EMUs Childrens Theatre Takes Lesson About Bullies To Area Schools
YPSILANTI Of the many things on the verge of extinction in the
21st century, bullies are not among them. Dealing with a bully is never easy
for a kid, and some are afraid to ask for support. But an innovative touring
production by Eastern Michigan Universitys Childrens Theatre is
trying to help. The EMU group is taking The Bully Show to area schools
through Nov. 25.
After seeing the show, Im hoping that kids will be able to use
different strategies to cope with bullies such as laughing or changing the subject,
said Christine Tanner, assistant professor of communications and theatre arts.
Its really a basic message: dont give them your power. Dont
feed the bully.
Tanner, a former middle school teacher, has witnessed bullying and knows the
damaging consequences that can arise from those situations. When she was asked
to put together this years show, she knew immediately what theme she wanted
With the input of EMU graduate and undergraduate students in the CTA touring
company, Tanner created The Bully Show, which takes a close look
at bullying from several perspectives, depicting characters that are bullies
and characters that have to learn how to cope with them.
The production focuses on one bully in particular that harasses another character.
The bully eventually comes to the realization that what shes doing is
wrong. By the end of the play, said Tanner, the younger audiences are usually
shouting at her to apologize to the other person.
The Bully Show runs through Nov. 25, with 23 performances at 10
elementary schools in Saline, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Newport, Wyandotte, and
one middle school in Milan.
The Bully Show will be at EMU Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Quirk Theatre.
This performance is free and open to all that wish to attend.
For more information, contact Tanner at 734.487.0032.