Six Degrees -Improvisational Social Theater
Six Degrees is an improvisational group designed to engage middle level students in social issues that are of importance to them. These social issues can include everything from smoking, to drug experimentation, friends, conflicts, bullying, violence, peer pressure, etc. The skits are designed with the students and include very creative ways to speak to audiences.
This type of social improvisation differs from traditional theater in two very important ways:
1. The ideas and issues come from the students.
2. The audience has an opportunity to talk to the students when they are in character. This conversation includes questions directed at actors as to their motivations and intentions in the skit. When this questioning session is over, students are taken out of character and the audience has an opportunity to ask them questions as themselves.
Members of 6 Degrees completed a 14 hour training with professional actors Laura Clark Hansen and Paul Hansen out of Cornerstone Productions, Inc. This training was especially intense and provided the elements this troupe needed to initiate their performances.
6 Degrees will perform throughout the rest of the school year for elementary, middle, and adult audiences.
Advisors: Ashley Dockry, Courtney Olig, Jesse Mossholder