This was the Creative Arts Playgroup's 2nd week with Brian Lies' Bats at the Beach. We exercised our theatre skills today by acting as bats flying and playing in the ocean. Then we created tableaux from Lies' beautiful illustrations. The kids really seemed to enjoy creating the tableaux. With this age group, the illustrations provided them with a concrete anchor of what we wanted to create. As they become more comfortable with tableaux, perhaps we will create our own in addition to the ones in the story.
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About the Author: April Gentry-Sutterfield is a director, deviser, educator, and mom who uses theatre as a tool for social justice, education, and community engagement.