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ExpressionWorks update

Wow, Time Flies! We can’t believe another amazing term of Expression Works is coming to a close. Everyone has been so patient and wonderful this term with the transition that took place at the end of March.
The last class will be on June 8th, 2017. Participants will arrive at the regular class time at 6:30 pm. June 8th is also the date for our Open Class from 7:15 – 8:15 pm. Families, friends and anyone you know who may benefit from our class are invited to attend the Open Class.  Families are encouraged to bring nut free/gluten free snacks to share if possible.
Thank you so much for the continued support and enrollment.
Looking forward to seeing you all on June 8th, which is the last day for Expression Works this term.

SocialWorks Update

Hello All!
Last week we had a great session continuing with our creative expression. The past 2 weeks we have been focusing our exercises on concepts such as
-public speaking
-assertiveness
-awareness of others
-spacial/surrounding awareness
During the last 30 minutes of class – we took a quick field trip out into the mall for a little scavenger hunt, to practice awareness of surroundings.
This week we will be focusing our exercises and games surrounding the theme of conflict resolution.
We will continue to take this physical-hands creative arts approach as we go through the term – it is a lot of fun for everyone, and hopefully will help to increase confidence and willingness to public speak.
May 31st 2017 will be our bowling excursion at Classic Bowl – Wintson Churchill and Dundas – just 5 minutes from Sheridan Mall in the Starsky’s Plaza. More info coming soon!
We look forward to seeing you all tonight,

Update for ExpressionWorks

The April Showers are upon us and boy did it rain on Thursday. The rain was the topic of interest and did create a bit of anxiety in the first half of the stretch. However as the class progressed and News Flash began, everyone was a trooper and did not let it hamper their focus.
We were all happy to note that the day for our annual TTC Outing is around the corner. In order to prepare our group for the Outing, last week we talked about safety while traveling, learned about the accessible stations and stations that have washroom. We also had a conversation around where we wait on the station, who we travel with, what we do if there are delays and the route we would take.
Before breaking into small groups and then coming together to talk about our upcoming TTC outing, we played an engaging educational game. The game involved questions that related to different scenarios on how one might feel. Each person was given a feeling like sad, excited, happy and then had to see which emotion best matched the question as they were randomly chosen from a bag.
Overall a very informative, proactive session!  We look forward to our outing tomorrow. Please bring rain gear to plan for the weather.  Looking forward to our TTC Outing on May 4th

DramaWorks Rehearsal Tools

For all of those unable to access the rehearsal tools, we have added them on a YouTube Playlist so that it is more convenient for you.
Here is the link:
We are passing along some rehearsal resources on our google drive for at home practice for those who are familiar with that also. If not, just use the Youtube link above. 
 
In the Google folder (for those not accessing YouTube) you will find a tutorial to help the Lunites learn their parts. Keep in mind our Royal Lunites are both speaking while also using some sign language. This has been an exciting challenge but our actors are rising to the occasion and doing a wonderful job.

There is also the song (Oh Luna) for anyone playing a Royal Lunite or Royal Queen Luna. The words are in the scripts. We also have the Count on Me Song attached for the Star Crew/Star Fleet (Full first Verse & Chorus) and Lunites (Chorus only).

 
 
 
 

Thanks for doing at home rehearsals so we can ensure everyone is familiar with their scenes. The Starcrew Team does more individual based lines, therefore a tutorial is not needed other than for the Count On Me song.

ExpressionWorks update April 21/2017

What another amazing fun night that included Puppetry, Tongue Twisters, Songs, and a Talk Show with experts on various topics of interest!
The evening started with the usual Stretch Circle. The group was small and the staff trickled in through the evening despite the rainy weather.
Communication circle brought in a lot of laughter and silliness especially with two of the tongue twisters chosen. The group sang two songs which everyone really enjoyed. One was a repeat from last week and the other was a new song where the puppets introduced themselves using different voices and sang a song about friendship.
The mood had been set for the second half of the evening.The puppets played with expressing the intensity of their different emotions with the help of a conductor. Later on, one by one, each puppet was introduced as an expert on various topics hosted on a talk show. The rest of the puppets had a chance to ask questions or make comments. Some of the conversations and the rapport between the puppets was hilarious and silly.
You know you have had a great time when on the way home you cannot stop smiling and laughing just thinking about all that had transpired during the ExpressionWorks class.

SingingWorks Vocalists – Update – Song List!

Hello SingingWorks Vocalists,

SocialWorks Update

Hello All!

We hope you enjoyed your extra-long Easter Break! As a reminder our spring session starts back up today at Youth 180 Merge inside the Sheridan Centre from 6:15-8:15pm.
This term we are going to take a more drama-game based social interaction approach, as many of our returnees have done our life-skills programming for several years. This term we will focus more on social interaction between one another as well as tying in life-skills – but it will not be as academic as in the past.
There will be information on our fun bowling night to follow!
We look forward to seeing you all there!

ExpressionWorks update!

We had such a great class last night!
Everyone did their own musical theatre performances!
We aimed to capture most of it through video!

Here are a few shots:

Petra T singing Memory with our volunteer Jan
Petra S singing a Spoonful of Sugar
And Devon dancing to You Can’t Stop the Beat with our volunteers Katherine & Susan

So much fun was had by all , and everyone has adjusted easily and quickly to our Team Teaching approach!

 

Devon dancing to You Can't Stop the Beat w Katherine & SusanPetera T singing Memory w JanPetra S singing A Spoonful of Sugar

The Spring Term of SocialWorks starts back up on April 19th/2017

 
Tonight will be the last class of SocialWorks for the winter term.   
 
Remember, our Spring term starts back up on April 19th 2017. 
Thus far we unfortunately only have 5 participants enrolled for the Spring semester. This is not an ideal number to run the program going forward. If you have not made payment or do not plan on attending the Spring session, please let Danielle or myself know as soon as possible.
We are planning on having a bowling-night made available to everyone for a small fee (less than $15 a participant) in the Spring. We will make it available to all past and present attendees. Details to follow soon.
We hope to see everyone tomorrow,

ExpressionWorks Progressing!

We have updated the clowning google drive folder to include memories from last Thursday.  What magic!  Check out from the direct link here if you’d like.

Our talented Office Coordinator and talented Video Lady Adina will be piecing all of the year’s photos and short video snips into a video to air at our final class in June.

It’s been a joy and refreshing now that we are incorporating new ideas and truly embracing  our current Team-teaching approach. It’s been wonderful to have all of our staff and volunteers come together to share their collective talents for our Spring Term. We will miss Alanna but I know we will make her proud by continuing on this wonderful program she spent so much time fostering and nurturing.

Our class on the 30th– with our Staff members Divya and Anne leading the opening hour, and then Alex spearheading our Musical Theatre portion in the later have will be so fun! We look forward to seeing you all.