Today I was playing The Where Game with a group of my Third Graders. This is one of those Basic Theatre Games that teaches a student How To Show An Audience Where One Is without words, simply by really believing in One’s Imagined Activities and Actions. Basically, I give the class A Location and then one by one, each eight year old goes on up and adds a character and activity to our silent story. I might say, “You are at The Gap!” and then a girl will go up and pretend to Fold Clothes and another then goes up and pretends to Fold Clothes and then another will go up and pretend to purchase The Folded Clothes and then another student will Fold Clothes. That’s How You Know You Are In The Gap, apparently. One time I gave them, “The Hospital!” as a location and they all went up on stage and pretended to Throw Up.
Today’s location was “Starbucks!” One by one, the students went up and did Starbucksy Things. One pretended to Make Coffee. Someone else pretended to Type On A Laptop. Lots just stood around and Drank Coffee. It all seemed pretty Realistic, with the exception of One Little Boy who was staggering around the stage, sipping out of his cup like it was a baby bottle or something.
“Remember that Coffee is Hot and doesn’t usually come in bottles. Next time, try to really imagine that cup in your hand and sip your drink. Or pretend there is a straw,” I suggested when our game was through.
“Oh, I wasn’t drinking Coffee, Miss The Daily Randi,” said the student. “I was drinking Whisky.”