Performing Arts

Performing Arts Term One 2022

Welcome Back! This is our Concert Term.

Connections!

Cast Information, song lyrics and audio tracks

Click on the slides below for the audio track and lyrics of your concert song. You can practice anytime!

Underneath these slides are other dance tutorials and study breaks provided by Stomp! that you can do if you are in isolation during the term.

Connections! Casts


CAST A CAST B

Prep A - Good Mood Prep C - Good Mood

Prep T - Just Can’t Wait to be King Prep B - Just Can’t Wait to be King

1S - All in this Together 1N - All in this Together

1H - Celebrate 1K - Celebrate

2D - We Are 2K - We Are

2E - Dig a Little Deeper 2N - Dig a Little Deeper

3C - Get up and Dance with Me 3B - Get up and Dance with Me

3F - On Top of the World 3S - On Top of the World

4F - World at Our Feet 4D - World at Our Feet

4C - Cloudy Day 5W - Cloudy Day

5B - Colors 5D - Colors

6H 6M 6W - Dar um Jeito 6H 6M 6W - Dar um Jeito


Prep - Good Mood
Prep - Just Can't Wait to be King
Year 1 - Celebrate
Year 1 - We're All in this Together
Year 2 - Dig A Little Deeper
Year 2 - We Are
Year 3 - Get Up and Dance
Year 3 - On Top of the World
Year 4 - World at Our Feet
Years 4C and 5W - Cloudy Day
Year 5 - Colors
Year 6 - Dar um Jeito

Isolation Activities for Term 1 2022

Please click on the slides below for links to dance tutorial and study breaks from Stomp!

Isolation Activities Prep to Year 2
Isolation Activities Years 3 to 6

Weeks 3, 4 and 5 (Or until we are all back on site which looks like being sooner!)

For ALL students, Stomp! Dance Company have kindly provided some more Dance Study Breaks.

Please click on the links below to access these classes. You may need to open them in a new tab.

Prep - 2 Dance Study Break Dance by DNCE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLtN9LT_YI


Grades 3- 6 Dance Study Break Break My Heart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpJ5LSDhFlM

For ALL students in Years Prep, 1, 2, 5 and 6 please continue to learn the lyrics and dance moves for Paprika.

You are also free to scroll through any of the previous slide shows below to practise some of your favourite dances.

For students in Years 5 and 6, please consider preparing a short item (1-2 minutes) of something that you have a talent for or interest in. [See Slide 13 on the Let's Perform Slide Show].

Performing Arts in Term Four 2021

Welcome Back!

Stomp! Dance Company have kindly provided some Dance Study Breaks. These are mini Dance Tutorials. One is for students in Years Prep to Year 2. The other one is for students in Years 3 to 6.

Please click on the links below to access these classes. You may need to open them in a new tab.

Prep - 2 Dance Study Break Catchy Song:

https://youtu.be/WhaPynq42zQ


Grades 3- 6 Dance Study Break Don't Start Now:

https://youtu.be/n8HL7PhkJCw

For ALL students in Years Prep, 1, 2, 5 and 6 you will find the lyrics to the Japanese song: Paprika in the PDF below.

If there are any Year 3 or 4 students who would also like to learn the choreography and / or song lyrics, please access these through either the Prep - 2 Slide Show or the Years 5 and 6 Slide Show below.

Paprika Lyrics

Here is the Paprika lyrics sheet for you to print. This may make learning the words easier as they are split into syllables for you.

2020 Olympics Song in Japanese (Paprika).pdf

Weeks 1 and 2 - Learning From Home


Years 5 and 6

Whilst we are still studying Dance, we are going to be focusing on performance in general. This will give you even more opportunities to lead your learning.

To start the term we are recapping the work from Term 3. This includes learning / revising Paprika. You will probably find it most helpful to print out the lyrics (above) when learning the song if you haven't already done so.


The main tasks for the next two weeks are:

1. Dance Warm up

2. Learn the dance moves for Paprika

3. Learn the Japanese lyrics for Paprika

4. Complete, refine and practise your choreography if you haven't already done this.

5. For those students who have completed these tasks, please look at Slide 13 - the final slide - for further learning.

Please read and view the slide show carefully so you know what to do.

