McKenzie Highlands is situated in McKenzie Towne, Calgary and is a brand new school, having just opened this fall and only officially moving into our new building in early March. We are projected to host 475 students for the 2017/2018 school year. This presents a unique opportunity as we are still building our sense of identity.
Our students, teachers, and staff are very excited to work with Trickster Theatre in the 2017-18 school year to put on our show on Legendary People in Canada’s History.
We greatly appreciate your help and look forward to sharing our finished work with you!
Full Project Summary
McKenzie Highlands students will focus on “Legendary People in Canada’s History”. Our goal is for students to think about what skills and attributes make these “legends” such great leaders and spokespeople for our nation.
We will reach out to institutions in Alberta like the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Glenbow Museum, and the Calgary Stampede to research legends such as Guy Weadick, the Famous Five, and Harry Kiyooka. This will inspire our students to become great Canadian leaders as well. It is important that the theme of the show tie into our school identity, The McKenzie Highlands Legends.
The main component of this residency will be the creation of an original performance on our theme. All students will participate in the creation of the show, and all students will perform in the final show. Performances will focus on various legends, either through a documentary or biography of the subject, or through a creative interpretation of their leadership. All students will contribute towards prop, script, and sound creation. Our students are very interested in kinesthetic and hands-on learning, so the choreography and prop creation will be very engaging for them. We will also encourage students to develop the sounds for the show, either by physically creating sound effects or by designing the soundscape of the performance.
The second component of this project are videos essays where students will explore what Canada means to them. This is an important step in recognizing Canada’s identity, and runs parallel to McKenzie Highlands goals as we think about what belonging to McKenzie Highlands means to us.
Project Outcome“Legendary People in Canada’s History” has strong ties to many curriculums, especially the Social Studies curriculum. It is our aim that through researching legendary Canadians and their contribution to our country, students will gain an appreciation for our nation’s history, as well as inspire students to become educated and productive citizens. The heart of the social studies curriculum revolves around citizenship and identity, both of which are of paramount importance to our theme as well as to developing our new school identity. We hope that this residency will promote a strong sense of belonging among our school community.
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Only a school site admin can set up new projects. Ask you teacher to get help in setting up a project page. Once set up you can write blog articles to support your project.
New Projects can be of many types: an event, a take action project, a study, or a Trickster Residency.
What is Trickster Theatre
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