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Trickster Theatre Takes Residency At BrightPath

BrightPath is always looking to broaden the learning experiences of the children in attendance at our centres and we are excited to add a new partnership with Trickster Theatre to our offering. Trickster Theatre (a company of physical theatre) takes residency in schools, or in our case a child care centre, for a week and creates an original 90-minute theatre performance involving the children in attendance. Children are given the opportunity to experience the roles of director, producer and/or artist as well as try their hand at lighting, sound, curtains, costumes and props! The show is based on a theme chosen by the centre and developed with the assistance of Trickster Theatre. Trickster helps discover the show through a very simple group improv process and then takes what they’ve found and figure out a story that can be told based on those findings. The entire week is spent planning, creating, script writing, practising and making props. Through the week an original show is created with the children and artists cumulating in an exciting performance on Friday, the final day of the residency.

The opportunity to act supports development of physical memory assisted by verbal, visual and emotional components. Having children act means they are speaking more, have greater visual stimulus and emotional involvement. Perhaps one of the most important skills children learn from drama is self-confidence. Through these classes, children become more confident speaking in front of one another. As they gain self-confidence they also gain self-esteem. In addition, acting classes focus on articulation, timing and vocal projection – all things that can improve public speaking skills.

BrightPath McKenzie Towne in Calgary and BrightPath West Henday in Edmonton were excited to welcome Trickster Theatre to their centres in July and August respectively. It was very exciting to watch for friends and families who came out to support the amazing performances and the lower floors of the centres where Tricksters was set up were buzzing with excitement and energy. The acts were comprised of lots of props such as plungers, bins, bamboo poles, pool noodles, scarves etc. Of course, everyone was exposed to the complete theatre experience with floor-to-ceiling curtains, a big sound rig and costumes as the gymnasium was transformed into a magical theatrical “black box” theatre with every student performing in the final production. The whole week included lots of parent volunteers and parent participants during the show! The children learned to write better stories, think about fantastical journeys, make their imagination go wild and then bring it all to life. Trickster transformed the school into a fun and interactive live theatre event that engaged the students in a performance they will not soon forget!

About the Author

Samaya Khattak

With a host of distinguished accolades to her name (International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy, Master of Education, Post Graduate Early Childhood Education, and much more,) she has spent over 15 dedicated years in the field of early childhood education. Her love of all things academic has led to her active involvement in Montessori school and preschool program development. Samaya’s inextinguishable passion for early learning and development has furthermore earned her a coveted position on an education board in association with Alberta Education, where she has served as a key influencer on improvement in the quality of programs. Samaya believes in the power of education and empowering teachers through training, and continues to bring the best in programming to her role as director of programming at BrightPath.

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What Sets Us Apart

Our award-winning curriculum was formed through in-depth research into early childhood learning and development. A blend of play-based (Frog Street) and child-led (Emergent) curriculums, all activities are hands-on, child-guided and exceed provincial early learning frameworks.

Our dedicated and passionate early childhood educators deliver an innovative, engaging and proven curriculum that ignites a love of learning and inspires and encourages individuality in every BrightPath child. Their nurturing and attentive approach offers each child a home-away-from-home experience.

Two-way communication is important. Monthly newsletters, curriculum nights, parent interviews, open houses and our proprietary app (BrightPath Connect™) are designed to increase the interaction between our centres and families.

Children need nutrition to grow in both mind and body. Believing that food choices throughout childhood fuel life long eating habits, our menu is crafted by a Registered Nutritionist and prepared in-house daily and reflects those beliefs.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Our award-winning curriculum was formed through in-depth research into early childhood learning and development. A blend of play-based (Frog Street) and child-led (Emergent) curriculums, all activities are hands-on, child-guided and exceed provincial early learning frameworks.

  • Our dedicated and passionate early childhood educators deliver an innovative, engaging and proven curriculum that ignites a love of learning and inspires and encourages individuality in every BrightPath child. Their nurturing and attentive approach offers each child a home-away-from-home experience.

  • Two-way communication is important. Monthly newsletters, curriculum nights, parent interviews, open houses and our proprietary app (BrightPath Connect™) are designed to increase the interaction between our centres and families.

  • Children need nutrition to grow in both mind and body. Believing that food choices throughout childhood fuel life long eating habits, our menu is crafted by a Registered Nutritionist and prepared in-house daily and reflects those beliefs.