Above Between Below is a touring assembly for middle school audiences designed to engage students in conversations about managing conflicts, bullying and building resiliency. The plot revolves around an embarrassing cellphone video gone viral, physical intimidation and gossip. These events lead to a confrontation between four students who must choose to take action as a person who is targeted and victimized or a person who bullies. Following each performance, students participate in a discussion with the cast aimed to spark further conversation about how conflicts emerge and to brainstorm positive alternatives and outcomes. Above Between Below aligns with the following WA State Benchmarks for Social Emotional Learning.
SELF-AWARENESS: Standard 1: Individual has the ability to identify and name one’s emotions and their influence on behavior.
SELF-MANAGEMENT: Standard 2: Individual develops and demonstrates the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in contexts with people different than oneself.
SOCIAL MANAGEMENT: Standard 5: Individual has the ability to make safe and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.
Seattle Children’s Theatre collaborates with Kaiser Permanente to bring the power of educational theatre to schools and address current topics that impact health. Above Between Below was created by SCT theatre professionals in consultation with educators, youth, community advisory committees, and Kaiser Permanente health providers.
Grade Recommendation: For Grades 6-8
Running Time: 1 hour
Ticket Price: FREE
“Thank you for presenting your play. It made me feel confident in myself because when I get into situations like that I know what to do. One thing I learned from watching was never be a bystander, be an Upstander.”
– Middle School Student, Tukwila School District
Cast / Creative
Ana María Campoy
Kathryn Van Meter Director
Ramón Esquivel Playwright
Courtney Sale Dramaturg
Julianna Brie-Crawley Stage Manager
Elizabeth Stasio Production Assistant
Shawn Ketchum Johnson Scenic Designer
Melanie Taylor Burgess Costume Designer
Chris R. Walker Composer and Sound Designer
Geoffry Alm Fight Choreographer
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Well, That Was Awkward
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For Adults Working with Children and Young Adults:
The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
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Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World
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Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids—And How to Break the Trance
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Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear
Goldman brings together the expertise of leading authorities with the candid accounts of families dealing firsthand with peer victimization to present proven strategies and concrete tools for teaching children how to speak up and carry themselves with confidence; call each other out on cruelty; resolve conflict; cope with teasing, taunting, physical abuse and cyberbullying; and be smart consumers of technology and media.
Bring This Show To Your School
The Arts Based Learning program is free to qualifying schools.
Above Between Below Production: This production is designed to perform in an assembly-like setting for audiences of up to 300 students. Following each show students will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion with the cast aimed to spark further conversation about how conflicts emerge and to brainstorm positive alternatives and outcomes.
Middle School touring schedule: Touring Spring 2020 in Spokane and Seattle Regions
REQUEST A PERFORMANCE
If you would like to book a workshop or have additional questions, please contact Elizabeth Coen, Arts Based Learning Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and 206-443-0807 ext. 1082.