Let's Perform!

Year 5 and 6 Let's Perform Lesson 1 Remote Learning 5th and 12th October

Weeks 1 and 2 - Learning From Home

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term we are going to continue with Dance and hopefully add in some more singing and music when we return onsite to school.

In the meantime, Let's Keep Dancing Around the World!

I hope you enjoyed learning all the international dances we did last term.

For the first two weeks of this term we will be learning some Bhangra dance moves from India / Pakistan. You will be mirroring the moves and can create your own choreography for this dance.

We are also continuing to learn all of the dance choreography (moves) of the Japanese song: Paprika and learning to sing all of the lyrics in Japanese. It takes a lot of practice to sing the lyrics.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links. If you need to, you can slow down any You Tube video by going to the 'settings' icon and changing the playback speed. This can be very useful for learning dance moves and Japanese song lyrics!

Have fun dancing and singing!

Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 7

Performing Arts in Term Three 2021

Weeks 9 and 10 - Learning From Home

For ALL students, Stomp! Dance Company have kindly provided 2 Dance Tutorials. One is for students in Years Prep to Year 2. The other one is for students in Years 3 to 6.

Please click on the links below to access these classes. You may need to open them in a new tab.

Prep - 2 Dance Tutorial Link Move Your Feet:

https://video.link/w/2If5c

Grades 3- 6 Dance Tutorial Link Mi Gente:

https://video.link/w/oIf5c

For ALL students in Years Prep, 1, 2, 5 and 6 you will find the lyrics to the Japanese song: Paprika in the PDF below.

If there are any Year 3 or 4 students who would also like to learn the choreography and / or song lyrics, please access these through either the Prep - 2 Slide Show or the Years 5 and 6 Slide Show below.

Years 5 and 6

To finish the term we are having a Japanese focus. You will probably find it most helpful to print out the lyrics (above) when learning the song.


The main tasks for the next two weeks are:

1. Dance Warm up

2. Learn the dance moves for Paprika

3. Learn the Japanese lyrics for Paprika

4. Complete, refine and practise your choreography if you haven't already done this.


Please read and view the slide show carefully so you know what to do.

Year 5 and 6 Let's Dance Lesson 6 Remote Learning 7th and 14th September

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance Around the World!

I hope you enjoyed learning the Vietnamese Dance which celebrates Tet and creating your own dance choreography to go with the Vietnamese New Year song.

For the next two weeks we will be revising (practising and improving) the international dances that we have been learning. You can continue to create some choreography for these dances and we will share your ideas next term.

We are also continuing to learn all of the dance choreography (moves) of the Japanese song: Paprika and learning to sing all of the lyrics in Japanese. It takes a lot of practice to sing the lyrics.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links. If you need to, you can slow down any You Tube video by going to the 'settings' icon and changing the playback speed. This can be very useful for learning dance moves and Japanese song lyrics!

Have fun dancing and singing!

Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 6

Week 8 - Learning From Home

Years 5 and 6

This week is the 4th and final lesson you will have to create the choreography for your dance.

It is also an opportunity for you to practise and refine your choreography. Remember, it is perfectly ok to repeat your movements - most dances do this.

For any students who still haven't started or are not very far into the creating process, please catch up by watching the earlier slide shows, especially 10th August in the posts below.

If getting together with your partner or group has been too difficult during remote learning, please don’t worry - just create whatever you can on your own. We will spend time catching up and practising the dance moves when we’re actually at school.


The main tasks today are to:

1. Warm up

2. Complete and refine your choreography

3. Practise your choreography


Please read and view the slide show carefully so you know what to do.

Year 5 and 6 Let's Dance Lesson 5 Remote Learning 31 August

Week 8 - Learning From Home

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance Around the World!

I hope you enjoyed learning the Tarantella dance from Italy. It is a very fast dance! I wonder if any of the Year 2 students (or others) tried the Tarantella challenges?

