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Synetic Youth Ensemble 2024: Cosmic Chaos - A Space Oddity


with Ashton Schaffer

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 17, 2024

The Synetic Youth Ensemble (SYE) gives upper elementary and middle school students an opportunity to learn, create and perform an original play with a professional theater company. Participants will learn theatrical techniques such as: pantomime, singing, gymnastics, and stage combat, to create an original performance that will be showcased on Synetic’s main stage. This is a no audition/ no experience required theatrical program that will get students exploring the magic of the stage!

This year, embark on a captivating tale about a group of spirited students who inadvertently uncover a crashed spaceship and form an unlikely connection with a group of endearing, yet quirky, alien travelers. With the galaxy hanging in the balance, the students must assist the aliens in repairing their damaged craft and finding their way back to their distant home. However, the journey is far from smooth sailing as the young Earthlings grapple with the complexities of interstellar communication, leading to amusing misunderstandings and a series of comical mishaps. As the mismatched companions navigate encounters with strange extraterrestrial beings and face challenges unique to the cosmos, the underlying themes of friendship and acceptance come to the forefront. Amid the chaos, the bonds between the human students and their alien counterparts deepen, underscoring the importance of embracing differences. The play uses classic physical theatre techniques and new innovative staging to weave together a cosmic escapade that explores the magic of connections that span galaxies.

The play is written exclusively for the SYE and will include wordless sequences, movement and pantomime and a whole lot of laughs.

The program will meet on Wednesday evenings (6pm – 8pm) and Saturday mornings (9am – 11am) for ten weeks, leading up to a final public performance on March 20th. This is a fast-moving and ensemble-oriented program. Students must have consistent attendance or risk falling behind and not being included in parts of the final performance.

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