Step 1: Form a performance group. This is a four person team. Be sure to chose people you can work with well, if at all possible. It is fine if each member specializes in a different type of performance - actually this would be highly desirable!
Step 2: You will receive a packet with a piece of writing and/or a piece of visual artwork. This is to be your inspiration for a 10 minute showcase presentation. For example, your packet might contain this:
By John Clare
What wonder strikes the curious, while he views
The black ant's city, by a rotten tree,
Or woodland bank! In ignorance we muse:
Pausing, annoy'd,--we know not what we see,
Such government and thought there seem to be;
Some looking on, and urging some to toil,
Dragging their loads of bent-stalks slavishly:
And what's more wonderful, when big loads foil
One ant or two to carry, quickly then
A swarm flock round to help their fellow-men.
Surely they speak a language whisperingly,
Too fine for us to hear; and sure their ways
Prove they have kings and laws, and that they be
Deformed remnants of the Fairy-days.
Step 3: Create a ten minute showcase presentation inspired by the art work your group has received. You can divide up the ten minutes however you like. You can showcase the writing and visual art however you choose. A presentation of the above examples might look something like this:
0-1 min: Reading - The Ant
1-4 min: Vocal - We Can Do It from the Producers
4- 6 min: Hand Clap Skit
6 - 9 min: Dance - to We Can Stand Together by Nickelback
Step 4: Consider all aspects for your performance. You are your own producers, stage crew, costumers, etc. Think through the staging, lighting, and props needed. The sample presentation be staged as follows:
0-1 min: Reading - The Ant (reading at center stage with curtain closed, light on reader only, stage right and left dark)
1-4 min: Vocal - We Can Do It from the Producers (curtains open only enough to reveal projection of artwork on screen, singers stage right in front of curtain, center and stage left dark)
4- 6 min: Hand Clap Skit (participants enter from stage right and stage left, curtain still partially closed. Sit on front edge of center stage to perform, exit same as entrance)
6 - 9 min: Dance - to We Can Stand Together by Nickelback (curtains open fully to reveal dancers. Full lighting on stage. Inspiration color faintly projected on screen, curtains close at end of number with dancers frozen on stage)
Step 5: Practice! Each performer must practice his/her individual part as well as rehearsing the presentation completely to know how to best help each other. Lights and sound will be provided by a crew - your group is responsible for every other aspect of the performance - even opening and closing the curtain, so be prepared!