Free virtual play creation class for youth tackles climate change

Neptune Theatre and Halifax Regional Arts partner for Catastrophe, a free weekly remote play creation class for students in grades 9-12 focusing on climate change.

The ten-week virtual class will use improvisation, movement, storytelling and writing in the creation of a collective piece of art created by the youth, for youth. Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash.
The ten-week virtual class will use improvisation, movement, storytelling and writing in the creation of a collective piece of art created by the youth, for youth. Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash.

Neptune Theatre School and Halifax Regional Arts have partnered for Catastrophe, a free weekly remote play creation class for students in grades 9-12 focusing on climate change.

Taking place following the March school break, the ten-week virtual class will use improvisation, movement, storytelling, and writing to create a collective piece of art created by the youth for youth.

The idea for Catastrophe came to Neptune Theatre’s director of education, Laura Caswell, after years of reading scripts for teens and youth and realizing there few interesting or relevant scripts.

Catastrophe will explore not only how we react to our world through arts, but how we can create art to cause a positive reaction in the world.

Catastrophe will explore not only how we react to our world through arts, but how we can create art to cause a positive reaction in the world,” says Caswell in a media release. “I am also interested in bringing Nova Scotian stories to the stage. This creation process seemed like one good way to make that happen.”

Led by Halifax theatre creators and environmental activists Login Robins and Ivy Charles will challenge youth to answer how creativity be used to make a change, how to go beyond words and how to go from being listened to truly being heard.

“Not only is Catastrophe a creative outlet for youth, it also encourages meaningful conversation,” says Aren Morris, a fine arts specialist with Halifax Regional Arts. “and later throughout the program will provide students with volunteering opportunities, which not only helps the community but is academically beneficial.”

Taking place virtually via Google classroom and Google meetup from March 25 through May 28, registration is now open.

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