Introduction to Theatre Arts Appreciation Field Trip
Hello Parents and Students!
Every semester, the Introduction to Theatre Arts Appreciation classes take a field trip to see some live, local theatre. This culturally enriching experience is part of the curriculum for Theatre Arts in Fairfax County and a fantastic opportunity. Here are some general guidelines that regulate this opportunity:
On December 5th, all first semester Theatre Arts students will travel to Synetic Theatre in Arlington, Virginia to see a performance of My Father’s Dragon. Here is a description of the play from Synetic Theatre:
Dragons are real and imaginations soar in this wordless Family Theater Production directed and choreographed by Company Member Tori Bertocci. Adapted by Company Member Ryan Sellers, “My Father’s Dragon” is based on the book of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett. The story follows the adventures of Elmer Elevator as he stows away to Wild Island in an attempt to rescue a captive baby dragon.
On February 28th, all second semester Theatre Arts students will travel to Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD to see a performance of Dicken's Davy Copperfield. Here is a description of the play from Imagination Stage:
Experience the genius of Charles Dickens through the eyes of a young boy! Follow Davy Copperfield on his childhood adventures in 19th C. England. Whether at home with his mother, at boarding school, working in a London bottling factory, or making his epic escape across the English countryside, Davy shows his resilience and determination to find a loving home.
Permission Slips and Fees: Each student will be required to submit a permission slip, an emergency care form, and an admission fee of $5. These forms will be sent home by Mrs. Kozik as the date of the trip draws near.
Dress: Students should dress nicely. This means no leggings, shorts, and preferably no jeans. I’ve told the students that if jeans are their only options, then they need to be nice jeans with no rips or tears in them. Students should plan to dress for the weather.
Schedule: Schedules will differ depending on productions, however typically students will go to school and the beginning periods of their day. Once an annoucement is made, students will then make their way to the GIR. Once in the GIR they will find their assigned chaperone, and check in. They need to remain with their chaperone until they get on the bus.
Once at the theatre the students will be permitted to sit wherever they wish, unless they have been directed otherwise by Mrs. Kozik. The play will last about an hour. After the play, the students will get back on the same bus they arrived on, chaperones will take attendance, and we will travel back to Kilmer.
When we arrive at Kilmer, all students will go to the cafeteria. ALL STUDENTS NEED TO PACK AND BRING THEIR LUNCHES. We will arrive just after 7th period has started, so they will have all of 7th period to eat their lunches. Once the bell rings for 8th period, they will be dismissed to their 8th period classes.
Behavior: Students will be taught and be aware of proper audience etiquette. Students should know that they are representing FCPS, Kilmer Middle School, and the Drama Department. They are to be on their best behavior. Any misbehavior will be taken very seriously and dealt with up on arrival back at the school.
Cell Phones and Bags: Students are NOT to bring their cell phones or backpacks with them on this field trip. They can be kept either locked up in the drama room or in their lockers. Any phones brought on the trip will be confiscated. If students wish to bring a small purse, that is fine.
Food: Please ensure that your student eats breakfast on the morning of the performance. Again, please make sure that your student brings lunch with them on the day of the performance.
Chaperones: We will be looking for chaperones for these trip. Please contact Nikisha Kozik at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are able to come. Chaperones will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis and do not need to pay for the trip. Thank you in advance to all who can volunteer to help.
I know it’s a lot, but I really am excited to take your students to see some really great theatre! Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns!
Nikisha Kozik Drama Teacher Kilmer Middle School
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