Expanding Global Understanding Through the Theatre Arts
The School of Theatre and Dance in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University (ECU) collaborated with Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola (USIL) in Lima, Peru gathering children's stories, folktales, fables and myths which were then transformed into theatre performances for school children, teachers and families across Eastern North Carolina. In 2009, the collected stories were used in an original children's musical, All Aboard South America! produced at ECU and the Turnage Theater in Washington, N.C. The value of sharing the dramatization of folktales, fables, and myths gathered in the Global Classroom with intergenerational audiences across the state of North Carolina served not only to expand the educational experience of all participants, but also broaden audience exposure to the artistic interpretation of collective tales indigenous to South America. The exchange between theatre students enrolled in Youth Theatre I at ECU and students enrolled at USIL and the subsequent development of a children's theatre musical is the focus of this article.
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