Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Webster 2: March 11

Today we met in the drama room so we could spread out and start moving. We improved our time on the Cat Nap circle and began mimicking gestures while watching them evolve. Then we did guided listening spheres, from deep inside to the immediate surrounding, to distant galaxies; we heard some amazing things.

We did the mirroring Push Hands in pairs, even with eyes closed. Then we sang "Oh say can you see" and "Twinkle, Twinkle" stretched out to long tones. Not everyone matches pitch well so maybe we'll go with juicy clouds of dissonant chords in the end.

The fun really started with the group-generated story. It had to start with "Once upon a time" and end with "...and they all lived happily ever after" but in between, each person adds one word. It has to make grammatical sense, though the total result may be surreal and bizarre. With this story in hand, we may make more, act it out, sing it, base characters and movements on it. Who knows?

So here's the story in its raw form:

Once upon a time, there was a dog whose name was Peggy Macaroni. One day she walked down a street. She saw a chicken running quickly from a car, and it got her tail wagging.
Peggy Macaroni started chasing the chicken who was in trouble. She caught the chicken: Yum! Yum! She ate all the fur (feathers? Or is fur funnier?)
Then seventeen more chickens tried to injure (chased? Appeared?) Peggy Macaroni. The chickens attacked Peggy Macaroni.
Peggy had to get twenty-five more dogs to attack (to chase?) the chickens.
After that, Peggy Macaroni ate seven ugly ducks.
Along the way, the bald chicken started dancing with a magical creature named Mr. Cheeseball. Moonlight reflected on Peggy Macaroni. She and the magical Mr. Cheeseball fell in love and lived happily ever after in their macaroni cheese castle.

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