We are very excited to announce the arrival of our first group of professional actors for 2019/20. The group of four will spend the next five weeks rehearsing all of the shows, ready to come to a school near you!
Our Theatre in Education tour is an opportunity for children to learn and experience English through the medium of theatre. Our shows are fun, engaging and interactive, allowing the students to learn English with a smile on their face. The tour groups perform shows across the country. Our professional actors find themselves waking up to a new city or town every day, experiencing the full Italian culture.
The Wizard of Oz
Scuola Primaria: 1ª- 2ª
Follow Dorothy into a wild and adventurous journey where she meets a brainless Scarecrow, a heartless Tinman and a scary Lion!
The Princess and the Frog
A common girl in New Orleans has big dreams and ambitions of opening up her own restaurant, when her life is completely turned upside-down by an encounter with an unlikely prince: a frog!
Scuola Secondaria I Grado: 1ª
School can be tough, especially for Rudy, a kid who has problems with Vicky, the school’s bully. But not all heroes wear a cape, and it doesn’t take a Superhero to make the world a better place.
Romeo & Juliet
Scuola Primaria: 5ª
BELL’s take on the famous tragedy from SHAKESPEARE – will romance blossom in the heat of a family feud?
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TIE ACTOR…
What time do you usually arrive at school?
A typical day starts at 8:30. BELL’s team of actors will arrive at the school and meet the very enthusiastic Italian contact teacher.
What happens when you arrive at the school?
The contact teacher will take the actors to the performance space where they will set up the stage, props and sound system. In the corridors, students may be making their way to class and the performance space, so it is a good chance for the actors to hand out some high fives and smiles!
How many shows are performed in the morning?
In the morning, actors typically perform two shows with a 30-minute workshop after each show. The children are so thrilled to have BELL actors at school, thus creating an ecstatic energy in the room ahead of the performances. Through-out the shows, there are many audience interactions and the students get very excited to be involved!
What is the Post-show workshop?
After each show, the actors will each lead an English language workshop with a group of students, typically lasting 30 to 40 minutes. Students will be exposed to interactive fun and games in English.
What happens in the afternoon?
Depending on the bookings, in the afternoon, the group will either complete another show, travel to another school nearby, or finish for the day. As a team, the actors pack up, jump back in the car and head to the next location!
A message from our stars…
Tom, Head of Theatre – The first group of actors arrive this week, what are you looking forward to most?
Drawing on my experience in the theatrical industry in order to create a special and unforgettable experience for the Italian children. I am extremely excited to collaborate and work with our professional actors, on the five exciting shows we have on offer this academic year.
Alessio, Creative Director – What do you enjoy the most about the TIE project?
The best part, like every year, has been seeing a simple script, just a bunch of pages, become a real show, with real actors, ready to be shown to the kids across Italy. To me, rehearsals are the most exciting part of the project, as you can see the characters being brought to life by the actors, and everybody contributes to make every detail better by adding something of their own. When creative people work as a team – it is just awesome!
Joel Rosenblatt, Castings Manager – “Having previously completed a 7 month tour myself, I am so excited for the new actors. The tour took me from Bormio to Puglia, seeing over 50 cities in total. The actors will be doing something they love, so it doesn’t feel like work.”
Bobbie Cone, TIE Actor 2019 – “For anyone considering this job, I cannot recommend it enough!! I had the best time in Italy with Bell, being surrounded by such a supportive team who are always helping you strive to be the best you can be. The energy is electric, be that in the rehearsal room or on tour.”
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Employee of the month for October goes to a member of our Italian team! Head of our Client Services team is SILVIA FERRIGNO. She has worked for BELL for five years, and continues to show dedication to her role. A large part of her day is taken up with admin and finance. We have a continuous flow of new employees through-out the year, so Silvia has to make sure their contracts are all ready for their start date, and that everyone gets paid on time! Silvia’s favourite thing about working for BELL is the office atmosphere and meeting all the new teachers and actors. The current English team are very keen on improving their Italian speaking skills, and Silvia is always there to help. Likewise, she practices her English speaking skills, recently travelling to London for her summer holiday! Outside of the BELL office, you can find Silvia in the gym or on the beach. Thank you for your hard work, Silvia!
The perfect ‘fictional’ BELL employee..??
The Bear in the Big Blue House!!
This is an extremely popular American children’s show and the Bear is a facilitator for the characters that live in his Big, Blue House – just like everyone at BELL!
Bear teaches his young viewers in a very similar methodology to BELL. The Bear is a friendly bear! Just like everyone at BELL, he enjoys making new friends and helps other people make friends too. Bear enjoys whatever he does and always says ‘yes!’ to a new challenge! Bear sings songs and dances for fun! This is something we do at BELL every day, and is a perfect start to an immersive class!
Even though he is a puppet, the Bear uses fantastic facial expressions to keep children engaged and excited! All of our teachers and actors are trained to communicate in the BELL style – gestures, facial expressions, articulation and body language are all key components.
“If you play and learn then hey, you’re working like a kid!” – he shares our ethos of ‘edutainment’! That’s why the Bear in the Big Blue House would be our perfect employee!
You can use some of his videos in your classroom – here’s an episode called ‘working like a bear’ where they explore different types of work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oJv5_KlL6c
Be sure to check out our Youtube channel in the coming weeks, to watch some of our new videos and content.