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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants engage with social issues using street theater.
Explain that service projects such as the one the group is planning are often connected to larger societal or institutional problems. Ask the youth to identify the larger issues underlying their service project. Write their answers on newsprint.
Say, in your own words:
We heard a story about the Faithful Fools in San Francisco. They would often use street theater to publicize the problems facing the residents of the Tenderloin district. What are ways we could use street theater to publicize the issues we have identified?
Write ideas on the newsprint.
Now present the costumes and props. Invite the group to plan a skit using one of their ideas, perhaps using some of the costumes and/or props you have brought. Encourage them to make their skit short, to the point. Tell them to avoid creating a skit that might appear to be a violent act in progress.
Give participants 20 to 30 minutes to plan. Have them perform the skit, critique it themselves, then perform it again. Pretend to be a person passing by and ask questions such as "What is going on?" "Why is this important?" and "How do I find out more information about this issue?"
Decide if the street theater piece will be performed outside the meeting pace. If so, have participants help plan the logistics. If you plan a performance around strangers, plan at least one performance beforehand to a friendly audience.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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