This past year Nagoya Players has been working with performers and educators to design shows and programs that cater to the needs of our local communities. One area we felt could use some attention was English performance activities for youth. Veteran NP performer Biagino Cristiano joined us as acting coach and English instructor for our new workshop series for children, Act in English.
Biagino lead a special, limited-time, summer camp at Saorina in Tsu-City, Mie Prefecture. The camp ran for a total of ten days. Children learned the basics of theater performance and were led through a series of warm up exercises to strengthen the body, enhance the power of their voices, improve pronunciation and learn how to express emotion.
Each session was an energetic hour of cooperation games, scene work and English practice. The children learned a short play, The Animals and the Plague based on the famous fable by Aesop. On their tenth and final day they gave a mini-performance to an audience of very proud moms and dads. Upon completion of the camp they received their acting certificates and some of them now believe they’re ready for the big stage!
Act in English: Saorina was a huge success. Biagino will be running his own workshop inspired by the Act in English curriculum called, Drama in English in Kameyama, Mie on select dates from September to November. For more information please visit Biagino’s school website, Matsusaka English:
Act in English is a part of Nagoya Player’s English Education Initiative.The Act in English workshop is also available on an ongoing basis in Nagoya city at Show Supporter IPE Academy, in Imaike. Please visit their website for more information: