Circle Walk Two
At some point in your sessions, you will want to work on physical characterization. The following Circle Walk teaches and prepares students to move their bodies in different ways for different characters and situations.
Start the Circle Walk. As the students are moving at a consistent pace, announce that they are marionettes. There is a string on the very top of their heads. The puppeteer is pulling up on it. Here, you should see straitened postures and possibly even people on their toes. (You can tell them that the puppeteer is just pulling tight enough to keep their posture strait, but not on their toes.) Now, have some fun with these directions, and any more you may think of:
* The string is attached to your nose.
* The string is attached to your chin.
* The string is attached to your belly button.
* The string is attached to your left elbow.
* The string is attached to your right knee.
* The string is between your shoulder blades.
Feel free to use Change Direction! and Backwards!
At some point after the Circle Walk, begin a group discussion about how different characters have strings pulling on different places. For example, a snooty person may have a string on his nose pulling up. A very elderly person may have a string between her shoulder blades, causing her to stoop over. Obviously, this idea becomes quite useful when students are portraying characters on stage.