THEATRE AT GEMS INDIA
GEMS has its own uniquely designed curriculum for theatre, where the students at elementary and primary level will be learning about theatrical concepts and skills. The emphasis is on skill development, experiencing theatre and reproducing these experiences using theatre skills, tools, forms.
The curriculum is inspired by David Kolb’s ‘Experiential Learning Theory’, Lev Vygotsky’s ‘Social Constructivist and Collaborative Learning Theories” and Jerome Bruner’s ‘Scaffolding Learning Model’.
To explore and train the bodies, voices and minds of young artistes so that they can communicate and express their ideas and feelings with confidence in different styles and forms. To learn, understand and respect the diverse views and attitudes of people belonging to other cultures, communities, nationalities, faiths and religions. To contribute in building compassion for the world communities and environment.
Our curriculum aims at:
- Nurturing imagination, creativity and critical thinking skills.
- Building a community of learners.
- Working collaboratively to create an environment of trust, love and respect.
- Empowering young learners to create performances.
- Exposing young theatre learners to different theatrical genre, forms and styles.
EARLY YEARS PROGRAM: The EYP grades of KG1, KG2, Grades I and II have the following in their curriculum:
- Creative Exploration & Artistic Expression – Comprises of role plays to incorporate personal experiences in storytelling. A brief understanding of actor’s tools (mind, body and voice) to develop artistic expressions.
- Technical Integration – Incorporates principal comprehension of how specialized components of theater contribute.. The students also learn about outfits, props, make-up, music, sound for the classroom exhibitions and making script plays based on components of dramatization.
- Performance Skills – Offering them an opportunity to depict characters from their favourite animation movies, and portrayal of assigned characters. Added to this, they figure out how to perform with certainty and balance before a crowd of people.
- Reflect and Review – Empowers the students to develop the capacity to think about one’s own learnings. They can distinguish ‘what worked and what did not’ and propose strategies on how they could move forward.
PRIMARY: Theatre curriculum for primary grades of III, IV & V, follow the same syllabus, but with upgraded difficulty level, with an aim to gradually increase the impact of all their learnings in theatre.
- Creative Exploration & Artistic Expression – To be able to relate theatrical skills with concepts of subjects such as EVS, social sciences, sciences, language and literature or from the personal experiences of the children.
- Production Skills – Develops a better understanding of how technical elements of theatre and how they function to help actors on stage to achieve the desired impact. It covers an upgraded use of costumes, props, make-up, music and sound for the performances. This also includes writing mini play scripts.
- Performance Skills – Empowering students to perform the tales, incorporating basics of structure and course, a depiction the allocated characters through efficient use of mind, body and voice.
- Reflect and Review – Students can consider on one’s own learning as well as evaluate the work of others. They will be capable of identifying their strengths and weaknesses through experimenting, and can propose strategies on how would they enhance their performance in future. Along with this, constant participation in theatre and drama helps one evolve in his communication skills. It rolls out their fear of public speaking and improves their diction, which is why we find it extremely important to include theatre in our curriculum. We wish to make sure that a child gets the right exposure to each and every opportunity he/she deserves.