CLIMB Theatre to perform bullying prevention plays at two Somerset schools
Bullying is still a hot topic throughout the country, but the actors/educators of CLIMB Theatre hope to do their part in preventing bullying when they perform a series of bullying prevention plays at the Somerset Elementary and Middle Schools Wednesday, Oct. 16.
“In our plays about bullying, we talk about what the bystander can do if they see bullying happening,” Cayla Wolpers, a CLIMB actor/educator, said. “We don’t just talk about what happens to the victim or what they can do. We cover what people who see the bullying or the friends of someone who is bullied can do to help.”
CLIMB has three different plays in their bullying prevention repertoire, including “Bugs,” “Bystanders,” and “One Kind Thing.” Plays such as “Bugs” are aimed at students from kindergarten to second grade, while “One Kind Thing” is structured to speak more to third through sixth-graders.
“We do different plays for different subjects, but what we perform at a given school or event depends on what the people who want us to come feel is a problem for them,” Wolpers said. “We have shows on bullying, shows to help kids with their social skills or how to make friends as well as a show on money management.”
The two plays CLIMB plans to perform at the elementary school (“Bugs” and “Bystander”) discuss the need for kids who see bullying to speak up and not stand by while someone is being bullied. “One Kind Thing,” which will be performed at the middle school, gives students the chance to see that bullying is something that can be stopped if they have the courage to stand up and do one nice thing for someone else.
“It is important for kids to tell someone when they see or are experiencing bullying,” Wolpers said. “There is a difference between tattling, which is telling a teacher about something to get another person in trouble, and reporting. Reporting is when you tell a teacher about someone actually being hurt by bullying or something like that. Those things need to be reported to a teacher so they can help stop them.”
A CLIMB group generally consists of three actors who have usually just come out of college and have worked in the Twins Cities for a while. CLIMB groups reach out to area schools to see if there is any particular problem that they are dealing with that the actors might be able to help with by performing one of its plays.
“What drew me personally to CLIMB was the fact that I like to talk and interact with kids and I really love when kids come up to me afterward and tell me that the play had an effect on them,” Wolpers said. “CLIMB is also a great opportunity to do some good theatre in the Twin Cities. It is well known and you work with some really good directors.”
For more information on CLIMB, visit climb.org.