What does a day at Shakes look like?
We run Shakes in the summer, four or five days per week for six or seven weeks, so we have a ridiculous amount of time with our kids. Here’s what an average day looks like:
9:30 AM– Optional work-out. We work core mostly- abs, arms, some stretching… a great way to get in shape/stay in shape for the summer.
10:00 AM SHARP– We open with prayer. Urban Impact is a faith-based holistic ministry and we believe that the body, mind, AND soul are important! If you’re late for prayer, you’re considered late (remind me to do a post on how we get kids there on time!)
10:10 AM– Acting Class starts. Each year’s acting classes are tailored to the students we have and the play we’re performing. We’ve done everything from zip-zap-zop and volume exercises to Viewpoints and Laban.
10:55 AM– Break. ‘Cause they gotta check their phones sometime!
11:05 AM– English Class. Our incredible English teacher tailors each year’s focus to the group and the play. We learn everything from deciphering the text to the Great Chain of Being!
11:50 AM- Break. Again with the phones…
12:00 PM– Bible Study. The soul is important! We split guys and girls during most of the week so they can concentrate better and speak more freely. We come together once a week to do a group study.
12:30 PM– Lunch. We are blessed to be able to feed our kids alongside the church’s summer day camps! Our food is provided through SNAP.
1:00 PM– Rehearsal. We rehearse in a space that is separate from our performance space. Like a professional theatre company, we tape the outline of the already-designed set onto the carpet of our rehearsal room. The kids who aren’t in rehearsal are memorizing their lines or running scenes in rehearsal rooms.
3:50 PM- Prayer again. We meet together to say goodbye.
4:00 PM– Students are dismissed.
And that’s when the real work for the adults begins- tech-ing an entire show.
Let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your own schedule!