activity. Led by program associates, participants become their own character living in a group created setting and living out a collaboratively inspired plot. This collaborative story takes shape as a play, computer game, comic, film or art object. Instructors guide social and emotional learning through socratic probing for character motivation and consequences.
Personal Story Narratives
Identity and “moment-in-time” stories capture those stories that shape and define us all. From how we were named to holiday traditions (including food, of course), we capture stories with a focus on exploring self concept. Often we start with the physical self portrait, the family portrait, and neighborhood. Our conversations focus on the relationships children have with each of these selves.
Passports moves youth out of their comfort zone and challenges them to expand their boundaries of friends, family, and community.
The Passport activities range from tracing our roots to meeting and considering the cultures of those who live on the other side of the planet.
OUT IN THE WORLD (OitW)
OitW builds on young people’s evolving sense of agency and desire to demonstrate and test their talents and interests. We help youth articulate their beliefs, then be of service to those beliefs.
Primary OitW Activities use forms of service learning, mentoring, and apprenticing to challenge young people’s interests.
ACTIVITIES WOVEN THROUGHOUT EACH PROGRAM
Touchpoints and Community circles
Within large or small group gatherings, young people express their thoughts–what’s hot on their minds; they evaluate the remains of the day, and voice their hopes for what comes next.
Young people tune into their minds and bodies and begin to appreciate their rhythms.
Fun and Games
Emotional and social themes are woven into collaborative physical activities using large and small muscles and include nature walks and lawn games (bocci, magnetic darts, obstacle courses, scavenger/treasure hunts) weather permitting.
Everyone needs a stretch of time to let their minds wander. We build in ½ – 1 hour of “me” time into our full day programs where children rest, then exercise self choice activities.
Snacks or meals
Everyone pitches in to serve and clean up; everyone waits to be seated and served; and everyone waits until all are done before moving on to the next activity.