Join us at 3rd Planet Brewing on September17, 2022 11:00-2:00 as we attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people wearing tiaras at one time.
What: World Record Attempt
Where: 3rd Planet Brewing 1400 E John Sims Pkwy, Niceville When: Saturday, September 17 from 11:00-2:00
Why: To raise money to support CALM House
- What do I need to wear? Wear a tiara so you can be counted. If you don’t have a tiara, plastic tiaras will be for sale.
- When do I need to arrive? Registration starts at 11:00 am with the official count scheduled for noon.
- Is this a child friendly event? Yes! There will be games, activities, crafts, face painting, food trucks, photo ops, and entertainment.
- Is this an adult friendly event? Yes! There will be games, activities, crafts, face painting, food trucks, photo ops, and entertainment.
- I don’t want to wear a tiara, how can I get involved? We need volunteers to count, witness and certify the event.
- I have a business and would like to have a booth at this event. What do I need to do? You can rent booth space for $50. You can advertise however you want in your space but we ask you to provide a fun activity or some kind of swag for attendees. The only product sales allowed are tiaras. Send an email to info@DramaKidsNWF.com for a vendor application.
NEWS: Destin Students Shine in Afterschool Program
By Savannah Vasquez, The Destin Log
Posted Sep. 28, 2015 at 2:42 PM
Seven robots marched around the library at Destin Elementary School last Thursday. The robots then morphed into floppy rag-dolls then very tall giraffes before changing back into their original form of kindergarten to fourth grade children.
The event was Drama Kids International, a weekly after-school program that uses theater to encourage creativity, confidence and critical thinking in children.
“I really, really love drama a lot,” said program director Alissa Clifton when asked what got her interested in the program. “I think it’s the best job ever.”
Clifton actually runs the program in nine Okaloosa county Schools and said each group works on short dramas with the end goal of putting on a performance for the parents.
“We start out each class with creative improvisation exercises, then vocal warm-ups,” she said. “The goal is by the time we do a parent presentation at the end of the semester, students will be able to welcome them to the program and introduce themselves and what is going on. In the spring we will be putting on a short play for family and friends with each student having similar sized parts so that every child can shine.”
At Destin’s program, the kids had fun playing interactive games that kept them thinking on their feet, then made up their own skit using a story prompt before finishing the day with a song.
“We are doing something similar to writing prompts they usin in school, except with no writing,” said Clifton. “We give them a beginning and ask them to come up with a middle and end, and the kids are having so much fun they don’t even notice.”
NEWS: Drama On the Coast
Please click here to read an article about Drama Kids in the On the Coast Magazine.
NEWS: Okaloosa kids are learning drama – the good kind of drama
BLUEWATER BAY — Students at several Okaloosa County schools are getting an early opportunity to whet their acting chops.
Since August, nine schools have welcomed Alissa Clifton to work on the basics with children through the Drama Kids of Northwest Florida program.
The nationwide after-school program is designed not only to help students with their acting, but with public speaking and creative thinking.
“Mostly it’s just about confidence,” Clifton said. “It’s very helpful in the classrooms when they do presentations.”
It also helps fill the arts gap in education following numerous funding cuts, she said.
“I think it’s important to have another option besides just music,” Clifton said.
Right now, 86 students are enrolled. Clifton hopes to expand it in Okaloosa as well as Walton and Santa Rosa counties.
During a recent practice at Bluewater Elementary School, Clifton took the children through line memorization, improv acting and body movements.
Seven-year-old Kyler Bess and his younger sister Keira, 6, love acting, so the program was not to be missed.
“I am a great actor,” Kyler said. “(Keira’s) the best at crying. Want to see her do it?”
Clifton said while not all the students start out as fearless as the Bess children, within a week even the most shy kids are opening up.
Students can enroll anytime during the school year or attend summer programs.
TO LEARN MORE
For more information about Drama Kids of Northwest Florida, visit, https://dramakids.com/destin-fort-walton-beach-niceville-fl/.
Contact Daily News Staff Writer Katie Tammen at 850-315-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @KatieTnwfdn.
NEWS: Drama Kids is now in Northwest Florida! What fun it is to work with area children in a DRAMATIC way!
Drama Kids curriculum utilizes fun, creative and interactive activities that aim to improve communication skills and build confidence and self-esteem. Drama is a fundamental part of education that teaches children to speak out clearly and relate confidently with peers. In a classroom environment, these skills improve a child’s ability to give book reports, speeches and actively participate in group projects!
NEWS: Acting up: Drama Kids helps children in Destin build confidence
As Toni Frana stands in the front of a small classroom, her students sit quietly, listening to everything she has to say — hearing everything she has to say.
That’s just one of the skills Frana teaches her students weekly in an hour-long drama program — Drama Kids.
Drama Kids is the worldwide leader in children’s drama classes. The classes and camps help children build self-esteem, character, leadership skills, confidence, acting skills, public speaking skills and listening skills.
Frana got involved with the Drama Kids program in July of this year while living in Las Vegas.
When she and her family made the move south to Northwest Florida, Frana brought her Drama Kids experience with her.
“There’s wasn’t really anything like this that I know of in our area,” said Frana, “so I wanted to try it out here.”
Frana began teaching Drama Kids at the end of September to students throughout Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties at Smarts and Arts on Airport Road. The Drama Kids classes are open to students from five to 12 years old — but Frana says that age range may grow in 2013.
“We are looking to expand more with the middle schools,” Frana said.
Drama Kids classes can be delivered Monday through Friday, in any public location that is free and open to the community — including public parks, recreation departments and community centers. The Drama Kids program can also be brought into area schools for an afterschool program.
The only weekly class Frana is currently teaching in Destin is held at Smarts and Arts on Airport Road, Thursday nights from 5 to 6 p.m.
According to Frana, the most important rule to remember while in a Drama Kids class is always have fun. And the kids have mastered it.
Two of her students who take her class at Smarts and Arts, five-year-old twins AnnaSophia and Liam Brown, tell The Log that their favorite part of Drama Kids is “everything.”
As a group, Frana said the students enjoy the mini-play portion of each class the most.
During the mini-plays, students are broken up into smaller groups and given lines to recite. A popular theme for a Drama Kid’s mini-play involves children making ice-cream or toys.
After the smaller groups have learned their parts, the class comes together — reciting all of their lines, forming one skit.
Frana introduces the students to different characters, settings and environments, allowing them to act up in a positive way.
Frana said that it has always been important to her that her work add value in some way to people’s lives — which is the real reason she got involved with Drama Kids.
“It’s incredible to see the confidence children can build in just one hour a week,” Frana said, “I can’t imagine doing anything else!”
If you would like more information about Drama Kids call 279-4008 or visit https://dramakids.com/destin-fort-walton-beach-niceville-fl/.