We can hardly believe it, but the 2018-2019 school season is a wrap! Marking our 13th year working with San Francisco students, Handful Players feels very lucky to be a part of this community. Join us for as we look back at some of our favorite moments from the past season:
Facts & Figures:
• More than 500 kids participated in Handful Players workshops, classes & performances.
• 450 workshops in musical theater, dance, puppetry, singing, spoken word, hip-hop/rap and improv/movement.
• 10 different community partner sites
A Whole Lot of New :
• An all-new hip-hop theater curriculum curated by local MC Jamaal Rahman Jamaal got the kids excited about rapping and rhyming.
• A fresh focus on mindfulness and movement from teaching artist Ben Baker gave students a creative way to channel their energy.
• Fancy footwork from choreographers Angelina Labate and Brandie Norris ranged from hip-hip to house.
• Puppeteers Laura Echegaray, Lanie Weiland and Isabel Taylor popped in to inspire kindergarteners, while teaching them storytelling and honing their motor skills.
• A newly created Handful Players Choir, featuring students from MagicZone and the Prince Hall Computer Learning Center, performed with vocalist Sara Williams.
• Plays, performances and crowd-pleasing community events gave the students a chance to take the stage for their parents and peers.
• Retelling stories like “Where the Wild Things Are” with a fresh rap spin.
• Spring Valley Science School 3rd-grade students used theater to tackle topics from bullying to empowerment
• Handful Players opened the 33rd Annual San Francisco Unified School District Arts Festival.
• “The Frisco Kid” premiered May 18 at the African American Art & Culture Complex starring students from Rosa Parks Elementary School.
Annual Traditions, Unforgettable Experiences:
• Handful Players attended opening night performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the American Conservatory Theater
• An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at “Cinderella” performed by the African-American Shakespeare Company.
• Our season-ending celebration with our showcase performance & community reception at the African American Art & Culture Complex.
Next up, summer! We hope you join us for another great season of workshops and events.