Brooklyn Acting Lab
1012 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215


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Fri Feb 21, 2020


9:00 am - 5:00 pm



2/21/20: “Porquoi” With Puppets

Schools may be closed for Mid-Winter Recess but Brooklyn Acting Lab is OPEN on Friday February 21st! Drop your child off for a PLAY in a DAY program where we’ll tell original stories using puppets and theater!

Did you ever wonder how an elephant got its trunk? Or a leopard got its spots? We will create our own “porquoi” tales and share them with puppets and storytelling.

*A pourquoi story – also known as an origin story, pourquoi tale or an etiological tale, is a fictional narrative that explains why something is the way it is. 

After Care and Early Drop Off available. The PLAY will be shared at 4:30 PM (see schedule below) and family/friends are invited to attend. 

  • Early drop off for $10 per day, from 8:15am – 9:00am, Mon-Fri.
  • After-care for $10 per day, from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Mon-Thurs (not available Fridays). Guardians can pick up their child anytime between 5:00 and 6:00pm.
After-care not available at all locations on all days. Please check event description above for confirmation. 

Please have your child come in clothing they can move in freely, supportive shoes, a water bottle, two healthy snacks, and lunch.

BAL is 100% nut-free. Please pack snacks and lunches that are nut-free.

Sample Timeline Only; subject to adjustments)
(based on a 9 am–5 pm day; modified days/schedules conclude at 3 pm)

  • 8:00am – Early drop-off arrival
  • 9:00am – Regular drop-off 
  • 9:10am –  Ensemble-building theater games/Warm-Ups/Actor’s Contract
  • 10:00am – Wash hands and Snack
  • 10:15am – Immersive Process Drama
  • 11:15am – Drama Games in the Park
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 12:30pm – Quiet time (5-minute guided meditation/reading/drawing/free time)
  • 12:45pm – Putting in all together: PLAYmaking
  • 1:15pm – Music and Movement/Dance
  • 2:00pm – Imagining and Creating the Space; designing and making set pieces, props and/or costumes
  • 2:45pm – Wash hands and second snack
  • 3:00pm – Rehearsing the PLAY
  • 4:00 – PLAYbill making 
  • 4:20pm – End of day reflection
  • 4:30pm – Doors open for share
  • 4:35pm – Shared Performance 
  • 5–6pm – After Care
*** Modified schedules run from from 9AM – 3PM, with shared performance at 2:30PM. Please check event description above for confirmation. 

The PLAY will be shared at 4:30 PM and family/friends are invited to attend. For locations/days with modified schedules (9AM-3PM) the PLAY will be shared at 2:30 PM. 

We do understand that scheduling is sometimes difficult and it is not always possible for a parent/guardian/caregiver to attend. As long as your child knows in advance, our BAL team will always be present for your children as their “audience,” and will provide a lot of support! We also video (amateur) the share and will share with  families.

Process drama is a dynamic teaching methodology in which the teacher and the students work together to create an imaginary dramatic world and work within that world to explore a particular problem, situation, theme, or series of related themes, not for a separate audience, but for the benefit of the participants themselves.

In a process drama, students play a range of roles and engage in a variety of reflective out-of-role activities, requiring them to think beyond their own points of view and consider the topic from multiple perspectives. They emerge with an expanded self-awareness, and a greater sense of the challenges and the possibilities facing the society in which they live.

Process drama also carries the potential for rigorous, standards-based learning to occur. Students not only explore the dynamics, relationships, and conflicts that shape a given situation, but also to acquire factual knowledge related to the topic of the drama.” (from TESOL Drama)

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