Getting in the Holiday Spirit
Posted 19 December 2016 12:00 AM by Siobhan Carroll
I feel that working for the Boch Center’s Interactive Readings made me a much for flexible performer and educator. I am thankful to have had to opportunity to appear in front of groups from tiny to massive, shy to outgoing. They say that kids are the most honest audience, and I feel that this is true. If they are bored, they will tell you; if they do not understand, they will let you know. What I found most satisfying about this experience is that at any given moment, I was allowed to change what I was doing to better adapt it to the current audience. This job was really about reading the group both as a performer and a teacher, and the goal of the reading was making sure that the audience was getting as much out of the experience as possible.
As an educator it was so exciting to see a whole group responding together to a story. Their imaginations were engaged. They were embodying the story, which allowed them to understand it in a new way. Some of my favorite moments were with our smallest audiences like our last reading at the Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, during a huge snow storm sitting down with one child and his mother while we waited for the rest of our audience to show up, or at the Boston Children’s Hospital, where we had just two children in our audience. During these small sessions we were able to interact with the children in a one-on-one manner. I could ask what interested them most about the story, and find out what activities they found the most fun. Often they would come up with new ideas for us. These more personalized interactions made returning to the group easier, because I had learned something new about the story.
I was so thankful to spend these two weeks with a team that was so passionate about what they were doing and who were ready to work together to make each other’s jobs easier in whatever way they could. Plus, reading Frosty the Snowman over twenty times is also a great way to get in the holiday spirit!