Authentically You

Duration icon Duration: 1 hour

Grades icon Grades: All grades

Group size icon Group Size: Open

Workshop description

Join Princess Fiona as she tells the story of how her life changed when she met an ogre named Shrek. You will sing, dance, and act your way through her story, bringing the fairytale creatures she meets along the way to life. By the end of the story, you will learn that what makes you special makes you strong!

We will also be reading the book Just Ask! by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Just like the fairytale creatures in Shrek, the kids in this book know that their differences are what makes them amazing. You may even meet a friend in this book who is just like you!

What You'll Need

  • Computer, tablet or smartphone with a stable internet connection. Video and sound on.
  • Part 1: The Show (Craft Supplies)
  • a. Paper plates (one per student)
  • b. Brown paper bags (one per student, plus extras)
  • c. Sharpies or black markers
  • d. Scissors
  • e. White glue
  • f. Ribbon (any color, no wider than ½-inch)
  • g. Coloring supplies of choice: crayons/markers/colored pencils/etc.
  • h. Round objects of choice: buttons, pompoms, googly eyes, big rhinestones, etc.
  • Students can have fun choosing which of these items to use as Gingy’s eyes and gumdrop buttons. Use whatever is most convenient for your classroom, but please give students at least two options to choose from.
  • a. Blank paper or notebook paper (one sheet per student)
  • b. Pencils (one per student)
  • a. Blank or notebook paper (two sheets per student)
  • b. Pencils (one per student)
  • c. Coloring supplies of choice: crayons/markers/colored pencils/etc.
  • a. Seven Sentence Story worksheet (one copy per student)
  • b. Pencils (one per student)

Meet the Artist - Madeline Dalton

Hello! My name is Madeline Dalton and I am a graduate of The Hartt School’s BFA Music Theatre program. I was born and raised in the Seattle area and am your typical Pacific Northwest gal. I’m a vegetarian who drives a Prius and refuses to use an umbrella—you couldn’t get much more Seattle than that!

Not only was I in some wonderful productions at Hartt, such as Sweet Charity and Brigadoon, but I also got to perform at professional regional theatres as well.

Highlights include A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage and Private Gomer in the Festival of New Musicals at Goodspeed Opera House.

In addition to my theatre degree, I have an extensive background in theatre education. In 2019, I was a Tour Actor/Director with Missoula Children’s Theatre and got to see the beauty of the Four Corners states. I was also a princess party performer for a couple of years and brought characters such as Elsa, Rapunzel, and Cinderella to life.

During the pandemic, I returned to my childhood youth theatre as an educator, administrator, and stage manager—all while facing the challenges of social distancing, masking, and live-streaming! The arts are vital to teaching children life skills and I am so excited to continue giving students the gift of theatre.

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