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What I learned today #5: About acting

One of the things I covered today was a children’s theater workshop. Like, there were two five-year-olds in this class. Can you imagine getting a couple five-year-olds to actually do anything intelligent on stage?

Apparently it’s not impossible. And it can even be done without all that fidgeting and pulling at their shirts.

How, you ask? Simply this: You tell them to press their thumb and middle finger together on each hand (right thumb with right middle finger… we’re not playing itsy bitsy spider here) and pretend they’re pushing into the floor with their feet, like you would on sand.

That keeps their feet planted and their hands busy.

I had never heard of that technique before this morning. I wonder if it would work on busy Sunday Schoolers?


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