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The SF Mime Troupe Visits CDS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Last week, the entire eighth grade class got a chance to work with one of our city’s greatest institutions. The San Francisco Mime Troupe, which has combined performance art with social criticism for nearly 60 years, sent two of its longest-serving members—Ellen Callas and Keiko Carreiro—to our middle school campus to share their working methods with our students.

After some introductory games, Ellen and Keiko discussed character archetypes and methods of conveying emotion, and then they encouraged the eighth graders to think of some modern-day “burning issues” that could be ripe for political satire. As the culminating event of the day, the students created short scenes that expressed their feelings about these subjects. They were especially passionate about with two topics: gun control (which is also the subject of their service project this year) and sexual harassment. A core part of our philosophy is that passionate citizens can change the world, and we’re glad to see that our students are eager to engage with important issues.

We’re happy to report that the Mime Troupe was just as impressed with our students as we are. They’ve invited them to view a performance next month by their high school resident students, and even to apply for the high school program after they graduate from CDS!