This week we are mirroring a Vietnamese Dance which celebrates Tet and creating our own dance choreography (moves) to go with a Vietnamese New Year song.

Please also keep learning the dance choreography (moves) from the Japanese song: Paprika, singing the chorus and having a try to learn Verse 1 in Japanese. It takes a lot of practice to sing the lyrics.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links. If you need to, you can slow down any You Tube video by going to the 'settings' icon and changing the playback speed. This can be very useful for learning dance moves and Japanese song lyrics!

Have fun dancing and singing!

Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 5

Week 7 - Learning From Home

Years 5 and 6

This week is the 3rd lesson you have had to create the choreography for your dance.

By the end of today, you should have been able to complete all your choreography (at least 60 seconds).

For any students who still haven't started or are not very far into the creating process, you will need to catch up by watching the earlier slide shows, especially 10th August in the posts below.

Remember, it is perfectly ok to repeat your movements - most dances do this.


The main tasks today are to:

1. Warm up

2. Continue and complete creating your choreography

3. Practise your choreography


Please read and view the slide show carefully so you know what to do.

Year 5 and 6 Let's Dance Lesson 4 Remote Learning 24 August

Week 7 - Learning From Home

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance Around the World!

I hope you enjoyed creating your own dance choreography to go with the Korean Scarf Dance last week. Thank you to the students who sent photos or videos of their dances. You did not have to do this, but I certainly enjoyed seeing you have fun with this dance.

This week we are going to learn the Tarantella - a dance from Italy!

Please also keep learning the dance choreography (moves) from the Japanese song: Paprika, singing the chorus and having a try to learn Verse 1 in Japanese.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links.

Have fun dancing and singing!

Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 4

Week 6 - Learning From Home

Years 5 and 6

Hopefully by today you are well on your way with creating your choreography for your dance.

As a guideline, by the end of today, you should have been able to create at least 30 seconds worth of choreography. That's about half of the dance.

Remember, it is perfectly ok to repeat your movements - most dances do this.


The main tasks today are to:

1. Warm up

2. Continue to plan your choreography

3. Practise your choreography created so far


Please read and view the slide show carefully so you know what to do.

Year 5 and 6 Let's Dance Lesson 3 Remote Learning 17 August

Week 6 - Learning From Home

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance Around the World!

This week we are watching a Korean Scarf Dance and creating our own dance choreography (moves) to go with it.

We are also continuing to learn some of the dance choreography (moves) from the Japanese song: Paprika and will be practising singing the chorus. We are also going to try to learn Verse 1 in Japanese.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links.

Have fun dancing and singing!

Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 3

Week 5 - Learning From Home

Years 5 and 6

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance! It is having a multicultural focus.

The task for the term is to create your own choreography and to decide your own success criteria within the guidelines.


The main tasks today are to:

1. Select your success criteria

2. Choose the music for your dance

3. Continue to plan your choreography

4. Practise your choreography created so far


Please read and view the slide show carefully so you know what to do.


Year 5 and 6 Let's Dance Lesson 2 Remote Learning 10 August

Week 5 - Learning From Home

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance Around the World!

This week we are practising the Mexican Hat Dance and creating our own the dance choreography (moves) to go with it.

We are also learning some of the dance choreography (moves) from the Japanese song: Paprika and will be practising singing the chorus.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links.

Have fun dancing and singing!

Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 2

Week 3 - Learning From Home

Years 5 and 6

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance! It is having a multicultural focus.

The main tasks today are to select the music for your dance and to decide your success criteria.


All the information you need is in the slide show below. Please watch it carefully.

Year 5 and 6 Let's Dance Lesson 1 Remote Learning 27 July

Please start looking for your instrumental piece of music that you will be using for your dance. It should be from a different country or culture if possible.


Preparation for lessons in Week 4 and beyond

Please bring your instrumental piece of music that you will be using for your dance and your success criteria plus any choreography ideas to your next Performing Arts lesson onsite at school.

Week 2 - Learning From Home

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

This term is our Movement and Dance term. Let's Dance Around the World!

