My first tour with the National Theatre for Children is wrapping up, and I feel so grateful to have spent weeks on the road educating middle schoolers about the power of energy efficiency!
Based in Minneapolis, NTC sends out several tours throughout the US during the school year to educate students on a number of different topics. The show that I performed, with my tour partner Derek Brookens, was called POWERED UP! It was a 30-minute sketch comedy show that really stretched my improvisational skills! Before each show, we would ask the group of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for suggestions -- whether it be a movie title, a new video game, their favorite meal, a super hero, or whatever tickled our fancy.
Those suggestions were then incorporated into our sketch show, so, ANYTHING was possible! Since our tour was in and around the Chicagoland-area, we spent four amazing weeks exploring Chicago and visiting schools all throughout. Every day was a new adventure (especially in that Chicago-traffic!), but we got to experience so much while on tour.
Derek and I got to see HAMILTON: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL (a highlight!), visit several breweries, reunite with old friends, see the Improvised Shakespeare Company, see Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare, eat so much good food, visit some museums, cheer on the Chicago Cubbies, and enjoy the weather as it transformed into spring.
Looking forward to the next one! Thanks NTC!
Danae DeShazer is an actress, singer, and dancer living in Sarasota, FL.