As an independent Drama Specialist, Edie has expanded her work to focus on teaching children the art of storytelling, public speaking, and performance skills. Edie is especially proud of the diverse backgrounds of her students and all the wonderful stories these children have shared. Her programs have enhanced curriculum in rural, urban and suburban communities. Schools she has worked at include; Andrews Academy, Probe Steam Academy, St. Cecelia, The Biome, Cahokia High School, McCluer South Berkeley High School, McCluer High School, City Academy, Webster Groves High School, Buder Elementary, North Campus, The College School, Duchesne Elementary and The Wilson School.
CONNECTIONS: Social Awareness, Public Speaking, Critical Thinking, Character Building, Literacy and Creative Writing.
A fun beginner's class teaching vocal and physical strength, character development, roll playing, and the basics of theater.
Act out songs and scenes from favorite fairytales
Multiple songs choreographed and performed in a final presentation.
Controversial topics brought in to spark debates and participation. Can be a residency in which students select debate subjects and present a final mock debate.
Improve your ability to deliver engaging and memorable speeches. Focus on storytelling construction and physical and vocal performance skills.
Focuses on the seven basic principles we use in creating captivating children's theater. Can be done as a residency where students learn to create their own piece with these principles.
Edie has adapted over 20 fairytales for groups of 5 to 25 characters. Every play is designed to fit the class at hand. Most shows run 20-40 minutes and include at least 5 songs. Favorites: Cinderella, Yeh Shen: the ancient Chinese version of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, El Secreto Gigante, The Princess Who Could Not Cry, Thumbelina and more!
Create your own play, or pick one of ours. Edie's original plays include: Backyard Angels: two bands join for a music competition, Eye of the Storm: fun Caribbean murder mystery, Modern Art Mystery: a new masterpiece goes missing at an art collector's costume party, Museum Heist: when a rare museum piece disappears two detective teams are on the case, and more!
Educational plays which highlight historical curriculum. These plays include; Dynasties of China: a musical review about Chinese Dynasties, Lewis and Clark go West: an American historical musical from the fur trappers to the invention of the railroad, Meet Me in Missouri: the second historical American musical from the World's Fair to Modern day Missourians including Charles Lindbergh and World War II, Native American Myths and Legends: a collection of stories from Native American Tribes.
Educational plays which highlight social awareness and geography. These plays include Shape City: a diversity play, GeoTrek: an exploration of the 7 continents, Voices: creative writing montage highlighting community.
Plays adapted from favorite books including; Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Treasure Island, The Wizard of Oz and more.