This week we are learning to dance the Mexican Hat Dance and learning some of the dance choreography (moves) from the Japanese song: Paprika.

Please watch the slide show for all the instructions and YouTube links.

Have fun dancing!


Prep, 1, 2 Let's Dance Remote Learning 1



Years 5 and 6

Preparation for lessons in Week 3 and beyond

Reminder for all students in Years 5 and 6 (except 5S who haven't had a Performing Arts lesson with me yet for this term)

Please start looking for your instrumental piece of music that you will be using for your dance. It should be from a different country or culture if possible.

Term 2 2021

Week 8 - Learning From Home

This week we are combining Drama (puppets) and singing.

Prep

Sing’ is one of my favourite songs – it was created for Sesame Street in 1971 – so it’s been around for a VERY long time. You might know it, already too.

Sesame Street: Charlie Puth Sings Sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-f6aboKAEE

Activities: Watch and listen to the Charlie Puth song. The actual singing starts at 1.10.

You will need to listen a few times to learn the song if you haven’t heard it before. Have a try at singing it.

Make a sock puppet. (see photo in last week’s activities) All you need is one sock - no need to decorate it (unless you want to). Put the sock on your hand and create a mouth that opens and closes. Use your fingers as the top of the mouth and your thumb as the jaw.

See if you can get your puppet to sing along with Charlie and the Muppets.

Years 1 and 2

Sing’ is one of my favourite songs – it was created for Sesame Street in 1971 – so it’s been around for a VERY long time. You might know it, already too.

It was also made famous by a brother and sister music duo called The Carpenters in 1973.

Here are 2 versions of this song.

Activity 1: Listen to the Charlie Puth song. The actual singing starts at 1.10. Have a try at singing it. When you think you know the words, have a try at getting your sock puppet to sing it. Challenge: Have a sock on each hand and sing a puppet duet!

Sesame Street: Charlie Puth Sings Sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-f6aboKAEE

Activity 2: Listen to this version sung by The Carpenters. It is sung in Japanese.

The Carpenters: Sing 「シング」(Live at Budokan 1974)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by_84JQM0CU

We will be learning the lyrics in Japanese when we are back onsite at school.

Years 5 and 6

Last week your activity was to: Start to think about /create your own character by writing down (on paper or digitally) some of its personality traits, the way it might move and the voice it might have. Create a back story for it if you like.

Thank you to the students who g-mailed me their plans and ideas. This was not a requirement but I enjoyed seeing what you were thinking.

If you didn’t complete last week’s activity, you will need to do that first because ….

This week’s activity is to take the character you created and put it into one of the following scenarios (or choose your own):

Lost in a shopping centre

At a sporting match (could be a player or spectator)

Setting up a campsite

About to go on a holiday

Using the following question starters [What, where, when, why, how and who], create a short speech (soliloquy – ideas spoken by a character to itself) of about 6-8 sentences. If you can, justify your thinking (explain the reasons why or the reasons for your actions). Try and get the personality of your puppet across to the audience in your expression and tone of voice as well as in your choice of words.

Use a sock as your puppet (see photo in last week’s activities) to practise your speech. You do not have to make your own puppet – unless you want to. If you have a puppet already at home that has a mouth that opens and closes, you could use that.

Soliloquy example: Scenario is ‘Visiting the Zoo’

“Wow, I can’t wait to go to the Zoo on the weekend. Dad said he’d be able to take Sally and me. I hope the weather is going to be sunny because I’ll get better photos for the competition. I think I’ll visit the lemur enclosure first because they’ll be quite active in the morning and I should get some interesting pictures. If I’m lucky, some of them will be swinging on the ropes. Then maybe I’ll check out the seals. Feeding time is at 11.00am. I’ll definitely get some action shots there.”

Notice how [What, where, when, why, how and who] were included in the information.

Today you are creating (writing) and practising / rehearsing your soliloquy. There is no requirement to video yourself or to upload your script.

Remember to be audible and speak with expression when you are rehearsing so that the audience knows which emotions you are feeling.

