Busy, busy day! We open My Name is Asher Lev tonight, our fourth show of the season, and I spent about two hours with a marvelous group of kids at Winton Hills Academy today. We did an acting workshop designed to help them improve their public speaking and self-esteem. It was a really lovely group of kids, and the volunteers who work with them were kind and genuinely interested in helping these little ones grow up to be well-rounded, educated, and happy people. What a marvelous and simple mission!
We played theatre games and, as always, I promised them I wouldn't ask them to do something I wouldn't do myself. Thus, one of the girls and I ended up dancing around acting like chicken to the delight of the rest of the class!
Workshops are tough because I only get one shot to make a difference, one quick span of time to pique curiosity and encourage joy. All I can do in these situations is hope to catch at least one open mind, and make a difference there. By the end of class, the kids were full of smiles.
After class was done, and the kids and volunteers had left, I walked to my car. Turning the corner, I found one of the kids standing alone in the cold wind, waiting for a family member to pick her up. School had been over for hours at this point and there was no one around, so I decided to drop my things in the car and sit with her. We chatted for awhile, until the conversation turned to travel. We talked a little about London, to which one of her family members had been. She said she'd seen London Bridge. We wondered how many bridges spanned the Thames in London, and so I pulled out my handy-dandy iPhone and googled. Did you know that there are 24 bridges in London? According to this, there are! True, it may not the most accurate site, but I support school projects! In any event, I had a great time hanging out in the cold today.