FAQs

1. What exactly does Sitara do?

Sitara offers quality theatre performances and performing arts workshops in English. Children actively participate in the experience; some even get to act alongside professional performers and puppeteers. Sitara generally works with schools but occasionally does public performances

2. How do I book a trip for my class?

Ring Sitara Theatre or Sitara Workshops to find out what shows and workshops are available. Sitara will then email you a booking chart showing available dates. Once a date has been agreed, we will send you a Confirmation form with all necessary information. Do ring in advance to ensure preferred dates as morning shows are usually booked a few weeks in advance.

3. How does a school trip relate to our curriculum?

A trip to Sitara gives students the opportunity to discuss and evaluate a live performance which is an important part of any primary / elementary curriculum. By watching a piece of theatre and with the help of our comprehensive Teachers’ Kit, students can discuss:

  • What they liked and disliked about the performance
  • How characters are portrayed – thinking about costume, voice, physical movement or gesture, music etc ..
  • What different settings are portrayed - thinking about how the different settings are represented.
  • How this version of the story compares with other versions
  • How mood and atmosphere are created.
  • How tension is built
  • What different theatrical techniques are used – puppetry, mask, music, lighting, sound effects
  • How the plot is structured – beginning, middle ending / problem and solution etc.
  • How theatre / live performance differs from recorded / filmed productions; outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the different media

Because Sitara is interactive it also gives students a chance to participate in creating drama and for some students the opportunity to create and sustain a role.

The production-based Teachers’ Kit is full of activities and ideas as well as photocopiable sheets for teachers to respond to the show through listening, reading, writing, speaking, drama and art and craft.

British Curriculum
In the new Primary Framework for England and Wales, drama is one of the twelve strands of learning and evaluating performances is identified as a learning objective in all Primary Years

Canadian and American Curricula
There is no national curriculum in Canada or the United States. Each province / state is responsible for its own curriculum. However, in each Canadian province the arts appear to be taking a more central role with introductory arts now being a compulsory subject - comprising of three strands: music, visual arts, and drama and dance. Again both creating and EVALUATING drama are seen as important elements of the arts programs.

American Standards and Benchmarks as outlined by the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, also places importance on evaluating and understanding dramatic performances.

If you have any more information about how drama and theatre in your curriculum, Sitara would be very grateful to receive it. Please email any relevant information to admin@sitarakids.com

4. Does Sitara offer drama classes, a Summer Camp or do Birthdays

Sitara does not currently offer any of the above.

5. How many children can we bring?

Sitara Theatre
Minimum No: 60 / Maximum No: 120
Groups between 40 and 60 will be asked to pay more. We allow one adult per three children for the pre-school show; one adult per five children for primary shows

Sitara Workshops
Minimum No: 40 / Maximum No: 70
Groups between 25-40 will be asked to pay more. We allow one adult per three children for the pre-school workshops; one adult per five children for primary workshops. Please note that puppet making kits are for children only.

6. What if my children / students don’t understand?

As an English as a Second Language teacher for many years, Emma Davies writes shows and workshops that take into account that English is not the first language of the majority of Sitara’s audiences.

The shows and workshops are full of physical and visual humour and effects. Sitara’s shows are based on well-known fairytales so that all audiences have access to the plot of the show. As experienced professionals, we are also able to reduce our rate of speech and grade our language to ensure maximum comprehension.

7. Can I bring my child to see a show or take part in a workshop?

We occasionally offer shows to families. Become a Friend of Sitara and you’ll be kept informed of any public performances.

8. How do I become a Friend of Sitara?

Email us at admin@sitarakids.com and let us know if you are a parent / teacher or both. You will then receive regular news from Sitara.

9. How much does a trip cost?

Sitara charges per child and charges slightly more for smaller groups. Please contact Sitara directly for prices per child.

10. What’s the difference between Sitara Theatre and Sitara Workshops?

Sitara Theatre produce high quality full length theatre shows using a range of theatrical techniques – light, sound, set, costumes, music, props, puppets, masks and shadow puppets. The shows are interactive – all the students help tell the story by answering questions, discussing solutions to problems and learning a song/dance. A handful of students will be selected to work alongside the professional performers.

Sitara Workshops include a short performance of either puppetry, mask, shadow puppetry, live action or a combination. After the performance the students ‘workshop’ themes or skills from the performance - through discussion, drama, puppetry, mask, scriptwork or some other element of the performing arts. To conclude all students will then be asked to perform either by acting, operating their puppets, using their masks through a range of drama techniques.