Hope to see you all back at school soon,

Kind regards,

Mrs Vella





Welcome to Week 7 of Term 2 - Learning From Home

As we have been studying Drama this term and puppets in particular, I thought that you might like to watch the following videos:

Prep

We're Going On a Bear Hunt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iou5LV9dRP0

Activity: Go on your own 'Bear Hunt' in your backyard. It might be to look for a teddy.

If you like, draw a picture of where you found your bear (or other favourite toy) OR draw a map of your adventure, showing the places you went in your backyard to look for your bear.

Years 1 and 2

Mahna Mahna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N_tupPBtWQ [This has an extra part on the end that we haven't watched in class]

Sesame Street: ABC Hip Hop With Miles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-f6aboKAEE

Activity: Choose one of your favourite songs and have a try at getting your sock puppet to sing it. Remember, all you need is one sock - no need to decorate it (unless you want to). Put the sock on your hand and create a mouth that opens and closes. Use your fingers as the top of the mouth and your thumb as the jaw.

Years 5 and 6

Sesame Street Puppeteers Explain How They Control Their Puppets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pVHOaT9CZ4&t=179s

Some of you have seen this video, some of you have seen it up to Snuffleupagus and some of you have not seen it at all!

Please watch it carefully (or watch again as you will pick up things you missed the first time).

Activity: Start to think about / create your own character by writing down (on paper or digitally) some of its personality traits, the way it might move and the voice it might have. Create a back story for it if you like. You do not have to make your own puppet.

Hope to see you all back at school soon,

Kind regards,

Mrs Vella



2020

Welcome to Term 4!

I hope everyone has had a fun holiday and spent time outside when the weather was suitable.

For the first week of Term 4 - while we are still remote learning - Year 1 students only will have Performing Arts lessons.

Year 1 will be commencing Drama. Their slide show can be accessed on Google Classroom.

The current plan for Week 2 - when all students are allowed to return onsite - is for Years 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to resume normal timetabled Performing Arts classes. Mrs Cramer will also continue teaching Prep Performing Arts.

We can't wait to see you all again!!


To our wonderful Kingswood Families,

You will have been informed of changes to the Specialist program for the remainder of Term 3.

I would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you for your enthusiasm, support and commitment to Performing Arts during this second period of remote learning. Life has certainly been challenging, yet the students have demonstrated a high level of engagement and effort in their learning and are to be commended for that.

I am particularly grateful to the students who have taken responsible risks, stepping outside their comfort zones to produce dance and body percussion videos for me to see, and to the parents and carers who have supported them to do so. Your performances have been Amazing!

As of next week, Monday 24th August, Performing Arts sessions will continue for Prep with Mrs Cramer and Year 1 with me.

For students in Years 3 - 6, who would like to complete any unfinished assignments, I would be very happy to see them. However this is entirely optional.

We are here for the students and hopefully we will be able to return to our usual Specialist program in Term 4.

In the meantime, stay safe, stay well and take care,

Kind regards,

Narelle Vella


For Year 1 Performing Arts Classes.....

Go to your Performing Arts Google Classroom, click on the 'Classwork' tab at the top of the page to find your activities.

Remember

a. Read for accuracy, re-read if needed.

b. You have three weeks to complete the activities, focusing on the learning.

c. You can complete the activities at your leisure on any day, however, assistance from Mrs Vella is on your designated day.

d. Please hand in the activities on each specific Google assignment and post comments in the Stream as requested.

e. While due dates are set for all assignments, there is no penalty for handing them in later. Please do what you can, when you can.

Have fun and enjoy dancing!

Week 4, 5 and 6 Update

Dance is a visual medium. In order for me to give students meaningful encouragement, feedback and move them along in their learning journeys, I do need to see what they are doing.

For children who find being filmed a little challenging, I understand. Not everyone enjoys being in the spotlight. One suggestion could be to film them from another angle rather than being directly in front. If they have siblings who are old enough to join in, dancing together is usually more fun.

