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Community Fairy/Ferry-tales (2014)

Community Fairy/Ferry-tales
~An Applied Theatre School Project
(Funded by an Arts Starts Grant)
 
Once Upon A Time….
 
Community Fairy/Ferry-tales involved students from two rural elementary schools, from two separate communities working, initially independently, on modifying traditional fairytales, relating and imbuing them directly to their communities.  Bronwyn facilitated the exploration of the places they live, finding ways to share the unique elements, special features and subtle nuances of the places they call home through ‘mashing-up’ traditional characters from tails-of-fairies and tales of ferries. 
         
After four weeks, the two groups – ranging from Kindergarten through to Grade 8, from Lasqueti Island and Errington, British Columbia -- were brought together: culminating in a sharing of their devised pieces for the other school, discovering through the process both the commonalities and differences of their experience of place.
 
Goldilocks became ‘Dreadlocks,’ the three bears became cougars, Cinderella’s chores became chopping wood for the woodstove, and her carriage to the dance at the Community Hall was in a mufflerless truck, and somebody took off with her gumboot; Jack had a Great Big Green Cedar Tree instead of a beanstalk; and the Gingerbread Lady encountered feral sheep and deer…..and there was more….
 
I found the whole experience of Bronwyn's involvement at FBS to be a positive one for my class. Allowing the kids to explore the various facets of our community, through humour and performance, was an effective way of defining what binds us together here. Best of all, the students were enthusiastic about performing and genuinely curious about another community - Errington. Upon reflection, I have asked myself how else could I have taught a group of 5 to 14-year-olds what is unique about their community? I can't think of any other way of teaching Social Studies that is so fun, so interactive and so engaging for such a wide age range.
                                                                                    Reid Wilson,
                                    False Bay School Elementary School Teacher