In addition to performances or THE BYSTANDER PROJECT, Concrete Temple Theatre, offers workshops and activities with students, including:
1) STUDENT WALK ON ROLES: Students from the school or community can be included in the performances of THE BYSTANDER PROJECT, as “extras” in the performance. There is a maximum of 13 students per performance; though, when there is more than one performance being presented, there can be different groups of students performing at different performances (i.e., Group A performs at the afternoon show, and Group B performs at the evening show). WALK ON ROLES require that students are available for a workshop with the Concrete Temple Theatre Co-Artistic Directors, Renee Philippi and Carlo Adinolfi, prior to Concrete Temple’s arrival at the school. It also requires students to be available for a dry-tech and a dress rehearsal. Students are asked to wear blue pants or jeans; Concrete Temple Theatre will provide “costume shirts” for the performances.
2) PRE-PLAY WORKSHOPS: Prior to Concrete Temple Theatre’s arrival at the school, students create their own “Bully” shadow play. Students, either as a group or as individuals, are lead in creating a story/stories expressing their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences of bullying, as bystanders, targets, and bullies. Along with learning approaches to narrative, they will learn theatre and puppetry skills, while mastering the difficult conceptualization of shadows.
3) POST-PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS: Normally the day after the performances, this workshop focuses on adaptation, using the adaptation of THE BYSTANDER PROJECT from James Preller’s Bystander as its model. Students are lead in making their own adaptation(s) of the James Preller’s Bystander or another book that has been recently read by the students involved in the workshop. (Concrete Temple Theatre can also provide a short story to be used in conjunction with the workshop that can be read prior to the workshop or the day of the workshop.) This workshop can include the actors from the THE BYSTANDER PROJECT cast to work with students and potentially perform in the student adaptations.