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
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:
3. MFT PERFORMERS CAN PERFORM for either 1. or 2. above – the roles and showcase the scenes with some student involvement [ask us in the Message section of the form below]
WORKSHOP – 2 x 2 periods or classes OR
PERFORMANCE 60 minutes approximately [can be flexible around this time].
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 workshop component is led by experienced French-speaking actors and a teacher in subgroups 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 presented the text for discussion, then all students, as time permits are auditioned in the 9 roles in alternation. Then the ‘cast’ for that group is selected by the animateur and are 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 3.
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 a full 10 scenes OR 5 scenes (a selection) and 2 classes/double period are/is recommended). 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 stay in the venue without going elsewhere for the whole/all session/s. We need to divide the groups into subgroups in separate parts of the space 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.
Teachers decide which of the following formats will suit their classes [please specify in the form below in the message section with session duration times too]:
A. No prior preparation
After an introduction, the visiting MFT personnel will conduct a workshop with and select the students 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.
B. Prior preparation required
Teachers help students to prepare text for presentation and select students for the 9 roles beforehand. Following introduction, the visiting MFT personnel will view the students’ performance of selected scenes and provide feedback. The students will be able to present their interpretations for judging. 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 [actors]. We divide the groups into subgroups run by an animateur of up to 20. For maximum benefit each student MUST be given a copy of the text as soon as possible beforehand and available on the day.
Base starting cost is $10 per student in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area AND $15 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.