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December 15, 2016

Family Activity: Oh Boy!


Act out scenes, track your responsibilities and compare them, and discover more about your history in this Family Activity! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.  
 

Parents Only Toggle

Certain topics can be difficult to broach with your kid. Whether you have already seen Oh Boy! or are planning to come, here are some tips to start, extend and deepen those conversations.
 
Roll Call

In Oh Boy!, the main character Balthazar learns news that directly affects his daily responsibilities. In this family activity, track your responsibilities and have a conversation as a family about how the lists compare and have evolved as you’ve gotten older. 

Step One: Individually write a list of your daily responsibilities. Think of it like a To Do list! What do you have to do: at home, at school, at work, on the train? 

Step Two: Once everyone has written their lists, have a conversation about the similarities and differences among them. 

Step Three: Have a family conversation about responsibility using these prompts: 
  • Why do you think your lists differ?
  • Do you like having responsibility? Why or why not?
  • Discuss a time in your life where you didn’t do something you were responsible for. What happened?
  • Have you ever had a responsibility that helped you to mature? How did you change as a person because of that responsibility?
Act the Part

When an actor rehearses a scene, they have to know who they are, and what their relationship is with their scene partner (this is called “given circumstances”). Changing the relationships between two actors can change the scene entirely! Let’s see how many ways you can interpret the following scene between character A and character B:

Family Activity Script
Find a scene partner and pick who will play A and B. Pick one of the relationships from below and try to act out the scene with those given circumstances. After rehearsing the scene a couple of times, try switching roles!
  • Siblings
  • Guardian/Child
  • Spouses
  • Teacher/Student
  • Judge/Defendant
  • Doctor/Patient
  • Employer/Employee
Where does your story begin?

Every family is a web of relationships, filled with stories and histories that make up YOU. Get to know your roots and plant your own version of a family tree!

Step One: Make a list of as much of your family as you already know. It’s good to start with your immediate family, and then “branch out!” to aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, stepparents or your chosen family. How many family members can you name on your own? 

Step Two: Talk to an adult and ask them to help you expand your list!
  • How many generations can you trace back to together?
  • How many family members did you identify?
  • What’s something new you learned about your family that you didn’t know before?
Step Three: The traditional family is usually represented in a tree shape. In Oh Boy! the show uses all sorts of objects to represent people. Take all of your collected information and choose an object that best represents your family. Maybe it’s a flower, a car, an apartment building or something completely different. Design and decorate your object with your family names and then show it to your family! 
Family Activity Umbrella Tree

Family Activities
We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites, Arts Express, TXT Marks the Spot and Talk-Backs! 
 
Twitter   How did your responsibility list turn out?
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Posted by Beth Henderson
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