The SlapDashery

A Public Fit Partnership with High School Jesters Improv League

APF staff partners with High School Jesters to developed a new approach to Arts Education with The SlapDashery.  This is an experimental program that blends classical theatre and improvisation to develop something different and new. Program directors and chosen students are invited to observe APF mainstage production development and rehearsal processes in order to create tailored improvisational exercises that highlight themes of the production, the results of which are two-fold:

  • Performance – The SlapDashery: A Night of Improv Selected students of the Special Events Team are then invited to perform for an audience using the exercises developed in conjunction with the production. Admission is free to members of the High School Jester league and $10 for general public.
  • Workshop – The SlapDashery: Workshop APF staff host a workshop at which attendance is free for regional students.

This program is season-long. Performances and workshops are created for each APF mainstage production. Themes pulled from 2018-2019 productions:

  • Incognito by Nick Payne – memory, identity
  • Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl – silence, communication
  • The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance – friendship, tolerance

This partnership is a result of a generous Arts Learning Project Grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

Stories My Father Told Me

A Public Fit Partnership with Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts

During the 2016-2017 academic year, staff worked as educators, in conjunction with teachers at the Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts, to provide a program where students utilized the thematic underpinnings of a variety of cultural stories and backgrounds to create a theatrical production. Students provided educators with their own heritage stories; a script was written inspired by those stories and A Public Fit staff worked diligently to help the students produce the show. Students learned all aspects of how to produce a theatrical show, including: acting, directing, stage management and design. Two public performances were held at Del Sol Academy in March 2017. (Pictured below: student-designed publicity poster for the production)

This partnership was a result of a generous Arts Learning Project Grant from the Nevada Arts Council.