We started the first training on storytelling, mime and drama in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Twenty church members attended, learning various theater techniques and dramatizing characters from gospel parables. Those involved in missionary projects attended the training which will greatly strengthen their ability to tell and dramatize stories from the gospel in various mission fields. Our second stop was at the San Bonifacio High School in Maputsoe, Lesotho. Fifty children participated in the training. The school already had a theatrical group and we worked closely with their talented teacher. The young people were able to express themselves and prepare a skit on the negative effects of electronic technology in Cyberspace.
MORE than 50 children from informal settlements around Nelson Mandela Bay had their first mime experience yesterday thanks to an initiative held at the Mater Dei Catholic Church in Newton Park.
The 54 children – aged between 14 and 18 – were taught about different elements of art, drama and mime as part of US mime artist Curtis Peter van Gorder’s upliftment initiative, hosted by non-governmental organisations Family Mission and Masimyusane.
Family Mission founder Romano Satanassi said they hoped to expose the teenagers to something they would rarely experience under normal circumstances.
Port Elizabeth is Van Gorder’s first South African stop on his international tour. – Tremaine van Aardt