1. WE COME TO YOUR SCHOOL!
This is a fun, effective interactive language and drama workshop, where students get to learn, listen, read, speak, interpret and some even perform text extracts
i FORM – PERFORMANCE ONLY OR ii FORM – WORKSHOP
2. YOUR SCHOOL COMES TO US
ONLY for a performance by MFT and NOT a student workshop, you can organise an excursion to our La Maison de Maitre building see below:
i FORM – PERFORMANCE ONLY
MFT PERFORMERS CAN PERFORM for either 1. or 2. above – the roles and showcase all 10 scenes in English and then French.
i PERFORMANCE 60 minutes approximately OR
ii WORKSHOP – 2 periods or classes
It involves vocal and physical theatre and language techniques – adapts to the year levels, excites even the most reserved participants to compete for a role and all have the chance to read and imaginatively contribute
The workshop and texts are available in:
(a) French or
(b) French and English [bilingual] or
at the school’s request/discretion.
FULL TEACHERS’ PACKS with resume, exercises, lesson/workshop plan and the text/s – available upon payment of the invoice for the booking.
[designed flexibly and adapts easily to all school environments].
MFT actors present the scenes and then perform them. Afterwards an interactive Q + A or minor workshop lead by the actors can take place time permitting.
It takes the form of a workshop/competition and uses a cross-curricular approach (Drama & French) to engage students in a collaborative learning experience. It is also designed to be an inexpensive and flexible incursion that can be adapted to the time available and abilities of different classes. The workshops are led by experienced French-speaking animateur [including actors] in subgroups of 15 or less and allows students of French to reflect on their language use through an expressive performance in French.
In groups lead by an animateur, the students are seed coached, with a teacher pre-selected cast where a cast list for each subgroup is sent to MFT before the day – for the 9 character roles. Then the ‘cast’ for that group is directed in the rehearsed reading of the text. After the groups reunite and all casts from each group perform the piece before all the other students. A panel adjudicates the best performances [based on language, projection, acting and overall interpretation] and give a small MFT souvenir to the best students in each of the 9 roles.
Maximum number of workshops at any one school in 1 day is 2.
The workshop is not just for French students but also primary and secondary level drama [select the English only workshop]. There are 8 character roles and 1 narrator [reads all stage directions and scene descriptions] roles .
Remember the incursion can be in French OR English OR a bilingual French‐English version can be provided upon teachers’ request. Please specify. An English translation is provided for teaching purposes and to assist teachers and students. Supporting worksheets are also included which can be used as an aid to help students’ comprehension of the text and acquaint them with the author.
The extract from Le Petit Nicolas can cover 5 scenes (a selection) and 2 classes/double period are/is recommended – the first for the coaching and the second to present the work). It provides an opportunity for students to experience interactions in common social situations: for example, “family life”, “shopping”, “maths and cost of goods” and “at the market”. Teachers may choose to develop these situations/themes further post-visit.
After teachers have introduced the topic they may choose to have students read the text and complete supporting worksheets in class, or at home. For the performance, students could work in small groups on an allocated scene OR be given specific roles to prepare. A lesson plan style programme/kit will be sent to teachers after paid booking.
– are all suitable, just as long as we can divide the groups in a main hall or in other rooms to coach in subgroups for preparation by the animateurs. We need enough tables for each group and if possible enough chairs for all students, as well as a laptop, and data projector and extension cables for our presentation
For the workshop teachers best cover the text in class in basic preparation and select the student participants and their roles 9 out of the 15; the others will be stage hands or extras and if time allows we may rotate roles. We cover 5 out of the 10 scenes.
We would meet in a main area with the whole workshop group and break off in classrooms for the preparation of the first part and then all students come back to present in the main area before the whole group – for each workshop.
After an introduction, the visiting MFT personnel will conduct a workshop with the students Teachers have pre-selected [lists must be sent to MFT beforehand] in the 9 roles plus a narrator to present a dramatised reading of the text as a model and then conduct a workshop with students to help them develop their own performance. The students will be able to present their interpretations for judging. MFT personnel will direct students to entertain and enhance their learning experience.
Please complete the form below with any queries in the first instance and we shall respond to you.
– are available upon a paid booking – terms and conditions and cancellation policy are listed in the invoice and in our Pricing Policy [as applicable].
Depending on the number of students and number of sessions [to be held on the same day for availability of our team and logistics], we have a number of animateurs. We divide the groups into subgroups run by an animateur of up to 15. For maximum benefit each student MUST be given a copy of the text as soon as possible beforehand and available on the day.
Costings are during the week – weekend rates – to be advised.
Base starting cost is $11 per student in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area AND $16 per student outside that Area and/or for additional animateurs [more fees] depending on numbers and school needs – MFT will have to quote as required and upon request.
Our Pricing Policy and other terms and conditions apply as follows and other may be advised –
Season availability: NOW!
– with notice TERMS 1, 2, 3 and 4
For workshops [not performances] small encouragement prizes will be awarded in recognition for the students spontaneously assessed as the best in their roles in language and/or drama.