We received this pretty cool email this week from a teacher regarding an Illinois production of ths phne 2.0: the next generation.
“My kids had never seen a vignette script before and it took a while for them to catch on to the idea – but the script really helped out and they are enjoying it a LOT. They are adding their own little flourishes and character development to the script and having a lot of fun. I wanted to let you know about was a unique collaboration we are making for this show. When the kids started looking at the phones that we would need for the show they realized we had to have different types of phones for different characters and vignettes and they were talking about getting a phone here and a phone there. I came up with the idea of contacting a local cell phone company and asking them if they would like to “sponsor” the show and provide demo phones for us to use. After I explained the idea to the local cell phone company they got all excited about the idea….. I think it will be neat for the kids to work with the cell phone people to pick the right prop for the scenes they are in.”
Again, how cool! I love that the students wanted to match their phones to their character personalities. It shows how even a light, fun play can provide character development opportunities. And, how cool that the phone company jumped right in! I’d say instinctually that I wouldn’t even bother to call because I’d assume the company would say no. A perfect example of ‘you never know unless you ask….’
Do you have an interesting production story? Please let us know! We’d love to share.