B4 The Other is thrilled to be offering art education sessions for young artists through the lens of Play!
ABOUT YOUNG ARTIST POP THEATER
The Play mindset allows us to have an evolving mindset. Throughout these play sessions we will explore theater through B4 The Other’s POP (Pedagogy Of Play). B4 The Other's work is enriched with social emotional learning and trauma informed care developed from over a decade of community outreach. We will be devising an immersive theatrical experience based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's adventure In Wonderland.
Who is it for: Young Artists from ages 9 to 14 who are interested in theater, clowning, storytelling, performing, character building, making friends, dancing, music making, acting and all around foolery.

* Please fill out a registration form for each individual player, mahalo (thank you).

“Play is the work of the child”- Maria Montessori

Image by Esther Smith Newell
Alice & The Other

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, this devised original interpretation spotlights “the other” characters inside Wonderland.

In a world where we accept the unacceptable, we give voice to these supportive (and not-so-supportive) characters who help teach Alice to consider who she is and what she wants. This immersive experience is a journey for the entire family.

 
CASTING:

Every Young Artist who registers will secure a role in this devised show that uniquely fits their talents and enables their growth.

B4 The Other Creations uses out of the box casting methods, as we believe learning through play is essential. They will be engaged in playing clown, improv, and childhood games to authentically let their personality shine through without added pressure of traditional audition methods/practices.

T/W/T
3:30PM-5:30PM
SESSION DATES

The 6 week experience is broken into three parts; Play Sessions (5 weeks), Tech Week (1 week)  and Performances (two showings).

The sessions are cumulative. Players’ attendance is required to uphold the cohesion, integrity, and momentum of the learning community. Please note that rehearsals during February Winter Break will shift to further accommodation. 

Location

First Congregational Church Williamstown
906 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

TUITION:

We are committed to making B4 The Other’s work accessible for all families. As such, B4 offers a sliding scale on educational opportunities (see suggested amounts below). Please choose a one time rate that is an authentic investment for your family.

  • $425 if you are financially flourishing
  • $375 if you are financially comfortable
  • $325 if you are financially stretching

If you are able to self-select the financially flourishing rate, please know your investment allows us to help accommodate those who may be financially stretching by offering a lower rate. Mahalo (thank you)*

A $75 dollar non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.

The remainder of your chosen sliding scale Tuition rate is accepted until the first day of session Feb 1st, 2022. If you require a payment plan please let us know inside your registration form as we are happy to offer this form of support.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: To ensure the safety of our Young Artists who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, we will be fully masked at this time.

As the vaccine is made more available for young people we will assess accordingly with the highest priority being communal health and safety.

Both facilitators are vaccinated.

If your young artist is showing Covid symptoms we ask that you notify Malia’Kekia immediately and keep them home until you procure a negative test result. Mahalo (thank you).

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” - Margaret Mead

POP Theater Led By

Christopher J Beaulieu (Co-Founder) is known as “The Game Changer” and “The Playmaker” across the globe. He is an educator and artist with over 25 years of experience facilitating Community Building and Play Exploration rural retreats, educational residencies, and now online workshops. Being one of the pioneers of facilitating Play work, he is certain that the level of effort, risk and communication we put into our lives is in direct correlation with what we get out of them.

Training: Shakespeare & Company, Dell Arte International, Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus, and Creatively Independent.

POP Theater Led By

Malia’Kekia Nicolini (Co-Founder) has been called a “Vibrational Activist” from how she holds space while facilitating. She is an internationally touring actress and teaching artist who has dedicated the last five years of her life to Play Exploration. Malia’Kekia’s belief in being at our most compelling when we are at our least composed, underpins her teachings within B4 The Other. She holds an InnerMBA from Mindful NYU having studied conscious leadership and mindful sustainability in business practices.

Training: Mindful NYU (InnerMBA), New World School of the Arts (BFA), Yale University (Science of Wellbeing), Power of Vulnerability (CE Credits), Mahi Yoga Centre (RYT 200HR), TedXBroadway Young Professionals, American Theater Wing’s SpringboardNYC, Attending the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama at his home temple in Dharamshala, India (2018).