You may have noticed that some of the dance videos are the same across year levels. I highly encourage Kingswood siblings to dance together when appropriate and submit a copy of the one video to their individual Google Classrooms.

Unless specified otherwise, usually about 30 seconds is all that’s required for videos where students are copying / mirroring a dance and up to 60 seconds when they are creating their own choreography.

The students have done some amazing dancing in the past 2 weeks. I have certainly enjoyed watching all the videos submitted so far. A huge thank you to parents and carers for facilitating this.

Week 7, 8 and 9 Update

The Year 1 students have created some fabulous choreography using the actions and movements from the two wonderful picture story books: Giraffes Can't Dance and Hilda Must Be Dancing. The songs and music they have chosen for their dances has been sensational. Feedback has been given to all students who have submitted videos in preparation for the final week of term.

For Week 10, students have been invited to refine and further improve either of the dances that they've created. In most cases this will mean adding some more travelling (moving around the dance space) or changing some movements to a medium or low level to add some more variety to their dances. This is a valuable step in the creating process and one that we would do if onsite at school.

Overall, the standard of the students' dances has been excellent, so another big thank you from me to all parents for doing such a brilliant job in supporting your children in Performing Arts.

PREP PERFORMING ARTS-Mrs. Cramer

Week 2 and 3 Round up

Look what some students have been doing! See below

Thank you for engaging your child, and promoting performing arts skills, vocabulary and fun!

The block of Learning activities centered around Alice in Wonderland will remain posted on the Prep Google Classroom for another 2 weeks. Do what you can, when you can, and have fun engaging in drama and literature together! Submission of Performing Arts work is not a weekly requirement however, the occasional photo or video of your student engaging and having fun can be sent to me via gmail 01901463@kingswoodps.com.au or shared with me on Google Drive-I would love to see them!

Week 4 and 5 Round up

It was so good to see many students engage in Alice in Wonderland activities-such fun and great creativity!

The next round of suggested activities is below-again is a focus on Literature through Drama. Completion or Submission of Performing Arts work is not a weekly requirement however, the occasional photo or video of your student engaging and having fun can be sent to me via gmail 01901463@kingswoodps.com.au or shared with me on Google Drive-I would love to see them!

Please see some of the Prep students below and the next round of suggested activities

Sharron Cramer

Week 6 Round Up

As you will be aware, changes to the Specialist Program will begin from next Monday, week 7.

Prep students will continue to have access to Performing Arts activities.

These tasks will continue to compliment the Literacy development of the students through stories and drama. Engagement in these activities is not an expectation.

As always I am more than happy to receive and respond to photos of students' work. A comment is always appreciated too. My allocated day for Prep is Friday.

Students can continue to access the Performing Arts activities in the Prep Google Classroom -The Enormous Watermelon is also attached below.

A new unit of work will be posted for weeks 8,9 and 10.

Regards Sharron Cramer

Week 7 Round up.

What a fantastic range of responses to the story The Enormous Watermelon I have seen this week. Character puppets and drawings, creating scenes and singing have al been featured by the Preps as well as some students even performing their own songs to the tune of the watermelon song. Great job Prep!

A new story is posted below- I hope you have fun engaging in Performing Arts activities over the last 3 weeks of term.

See below for a few sample of this week's activities.

Regards

Mrs Cramer

WEEK 8 ROUND UP

What an fantastic standard of work the Preps are producing in drama. This week I have been entertained with puppet shows, role-plying and inspired by detailed art works of characters in stories. I am impressed with the elements of drama being used when responding to literature. There have been many creative minds at work when choosing props for re-enactment of the Enormous Watermelon and the 3 Pigs.





Performing Arts for Preps at Home.pdf


Prep Performing Arts

Week 5,6 and 7

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Prep Performing Arts-Week 9 and 10

Prep Performing Arts

Week 8, 9 and 10


preps

Even Mrs. Cramer's grandson Avery likes keeping the beat and rhythm with his drum!


Identifying syllables and rhyme in songs and text


watermelon puppets

Puppet Plays and re-enactments are great ways to interpret stories and have fun being different characters